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1953, Cooper, Formula 2, Jimmy Stewart, K&R Replicas

1953 Cooper T20 Stewart

The Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, was founded in November 1951 by Edinburgh businessman and racing driver David Murray and mechanic Wilkie Wilkinson. The team took part in World Drivers’ Championship races in 1952 – 1954 entering only for the British GP each year. The teams highlight came in 1956 and 1957, winning the 24 Hours of LeMans in Jaguar D-Type. Ecurie Ecosse  raced in Le Mans until 1962, and in 1969 – 1971 took part in the European Formula 2 Championship. In 1953 Scottish team entered two cars for the British Grand Prix – Cooper T20-Bristol and Connaught A.  Cars of Ecurie Ecosse were painted in Flag Blue Metallic paint with white Scottish cross on the nose.  Both cars were driven by a pilot named Stewart. Connaught was piloted by Ian Stewart, and Jimmy Stewart drove the Cooper. Jimmy was the elder brother of future World Champion Jackie Stewart while Ian has no relation to them. It is interestingly that for both Ian and Jimmy it was their only appearance in the World Drivers’ Championship race. Unfortunately neither of the drivers finished the race; Jimmy spun off track on lap 79, and Ian retired with engine problems. Cooper T20 – Bristol, or Cooper Bristol MK1, driven by Jimmy Stewart was the first Formula 2 car built by Cooper Cars. It was produced in 1952 and was powered by a L6 Bristol engine. The Bristol engine had been chosen because it was viewed as the best available 2-liter unit at the time. The manufacturer, Bristol Aeroplane Company based the six-cylinder engine’s design on the pre-war BMW 328. The engine displaced 1971cc with hover-head valves actuated by cross-pushrods. In its developed form it produced nearly 150 horsepower, which was still about 20 horsepower less than the competition.

1953F2WCBritish GP
Driver No.Entrant
Jimmy Stewart18Ecurie Ecosse
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43K&R Replicas
Cat. No.QualityRarity
Factroy built kit

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