Nigel Orlebar, an English officer in the R.A.F., was one of these spirited followers. For Orlebar, though, watching races was not enough. Even driving could not satisfy him in full. So deeply enthralled was Orlebar with auto racing that he was motivated to build a racing vehicle of his own.
This grand goal of Orlebar’s seems to have its origins in a one-off racer first produced in the late 1920s, initially referred to as the Keith Anderson special. The Keith Anderson special was raced by the owner/driver of the same name, with no great success. In c.1937, Orlebar purchased this vehicle from Anderson and began to overhaul it with better components. An AC engine was fitted, and a modified Amilcar body was draped over a tubular steel frame that Orlebar had fabricated. The much-improved racer was renamed Rabelro—Orlebar’s name spelled in reverse.