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ERA R4D - The Autobiography of R4D, by J. Mac Hulbert

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The sixth book in the Great Cars Series

The famous cars made by ERA (English Racing Automobiles) epitomise British motor racing during the 1930s and have a very special place in the affections of patriotic enthusiasts. This magnificent book tells the story of a uniquely historic example that has competed almost without a break for 80 years and achieved innumerable successes. R4D was campaigned extensively before and after the Second World War by Raymond Mays, the leading light of the ERA company, before passing through a succession of subsequent owners who have kept this famous car at the forefront of competition to the present day. The extraordinary life of R4D, a formidably powerful and charismatic racing car, is told in fascinating detail in this long-awaited book.

de Luxe edition of ERA R4D.  Copies of this edition are all signed by J. Mac Hulbert, Julian Bronson, Duncan Ricketts & Brian Fidler

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  • Early phases of life as R4B and R4C during the period 1935–37, including epic adventures on the continent – in France, Germany and Switzerland – and also in South Africa.
  • Modified to become R4D, the car achieved even greater fame driven by Raymond Mays in hillclimbs and races, from record-breaking at its spiritual home, Shelsley Walsh, to racing in the British Grand Prix.
  • Post-Mays, more success came with Ron Flockhart (1952–53) and Ken Wharton (1954–56), R4D remaining incredibly competitive despite advancing years.
  • Mid-life: with a succession of dedicated owners who were enthralled by its history, R4D kept on competing from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, sometimes with spectacular success.
  • In Anthony Mayman’s fastidious hands (1984–93), R4D returned from a period of hibernation to dominate Britain’s burgeoning historic racing scene, taking win after win against more modern opposition.
  • After further changes of ownership, the author eventually acquired R4D in 2001 and, true to the car’s heritage, continued to compete with it extensively and successfully, also becoming its longest-serving custodian since its early life with Mays.

 

Author

Born in Somerset, J. Mac Hulbert is an academic who spent most of his career at Columbia University in Manhattan, where he was the R.C. Kopf Professor of International Marketing. His passion for historic cars has led him to own and compete with a huge variety of machinery, including ERA R4D in the period 2001–15. He has written many books about business, but this long-awaited and thoroughly researched work is his first about cars.

 

‘Mac Hulbert's peerless study of R4D takes us into the privileged world of a previous owner and racer of a 1930s icon – a great history that all but places you in the driver's seat. It succeeds in explaining what makes this car so special’. Keith Adams, Classic Car Weekly

Book Reviews & Testimonials

'R4D has arrived safely, thank you. It looks great and a tribute to Mac and Porter Press.'

 

Regards, CM

'This book is superb - well written, edited, laid out and printed.  I can find nothing to criticise.

 

'I am a great ERA fan but had never before seen many of the photographs.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Roger Still

'I have just purchased a copy of The Autobiography of ERA R4D.  I would like to congratulate you and J. Mac Hulbert on producing such  splendid book.  It will be a great addition to my racing library.' Mr Rooper

Graham Hunt, March 2017

'The book is just great, thanks. Totally met expectations at first sight. Looking forward to reading about a truly wonderful racing car!'

de Luxe Edition

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De Luxe (signed) Edition - A stunning limited edition, bound in black leather with gilt edges, and cased in a grey cloth slip-case. As a special touch, there is an embossed reproduction of the chassis number on the front of the book.  The leather-bound
de Luxe edition is limited to just 100 copies and is signed by author, J.Mac Hulbert,
Julian Bronson, Duncan Ricketts & Brian Fidler

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The Autobiography of R4D

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