ERA R11B 'Humphrey' returns to Snetterton
Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:26
David Morris made the 600-mile round trip from Exeter to bring the car. A very significant one it is in the 61-year history of this former USAAF airfield circuit. Ken Wharton was driving Peter Bell's R11B on October 27th 1951, to win the AMOC sprint with FTD and an average speed of 82mph, on the old 2.7 mile circuit. Winner of the first ever motoring competition at Snetterton Heath. The car was painted green in those days, and lined up to beat Dennis Poore's ex-Seaman Alfa Romeo, the only two cars in the unlimited racing car class, amongst the 75 entries.
I have put my photos from Sunday of David & the ERA in one album. Bring on more pre-war racing at Snetterton please, a great day, great cars and a fantastic atmosphere!
Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:46
Very good pictures, by the way...
Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:40
I can't stand it any longer, I'm off to order David Weguelin's book.
Edited to add: There we are, that feels better. I should have bought one when it first came out. It's a lot of money, but what the hell.
Edited by fuzzi, 03 October 2012 - 08:44.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 18:49
Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:49
Well done David Morris! Another great drive from him. Having said that, I did my best to alter the outcome, but it was not to be. I must practice my clutch control! Yes, Snetterton is a fabulous circuit.
Andrew, we spoke of this the other day; aren't ERA's among the 'most raced' cars in the world? (Along with real Listers). Snetterton is an adorable circuit, with a strange atmosphere about it. Echoes...
ERAs must be among the most campaigned cars in the world. I would suspect THE most.
Which one and how many? R4D? R11B? R5B? I suspect R4D, since you have to add Maymans efforts to Weguelins list. More difficult, is how many? 3 or 400 events?
Posted 05 October 2012 - 17:14
R5B is believed to be one of the most raced cars in the world and has probably won the most races too. As of 2008 it had raced in 384 races and won 110.
Edited by grocons, 05 October 2012 - 17:15.