The ERA Club welcomed 110 of its members and guests to their annual reunion dinner at the weekend, which also included its much-anticipated prize-giving ceremony. Several of the awards went to Hill Climb class winners, with other Hill Climb competitors claiming the rest for their success throughout 2015’s motorsport season.
The Rivers Fletcher Trophy is named after the club’s President in Perpetuity and one of the founders of the ERA club, and is awarded to the driver of the most successful 2-litre engined ERA car(s). This year, the award was won by Nick Topliss, who competed in ERA R4A at the Hill Climb.
The Bob Gerard Trophy is given to the driver of the most successful 1.5-litre engined ERA car(s), and was awarded to Terry Crabb at this year’s celebration. Terry competed at the Hill Climb in an ERA C-type, and the award was initially donated to the club by Bob Gerard after his 1947 win in ERA R14B.
Dan Geoghegan was the proud recipient of the Rubery Owen Trophy, which is given to the driver of the most successful car with an ERA engine. Dan competed at the Hill Climb in the Riley MPH ERA and has had a great season.
However, James Baxter was the star of the show and claimed two awards on the evening, receiving both the Anthony Mayman Sprint and Hill Climb Trophy, and the Gordon Chapman trophy – the latter of which is awarded for the fastest ascent of the Prescott short course in an ERA. James not only triumphed in Class 8 at the Hill Climb in the ERA D-Type, but has been achieving fantastic times at several VSCC events throughout the season.
Paddins Dowling, another Hill Climb class winner, earned the Overseas Trophy for achieving the most successes outside of the UK in an ERA car. Paddins won Class 7 with ERA R10B at July’s Hill Climb and has competed at lots of different events across Europe.
The Francis Howe Trophy, donated to The ERA Club by the 8th Earl Howe, was awarded to Julian Bronson for promotion of the ERA marque. Julian competed in the Scarab at the inaugural Chateau Impney Hill Climb.
We were delighted to host The ERA Club once again. We look forward to seeing them at future events at the Chateau, and we hope that we’ll be seeing a big turnout of ERAs at the 2016 Hill Climb! For further information about hosting your club’s annual dinner at Chateau Impney, please call 01905 77 44 11.
All photos are provided courtesy of Alan Cox.