John said: “They’re a bit anarchic. They’re always really battered, but they’re quite competitive cars. The farmer took the GN to pieces, drilled it, sharpened everything and made the Gnat. It’s quite amazing, they’re all really well put together.”
The Gnat was raced until 1932, but then didn’t race again until 1972, when John saw it, at the age of 8. It raced just three times between 1932 and 2001, when John bought it. He has been racing it ever since. Unlike many cars of its era, the Gnat hasn’t been developed and restored and is as close to its original state as possible.
“It’s been a really good day and the car is still going going strong. The second run was definitely quicker than the first runs. I could get into the 40s tomorrow as long as the weather is good!”