JCC 200 Brooklands August 27, 1938
In 1938 Britain, obsolete GP Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, and Bugattis were good enough to win or finish in the top three in most domestic races, their main opposition being the 1.5- and 2-liter ERAs and voiturette class Maseratis. These once-great cars were both obsolete and beginning to wilt, especially given the type of punishment you can see inflicted here. Bira, with engine cover flapping open, goes airborne around the Members’ banking in the White Mouse Garage’s Maserati 8CM (3011) to finish second behind Johnny Wakefield’s ERA, in a race he would have won but for fading brakes.

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