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About Quiz #425: 1922/3 Belsize-Bradshaw

About Quiz #425: 1922/3 Belsize-BradshawIn last week's quiz, the picture shows a Belsize-Bradshaw dating from 1922/3 and of the eleven replies, eight of you were correct.  We mentioned the car's designer enjoyed widespread fame and a quick visit to our search box above will take you to the 2008 story about Granville Bradshaw. His biography makes fascinating reading.
The first Belsize-Bradshaw appeared in 1921 made by Belsize Motors Ltd. of Manchester who had previously made cars going back as far as 1897 as Marshall & Co. and started using the name Belsize in 1901.
Bradshaw's work on engines during the Great War impressed Belsize and he commissioned him to design a new 9HP Light Car which initially used an OHV V twin, later models used side valves, but their oil cooling was the revolutionary idea with the cylinders sunk deep into the oil-filled base chamber where a deluge of oil continually plays upon them.
Oil leaks lead to a reputation for unreliability, but in the right hands would win a Gold Medal in the 1922 London to Edinburgh and complete the 1923 Land's End Trial.
Respected author L.T.C. Rolt's father owned one and wrote, " The engine was a beautiful piece of engineering, and when running was as smooth and silent as any four cylinder engine of the day."
We thank you for the answers sent in, especially Frank Sauerwald who confesses the information came from his 14 yr old assistant Jakob, and we confess choosing a winner was not easy, but since the best answer came from Jury member Ace Zenek, and therefore ineligible, we finally chose Kieran White for his knowledgeable answer.
Congratulations Kieran on your third win and therefore offer to become jury member. You know the procedure for claiming T shirt?
Further information about the Belsize Bradshaw can be found HERE and if you like cake... see HERE. ( Thank you Ace Zenek.) Plus this interesting letter from Bradshaw to 'Motor Sport' magazine in 1960.

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