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Obituary: Brian Lister (1926-2014)

Published 18 December 2014

Sports car designer and racing driver Brian Lister has died, aged 88.

Born in 1926, he left school to become an apprentice at his family’s engineering firm in Cambridge. Having completed his training, he did two years’ National Service in the RAF before returning to work at George Lister and Sons.

A keen jazz and motorsport enthusiast, he helped found the Cambridge 50 Car Club with W A ‘Archie’ Scott Brown.

Brian bought a Tojeiro race car to enter in sprint events but found he preferred design to driving. After convincing his father to fund the development of a Lister race car, Brian teamed up with Scott Brown and mechanic friend Don Moore.

Brian would design and build the car, Scott Brown would drive it and Don Moore would provide the MG engine. The car lined up on its first grid at Snetterton in April 1954 and won. Things moved quickly and the Lister Jaguar was ready in 1957, winning 12 out of the 14 races it entered.

Disaster struck in 1958 when the car crashed, killing driver and Brian’s close friend Scott Brown. Brian was persuaded to keep going, but the all too regular deaths in motorsport convinced him to wind down and eventually withdraw from racing altogether.

Brian's final involvement with motorsport was the preparation of the Sunbeam entries for Le Mans in 1964, although Brian was always supportive of the historic racing aspect of the cars that bore his family’s name.



robman    on 18 December 2014

Brian Lister was a local hero here in Cambridge, so well liked and respected. I remember being thrilled as a boy looking down from my school playground at the Lister Jags being driven round the block from the little garage where they were prepared. Also seeing Archie Scott Brown at his garage in Girton and later racing at Snetterton.

Some kid    on 2 January 2015

Wow, appreciated jazz and loved building race cars. What a cool guy.. I actually only recognized Lister from GranTurismo4, though I never liked the LeMans Jaguar. I never would've known unless I'd caught this ad. In my respect, the least I could do is go and buy the Lister in GT4 in personal respect.

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