BEAULIEU: VISIT REPORT

Recently we were invited to visit the workshops at the National Motor Museum where they are working to restore the 1927 1000hp Sunbeam twin engines that hopefully be running again in March (more on that in a future post!). The Museum tells the story of the advancement of the motor cars and propelled transport, from penny farthings, to steam cars, to icons such as the … Continue reading BEAULIEU: VISIT REPORT

CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Creating a virtual archive for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE’s Virtual Archive In conjunction with Townsweb The vast archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) spans over 150 years in scope and is of National importance. So we were privileged to be selected by the Institution to build a Virtual Archive portal and publish their prestigious holdings online. Above image: Napier Deltic engine, … Continue reading CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

24-hour endurance record, SF Edge

GORDON BENNETT!

At the turn of the twentieth century, motor-racing was fraught with danger.  Races took place on the long, straight, main roads between cities and were impossible to police.  Hazards included spectators on the road, non-race traffic and poor quality roads.  The particularly disastrous 1903 Paris to Madrid race almost ended the sport, when as many as ten casualties (among both participants and spectators) led to … Continue reading GORDON BENNETT!

WINTER READING LIST

The IMechE Library have put together a special, seasonal reading list of selected UK and international papers from a variety of engineering industries including the automotive, aerospace, building and chemical industries. Topics include; building insulation, lighting and heating efficiency and studies on snow, de-icing and the effects of weather conditions on the ground and in the air. IMechE Members, you can read these papers by … Continue reading WINTER READING LIST

Christian Friedrich Lautenschlager in a Mercedes in the 1914 French Grand Prix

IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Planes, trains and automobiles: mechanical engineering archives now online Over 1900 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) are now available online via VADS. From pictures of experimental cars, aeroplanes, engine designs, engineers portraits, railway locomotives and much more. Highlights include works of art of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, images of Napier engines, design drawings of … Continue reading IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Girl with motorised bike, c1898

EARLY MOTOR BICYCLES

  This picture of a very early British motor bicycle originally came from pioneer motorist Montague Graham White’s collection with the note that it was a Lawson 1898-1899 motor bicycle. It is of the first British made motor bicycle that went into production. The first catalogued motor bicycle was the Pennington designed New Beeston Family Motor Cycle, it was featured in their 1898 sales folder … Continue reading EARLY MOTOR BICYCLES

Changing wheels during the record attempt

SIR MALCOLM CAMPBELL

This summer (21st July 2015) Pendine Sands was once again the running location of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Sunbeam 350hp Bluebird. Driven by his grandson, the drive recreated its record breaking run of 1925. The Bluebird set three land speed records: 133.75mph in 1922 driven by Kenelm Lee Guinness; 146.16mph in 1924 by Campbell; and 150.76 mph in 1925 by Campbell. Altogether, Campbell broke nine land … Continue reading SIR MALCOLM CAMPBELL

Dorothée Pullinger

NATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY

Today for National Women in Engineering day, we celebrate the life of automobile engineer Dorothée Pullinger. Born in St Aubin-sur-Scie, France in 1894, Dorothée moved to England at the age of 8. At 16, She started work as a junior in the drawing office of Arrol-Johnston, in Paisley, Scotland where her father also worked as an engineer. By the time that WW1 broke out, Pullinger … Continue reading NATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY

Marshal Liman von Sanders Mercades

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-WWI car model

Marshal Liman von Sanders Mercades In a way this object is something of a curiosity, at first it looks like a fairly regualr model of a car, with nice additions such as a hinged working door. It has been photographed in 3D* so that you can properly see these features. But when you look into its history it reveals itself to be anything but ordinary. … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-WWI car model

Golden Arrow test model

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-Golden Arrow model

The Wind Tunnel Test Model of the Golden Arrow World Land Speed Record Car, designed by Captain John Samuel  Irving and driven by Major Sir Henry Segrave, 1929. The Arrow was also known as the Irving Special.  The Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers [vol. 118, 1930, p.174] record that the Golden Arrow: was the motor car in which Sir Henry Segrave set up … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-Golden Arrow model