The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 17 September 2007

Scotland’s motor racing heritage parades
at Culzean Autoclassica this weekend

THE launch of the new classic car event the Culzean Autoclassica at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire this weekend, 22-23 September, will feature a nostalgic return to 55 years ago, when the old wartime airfield at Turnberry played host to the prestigious National Trophy and Formula Libra races.

In 1952 Turnberry became just one of two venues ever to host races with Grand Prix team cars entered. Numerous top named drivers were among the entry lists, including Stirling Moss, Ken Wharton and Reg Parnell driving such cars as two legendary BRM V16s and the Famous Thinwall Special Ferrari driven by Mike Hawthorn.

Also present was another great name in motor racing the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team, mostly consisting of Scottish drivers brought together by former Grand Prix driver David Murray who primarily raced “C” Type & “D” Type Jaguar sports cars out of Merchiston Mews in Edinburgh.

They famously won the Le Mans 24hrs race two years running in 1956-57 with the Jaguar “D” Types. Among the drivers who raced for Ecurie Ecosse were Jimmy Stewart, Ivor Bueb and Ron Flockhart.

A planned special photo-shoot at the old Turnberry race circuit this weekend will hopefully recapture the memories of many who attended the races in the 50s.

To celebrate this local racing heritage, the Culzean Autoclassica launch hopes to feature on display a F1 Race car (Jordan Honda EJ12 - pictured below, and also underneath the first paragraph of this article) and a Le Mans 24hrs Race car (Rafanelli - Riley & Scott Mark 111 - pictured above) in addition to many prestigious Sports and GT classics, historic saloons and tourers. All will be on display around the castle forecourts and the Visitor Centre at Culzean.

Members of the public are invited to attend the launch at Culzean Castle on Sunday 23 September from 10am to 5pm and sample a preview of some of the attractions that are being planned for the first Culzean Autoclassica proper in 2008. As with the main event, the launch will attempt to capture both the Turnberry heritage and the castle’s unique ambience and magnificent location by adopting a traditional theme. Participants and members of the public are invited to enter into the Autoclassica spirit by arriving in period costume reflecting their particular era of transport or the fifties and sixties. Prizes will be awarded for the best turned out.

Coupled with all the usual Culzean Castle and Country Park attractions available, the Culzean Autoclassica promises to be a great day out for all the family.

For more information on admission to the launch event, please visit the Culzean Autoclassica website

or the National Trust Culzean Castle website at

1 comment: said...

motor racing is a heritage and an exciting event!