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Pravut
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« on: July 09, 2008, 01:19:30 am »

This E.R.A. "Hanuman" was presented as a gift on the occasion of H.M. The King's 80th Birthday honoring him the world's longest-reigning monarch by Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Quinton Quayle.  This historic race car is now on display at the  Dusidalai Pavilion in the compound of Chitralada Palace, H.M. current residence (is not open to the public in order to protect the King’s security and privacy).   E.R.A. Hanuman was the first of the (Prince) Chula cars to become blue and yellow, “gracious permission” having been given by HM the King for White Mouse to use the Royal racing ‘Silks’

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History:
 
E.R.A. R12B “Hanuman”
 
The ERA was the creation of Raymond Mays and Peter Berthon who, after World War 2, went on to create the F1 BRM series of cars. The ERA, (English Racing Automobile), was very successful, its 1.5 liter supercharged engine producing some 250 horsepower and winning everywhere in the "Voiturette" formula. The "B" Types were originally produced in 1935. In total thirteen were manufactured and the machines were campaigned with some success. One of the best known privateers of the era, Prince Birabongse Bhanubandh, 'B. Bira' of Thailand. His three B-Types (Romulus, Remus and Hanuman) secured over 20 British and International vistories. This is the car as raced in 1938.
 

ERA R12B "Hanuman / Hanuman II" 2.0litre R12B
 
was a 1936 works car with a 2litre engine and in the works black colour scheme. Raymond Mays successfully hill climbed R12B at Shelsley Walsh and raced at Brooklands

1937 The works rebuilt R12B to C-type specification with a 1.5litre engine and a long-range fuel tank. Pat Fairfield was to be the main works driver of R12B/C for the year. After a win with R12B/C at CrystalPalace and DoningtonParkFairfield was killed in the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race. R12B/C was successfully used by other drivers during the rest of the year. The Albi Grand Prix was won by Humphrey Cook/ Raymond Mays.  The BerneGrand Prix, Switzerland and the JCC 200 mile race were won Arthur Dobson. The Brooklands Siam Trophy was won by Raymond Mays.   
 
1938 The works sold R12B/C to Prince Chula for “B.Bira” to drive. R12B/C was painted with a light blue body and yellow chassis and wheels of the “White Mouse” stable and made the national racing colours of Siam (Thailand). In the tradition of “White Mouse” cars, following R2B “Romulus” and R5B “Remus” R12C was named “Hanuman”. “B.Bira” used R12C to gain wins at Brooklands, DoningtonPark and Cork, Ireland.
 
1939 saw “B.Bira” raced R12B/C to win the Nuffield Trophy at DoningtonPark. Somewhat less successfully Bira crashed R12B/C at in practice for the Coupe de la Commission Sportive at Rheims, France. Bira suffered only minor injuries but the car was badly damaged. NOW THIS IS WHERE THINGS GET A BIT TRICKY !  As happens with many well raced cars repair and modification keeps cars on the track but complicates their history. R12B had been modified to C-type spec. and was now repaired with the only available chassis frame (a B-type, probably from R8B left over from its rebuild up to C-type spec.) so that the cars code letter reverted to “R12B” and its name was moved on to  “Hanuman II”. The spare parts from sorting out the mess were set aside – see R12C "Hanuman", below, for what happened to them.   
 
Post-war “B.Bira” was still winning with R12B. Later R12B was sold to an owner in Rhodesia.   
1968 R12B won the Richard Seaman Trophy race driven by David Kergon.

1994 R12B was owned by W.R.G. “Bill” Morris and being driven in historic events by Duncan Ricketts and John Ure.   
 
1999 - Ownership passed to D.H.Wenman.   
 
2001 17/19th. August - Tony Stephens drove R12B at the "MAC 100" meeting at Shelsley Walsh (where the engine capacity was quoted as 1488cc.)  as quoted as 1488cc.)
 

ERA R12C "Hanuman" ( R12B "Hanuman / Hanuman II" )
 
1982 - Respected car restorer and ERA expert W.R.G. “Bill” Morris rebuilt the wreckage left over from the R12B/C “Hanuman” crash and rebuild (see R12B "Hanuman / Hanuman II", above). The project used the original mangled chassis frame from R12B/C, other R12B/C parts and other period parts with any gaps filled by remanufactured parts.
 
The result was “R12C – Hanuman” a C-type ERA as if the 1939
Rheims accident had not happened.  As at the time Bill Morris owned both “R12B – Hanuman II” and “R12C – Hanuman” the question of whether one or the other or both or neither was “genuine” was a matter he would have had to fight out with himself !
 
1990s Morris entered the car in historic events for his driver A.K. “Tony” Stephens. The car was part of the Bourne parade 29th. August 1999 driven by the owner Bill Morris.
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2008, 01:35:16 am »

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2008, 01:47:00 am »

- Raymond Mays congratulates Prince Bira
 
- E.R.A. Hanuman displayed  in England
 
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2008, 04:22:02 am »

- E.R.A. Hanuman II in action using #14 in Chichester, England
- E.R.A. Hanuman II in action using # 38 in Nurburgring, Germany
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2008, 03:11:20 pm »

- Steering wheel & Instrument panel
 
- Straight 6, 2 valves/cylinder, Double side cams, 1.488 liter Engine
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2008, 04:10:23 pm »

- E.R.A. Hanuman came to Thailand for the race in 1985
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2008, 04:18:18 pm »

The young king of Siam - H.M. King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and
H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (RamaIX), the present king,
with Prince Bira at the race in 1937
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2008, 06:21:23 pm »

Thanks Pravut. Very interesting history lesson.
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2008, 06:28:34 pm »

Nice that this historic car has now returned "home"!
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008, 06:50:02 pm »

In a previous job I was selling garage repair equipment and saw many historic cars belonging to the Palace being restored. It is also great to see that many are regularly used.
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2008, 09:24:32 pm »

Great to see this part of Thai motoring history in safe hands.
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2008, 05:01:17 pm »

It seems that appriciation from abroard to our motor racing history is much greater.
 
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2010, 10:07:05 pm »

It"s very nice old car!!!
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