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1907 Manchester Motor Show

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February 1907.


The third motor-car show organised by the Manchester and District Motor and Cycle Trades Association was opened in the Zoological Gardens, Belle Vue, Manchester, on Friday last week.

The venue is a novel one, as, in addition to the buildings in which the cars are displayed, opportunities are available for making trial runs in the grounds and for testing motor-boats on the lake.

One of the largest stands is that of Mr. Henry Garner, of Nantwich, who is exhibiting examples of both the Beeston and Coventry Humber vehicles, as well as of the 14-16 h.p. and 16-20 h.p. Argylls.

Messrs. Huntley Walker and Co., Ltd., have a large stand, the exhibit including a 40 h.p. Weigel, a 40 h.p. six-cylinder Darraeq, a 20-28 h.p. Darracq landaulet and an 80 h.p. racer.

Several examples of the well-known 14 h.p. Germain chainless cars, including one with a landaulet body, are displayed by Mr. Theo Masui.

Mr. A. H. Meldrum, Timperley, shows two standard Swift 9-10 h.p. cars, each fitted with the "Swift" twin-cylinder engine, which did so well in the Scottish Reliability Trials last year. On the same stand is a smart 9-11 h.p. Swift three-cylinder doctor's landaulet. This is a new design, the steering wheel, levers etc., being worked from the inside.

Mr. F. Zorrilla, Manchester, in addition to a J. P. car, has on view the chassis of a new local-built vehicle known as the "Empress." The vehicle, of which we give an illustration is of 14-20 h.p., and is fitted with a four-cylinder engine having high tension magneto ignition, The transmission is by a cardan shaft to a live axle.

A new two-seated car known as the New Pick is shown by Messrs. L. F. Harvey and Co., Salford. It has been designed to meet the demand for a four cylinder vehicle at a moderate price, and is fitted with an engine of 12-14 h.p.

Examples of the 18 h.p. and 10 h.p. Star ears, including a polished chassis of the latter, are displayed by Mr. J. Garlick Looker, Heaton Chapel.

The British Motor Company, Manchester, also show the Star, Stuart, and Starling cars.

The Wolseley-Siddeley vehicles are exhibited by Mr. E. Whitehurst.

The Laurin-Klement and New Leader by Messrs. G. P. Cookson and Bros.

Two examples of the Speedwell cars - 25-30 h.p. and 10-12-h.p. — are staged by the Addison Motor Company, Liverpool.

Other pleasure cars on view include the Rolls-Royce, Orleans, the 30 h.p. White steamer, the Globe, the Quadrant, with special cross-roller change-speed gear, the Rothwell, the Riley, the Gregoire, and the Airex.

A lending feature of the show is the representative collection of industrial vehicles which has been got together.

The Lancashire Steam Motor Company, Ltd, display a 5-ton steam wagon, and also a 30 cwt. petrol van built for the Kodak Company.

Steam motor wagons are also shown by Messrs. Fodens, Ltd., Sandbach, the St. Pancras Ironwork Company, Ltd., London, Messrs. Alley and Maclellan, Ltd., Glasgow, the Yorkshire Steam Wagon Company, Ltd., Leeds, and Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Company, Ltd., Leeds.

In the accessory section the exhibitors include the General Petroleum Company (Shell motor spirit), Messrs. W. Battye and Son, Wigan (motor clothing), Pratt's Patent Manufacturing Company, Dukinfield (silencers), and Messrs. John S. Morris and Son, Salford (oils and greases).

A new safety starting handle for use in connection with petrol engines, and intended to prevent the operator receiving any injury in came of a "back kick, forms one of the novelties in this portion of the show; it is exhibited by the Meldrum Safety Starter Syndicate, of Hale, Altrincham.

Mr. M. Rimmer, Liverpool, is present with a range of the Premier accumulators, motor lamps, and the Darius and Maxim non-skids.

Included in the miscellaneous exhibit of Mr. F. D. Nawell, Manchester, we notice the Avery autovice and box spanners, and the Kyl-Fyre tire extinguishers.

The tyre exhibits comprise the Moseley, Harburg-Wien, Clincher, Dook-Swain, the Shrewsbury and Challiner, the Sirdar, Continental, Dunlop, Peter Union and Midland, and the Pegasus non-skid. The Show closes to-day (Saturday).

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Motor Car Journal of 16th February 1907