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Patrons of Motor Sport

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An evening with Dick Skipworth

A lively evening of discussion and historic archive film presented by one of the best known recent 'Patrons' of historic motor sport.

Dick Skipworth collected and raced some of the original ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ cars in current historic motor sport events, often driving the famous transporter loaded with three cars to these events.

‘Ecurie Ecosse’, the legendary 1950’s Scottish racing team, was founded and run by businessman David Murray. The team, led by him, consisted of enthusiastic drivers, mechanics and supporters operating from a garage in Merchiston Mews, Edinburgh. Some of the many famous drivers who drove for the team included Ron Flockhart, Jim Clark, Ninian Sanderson, Masten Gregory, Innes Ireland, Jackie Stewart and Roy Salvadori.

The team’s pinnacle of success was in winning the 24 hour Le Mans race in both 1956 and 1957 with D-Type Jaguars.

Built in 1959 the Commer transporter with its blown TS3 engine is a legend of its own. Dick discovered the transporter in a sad state in 1990 and had it restored to its original condition. He will talk about its restoration and of running it as his race transport for many years.

As well as his patronage of the ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ cars, Dick will talk about his on-going role as a patron. He is still preparing and entering several historic racing cars, notably the beautiful light green ERA R3A driven by top historic driver Mark Gilles.

Dick will be joined by his friend Tom Purves, a car race enthusiast, and current Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club. Tom has had a high profile career in the motor industry, much of it involving motor sport with the BMW Group, and some will remember Tom gave a talk to the ‘Friends’ a few years ago on the ‘History of Rolls-Royce’, when at the time he was CEO at the Goodwood plant. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director of the sports governing body, the MSA – Motor Sports Association – and Chairman of Scottish Motorsports.

The two of them will discuss patronage in motor sport, not only Dick’s experience, and David Murray before him, but other famous personalities as well, pre-war and post-war.


The evening will commence at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10.00 pm. The National Motor Museum will be open from 6.00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.


For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust, visit their website.


To purchase tickets, please send remittance to Theresa Browning, Friends’ Secretary, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN (cheque made payable to National Motor Museum Trust Ltd), or give her a call on 01590 614792 to provide payment over the phone.

Tickets will now be sent electronically where possible, so please provide an email address in any correspondence. If tickets are required by post, please provide an SAE.

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