Thursday, 17 September 2015

Clement Voiturette

I took this photograph on the Exchange Station car park in Manchester before the start of the Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1986.
It's one of Clive Williams' cars, an 1897 Clement Voiturette, and the programme of the event had this to say about it:

1           1897 Clement Voiturette
             Reg:  DS 6713  1 cylinder  2.25 hp
             (Clive Williams, Hyde, Cheshire)
In November 1985, this venerable veteran successfully completed its first London to Brighton Run, but not without mishap. Halfway there, the rear number plate fell off and had to be hand-held the rest of the way. The contact breaker assembly fell apart three times, and 15 miles from Brighton the brakes became completely inoperative, so that all braking had to be done through the gearbox with harrowing, but hilarious results. Mr Williams hopes for a less eventful Manchester to Blackpool Run today!

The Manchester to Blackpool run was organised by the Lancashire Car Club in association with the Blackpool Borough Council, and as you can see from the placards behind the car it was sponsored at that time by the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

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