Privateer legends rounded up for Chelsea

| 11 Aug 2011

A special section at Chelsea AutoLegends will celebrate the great "privateer" teams and their patrons.

The glorious achievements of Ecurie Ecosse – which twice bettered the Jaguar works team to take Le Mans victory in 1956 and '57 – will be marked with a Le Mans-themed feature,

Cars on display will include a D-type – the sister car to the Le Mans winner – plus the Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite and the Cooper T57 raced by the team at the 24 Hours in 1961.

There’ll also be the 1962 Tojeiro-Jaguar and, bringing the story more up to date, the Group 2 Ecosse-Ford from 1982. The original team disbanded in 1971, but in the 1980s a group of Scottish enthusiasts led by Hugh McCaig revived the name.  Of course, the famous twin-axle Commer Ecurie Ecosse Transporter will be there, too.

Also taking centre stage on 4 September will be Alan Mann Racing – the distinctive red and gold colour having adorned a range of Lotus racers, but also everything from a Ford Falcon to a GT40.

For the Surrey racing stable, the touring cars will be represented by the Ford Lotus-Cortina used by Sir John Whitmore to win the 1965 European Touring Car Championship, as well as his 1965 Ford Mustang and a Mk1 Escort from the 1968 British Saloon Car Championship.

Long-distance racers include a GT40 and, to be confirmed by organisers, the ill-fated 1968 Ford F3L – also known as the P68 – that failed to finish any race it was entered for, in spite of being driven by stars like Bruce McLaren, Jochen Rindt and Richard Attwood.

Other privateer entrants will be celebrated as well, including the legendary 1961 TT-winning Ferrari 250 GT SWB raced by Sir Stirling Moss in Rob Walker colours, plus cars entered by John Coombs, Tommy Sopwith and Colonel Ronnie Hoare.

Other themes include the 10 most significant road cars of all times, as voted by Autocar magazine and Group B rally cars.

Visit the Chelsea AutoLegends website for ticket info and booking for the event that takes place at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.