Engine: Frazer Nash 4-cylinder OHC with twin Centric Superchargers running on racing methanol fuel
List of Owners
1935: Adrian (T.A.W.) Thorpe
1936: Frazer Nash driver: A.F.P. Fane
1947: Lt. Col. C.P. Vaughan, D.S.O.
1970: Jumbo Goddard
2005: Reinhard List
One of only two twin supercharged Single Seater race cars built by Frazer Nash in 1935, this car was made to the order of Adrian Thorpe who raced it at Brooklands. Although extremely fast it did not have the reliability to match the speed. So Thorpe soon tired of the car and sold it back to Frazer Nash where it became the Works Frazer Nash race and hill-climb car, driven exclusively by their super talented driver A.F.P. Fane.
With the Factory running and maintaining the car it proved far more reliable and became very successful, finally fulfilling its early promise. The car’s most famous victory came at Shelsley Walsh in 1937 when Fane broke the hill record— which had been in the hands of Raymond Mays with his E.R.A. for many years— with a stunning time of 38.77 seconds.
Fane then drove the car until the outbreak of World War Two. Since then it has had only five custodians including the current owners and has rarely been seen since the 1970s. The new owners though intend to use the car much more frequently and to return the car to Shelsley Walsh where it hasn’t been seen for approximately 50 years.
Fane also drove the Works Frazer Nash sports cars and was a Works driver for BMW and Mercedes too. When war intervened he became a reconnaissance pilot, famously recording the position of the battleship ‘Tirpitz’.
He was killed in his Spitfire in bad weather, tragically, in 1942.
The Fane Single-Seater, as this car has become known, is on the button and ready to race having successfully competed at the Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Snetterton too.
Displayed courtesy of Mr Patrick Blakeney Edwards & Mr Andrew Hall from Monday 12th August to Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019.