Bloodhound SSC


SSC land-speed record attempts capture all the excitement of motoring, racing and cutting edge technology in one! The Jeantaud was the first to set a record. It was a French automobile manufactured in Paris 1893-1906 by Charles Jeantaud – a coachbuilder who made his first electric car in 1881. Among the cars built by him, one established the first land speed record (39.24mph) in 1898. The 1899 … Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF LAND SPEED TIMES

Scotcher's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. William Goodliff Scotcher: 15th September Graduate 1912; Associate Member 1918. Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, Central Argentine Railway, Captain, 50th and Lieutenant, 112 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Temporary 2nd Lieutenant, East Yorks Regiment. Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches and Military Cross: ‘This decoration was awarded to William Goodliff Scotcher for an act or acts of … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


Man’s fascination with Mars goes back millennia. Mars is also one the few heavenly bodies on which we see surface features; these have inspired the imagination of everyone from scientists, to artists, to writers. The records of Martian observation date back to the 2nd millennium BC when Egyptian astronomers observed the planet and recorded its position. It was portrayed on the ceiling of the tomb … Continue reading REACH FOR THE STARS

Hopkinson's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Bertram Hopkinson: 26th August Member 1904 (life member). Professor of Mechanism and Applied Mathematics, Cambridge. Colonel, Royal Air Force. Awarded: Companion of St Michael and St George. Killed in flying accident, England. 1918 Obituary  Colonel BERTRAM HOPKINSON, C.M.G., F.R.S., was born in Birmingham on 11th January 1874, the eldest and only surviving … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Shirley's membership entry


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Frederick Lewis Shirley: 1st August Associate Member 1911; Member 1916. Assistant General Manager, Bengal Iron & Steel Co. Private, Middlesex Regiment, 30th Battalion. Died at home. Note: spelt Lewis and Louis. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

RAF 100

1918 is a key date in the history of aviation, one could almost say it’s when professional aviation was born. It was of course, the birthday of the Royal Air Force (RAF). 100 years later IMechE Headquarters was privileged to be on the flight path for the celebratory fly-past on 10th June, and close to an exhibition of planes at Horse Guards. The formation of … Continue reading RAF 100