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About Quiz #357 : Evie Greene and her.....

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Sorry old chaps, the quiz car featured last week is no Sunbeam, no Maudslay, no Cadillac, no Thorneycroft and no Napier either. Rarely ever we receive so many different makes to one photo. Almost as if in this period - like today -  all cars looked alike... However this outcome was more or less predicted by our good friend and sender of the photo, who said there was only one way to distinguish this car from others of the same era. It is 'the bowl', the bulbuous arrangement right below the steering wheel. In fact this is a 'dashboard locker' where one could keep pipe, goggles and a bit more. It took Howard Morgan not too many words to win Quiz #357, outside the jury he was the only one to be correct:  "Made by J.W.Brooke and Co Ltd of Lowestoft. The model could be the 14HP car with a longitudinal three cylinder engine and a chain type gearbox. The year could be 1903." (Howard is very cautious in his wording and when you read the comments of jurymember Ariejan Bos you will...(see Read More) ) Congratulations Howard! Be sure to send your mailing address to info**for @).    Most wellknown Brooke is probably the Swan car which now resides in the Louwman museum. A new chance next week; or test your knowledge of   'every day cars' at PostWarClassic. Check tough-to-crack #71.

.....understand why.:

"Brooke started manufacturing cars in 1901 with an unusual design: the 10hp 3 cylinder engine was mounted transversely with double chain drive to the rear wheels. By 1903 the engine output had been improved to 12hp. Cooling was tubular, the tubes arranged around a (small) coal scuttle bonnet. In 1903 a new, improved 14hp 3 cylinder engine with mechanically operated inlet valves was introduced at at the Crystal Palace Show early February.

A racing version of the complete car was shown at the Agricultural Hall Exhibition end of March and had a completely different design with a longitudinal mounted engine and honeycomb radiator. The 1903 Brooke in the mystery picture, with the then famous musical star Evie Green at the wheel, doesn't have a coal scuttle bonnet anymore, but it is still lacks the honeycomb radiator. So is it nonetheless the new 14hp?

No, it is a 12hp Brooke in disguise! Everything on the car is identical to the older 12hp version, except for the bonnet and the tubular frontal radiator. Apparently we see a modernized version of the 12hp car. Overheating by insufficient cooling was a regular problem in these days and probably it was tried to solve it by means of this more usual arrangement."

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