Ecurie Ecosse

The stricken Lister-Jaguar owned by Barry Wood in the pits after the car cracked a cylinder liner. Owner Barry Wood in the green sweater, centre, inspects the damage with Hugh McCaig and Alasdair McCaig on the right looking on

The stricken Lister-Jaguar owned by Barry Wood in the pits after the car cracked a cylinder liner. Owner Barry Wood in the green sweater, centre, inspects the damage with Hugh McCaig and Alasdair McCaig on the right looking on

Hugh McCaig led a merry band of Scots to the Grande Festival Historique held on the new Autodromo Internacional de Algarve on October 17 where regular Ecosse drivers Alasdair McCaig and Andrew Smith were involved in driving a variety of cars. However, it was not a terribly successful weekend due to such things as wheels falling off and the like.

The only winner out of the gang from Scotland was Barry Wood driving his RGS Atalanta Jaguar along with Barry Cannell in the “Pre-War” historic event. Quite how a clutch of post-war cars were able to run in the event could be put down to boosting the entry list as there are not many pre-war historic racers regularly competing on the continent. Indeed there was only one Portuguese drive in that race. Tito Noronha, an amusing dentist from Madeira who rolled out a Bentley Derby. The biggest challenge to the two Barry’s came from Malcolm Verey who put his Allard J2 into second place but who turned the tables in the second race by winning.

Alasdair McCaig slides John Clark’s BMW 1800Ti in the Pre-66 Touring car race. He finished second with Andrew Smith.

Alasdair McCaig slides John Clark’s BMW 1800Ti in the Pre-66 Touring car race. He finished second with Andrew Smith.

Apart from this it was a bleak weekend for Barry Wood as he left the circuit with one car with a wheel missing and another with a blown engine. After the above race Tony Wood, his son, driving the same RGS Atalanta had a half shaft break and the back wheel broke loose, the car trundling to rest on three wheels.

In the early evening practice for the Stirling Moss Trophy event Alasdair McCaig was going well and up to the top three when there was a puff of white smoke. Alasdair immediately switched off the engine and trundled into the pits with what turned out to be a cracked cylinder liner.

Dick Skipworth with the ex-Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco prepares to leave the pits.

Dick Skipworth with the ex-Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco prepares to leave the pits.

Dick Skipworth, that inveterate Ecurie Ecosse collector – who recently added the Tojeiro-Buick coupe to his collection – ran in the Stirling Moss Trophy with the ex-Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco that had been raced by Tommy Dickson and Jackie Stewart before being converted into a single seater, the Ecosse-Climax, following Stewart’s Oulton Park accident in the car. It was then sold at Major Thompson’s sale to the nine year old son of an American publisher. Once he grew up Tod Peyton Jenkins raced the Ecosse-Climax in the USA but decided to have it taken apart and restored as a Cooper Monaco. When Dick Skipworth bought the car it was totally restored and now looks identical to when Jackie Stewart raced it. Dick and his son Stephen shared the car but were out of luck finishing down the field.

Barry Cannell, left, and Barry Wood, right winners of the first of the pre-war races. They were beaten in the second one by Malcolm Verey in his Allard, seen on the left.

Barry Cannell, left, and Barry Wood, right winners of the first of the pre-war races. They were beaten in the second one by Malcolm Verey in his Allard, seen on the left.

John Clark, always well placed in races was due to share his BMW 1800Ti with Alasdair McCaig in the competitive touring car race but had cracked some ribs in a road accident the previous week. He tried the car in practice but it was too painful and so handed it over to McCaig and Andrew Smith. They drove a blinder in their race taking a good second place behind the Andy Wolf/Rob Hall Lotus Cortina and ahead of former grand prix driver Jackie Oliver with Richard Shaw in a similar BMW 1800Ti.

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