1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar

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During 1958 David Murray of Ecurie Ecosse had run beside his team's remaining Jaguar D-Type and new Lister-Jaguar an early Tojeiro-Jaguar UK-registered '7 GNO'. It had demonstrated sufficient promise for him to commission Tojeiro Automotive Developments of Barkway, Royston, Hertfordshire to build his team a more advanced new car for 1959. 'Wilkie' Wilkinson was developing a new 3-litre version of the Jaguar XK engine based upon the short-block 2.4-litre production unit, while senior Ecosse mechanic Stan Sproat was seconded to TAD to help build and prepare the new car. It was completed at Barkway and fitted with a handsome new body crafted by Williams & Pritchard of Edmonton, London. It had a neat nose line, D-Type like headrest and a vestigial tail fin, and in search of maximum speed along the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans John Tojeiro fared-in the wheels as much as seemed sensible. The new car its brand-new unpainted aluminium bodywork sparkling - was taken to Ecurie Ecosse's famous headquarters in Merchiston Mews, Edinburgh for finishing in time for its public racing debut in that June's Le Mans 24-Hour race. It was co-driven there by the team's double-winner 1956-57, Ron Flockhart, and John 'Jock' Lawrence and it went well, running in fourth place for many laps and never lower than seventh.

 
Provence Moulage; Tojeiro-Jaguar; 1959 24h Le Mans DNF; Flockhart & Lawrence; RN8 Provence Moulage; Tojeiro-Jaguar; 1959 24h Le Mans DNF; Flockhart & Lawrence; RN8  

Pinko Automodelli PI-247; Tojero Jaguar; 1959 24h Le Mans DNF; Flockhart & Lawrence; RN8

Provence Moulage; Tojeiro-Jaguar; 1959 24h Le Mans DNF; Flockhart & Lawrence; RN8

 

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