Ecurie Ecosse

Hugh McCaig’s Ecosse-Rover that won the World Group C2 Championship in 1986 driven by David Leslie, Ray Mallock and Marc Duez beside David Leslie’s Royale RP20 Formula Ford and one of his early Karts which formed part of a tribute to David Leslie at Silverstone

Hugh McCaig’s Ecosse-Rover that won the World Group C2 Championship in 1986 driven by David Leslie, Ray Mallock and Marc Duez beside David Leslie’s Royale RP20 Formula Ford and one of his early Karts which formed part of a tribute to David Leslie at Silverstone

Ecurie Ecosse were represented in many ways at the Silverstone Classic in late July. Hugh McCaig sent the Ecosse Group C2 World Championship winning car to be put on display in the paddock in an area set aside in memory of David Leslie. The white and blue Ecosse was parked next to David’s Royale Formula Ford that he had been racing in historic events for the past few years and one of his early karts. Nearby were a selection of Vauxhall and Nissan cars that he had also raced.

Hugh along with many of the Scottish members of the Ecurie Ecosse team, David Duffield and George Scott also attended the Memorial gathering on the Thursday night. One of those present was the ebullient former Ecurie Ecosse mechanic George Fowles who now prepares the various Ferrari and Maserati cars for Tony Smith who is manager of the Oasis pop group. George probably summed up the thoughts of many when he pointed out that to his mind David Leslie was the best all-round driver to race for Ecurie Ecosse in the Group C2 period. He revealed, for example, that at Le Mans in particular David was so smooth that his lap times tended not to vary by very much and when a fuel check was done his fuel consumption figures were better than those of the other team members. Many enthusiast and marshals I spoke to during the weekend spoke about how David treated everyone equally and would help out young drivers if they had any problems. It is only after a tragedy like this that the true worth of a person comes out and there is no doubt that David Leslie was one of the most respected and well liked drivers of his period of racing and Ecurie Ecosse were truly privileged to have him as a team driver.

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