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Ecurie Ecosse driver Leslie Thorne ephemera

Leslie Thorne was an accountant whose brief circuit racing career included a world championship appearance. First seen on British hill climbs and in trials during the 1930s, the Scot resumed his hobby after the war.

He switched to 500cc Formula 3 in 1953 with a Cooper MkVI-Norton – racing almost exclusively in Scotland. His friend and fellow-accountant David Murray invited him to race Ecurie Ecosse’s Formula 2 Connaught A-Lea-Francis in 1954. Although mainly seen in lesser Formule Libre and non-championship events, Thorne entered the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He qualified in 23rd position and finished a distant 14th.

Here we have an extremely interesting, and somewhat poignant collection of Leslie Thorn’s personal possessions, photographs etc. some contained in a beautiful, little period case engraved with his initials. Various photographs, annotated to rear in his hand, Christmas card from him and “mummy” to Malcolm, Christmas Card from Stirling Moss in his Mercedes days, gold medal from Scottish Trial, various BRDC items including information relation to the ill fated Walkinshaw proposal form the 1990s, two long playing records including British Grand Prix etc. etc.

A fascinating group of items for the serious collector.

Price ££

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