Matthew Collins and Diane Paterson are the business
partners who have created Ecosse. The concept was born from
a desire to modify and maintain Peugeots to a high standard.
As they owned Peugeots themselves they really understood the
frustration of the Peugeot owner who wanted to create their
dream car. The lack of parts, accessories and knowledgeable
Peugeot companies was all too evident in Scotland, but it
has become obvious once Ecosse was up and running that it's
niche was not only Scottish Pugs.
and Diane joined the Peugeot Sport Club (formerly the GTI
Club) to hopefully share info and ideas with like minded enthusiasts.
A short time later Diane was becoming very involved with the
running of the national side of the club. This was mainly
due to her success in regenerating the Scottish section. Through
Diane's contact with club members she started to realise that
most members were experiencing similar problems, where to
find creative styling, who to speak to about honest tuning
advice and where to buy products that really do work! There
were no Peugeot companies that could combine tuning, interior,
exterior styling, suspension, brakes etc and had the passion
to build new and diverse projects and put Peugeot into the
Through their own experiences of modifying Diane's
205 they knew there was a real need in the Peugeot sector
for a good all round company that could innovate and pioneer
new ways to take Peugeot modifying to it's peak. This is when
Ecosse began to take shape.
and Diane had been both so involved with Peugeots over a period
of years that they were fast getting known as the people to
speak to for information and advice. They had begun to locate
unusual styling and tuning parts from France and they were
now convinced that their own experience of modifying could
help others to create special Peugeots through the expertise
of Ecosse. The task of making Ecosse happen was more of a
transition for Matt and Diane. They had always been searching
for parts and service as enthusiasts.
The location of Ecosse was due to Diane and
Matt staying locally which would make life easier for commuting
every day. They wanted to make sure they weren't in a maze
of industrial estates nor far from the major motorways. Though
the workshop came from humble beginnings the real transformation
can only truly be appreciated by looking at the photos. The
workshop was renovated from sheer determination and a great
belief by friends and family who gave their time to make Ecosse
come alive. The Peugeot Sport Club members were just as involved
in building the workshop and instigating it's creation. All
the tradesmen were Peugeot owners from the plumbers, joiners,
roofers to the builders and they gave their time in exchange
for parts and labour on their own Pugs. It took the best part
of a year but the workshop came to completion to allow Ecosse
to open in February 1997.
Ecosse were starting to build their project cars which gave
them magazine features in all the modified car magazines in
the UK. Through these cars Peugeot owners were given new inspiration
on what Ecosse could do about tuning and styling on thier
own Peugeots. Pioneering engine projects that had never been
attempted before started making their way from the Ecosse
workshop. The first 406 turbo engine into a 306, V6 24V into
a 306 cabrio, two door conversion sedan with a modified 360
bhp T16 engine and a Mk1 106 with a 106 1.6 16V engine transplanted.
These are to name just a few.
the name Ecosse is French for Scotland they wanted to make
the French connection. This was their intention from the start
as France is the Peugeot heartland. The French way of styling
was a breath of fresh air in the UK market and Diane and Matt
knew they could build amazing cars if the manufacturers/suppliers
in France would join forces with them. Many French specialist
companies have all been involved with Ecosse from the start.
They built up a trusting and loyal relationship with each
other. Ecosse ensures that the French products are protected
and they make sure the products are shown in the best way
possible. Ecosse will hopefully continue finding the best
in France and the rest of the world and return it to the UK.