was the chairman of Fairley Steels, and would build a series of
competition cars using the name Fairley (not to be confused with the
Farley Special, a Cooper-derived hill climb special, driven by Chris
Summers). The first few of these were trials cars, but for 1948 he decided
to create a 500. He took an Austin 7 chassis, split the front axle to give
independent swing axle suspension and fitted a single cam Norton engine at
the front, driving standard Austin transmission. Reg finished
7th in the
1948 British Grand
Prix meeting at Silverstone, a significant feat. Later,
he converted this car to a Jowett engine.
More Fairleys would follow, notably:
The Fairley-Ford (later Fairley-Mercury) also known as the £80 special (or
£70 Special, depending on Reg's mood)
This monstrous car appeared on the hills in 1954, gaining a Mercury engine
for 1955 (when it was also driven by a somewhat brave Raymond Baxter)
Mid-way through 1955, Reg purchased Guy Arengo's Cooper Special, complete
with 996cc supercharged JAP engine. At first he just reverted it to
standard rear suspension layout, but it was later rebuilt with a Coventry
Climax 1500cc engine, mounted transversely and driving through the
original motorcycle gearbox.
Further Fairleys would include a Chevron B19 sports racing car, a Chevron
B25, a Ferrari 308, TVR, AC3000ME and a series of saloon cars as Reg's
hillclimbing career continued.