Goodwood Revival Celebrates Scotland’s Iconic Ecurie Ecosse
The familiar blue and white adorned Jags circulated the track as part of the Ecosse celebrations.
Did you know that Ecurie Ecosse is French for “Scottish Stable”? The icon of UK motorsport history ran most famously in the 1950s as a sports car racing group closely linked to Jaguar’s motorsport history. Most famously, the team orchestrated a pair of Le Mans 24 Hour victories, back to back, in 1956 and 1957, 60 and 61 years ago respectively. Both victories were done in Jaguar’s famed D-type, though the Ecurie also campaigned C-types, and XK120s, as well as a few Lister-Jaguar, Tojiero-Jaguar, and Coopers. The team featured such famed drivers as David Murray (team owner), Jimmy & Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Innes Ireland, Masten Gregory, Ian Stewart, Roy Salvadori, Ivor Bueb, and more. You’ll learn all of that and more by watching this Goodwood celebration of the famed team.
During the Goodwood Revival, having taken place last weekend, this gathering of the most famed Ecurie Ecosse cars was a high point of the weekend. Many of the drivers, team members, and Jaguar motorsport staff joined in on the grid to be celebrated as well. There is just something so exciting about seeing all of these cars running around the track again, even at touring speeds. While the video linked above is over 40 minutes long, there is hardly a wasted minute with great information and gorgeous cars in nearly every shot.
There are very few racing teams with quite the history that Ecurie Ecosse has earned, and certainly very few privateer teams to have earned a pair of Le Mans 24 Hour race victories. With the imagery of the blue and white Jags with a backdrop of bag-and-drum music, there is hardly anything else quite so Scottish. A team like this one is for the ages, and nothing the likes of which we’ll ever see again.