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About Quiz #399: Worthington Runabout


In last week's quiz, we showed you a picture of a Worthington Runabout made by two brothers of that name in Hythe, Kent. Records show this prototype was made in 1909 and development work continued to 1912 but plans to sell their cars for £90 never came to fruition. The first engine used was a horizontally opposed twin of 8hp built in their workshops, but was later replaced bythe 9hp J.A.P. V twin mounted transversely with chain drive to the countershaft and then belt drive to the wheels. In 1909, the south coast of Britain was buzzing with news of Bleriot's flight across the channel landing at Dover just 12 miles from the Worthington workshop and the brothers  made ambitious plans to build aircraft. Alas, neither dream ever went into production.

Just one reply this week from James Helms who we congratulate for sending a complete and correct answer, but since he is a jury member, he does not receive a prize. Still looking for other Worthington pictures, we did as James suggested and started to peruse the 1912 issues of The Cyclecar magazine (it was renamed The Light car & Cyclecar in Vol.ll No. 48 October 1913) but no reference to Worthington Runabouts so far - we will keep looking.

Editor: It turns out we received not one but two replies to this quiz, jury member Ariejan Bos sent his correct answer by email: "As there was only one Worthington Runabout built ever, there will not be many photos around I suppose. For more information I have to refer to Georgano, the only source with some detail. Although the car certainly has cyclecar features such as a 2 cyl. JAP-engine (at some stage at least) and final belt drive, it still was a cyclecar 'avant la lettre', because this type-name cyclecar was not used until 1912."

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Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK