Saturday, 30 April 2016

Monza Lister Jaguar

The Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1999 included The Maserati UK Race for Pre-1961 Grand Prix Cars, and the programme of the event had this to say about the car pictured below:
'Brian Lister made his name building sports racing cars in Cambridge, several of which will be out in the BRDC '50s events, but his one-off offset single-seater, built for Ecurie Ecosse to run in the Race of Two Worlds at Monza, is out with Ric Weiland driving.'
The Race of Two Worlds was conceived as an annual exhibition event to be run on the banked oval at Monza and contested by two teams of cars from the USA (USAC cars as in the Indianapolis 500 race) and from Europe (F1 World Championship cars). Because of safety concerns and costs (and a lack of enthusiasm amongst the European F1 teams) the event only lasted for two years, 1957 and 1958, being won by the American cars on both occasions. Ecurie Ecosse entered a team of three Jaguar D-types in the 1957 race, and in 1958 two Jaguar D-types and this single seat Lister Jaguar built especially for the race and consequently known as the Lister Jaguar Monzanapolis. The aluminium body of the car was unpainted for the race, but at some time since then was painted this Ecurie Ecosse blue. It has more recently been returned to the original unpainted finish. Behind the Lister is the 1953 Cooper Bristol MkII of Oliver Robinson and Roddy McPherson.

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