Ecurie Ecosse

Each year Ecurie Ecosse arrange a Tour for invited guests and friends. The Tour series was originally started over twenty years ago when John Foster

The stunning backdrop of Glendocherty near Kinlochewe with Neil Corner's ex-Rob Walker 250GT SWB

The stunning backdrop of Glendocherty near Kinlochewe with Neil Corner’s ex-Rob Walker 250GT SWB

arranged the series in Scotland. Nine years ago John organised his own series of Tours and since then Hugh McCaig and Graham Gauld have organised the Ecosse Tours. The original one was based in St Paul de Vence in France and for the next six years they were organised in various parts of Italy. However, last year, 2007, the Ecosse Tour returned to its roots in Scotland based on the New Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.

Colin and Linda Pearcy press on in the Belgian AC Bristol

Colin and Linda Pearcy press on in the Belgian AC Bristol

This year the Tour returned to Drumossie and the verdict was that it was the best ever Ecurie Ecosse Tour. The three day routes covered the extreme north of Scotland with lunch stops at Forss House hotel near Thurso, the Torridon near Torridon and the Kinlochbervie Hotel and there were a number of interesting cars and drivers taking part.

From a historical standpoint there were a number of cars that had previously raced at Le Mans including the Ferrari 375MM owned by Sir Paul Vestey. This was a very important car that was driven by Mike Hawthorn and Nino Farina at Le Mans in 1953. They might well have won Le Mans but had trouble with the brakes early in the race and were in second place overall when they had to call into the pits for brake fluid. They were promptly disqualified for replenishing liquids before the minimum number of laps. The car was actually raced by three World champions, Hawthorn, Farina and Alberto Ascari.

Hugh and Alasdair McCaig in the XK120 Cabriolet that once raced against Ecurie Ecosse.

Hugh and Alasdair McCaig in the XK120 Cabriolet that once raced against
Ecurie Ecosse.

Another interesting Ferrari was the 250GT SWB that Stirling Moss took to victory in the 1960 Tourist Trophy race. It was brought along by its present owner, Neil Corner. Neil’s son Nigel Corner also arrived with an interesting car, the ex Willment Shelby Cobra raced by Jack Sears. Colin Pearcy’s AC-Bristol was entered by Equipe National Belge for the 1959 Le Mans race to be driven by Jean Blaton, Andre Pilette and the cars owner Michel Ringoir but despite the fact it was 13th fastest at the April test day the car failed to turn up for the race. This car was different to most AC-Bristols as it had a low cut perspex racing windscreen. Then there was Jonathan Procter’s Frazer-Nash Sebring that was raced twice at Le Mans by its owner Dickie Stoop who used to have some great races against the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars with it back in the 1950’s

There was a large turnout of British Racing Drivers Club members on the Ecurie Ecosse Tour. The members photographed at the Forss House lunch stop were, back row, Michael Wheatley, Stuart Graham, Neil Corner, Nigel Corner, Adrian Hamilton, Paul Michaels, Martin Colvil, Willie Tuckett, Andrew Fletcher, Sir Paul Vestey (Part hidden) and Ian Skailes. Sitting are, left to right, John Coombs, Hugh McCaig,Ronnie Mackay and Graham Gauld.

There was a large turnout of British Racing Drivers
Club members on the Ecurie Ecosse Tour. The members photographed at the
Forss House lunch stop were, back row, Michael Wheatley, Stuart Graham,
Neil Corner, Nigel Corner, Adrian Hamilton, Paul Michaels, Martin
Colvil, Willie Tuckett, Andrew Fletcher, Sir Paul Vestey (Part hidden)
and Ian Skailes. Sitting are, left to right, John Coombs, Hugh
McCaig,Ronnie Mackay and Graham Gauld.

Hugh McCaig ran his well known Jaguar XK120 Cabriolet with Alasdair McCaig. This car also raced against Ecurie Ecosse back in the early days of the team when the XK120 was owned by Bob Hamilton in Falkirk.

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