A quick jump back in time with a short article on an event I took part in a few years ago.
I was lucky enough to be invited by a car group I knew to take a scenic drive to raise money for a local charity with my 1972 Jensen Interceptor and visit the Ecurie Ecosse collection which was then owned by Dick Skipworth.
If you are not familiar with Ecurie Ecosse they were a privately run Scottish racing team back in the ’50s and ’60s and the name is still used today (you can read about them here).
We met at the organizer’s beautiful house in Britwell Salome and parked on his lawn until we were ready to go, it was a glorious day and the garden looked fantastic with 30 cars ranging from GT40 to Lotus Elan to vintage Alpha-Romeo to Aston Martin to Rolls Royce to Ferrari and so on.
When everyone was ready we set off in convoy up and around the countryside attracting lots of attention as we went paying a visit to Kop Hill (a historic hill-climbing race location) on the way where I couldn’t resist giving the Jensen all it had (but had to slow down before the top as another car was coming down.
As mentioned the drive ended at the home of the Ecurie Ecosse racing team collection owned by Dick Skipworth. Dick gave us a personal tour of the cars in their immaculate garage showing us each of the original cars he has (and still races) with interesting stories along the way. This was followed by a presentation of a TV program by Scottish Television on the team itself showing film clips in period which was extremely interesting.
Finally, we were able to have a look at the Commer transporter which had been restored to its original glory and, as it did back in the day, it regularly transported the cars to events all over the country and even Europe. As a side note; the transporter has an interesting engine concept; a three cylinder horizontally-opposed two-stroke diesel engine, which seems to have proved reliable considering its age.
Having completed the tour we returned to the where we started with Dick joining us with his Aston Martin DHC and we had a relaxing picnic on the lawn in the sunshine and admired each other’s cars.
It was a really great day made all the better with our luck on the weather; Dick has since sold his collection but if you ever get the chance to see the Ecurie Ecosse vehicles I would highly recommend it.