R3A – the ERA race car famously campaigned in period by marque founder and tuning ace Raymond Mays – will be in action at the VSCC Welsh Speed event in Pembrey this coming weekend.
VSCC hot shoe Mark Gillies is flying from the US to be behind the wheel of the iconic English Racing Automobiles car, which will be joined on track by ERA R12C. Gillies – who already has a quartet of Historic Seaman and Patrick Lindsay Memorial Trophies under his belt – is hoping to rack up a fourth Hawthorn Spanish Trophy this time in R3A on 4 September. The famous racer is owned by American Mary Smith, widow of the collector and racer, the late-Rodney.
The meet starts with a Sprint on Saturday when 70 or so vintage cars, ranging from Austin Sevens to pre-war single-seaters such as James Baxter's single-seater Frazer Nash, will compete on the Welsh circuit.
Racing takes over on the Sunday and will be up against a raft of challengers, though Terry Crabb running the smaller-capacity ERA R12C is more likely to be mixing it with the Bugattis than Gillies.
Frazer Nash, Morgan, Kurtis Indy car, Cooper Bristol, Alvis, GN and an American Ford track racer also line up for the combined Boulogne and Hawthorn Memorial Trophies, the feature race of the meeting.
Sam Stretton aims to secure the Owner, Driver, Mechanic trophy, an annual award for competitors competing in Standard and Modified Pre-war Sports-Cars race, in his 1937 Alta.
He’ll face a stiff challenge from Fred Wakeman who won the Donington round of this series in his Frazer Nash Super Sports. Pembrey is Jerome Fack’s local race event so he’ll be looking for a good result in his Brough Superior Alpine. Norman Pemberton travels all the way from Lancashire to race his Talbot 95/105 and Neil Twyman’s Alfa Romeo 8c adds a touch of glamour to the proceedings.
Dougal Cawley has won three of the four races for ‘Special’Pre-war Sports-Cars series this year in his 1929 GN Ford Special ‘Piglet’. Dudley Sterry in the 1937 HRS Sports is his nearest threat in the 8 lapper.
1950s Sports Racing Cars such as Julian Majzub’s Sadler and Tim Llewellyn’s Tojeiro Jaguar will enjoy a pre-Goodwood Revival Shakedown in the 16 lap race. Geraint Owen’s 5 ∏ litre Kurtis is the largest capacity car on the grid and Ralf Emmerling travels from the South of France to race his 1959 Elva.
The spectator entry fee for the Saturday Sprint is £10 per person on the gate, and entry is £12 for Sunday.
VSCC Members can take advantage of a £2 saving by purchasing tickets for the race meeting in advance before Wednesday 31 August.