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Driver Brian Lister began producing sports racing cars during the mid-1950s, using MG and Bristol engines at first, and then experimenting with Jaguar and Chevrolet power. The Lister-Jaguars of 1957 had success racing against the highly competitive Jaguar D-Types and Aston Martins of the time. In total, there were 34 examples of the Lister-Jaguar constructed.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2007
The Geo Lister Company was formed by George Lister in the late 1890s. Geo Lister formed a partnership with Charles Flatters and Harry Branch, creating a general engineering, blacksmith and wrought ironwork shop. When the partners retired and his sons Alfred and Horace joined the business, the company's name was changed to 'Geo. Lister & Sons' in 1919. In 1930, Horace became sole proprietor after the untimely death of his brother Alfred, and then their father.

Horace's sons Raymond and Brian later became directors in the company, ascending to joint Managing Directorship in 1954. Brian had an interest in racing and one of his first races was in a Morgan 4/4 sports. Later, he built a Cooper-MG sports car with help from Lister apprentice Edwin 'Dick' Barton. This was followed by the Tojeiro-JAP named the Asteroid.

Brian Lister met a one-handed individual named Archie Scott Brown who would later prove his abilities as a world-class racing driver. When the duo met Don Moore, a local motor engineer, the ingredients were formed for what would become a successful series of Lister sports-racing cars. During the 1950s , their cars would be a dominant force in the 'free-Formula' British sports car category and in Sports Car Club of America national Championship competition. The legendary 'Knobbly' Lister-Jaguars and Lister-Chevrolets are a few of the memorable names that raced during the 1958 and 1959 SCCA series.

A new company was formed by Brian Lister, dubbed 'Brian Lister (Light Engineering) Ltd' with the purpose of building racing cars. They utilized engines and various components from MG, Bristol, Chevrolet, Jaguar and Maserati vehicles during the 1950s. The most famous of their creations was the Knobbly. In total, there were no more than 17 original cars constructed in 1958. Following Scott Brown's fatal accident at Spa, Belgium, in May of 1958, Brian Lister closed his car manufacturing business.

In 1990, four special 'Centenary Edition' Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' cars were created to honor the centenary year of Geo. Lister & Sons Ltd. They were made to the same standard as the original. The final products were marketed by Lawrence Pearce in England.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008
The Jaguar D-Type sports racer was a very dominate machine due to its excellent performance and handling characteristics. As such, there was a strong demand from Jaguar to continue to produce sports cars. In 1957 a fire at a factory and Jaguar's withdrawal from racing saw the production of the D-Type come to a close. As a result others stepped in to produce racers based on Jaguar components. One of the more successful of these creations was designed and built by Brian Lister. His first racers came on the scene in 1954 and often competed against stiff competition such as the Aston Martins and Jaguar D-Tpes. Archie Scott-Brown was one of the more memorable drivers who piloted the Lister built machines to many podium finishes and dominated the British racing car scene in 1957, winning 11 out of the 14 races. The 1957 Lister / Jaguar machine was constructed of a light-weight steel space frame chassis and bodied in an aluminum body. Its body was lump and thus it was given the nickname 'Knobbly'. Development continued throughout the years with a total of seventeen examples being created with most going to the United States. The first two examples were built for the legendary American sportsman, Briggs Cunningham. Seven examples were delivered to Jim Hall and Carrol Shelby who outfitted them with Chevrolet power-plants.

In 1959 the aerodynamics were changed and fitted with modified bodies designed by Frank Costin, an aeronautical engineer. The lines were smoothed out considerably, but the changes increased the frontal area and had an detrimental affect on the vehicles aerodynamics. As a result it had a lower top speed. In total, eleven examples were built with two being powered by Jaguar engines.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2007
LISTER MOTOR COMPANY LAUNCHES THE BRIAN LISTER TROPHY
◾New Trophy to support Lister entries in Historic Racing Trophy ◾Calendar announced ◾To support the impressive Lister grids in the Stirling Moss Trophy and other races organised by Motor Racing Legends As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Lister Motor Company has announced that it has created and introduced the 'Brian Lister Trophy' to support Lister racing cars participating in the 2014 historic racing calendar. The new trophy will be awarded to the best performing Lister Mot...[Read more...]
GLOBAL RALLYCROSS ANNOUNCES GRC LITES INAUGURAL 2013 SCHEDULE
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 14, 2013) – Global Rallycross is pleased to announce the inaugural season of GRC Lites, with a six race schedule that will see the new series visit some of the greatest race tracks in America. GRC Lites, the companion series to Global Rallycross's Supercar class, has been designed to be the ideal class for drivers to gain rallycross experience. The inaugural season of GRC Lites schedule will take place from July through November. The six race dates are as foll...[Read more...]
MOPAR's Father And Son Team Working Towards A Memorable Father'S Day At Bristol
◾Mopar competes at 13th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the tenth of 24 national events ◾Johnson has earned three consecutive No. 1 qualifier honors at Bristol Dragway, his home track, but a Pro Stock win has eluded him ◾In 2012, Johnson finished runner-up in the closest finish in NHRA history, decided by less than .0000-second ◾Johnson hoping to celebrate Father's Day with the gift of a win for his father ◾Ron Capps is defending Funny Car winner for Mopar at Bristol ◾Hagan leads Funn...[Read more...]
BIFFLE, KESELOWSKI PACE FORD QUALIFIERS AT CALIFORNIA
 BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) – 'The Miller Lite Ford is pretty fast. I am not a really good qualifier so you know if we qualify well we are going to be a threat. It is a good sign.' WHAT DID YOU FEEL OUT THERE AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT SUNDAY? 'My car was really good and it has a lot of grip in qualifying mode. In the race they tend to have a lot less grip and I would expect that to be the case this weekend. The Gen 6 cars go through the corner really well when th...[Read more...]
Honda, Acura Racers Claim Titles at SCCA Runoffs
 Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national titles and claimed a 1-2 finish in the inaugural B-Spec category, run as a exhibition class, in last weekend's SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. More than three dozen Honda and Acura racers traveled to the classic Road America road course in Wisconsin for this year's 49th annual Runoffs, September 17-23, taking part in 13 of the 30 competition classes. Five drivers used the Honda L15A7 engine in Formula...[Read more...]


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