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Railton Terraplane

1934, Campbell Shed, On long term display


Straight Eight 4168cc Hudson Terraplane Engine

This car was ordered by Eric Fernihough and the coachwork was custom-built to his own specifications by John Charles & Co Ltd, Engineers and Coachbuilders, of Brentford. Fernihough regarded it as the best car on the market for all-round usefulness.

Many details were included to accommodate Fernihough’s tall stature. The original colour was black but the car was resprayed red by a later owner in 1955.

Fernihough kept the car in a large workshop at his establishment on the Brooklands Road and would use it for transporting bikes to the Track.

In the autumn of 1934, Fernihough, together with co-rider Charles Mortimer, succeeded in breaking the 500 miles and 12 hour records for a 250cc motorbike. It was only made possible by using the Railton to light the way because, as darkness descended, it became extremely dangerous swerving to avoid the swarms of rabbits on the Track.

Donated by Mrs S Finch

Collection Vehicle