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E. Keynes Purchase

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E. Keynes Purchase (1862- )

1904 PURCHASE, E. Keynes, Brockley Lodge, Weybridge, Surrey. Car: 12-h.p. Napier, Daimler, Gladiator. Total distance travelled since becoming a motorist: 80,000 miles. Hobbies: Yachting, cycling and photography. Is hon. architect to the A.C.G.B. & I., and in 1903 converted the Down Street stables at the rear of the Piccadilly premises into the club garage. Considers that a motor-car offers the most enjoyable and healthy means of travel, and unlike most other sports, does not absorb too much time. In cases like his own, where work is spread over a large area, thinks the motor not only saves time, but proves a medium for combining work with pleasure. Is of opinion that the motor's greatest future lies with the heavy traffic side of the question, and as a means of transport thinks it cannot fail to assert its superiority. Clubs: City Carlton, Constitutional, Aero, National Sporting, Start Bay Yacht, Warlingham Golf, A.C.G.B. & I. [1]

1903 Bio Note [2]

PURCHASE, E. K.- Born in 1862 and educated at Amersham Hall, Mr. E. K. Purchase is by profession an architect. His experiences on the road started when sixteen years of age, and for many years he has been an ardent bicyclist. Speaking of his early recollections in this respect, he says:- "I can remember when the prejudice against cycles was much greater than it now is against motors, and when horses were so frightened at the sight of a bicycle that in nine cases out of ten one had to dismount and walk past." His first experiences of automobilism were on a motor tricycle, succeeded by a 6 h.p. Daimler. His present car is a 12 h.p. Gladiator, and the next one, now on order, a 12 h.p. Napier car. Mr. Purchase has been a member of the Club for a great number of years, and as Hon. Architect has done a great deal of useful and valuable work, thus helping much in making the home of British automobilism at 119, Piccadilly, what it is to-day. The new Garage and offices at Down-street, with all the additions, such as gymnasium, weighing-room, &c., are claiming at present a good deal of time and labour from Mr. Purchase as Hon. Architect.

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Sources of Information

  1. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  2. 1903/02/26 Automobile Club Journal
  • Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1903