Sunday, 28 April 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013
In 1885 a new invention, the petrol engine, was first used instead of steam to propel
a road vehicle. A year later Gottlieb Daimler, another German, made a car driven by a
motor of his own design. These two men share the credit for an invention which was to
change the transport habits of the world. This quote is from the 1962 book
' The Story of the Motor Car ' a Ladybird ' achievements ' book.
This book is another of my 50p Charity shop specials, this time while
on holiday in Devon. This is typical of the sort of book I would have been
glued to in Primary School, with these wonderful illustrations so typical
of Ladybird books of the period. The Illustrations are attributed to Robert Ayton,
and just look how well behaved those school boys are!
In 1922 Sir Herbert Austin designed and built the very first Austin Seven.
This little car changed the whole idea of motoring. It was the world's first
practical four seater ' baby' car, and it bought the pleasures of motoring
to many thousands of people who could not buy a larger, more expensive model.
A British driver once again raised the Land Speed record when, in
1947, John Cobb drove his " Railton Special " at an average speed of
394.196 mph on the Salt Flats of Utah, U.S.A.
This machine can be seen in the City of Birmingham " Think tank "
or when my Dad used to take me " The Museum of Science and Industry "
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Please find for your enjoyment some images from our 2013 Spring run, a pleasant route of some 42 miles starting in Kenilworth and ending at the Horse and Jockey public house near Atherstone.
We were very lucky with the weather it being dry and sunny, however some of the narrow lanes
still contained large frozen Snow drifts in the more exposed landscape of the route.
owned by Bob Wisdom and recently restored with the help of Dave Sketchley.
This particular machine is an original bike once owned and used by the Royal Signals Display team the ' White Helmets'