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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1935
Numbers built:13 B-types
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 05, 2007
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Chassis: R9B
Featured is R9B, which was raced with a lot of success between 1936 and 1939 in events like the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb and various events on the Brooklands track. In all eight victories and a further nine podium places were scored by R9B.

Especially in 1935 there was not very much the competition could do to beat the ERAs. It was poor reliability that handed some victories to Maserati and the others. Responsible for these International successes were the aforemention Raymond Mays, Richard Seaman and B.Birra. Ironically it was Seaman who was ERA's biggest competitor in 1936. He sold his ERA and consequently, bought and extensively modified a Delage 15 S8 of 1927. Voiturette racing was dominated by the lightning quick Seaman and the very reliable Delage. Interest in voiturette racing grew and by 1937 the big teams entered purpose-built modern racers, for which the aging ERAs were no match.

It's career was perhaps short-lived but all objectives were met. To underline the ability and importance of these small racers, of the 17 built: all but one chassis won at least one race and today all but one remains. After its contemporary career, many ERAs continued to race in historic events and do so to this day. R9B is pictured here on the Dutch Zandvoort circuit where it competed in a single seater race, which was part of the 2002 British Racing Festival.

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  Article Image gallery (109) Chassis (6) R9B Specifications