Nine Iconic ERAs To Take Centre Stage at Chateau Impney

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Half the world's remaining pre-war ERA single-seater racing cars will compete at the inaugural Chateau Impney Hill Climb this July.

We are delighted that eight ERAs will be taking part in the Hill Climb, with another on static display as part of a motorsport exhibition.

It’s a great coup for the Hill Climb to have attracted not one, but nine of the remaining pre-war ERAs in its first year – and it’s not often that car enthusiasts can see one ERA in action, never mind eight competing at once.

READ MORE: Pre-war Brooklands record holder to compete at the Chateau

The full list of ERA models and drivers is as follows:

ERA Driver
R4A Nick Topliss
R4D Mac Hulbert
R7B Julian Wilton
R10B David Morris
R11B Ludovic Lindsey
R12C Terry Crabb
R14B Donald Day
GP1 Duncan Ricketts

Completing the extraordinary line-up of ERAs will be R8C. Originally built in 1936, the car will be on static display as part of a wider motorsport exhibition.

The earliest ERA competing at the Hill Climb will be R4A which dates back to 1935. Together with its contemporaries, it will be vying to outshine an exciting array of co-competitors, including pre-war Grand Prix Bugatti Type 35s, Aston Martins and a number of 1950s sports cars, including rare C-Type and D-Type Jaguars.

With long fast straights and tight bends, the new Chateau Impney course is perfect for cars like the ERA and we cannot wait to see how they handle the new configuration. With that in mind, we’re sure that we’ll have an ERA in the running to be crowned fastest car of the weekend.

The ERA was produced by English Racing Automobiles (ERA), a small racing car manufacturer based in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Established in 1933 by Humphrey Cook, Raymond Mays, and Peter Berthon, only 19 cars were produced by the original factory before World War II. Revered by racing fans around the world, in its heyday the ERA was raced by everyone from aristocracy and royalty to famous racing drivers of the day, even Mays himself.

Seen by many as the only pure English racing car, the ERA has truly earned its place in the annals of British and European road racing history. And we are looking forward to all nine ERAs helping us to write another chapter in Chateau Impney’s motorsport heritage.

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