Following on from the disappointment over
the aborted 1936 Le Mans race, 23 of the 25 chassis laid
down in 1936 eventually became Speed Models, although
delivery was spread over the following 4 years. Since
various styles of body were used and some have
subsequently been changed, the Speed models are terribly
interesting for enthusiasts.
The performance of the Team Cars
privately entered in the 24 hour race at Spa, Belgium
must have encouraged another two people to take cars,
both of which were raced in the 1936 RAC Tourist Trophy.
On the left is the first example of a 'customer car'
with a 2 seater Ulster style body by E Bertelli Ltd. One
the right is a similar car; one of seven built with
variations on the style of the Ulster. The second
customer car Speed Model was originally built in the
experimental shop for Richard Seaman to compete in the
1936 Tourist Trophy.
Richard Seaman was probably the best
British Driver of the immediate pre-war period and due
to this the factory did offer support to him with the
race. After running well including the fastest lap for
cars in it's class, the car unfortunately retired with a
seized engine due to lack of oil. The car then spent
some time being raced on the continent including the
1937 and 38 Mille Miglia. After returning to the UK
after WW2 it's present body was fitted in 1950 at which
time the car received the name 'Red Dragon'. The car is
still a regular competitor in AMOC events. Six further
speed models were subsequently bodied as 2/4 seaters by
E Bertelli Ltd (retrospectively known as 'Type A')