Articles tagged Gustav Hamel

Page 30 of February 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, February 1972


Sir, Your recent issues have been very evocative of memory for the writer, particularly the references to early aviation, because my father, Mr. Ernest Brown, purchased an Avro 504K biplane from Col. G. L. P. Henderson in the Brooklands days. At that time the Colonel was running a 45-h.p. Renault. Our Avro was flown up to Lancashire by Jock Anderson, also referred to in your notes, and he...

Page 53 of May 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, May 1979

The other side of Brooklands

With the arrival of better weather, the Editor recalls the days when people went to Weybridge not only to see the motor racing, but to watch the aeroplane races CONSIDERING that the first heavier-than-air machine had proved that it could get off the ground only six years previously, the attention given by the Brooklands authorities to aviation in 1909 deserves to be remembered. Moreover, flying...

Page 33 of April 1962 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, April 1962


BOOK REVIEWS "Automobile Year-9." Edited by Ami Guichard. z16 pp. 12', in, x 91 in. (Edita S.A., Box 1109, Lausanne 1, Switzerland. Published in English, French, German and Italian. English Edition bandied by (1. T. Fault's & Co. Ltd., 1-5, Pert pool Lane, London. sos.) This beautiful annual appears in its ninth edition, which follows the format of previous editions but this time photogravure...

Page 61 of May 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, May 1980

More about the Watkins monoplane

I was somewhat surprised, but delighted, to see the article on the Watkins Robin Goch ("Red Robin") monoplane in the February Motor Sport. Whilst serving at RAF St. Athan in 1975 this little aeroplane intrigued me, standing in the company of some very well-known aircraft, many of which are now in the Hendon Battle-of-Britain Museum. I found that the RAF had very little information on it and much...

Page 45 of June 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, June 1972

The Hammel

Sir, In reply to the question raised by your correspondent Mr. Worthington-Williams in the April issue about a possible family connection between Gustav Hamel and the one and only Hammel car that completed the Brighton run in 1954, I would like to strangle any myth in birth. The Hammel car was a one-off built in the Copenhagen works of A. F. Hammel—spelt with double M—and the spelling alone...

Page 66 of December 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, December 1971

Gustav Hamel

Sir, Reference the letter from George Grigs in "Vintage Postbag" in your November issue in which he mentions my uncle, Gustav Hamel, may I for the record state that he was a Dane and flew a Blériot monoplane similar to the one in which Blériot flew the Channel. He is thought to have "come down in the drink" while attempting to fly to France in 1913 but no wreckage of his plane was ever reported...

Page 40 of November 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, November 1971

Pre-1914 Hendon

Sir, Long dormant memories have been stirred by an item in the August (1971) Motor Sport—which, having been left with me recently by a visiting Canadian fellow-member of the VSCC, I have only just seen. In the first paragraph of your absorbingly interesting article on Cyril Paul, he is reported as having ridden "...a 1911 single-speed clutch-in-hub, belt-drive, Triumph motor cycle to watch the...

Page 39 of January 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, January 1972

Pre-1914 Hendon

Sir, Your correspondent George Grigs need no longer wonder whether there are any more senile readers who can recall the early looping-the-loop demonstrations at Hendon. I was there on the last Saturday of November, 1913, when B. C. Hucks demonstrated the act, flying a rotary-engined Bleriot monoplane. Later it was announced by megaphones that Gustav Hamel was going to attempt looping on his...

Page 75 of April 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, April 1972

The Vipen

Sir, I was interested to note J. S. Thompson's letters in the February issue relating to the Vipen car. Enclosed is a photograph sent to me by the niece of the late Albert Lambourne (designer of the Lonsdale car, Hove 1901, and the Old Mill car, Brighton 1914/15). The inscription on the back is his own and is interesting because it indicates that the car was in Sussex (the "Vanguard" disaster is...

Page 62 of May 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, May 1981


An Occasional Section Devoted to Aeronautical Affairs After the War, an "Aerial Derby" In the beginning the aeroplane was an object of mystery and mistrust to most people, and those who flew them were regarded as "intrepid birdmen", far removed from ordinary mortals. The war of 1914/18 changed that to some extent, as it did the idea that only the wealthy could afford motor cars. So many ordinary...


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