Huge ERA celebration to take place at Silverstone

| 12 Feb 2014

A special all-ERA race is on the cards for the VSCC's Sprint Start meeting at Silverstone to mark 80 years of both ERA and the Vintage Sports-Car Club.

The race, on 13 April, will be part of a 20-grid programme at the event and will try to attract virtually all of the fewer-than-20 ERAs built and be supplemented by ERA-engined derivatives with close associations to the marque.

There will also be a period-style garage, in which all the cars will be displayed over the weekend, and R5B 'Remus' will be on show at Race Retro (21-23 February) to help publicise the race. 

David Morris, owner and driver of R11B ‘Humphrey’ and ERA specialist is one of the driving forces behind this race. Morris won the Goodwood Trophy at last year’s Revival Meeting, followed by his ninth, and the car’s twentieth, Historic Seaman Trophy at the VSCC Snetterton Race Meeting two weeks later.

He said: “I can hardly believe it is 10 years since the last all ERA race at Donington and 20 years on from my first. Fortunately R11B seems to have barely aged at all, unlike his owner! 

"I am very much looking forward to the 80th Anniversary celebrations, in what has to be the world's most successful brand of racing car of all time. The sight and sound of a group of ERAs is always special. I can only liken it to the Spitfire – it looks right, sounds right and is still a British winner 80 years on.”