A marquee at the 2014 Kop Hill Climb (20/21st September 2014) will present ‘the Best of British’ from yesteryear.
The centrepiece of a unique presentation will be the 1924 GP Sunbeam, this is the outright holder of the Kop Hill Climb record established in 1925 and driven by Sir Henry Seagrave, one of the foremost racing drivers of the day.
The GP Sunbeam will be joined by the 1914 Rolls Royce Alpine Eagle, a motor car which could have seen active service in World War 1 (and represents part of the KHC tribute to the centenary this year). Both cars have been generously provided by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. The Sunbeam and Rolls Royce attend Kop Hill Climb thanks to generous sponsorship from Millers Oils.
Joining these unique cars on display will be 3 ERA’s (English Racing Automobiles). Only 24 cars were produced, of which 23 are still running very competitively today. Each car had a designated number e.g. R1A. Kop Hill Climb is very proud to play host to R3A owned by Kop Hill Climb Patron, Dick Skipworth, R8C - owned by Guy Spollen and R4A owned by Nick Topliss.
English Racing Automobiles was founded by Raymond Mays, Humphrey Cook and Peter Berthon. They started production of single seat racing cars in November 1933 based in Bourne, Lincolnshire. The cars were designed to compete with Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Delage and others but ERA was to become the dominant force in English voiturette racing, winning many races from 1934 until after the second World War, upholding British prestige in Continental racing.
Apart from ‘Works’ entry cars, driver owners included the 7th Earl Howe, Bob Gerard, Raymond Mays, Dick Seaman, H.H. Prince Chula and many others.
Kop Hill Climb is very proud to announce these three cars will be on display over the entire weekend.
The presentation is also hoping to include the only two known surviving Cubitt cars, made in the 1920’s in Aylesbury. Cubitt Cars Director was racing driver S. F. Edge.