Articles tagged Experimental Department

Page 76 of April 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, April 1984

Vintage Postbag

VSCC will help Sir, Prompted by DSJ's excellent and timely piece on replicas and fakes in your February issue, I am moved to point out that the phrase "VSCC accepted" is one to of which to beware when it appears in advertisers' blurb. The VSCC can have no control over what advertisers put in their copy. Nor does the Club often issue certificates of anything in connection with old cars, knowing...

Page 40 of May 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, May 1983

Motoring as it was

A look back to the roads of the 1920s (Continued from last month)  We left "Owen John", whose past motoring fortunes we are pondering, at the 1921 Motor Show. After this he visited the Motorcycle Show, but seems to have been impressed only by the Ner-a-Car and the Peters, apart from being able to tell the vendors that the Hellesen dry-battery lamp he bought the previous year was still working. He...

Page 35 of November 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, November 1977

A remarkable Sunbeam revelation

How Louis Coatalen copied a 1913 Coupe de L'Auto Peugeot for his 1914 TT cars It is accepted that the Sunbeam that won the 1914 TT, driven by Kenelm Lee Guinness, was a direct crib of the famous and successful 1913 Coupe de L'Auto Peugeot. Louis Coatalen, who had come to the Sunbeam Motor Company in Wolverhampton from Hillman in 1909, had shown himself to be extremely keen on motor racing. He had...

Page 49 of January 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, January 1981

Veteran-Edwardian-Vintage

A Section Devoted To Old-Car Matters A Memory of "The Sunbeam" at Wolverhampton The other day I had an interesting chat with Mr. J. L. Cozens, MBE, TD, about the old days at "The Sunbeam" in Wolverhampton. Mr. Cozens' father, L. V. Cozens, joined that great Company in 1903, and two of his uncles, Norman Cozens and Vic Cozens, were also with the Company, in the respective capacities of Service...

Page 71 of May 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, May 2009

Lunch with John Coombs

That he ran so many top-line drivers is proof of how successful a car entrant John Coombs was. Today, in his eighties, his enthusiasm for enjoying classic machinery still burns bright By Simon Taylor Motor racing’s history is peppered with significant private entrants – highly professional operators who were content to provide cars for others to race, in return for the joy of being involved. In...

Page 28 of May 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, May 1974

Looking back with Dick Jacobs

Earlier this year another era ended in the history of MG when a compulsory purchase order forced the closure of W. Jacobs and Son Ltd., Mill Garage, the most famous of all MG dealerships, run by that famous MG racing driver and entrant Dick Jacobs in Chigwell Road, South Woodford, Essex. Jacobs and Mill Garage possibly gave the MG marque more publicity in the '50s than the entire Nuffield or BMC...

Page 46 of September 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, September 1990

Rolls-Royce and the 8-litre Bentley

It is well known that in 1930 Rolls-Royce was alarmed at the performance and appeal of WO Bentley's fine 8-litre model, which was in direct competition with its Phantom II Rolls-Royce. This was overcome by buying the financially ailing Bentley Motors in a carefully disguised deal, and later on by refusing to let WO use his name on a Lagonda he had designed. The closure of the old Bentley Motors...

Page 44 of March 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, March 1983

"I worked at Rolls-Royce"

We have received the following from Mr. A. F. Atterbury: I started working for Rolls-Royce at Derby as an errand boy at the age of 14 in February 1935 for Mr. E. W. Hives. My starting wage was 9s 6d (47½p). "H.S.", as he was known was then the head of the Experimental Department, and his assistant, who was in thy same office, was Mr. W. A. Robotham. H.S. generally looked after the aero-engine...

Page 42 of December 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, December 1956

Opinion from Paris

Sir, I was most interested in the letter from Bois-Colombes about British sales in Europe, and I endorse all that Mr Holdsworth said. But I have more to add. The British manufacturers' policy of dictating what the purchaser shall have rather than that of giving him what he wants is disastrous; and the manufacturers are so complacent about it. I have, on two occasions, translated road-test reports...

Page 38 of November 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, November 1977

Fragments on forgotten makes. No. 36: The Decauville

Decauville cars date back to 1898. First, from the works at Corbeil, Seine-et-Oise, emerged a sort of four-wheeled Bollee, originally called a Geudon. More conventional cars followed and on the strength of some literature kindly provided by a reader, we can look at Decauville as it was in 1906. Founded in 1854 for the manufacture of distilling apparatus, the Company branched out later into the...

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