Articles tagged David Fry

Page 15 of September 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, September 2001

Fry on the boil

Sir, In his article `Steep Thrills' (August issue), Paul Fearnley failed to mention that Raymond Mays' Shelsley Walsh period of record-holding with ERA R4D was finally broken by Joe Fry driving the `Freikaiserwagen' — a twin-cylinder special built by his cousin David Fry. It was a most exciting day. Fry broke the record by 0.04sec with an electrifying run. And then we waited tensely for Mays'...

Page 52 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, February 1980

Racing Car Development

As mentioned last month the special builder is the genius at developing a racing car beyond all recognition or redemption. The Freikaiserwagen is a classic example, its pre-war design and post-war design having link similarity though, in fact, the aim and concept were the same. Before the war Bristol was a hot-bed of racing enthusiasts and special builders and Dick Caesar was the inspiration for...

Page 80 of July 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, July 1993

Circle line

Sir, Very many years ago, I recall seeing illustrated in your columns a hillclimb or sprint 'special' called the 'Freikaiserwagen'. This vehicle was apparently powered by a rear mounted vee-twin engine and the feature that remains clearly in my memory was the exhaust pipe of the rear cylinder, which was curled round in a complete circle! It appears that this was done to enable the correct length...

Page 17 of October 1947 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, October 1947

Shelsley Walsh Hill-Climb

Raymond Mays nearly equals his record for the Hill. Outstanding Climbs by Gerard's E.R.A., Hutchison's and Poore's Alfa-Romeos. Bolster's E.R.A. and Johnson's Darracq. Fastest unblown time by "Bloody Mary" Those who did not attend Shelsley Walsh on September 27th missed an excellent meeting. Practice times gave great promise of high speeds if the course remained dry on the morrow — which it did....

Page 7 of October 1949 archive issue thumbnail Page 7, October 1949

International Prescott Speed Hill-Climb

Sydney Allard - 1949 British Hill-Climbing Champion Sydney Allard Breaks Course Record (44.26 sec.), Sports-Car Record (47,96 sec.), Wins Three Classes and Final of 1949 R.A.C. Hill-Climbing Championship and Team Prize. Poore's 3.8-litre Alfa-Romeo Second Fastest. Six Class Records Fall. As the above heading indicates, Sydney Allard had a field-day at Prescott on September 11th, securing the 1949...

Page 12 of June 1938 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, June 1938


WHAT IS A SHELSLEY SPECIAL? Last Year, S. H. Newsome presented the Newsome Trophy for the fastest climb of Shelsley Walsh by a' Shelsley Special.", It was duly won by David Fry and the 1 ,097 c.c. Marshall-supercharged J.A.P.engined Preikaiserwagen. This year we were pleased to see that F. Gordon RosSiter had carried on the good work and offered a Trophy for the fastest special, and that there...

Page 45 of June 1969 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, June 1969

The Single O.H.C. Engine

A technical appraisal of current Production Practice by Autolycis A survey taken ten years ago would have shown that there were only 14 makes of cars in series production throughout the world with engines having camshafts located in the cylinder head. Of these, many were specialised, highly-priced vehicles often produced in relatively small quantities. Invariably they had twin overhead camshafts...

Page 9 of July 1940 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, July 1940


THE V-TWIN FOR SPRINT WORK Continued from page 125 So there is some basis for considering the air-cooled V-twin as a sprint job and for believing in its continued development after the war. It may Well be that the research work on air-cooled aeroengines now in hand will especially focus the enthusiasts' attention on the simple engine when speed trials return, and enable even more than um b.h.p.,...

Page 13 of November 1941 archive issue thumbnail Page 13, November 1941

Club news

0444 /kali WE HEAR . . . Bowen-Buscarlet, who used. to drive. a Riley Nine at Brooklands is a Group Captain, R.A.F. Wing emdr. Seroggs now runs an S,S., and has been Seen piloting a Bell " Airoeobra," but has his Trojan in store; Mine is also interested in the Bell. Capt. J. J. Hall has dug out veteran and vintage motor-cycles with a vengeance, and his finds have included A.B.C., Scott, 1912 2-hp...

Page 18 of November 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, November 2002

Fry and Fry again

Sir, Bill Boddy's excellent article in the October issue concerning the Freikaiserwagen was of particular interest to us in Frenchay Village Museum. Frenchay was the home of the Fry family from the time of Joseph Storrs Fry (1767-1835), who built up the great chocolate business of J S Fry & Sons, until the death of David's father, Cecil Roderick Fry, who was the last of the line to chair the...



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