1929 Riley Brooklands Monoposto (Ex Bob Gerard) For Sale
Knowing the provenance of a historic racing car like the Monoposto Brooklands is important. However, it is equally important to know how well a race car will perform and handle. I have owned the Bob Gerard Special for nearly 5 years and in that time my engineer and race partner, James Ricketts (Ricketts Automotive) and I have undertaken a considerable amount of development work. During this time we won numerous awards including the VSCC’s Gary Whyte Trophy and Spero Trophy.
The ‘Gerard’, as it is known, has undergone a complete overhaul including a full body respray. Prior to that the most notable improvements have included a rebuilt pre-select gearbox, a new fuel tank and fuel lines, improving the gearing to a 4.5:1 ratio, enhancing the carburetion and breathing, modifying the flywheel assembly to an ERA type set up and changing the Chinn blower arrangement so that there is less stress whilst maintaining boost and most critically, reliability. Aside of these and many other tweaks, the car has always handled like a dream!
1929 Riley Brooklands Monoposto with a fascinating history.
A full historical narrative comes with the Gerard. The summary version is that Bob Gerard took ownership of the car and its key components in 1935. His intention was to build a Brooklands/Sprite using Sprite components on a Brooklands chassis. Gerard started the project before the war, but didn’t finish it. The project was then owned and progressed by a gentleman called Mr Bailey. Having changed hands several times the car was finally completed by Bob and Nigel Upston. The body work, except for the ERA looking cowl, is a per Bob Gerard’s drawings. During the 90’s the car was raced in Europe and then owned by an Italian collector before returning to the UK.
The Gerard uses Riley 9 front and rear axles as mentioned by Mr Bailey, rebuilt 1100cc Riley 9 engine, a relatively newly built Derek Chinn supercharger, rebuilt preselect gearbox with close ratios, and is sitting on new 19” wheels shod with Blockley tyres. For racing and sprints, the Gerard currently runs on methanol. The car also comes a V5C DVLA registration, quick lift jack and mud wings and lights so could even be driven on the road.
A full information pack on the Gerard’s history and file of works is available.
Since owning the Gerard, James Ricketts and I have developed the car such that we maintained a balance between performance and reliability, whilst ensuring the vintage Brooklands look was maintained. We believe this goal has now been achieved.
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