The ex-Riley works, Bob Gerard, A F Ashby
1929 Riley Brooklands Monoposto
Registration no. VE 4847
Chassis no. 8052
- For a number of years this car had been acknowledged as being the ex-Bob Gerard Bullet. However the recent discovery of another car in the USA, now in the UK, is felt to have a claim to the identity of Bullet. The car on offer today can trace its lineage back to Bob Gerard ownership in 1944 when both cars existed.
Bob Gerard had many Riley spares including engines and chassis. Specific correspondence on file draws reference to a chassis that was modified into single seater configuration by Gerard but remained an unfinished project. It is felt the car of offer today was the unfinished single seater that the Bob Gerard works produced, subsequently seeing active use with Bob Upston in the 1960s.
Chassis numbers for Riley Brooklands are stamped on the front near side dumb iron and this car bears the stamp 8052.