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The First International Commercial Motor Vehicle Show Demands the Attention of all who have Commercial Interests.
A week from to-day will mark one more stage in the development of commercial motoring in this country, for the exhibition which is to be held at Olympia, from the 7th to 16th proximo (inclusive), is the first from which private cars have been excluded. We gave, in our last issue, a list of the exhibitors to whom space had been allotted at that date, but, so great has been the rush for positions during the last week, that nearly 30 additional names have to be recorded. These late corners are, as will be gathered from the list which we give on the next page, and from our later references to them, principally in the accessory section..
The pages at our disposal this week are utilised to present to our readers an advance summary of the principal exhibits to which they may look forward, and we are obliged, owing to the large number of exhibitors, to resist any temptation to expand the particulars in any individual case. Our illustration at the foot of this page, which was taken on Tuesday morning last, indicates that the remnants of the " fun " exhibition have disappeared, and that the officials of the Socitty of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have got the building into ship-shape form in good time. The maximum area of any one stand is 1,200 feet, compared with a maximum of Soo square feet for the private-car displays, this increase having been decided upon because of the large dimensions of some of the chassis that have to be staged. The greater area of the separate allotments will result in giving the ground floor a much more open appearance than was the case during the last two motor exhibitions, whilst the lower degree of concentration should permit of more ready inspection and examination of the various exhibits by visitors. A few of the intending exhibitors have withdrawn. For example : Clarkson, Limited, a Chelmsford, owing to the fact that the company's new-model omnibus was not ready, and from other causes; the New Speedwell Motor Company, Limited, of 15/, Knightsbridge, London, S.W., because its cars cannot be finished in time; and Messrs. F. M. Russell and Company, of 16, St, Helen's Place, E.C., and Messrs. Teste and Lassen, of 14, Glasshouse Street, W., owing to disappointment at their want of luck in the ballot for positions. The Duryea Motor Company, Limited, of course, is now part of Sturmey Motors, Limited, of Coventry, and this new company will show the Parsons delivery van, and other interesting exhibits in its name, instead of that of the old Duryea Company. We purposely avoid publication of any illustrations of the exhibits at this stage, as our next two issues will be devoted to the show report proper. One of the most interesting pieces of show news, which reached us on Tuesday evening last, direct from Mr. Percy Martin, the Managing Director of the Daimler Motor Company, Limited, is that the famous Coventry works will not exhibit the " Auto-mixte " system at Olympia, but that its space will be occupied, instead, by the Renard train, of which we gave an illustrated description in our last number. We learnt, the same evening, that the Gobron-Brillie British Motor Company, Limited, and De Dietrich et Cie., will not be ready to show, and it is not improbable that one or two makers who have failed to communicate their intentions to us are, also, in a state a some uncertainty.
The latest exhibitors, whose names were not available when we published our revised list a week ago, are :— Late Bookings.
The American Importing Co., 8, Long Lane, Aldersgate Street, E.C.
Boulton and Paul, Ltd., Ruse Lane Works, Norwich.
The Cowey Engineering Co., Ltd., Archer Works, Kew Gardens, S.W.
J. Crowley and Co., Ltd., Meadow Hall Iron Works, Sheffield.
W. 13. Dick and Cu., Ltd., 33, Eastcheap, E.C. The J. Dixon Crucible Co., Ltd., 26, Victoria Street, SAN?.
Docker Bros., Ltd., IA-2, New Street, Bishopsgate Street,
Drummond Bros., Ltd., Ryde's Hill, near Guildford.
The Hartridge Tyre Syndicate, Ltd., Dane's Inn House, Strand, W.C.
E. Herder, ii , King Street, Cheapside, E.C.
Monte-Callow and Co., Orwell House, Ipswich.
J. Muir and Son, 3, Arundel Street, Strand, W.C.
H. J. Nicoll and Co., t14-120, Regent Street, W.
Norris and Homy, 87, Queen Victoria Street, E.C.
The Fairbanks (7o., Ltd., 78-80, City Road, E.C.
Fastnut, Ltd., ho, Aldermanbury, E.C.
J. C. and J. Field, Ltd., Upper Marsh, Lambeth, S.E.
Carlos Fonteyn, 76, NOVIllall Street, W.
Eli Griffiths and Sons, I.td., 102, Bradford Street, Birming
The Industrial Motor Co., 59, Thames Street, Windsor. Lepauze and Co., 8, Cheapside, E.C.
Samuel Bros., Ltd., 65-67, Ludgate Hill, E.C.
Seammell and Nephew, Fashion Street, Spitallields, E.
Sharer and Young, Ltd., 19o, West George Street, Glasgow. The Swinehart Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., 117-119, Long Acre, W.C.
Tangent Wheels, Ltd., Grove Road, Balham, S. W.
Tasker and Sons, Limited, Waterloo Iron Works, Andover, Hants.
J. T. Williams and Co., Ltd., 344, New Town Row, Bir mingham. Rollers and Mowers.
Barford and Perkins, Peterborough.
Two patent, water-ballast, motor rollers of the latest pattern. The roller for grass, known as the company's " D3 " pattern, is a new type, and this roller weighs 3'1 tons empty. The hind roller is in two parts, with a total width of 4 feet 6 inches, and is fitted with special scrapers. The other roller weighs 5 tons, and is designed for roadmaking. Both are fitted with Simms 12-1511,p. engines. The heavier type is fitted with a new arrangement for watering the periphery of the front and back rolling cylinders, which is found a great convenience for asphalting work, and the example which will be exhibited has been sold to the Corporation of Barrow-in-Furness for delivery immediately after the show.
Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, Ltd., Orwell Works, Ipswich. The principal exhibits will be motor lawn-mowers, fitted with petrol motors varying in power from 21b.h.p. to 8b.h.p. The largest pattern, which weighs about 19 cwt., with 42-inch blades, has reversing gear, and is adapted to be used as a roller alternatively. A range of separate double-cylinder and single-cylinder " Orwell " motors, all of which are fitted with high-tension magneto ignition, will be staged in addition.
Electric Van, Wagon and Omnibus Co., Ltd., 14 and t5, Bedford Chambers, Covent Garden, W.C.
This company will show the following :--(a) A 5cwt., electric, express-delivery van, to run 5o miles on one charge; fitted with one, 21h.p. motor, 2 speeds forward and reverse, and pneumatic tires : (b) one, t-ton, electric, dry goods, covered, delivery wagon, load capacity, 2,00011)., fitted with 511.p. motor; four speeds forward and reverse; capable of running so miles on one charge; has wheels furnished with pneumatic tires : (c) one, electric ambulance, fitted with stretchers for two patients; special seats tor doctor and nurse; has a h.p. motor, and four speeds torward and a reverse; runs 5o miles on one charge; pneumatic tires : (d) one, 2-ton, electric, express wagon, driven by two motors of 31h.p.; 3 speeds forward, 2 reverse; capable of doing so miles on one charge; solid twin tires on rear wheels : (e) one, 5-ton, heavy wagon with 6h.p. motor; runs 35 miles on one charge; 3 speeds forward, one reverse; iron tires; electric windlass and hoist under driver's seat.
Electromobile Co., Ltd., 7, Curzon Street, London, W. An 8-1611.p. electric delivery van, designed for a maximum load of 15cwt., and having sufficient battery power for a journey of 40 miles on average roads, will be shown. The rear wheels of this vehicle are driven by a single motor. There will, also, be one of the Electromobile ambulances, of which one is in service for the City of London Corporation. The chassis of this vehicle is similar to that of the delivery van, but it is fitted with an ambulance body and two stretchers.
Greenwood and Batley, Ltd., Albion Works, Leeds.
An omnibus chassis, fitted with a petrol-electric system. A 35h.p. petrol engine drives a generator, which supplies continuous current to a motor having a double armature. The rear axle is driven by worm gearing. Channel steel is used for the framing, and wheels with cast-steel centres and wooden felloes are employed.
The British Thomson-Houston Company, Limited, Rugby, This company's exhibit is a petrol-electric vehicle, and it will be shown by Sidney Straker and Squire, Limited. A few particulars of this machine were given in our issue of last week. A direct-current dynamo is employed, and this is rated at 15 kilo-watts at 130 to 65 volts pressure. Two motors are employed, each rated at 71 kilo-watts, with a constant input, at pressures varying from 130 to 65 volts, at 1,400 to soo revolutions per minute, Steam Wagons, Omnibuses and Tractors.
Alley and MacIAlan, Ltd., Sentinel Works, Polmadie, Glasgow.
Two standard 6-ton " Sentinel" steam wagons, one of which will have a platform in position, and one of which will be shown as a chassis only. There will be, in addition, a large number of different parts of a machine, shown separately. The boiler is of the water-tube type, with tubes which are nearly horizontal, and is fired centrally from the top. A release foot-pedal is provided to enable the driver to control the vehicle in traffic, apart from the use of the stop-valve handle. In this vehicle the wheels are a special feature, and provision is made for the ready adjustment of any stretching of the tires or shrinking of the wooden fellies. A central chain•drive is employed to the live back axle, and the engine, which is fitted with mushroom valves, is arranged to run at a normal speed „ of 174r.p.in.
Darracq-Serpollet Omnibus Co., Ltd., 2, Coleman Street, London, E.C.
A 20-2511.p. delivery van, built to carry a weight ol two tons; a 3o-40h.p. chassis, fitted with a special body, which has been constructed to the order of the Canadian Emigration Department, and designed for loads of up to four tons; an omnibus complete to acconuntxlate 34 passengers, and a 4-ton chassis, fitted with a 3o-4oh.p. engine. The generator, in all the examples on show, will have a steel casing lined with asbestos, and these are so constructed that no joints are exposed to flames from the burners. The engines are horizontal, and the connecting rods have extra-large wearing surfaces; this good quality applies to the bearing surfaces throughout the chassis. Final transmission is by side roller chains.
Ellis, Jesse, and Co., Ltd., Invicta Works, Maidstone. One of the company's standard 5-ton steam wagons with gear drive will be shown. The engine is of the compound-horizontal type, and has balanced slide valves. Cut-steel gears are employed for the transmission, and, when required for tipping-wagon purposes, a special form of bevel gear is fitted to avoid hand labour.
Fodens, Ltd., Elworth Works, Sandbach, Cheshire.
Two of this company's standard 5-ton steam wagons will be shown, and these will be picked out, without trouble, by their locomotive-type boiler and long single.
chain drive from the short countershaft, which shaft is carried close up to the right-hand side of the engine crankshaft, on the top of the boiler. Each will be fitted with a cab for the driver, and with a flat platform having hinged side-boards.
Foster, Wm., and Co., Ltd., Wellington Foundry, Lincoln.
One of this company's 1907-pattern, compound, steam tractors is to be shown, and critics will observe many improvements since Mr. Tritton took charge of this company's destinies. Features in the design are : (a) the special method of cylinder mounting; (b) the feed-control valve and its delicate means of adjustment ; (c) the arrangement of the spring mounting ; and (d) the feedwater heater.
Lancashire Steam Motor Co., Ltd., Leyland, Lanes.
A standard 5-ton steam wagon, with vertical, fire-tube boiler having .copper tubes, horizontal-compound engine, cut-steel gears and side-chain final drive. Lubrication to the engine is by a Rochester pony lubricator, and all the transmission runs in an oil-retaining casing. The road wheels are of the company's composite type, with caststeel centres, and the main members of the frame are erected with the open sides of the channels outwards. The effective horse-power of the engine, under normal conditions, is about 35b.h.p.
Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Co., Ltd., Pepper Road Works, Hunslet, Leeds.
At the time of going to press, the exhibit has not been definitely decided upon. It will consist of either a 5-ton wagon, fitted with a 3oh.p. engine, or a 2-ton wagon having a 20lep. engine.
Robey and Co., Ltd., Globe Works, Lincoln.
A standard 5-ton steam wagon with a vertical boiler designed to work at 200 pounds on the square inch. The engine is a compound one, and a cylinder is slung beneath each side member of the frame. The normal speeds are 2,1 and 6 mites per hour when the engine is running at 38or.p.m. The transmission gearing is all enclosed in an oil-bath, and is, notwithstanding, easily accessible.
A steam tractor will, also, be shown ; this is fitted with a compound engine, the valve-chests being placed on the outsides of the cylinders.
St. Pancras Iron Work Co., Ltd., 171, St. Pancras Road, London, N.W.
The exhibit will consist of a steam wagon, constructed to carry five tons upon the platform, and to haul a further three tons upon a trailer. A vertical boiler with horizontal, radial lire-tubes is used; this has an evaporative capacity for 1,000 pounds of water per hour. The engine is compound and develops 6oi.h.p. The rocking type of fore-carriage is used with Iwo pivots, and the body is of the open platform pattern with combing.
Stewart, D., and Co., Ltd., London Road Ironworks, Glasgow.
This exhibit will consist of a five-ton, Stewart-Thornycroft, steam wagon, with locomotive-type boiler, arranged for central firing through the crown of the fire-box, and for clinkering by means of a vertically-movable grate. The transmission system includes a patent divided countershaft, with spring drive to the road wheels. In addition, a 45b.h.p. horizontal-compound engine, having balanced side-valves and " Solms " valve-gear will be shown.
Straker, Sidney, and Squire, Ltd., 5, Nelson Square, Blackfriars Road, London, S.E.
A steam wagon, designed for loads up to five tons, and having a locomotive-type boiler, will be exhibited, apart from the company's petrol and petrol-electrie chassis and vehicles. The design embodies the usual features of a vehicle in which the engine and change-speed gear are mounted on the top of the boiler, and in which a singlechain drive to the back axle is employed.
W. Tasker and Son, Limited, Waterloo Iron Works, Andover.
One of the " Little Giant," 132-type, large, compound tractors fitted with awning. This machine has a winding drum, and a suitable length of wire rope, as well as the company's patented spring gear. Wallis and Steevens, Ltd., Basingstoke.
One of the company's latest-pattern, 5-ton, steam wagons, titled with locomotive-type boiler, and enclosed compound engine, will be shown. The final drive is by a Hans Renold chain, to a steel differential gear on the live back axle. The company's standard, compound, steam tractor, which is fitted with an enclosed type of horizontal-compound engine, will be shown in addition, and in this tractor a supplementary water-tank is arranged round the base of the chimney.
Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Co., Vulcan Works, leIunslet, Leeds.
One of the latest type a 6-toe steam wagons, with vertical engine, and single-chain drive, built to the order of Messrs. Allen and Hanburys, Limited, and supplied as a repeat order for that company. The well-known, Yorkshire, double-ended, horizontal, fire-tube boiler, of the under-fired type, with a central, horizontal, metal plate or diaphragm, so that the fire gases travel half-way to the height of the barrel, pass outwards first, then upwards to the base of the uptake, is fitted.
Petrol Vehicles and Chassis.
Adam. s Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 147, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.
The exhibits of this company will be four in number. Two delivery vans : one of toh,p., to carry iscwt., will be fitted with a body suitable for the use of a confectioner or grocer; the other, fitted with a 2-cylinder, Adams engine and designed to deal with loads of 3ocwt., will be fitted, for show purposes, with a lorry top. A toh.p., convertible, travellers'-sample car, which can be converted from a light car into a small delivery van by the addition of an adjustable box, and a 12-t4h.p., 2-cylinder cab, as supplied for the new, Brighton service, will, also, find places on the company's stand.
Alldays and Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co., Ltd., Matchless Works, Birmingham.
This company will show six different vehicles. Three of these will be delivery vans varying in carrying capacity from to to 3ocwt. ; a meal. van chassis will also be shown. A toh.p., commercial travellers' car, with pneumatic tires will be another feature of the exhibit, and a railway inspection car, for use on the permanent way, completes the list of vehicles that will be seen.
Argylls, London, Ltd., 17, Newman Street, Oxford Street, London, W.
A 30-cwt. van, and a chassis to carry a similar load are the first items on the list of the London company selling Argyll productions. A to-I2h.p. van, and a traveller's sample carrier of like power are also scheduled for appearance, and the list is oampleted by a 14-/6h.p. motorcab.
Argyll Motors, Ltd., Argyll Works, Alexandria, by Glasgow.
The six exhibits promised by Argyll Motors, Limited, are as follows. (a) A 3o-cwt. chassis fitted with 16-2oh.p. Aster engine. (h) A 3o-cwt. lorry of 16-2oh.p. fitted with a detachable canvas canopy, for use in wet weather. (c) A 15-cwt. van with 2-cylinder, Argyll-Aster, to-12h.p. engine; speeds, 4, 9 and 18m,p.h. The body of this van will have two sliding doors arranged immediately behind the driver's seat, giving easy access to the interior of the van. The approximate weight of this van is 22cwt. (d) A lo-12h.p., newspaper van, fitted with a roomy body specially designed for handling newspapers. The body will have a waterproof roll covering; it is of the design used on the cars supplied to the " Glasgow Evening News " (see page 578). (e) A 14-16h.p. cab, the special features of which are the short wheel base and wide lock: These allow of easy handling in traffic ; the cab can be turned round in a 30-foot road. Seats for 5 persons, and accommodation for 3cwt. of luggage on the top, are provided. (f) A sample-carrying vehicle of to-1211.p. ; this is fitted with racks, in addition to seating accommodation for passengers. A speaking tube is provided for communication with the driver,
Beaufort Motor Co., Ltd., 14, Baker Street, London, W.
A 3ocwt. van, a 3oh.p. double-deck omnibus, and a 3oh.p. omnibus or lorry chassis, ‘vill be in position here. The omnibus chassis will be similar to the two which are now carrying out an extended trial in the hands of the London General Omnibus Company, Limited.
Belsize Motors, Ltd., BeIsize Works, Clayton, near Manchester.
This new entrant to the commercial-motor branch of the trade will show a 2oh.p., 4-cylinder, light motorvan, and a 6oh.p., six-cylinder engine designed for commer
cial work. The transmission of the van is by gear throughout, and a special feature is a new arrangement
of the universal joints. Three speeds forward and a reverse are operated by a single change-sreed lever, and lubrication throughout is automatic, As regards the sixcylinder engine, it may be mernioned that this has a single camshaft along the top of the cylinders, that the bore of each cylinder is 5.?.i inches, that the piston stroke is 5 inches, and that the cylinders are cast in pairs without water-joints, whilst there is a bearing between each throw of the crank.
British Automobile Development Co., Ltd., King Edward's Mansions, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W.
We believe this stand will be in the name of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, Limited, and it will have upon it a 35h.p. heavy chassis, an omnibus body, and an all-steel 35h.p. double-deck omnibus. There will, also, be various parts on exhibition. Horn-block guides have been substituted for radius rods, and the spring suspension of the live axle should allow of an efficient spring drive.
Cannstatt Automobile Supply Association, m Et, Regent Street, NVaterloo Place, London, S.W.
Two van chassis and one omnibus chassis are to be exhibited, and these have been manufactured by Turgan, of Levallois. The van is designed for a load of 1!, ton, and the omnibus chassis is intended for the usual load imposed by a double-deck body and its complement of passengers.. Transmission from the engine is, in each ease, by an inverted, leather-faced, cone clutch, and Brampton's chains are employed for the double transmission from the countershaft to the rear wheels.
Commercial Cars, Ltd , Biscot Road, Luton. One 3-ton van, .specially built with a short wheel-base for Carter, Paterson and Co., Limited, and a similar vehicle for Waring and Gillow, Limited. The second of these is for furniture-removal purposes, and has a floorspace of 75 square feet. A third vehicle is to be known as the makers' " County Coach :" it has phaeton seats, a glass wind-screen in front, a boarded canopy overhead, and a draught-screen behind, whilst its 26 seats are, also, protected by storm curtains. All the bodies are by Liversidge. A standard chassis, to the design of Mr. C. M. Lindley, will be shown, together with various parts.
Critchley-Norris Motor Co., 251, Tottenham CoArt Road, London, W.
A motorbus chassis, and an omnibus body. The chassis is fitted with a 4oh.p. petrol engine, having low-tension magneto ignition. The clutch is mounttql upon ball hearings, and is actuated by an eccentric motion. The gear case is so constructed that the gears can be removed with ease, and all the bearings are of the Hoffmann ball type. The gear ratios are speeded to 3, 6, 9, and 12 miles per hour, and a gate is employed. Final transmission is by side chains. The main frame is of charnel steel, the springs are long and flexible, and the toad wheels are of the artillery type.
Daimler Motor Co., Ltd., Daimler Works, Coyentn.
The Renard train, in which the power from the front unit is transmitted to a succession of following six-wheeled trucks, by a system of longitudinal propeller shafts and universal joints, will be shown by this company. Considerable hopes are entertained that a field will prove to exist for its use in this country, and for export, and there is little question that the exhibit will attract considerable notice, but whether of a favourable or unfaVourable nature Ii is impossible to say.
De Dion Bouton, Ltd., so, Great Marlborough Street, W.
A 24h.p. motorbus to carry 36 passengers; a 1211.p. two-ton lorry ; and a gh.p. commercial traveller's brougham. The 24h.p. vehicle has, a special form of disc clutch, in which a steel flange, attached to the end of the crankshaft, is gripped between two plates connected to the propeller shaft. Final transmission is by two short transverse shafts, furnished with pinions, which mesh with gear rings on the back wheels. The brougham has been specially designed with a view to the carrying of scwt. of samples as well as the passenger and driver.
Dennis Bros., Ltd., Onslow Street, Guildford.
The exhibits number no less than six different vehicles : a 4oh.p. motorbus chassis fitted with an Aster engine, having a bore of 13omm., and a piston stroke of 140mm., and final transmission by the Dennis worm drive; a new model ocwt. chassis, fitted with a 2oh.:). Aster .engine, and speeded to a maximum of 13 miles per hour Upon the level; another vehicle is a 34-seated motorbus, fitted with a Tylor engine developing 3oh.p.; a 4oh.p. brewers' lorry to carry 4 tons, fitted with triple, 4-inch, De Nevers tires upon the hack wheels; a 2oh.p. delivery van to transport from 2 to tons; and a 20h.p. lorry with a special winch arrangement for hauling heavy goods up an inclined platform on to the lorry table.
Dodson, Chris., Ltd., 45, Horseferry Road, S.W.
This well-known and old-established company of omnibus builders and erectors will show one of its latest standard-type double-deck bodies, painted and written for the London Motor Omnibus Company, on a MimesDaimler chassis, and built to comply with the Metropolitan Police regulations. In addition, there will be a single-deck, railway-type bus, as used by the L. and N.W.R., the G.W.R., L. and S.W.R., and the Bath Electric 7.'rarriways.
Durham, Churchill and Co., Grimesthorpe, Sheffield.
This rompany will show the following : one 24-3011.p. Churchill char-a-bancs, for 26 passengers, complete with canopy and curtains, which vehicle will be driven through to the exhibition from Sheffield; a 2oh.p. Churchill chassis, suitable for 2-ton loads, or for a small char-a-bancs. Both will be fitted with the " Champion " change-speed gear, of which a separate example will be shown. There will be on the stand, as well, a complete differential, mounted on Hoffmann ball journals, together with a full range 0; " Champion " friction clutches.
Enfield Autocar Co., I.td., Hunt End Works, Redditch.
The intention of this company is to place one of its 3-ton lorries, and a chassis lilted with a new design of horse-box, on exhibition. The body of the latter vehicle has been built by the Gloucester Carriage and Vheel Works, and should appeal to those interested in the transport of hunters and racehorses to meets, where the distances to be covered are not very great. The Enfield. 3-ton lorry is of 20-25h.p. and the driver's seat is placed above the engine, which has four cylinders, giving, at i,000r.p.m., 2511.p.
F.I.A.T. Motors, Ltd., 37, Long Acre, London, W.C.
The three vehicles to be shown by this company comprise: a 4oh.p., double-deck motorbus, for demonstration
purposes; a 4oh.p., 5-ton lorry, as supplied to the Soudan Government; and a 4oh.p. chassis, similar to those used in the two vehicles mentioned. The brake horse power of the four-cylinder, 4oh.p. engine is considerably over the figure given; a multiple-disc clutch is used, and all gears are enclosed in an aluminium casing.
Gennain Motors (Capt. Theo. Masui), t, Hanover Court, Hanover Street, London, W.
A standard Germain omnibus chassis, fitted with 2432h.p. engine, having cylinders I 20MT11. in bore, and a piston stroke of otomm., will be exhibited. This particular chassis was on view at the last Paris exhibition. It has four separate steel cylinders, with brass voaterjackets, and the normal r.p.m. are 800. A multiple-disc clutch is employed, and the high-tension magneto ignition W.. fitted with an automatic spark advance.
Glover Bros., Ltd., 28, Cleveland Street, and Works, Mount Pleasant, E.C.
The exhibits on this stand will include a chassis fitted with a 4-cylinder, tah.p. engine; van ; and a is-cwt. light delivery van. Gloverley Gloverley a 3o-cwt.
Hall, J. and E., Ltd., Dartford, Kent.
Another newcomer in the field of commercial motoring, this old-established engineering company will show an English-built chassis which has been constructed according to the proved designs of M. Adolph Sourer, of Arbon. In addition, a Swiss-built chassis will be exhibited. It is the intention of the company to have the gear-box of the latter chassis removed, at the show, so that the engine may he driven by means of an electric motor, for the purpose of demonstrating the action of the Saurer air brake. Both chassis are suitable for omnibus work, or for 34-ton loads, but the home-built one has been built strictly :n accordance with the requirements of the Metropolitan Police.
Halley's Industrial Motors, Ltd., Igo, Crownpoint Road, Glasgow.
This Glasgow company intends to make an excellent showing with several examples of its 20h.p., 2-cylinder vehicles. Three chassis will be on view, all with doublechain drive, but geared to suit various loads and working conditions. All gears are in mesh, and forced lubrication is made a special feature.
Ilobsnn. H. M., Ltd., 29, Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, S. \V.
The exhibit will consist of a heavy to-ton lorry, fitted with a 35h.p. engine ; this vehicle is being shown for the express purpose of demonstrating the peculiar advantages claimed for the Jenatzy patented ss..stem of suspension.
The Industrial Motor Co., Thames Street, Windsor.
Two delivery vans for express parcel work. The first of these is intended for loads up to toewt.; the second is designed for a weight not exceeding I ton.
Horlev Motor and Engineering Co., Balcombe Ro::d, Harley, Surrey.
A ah.p. van to carry 5-Ocwt., fitted with three speeds forward, and a reverse ; a combination vehicle fitted with van and tonneau bodies.
Hutton, J. E., Ltd., 81-3, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W.
Three products of the Berliet works will be on view at this stand, and Mr. Hutton has decided to exhibit one 4oh.p. omnibus chassis, with the engine disposed under the driver's seat, a 2-ton lorry, and a 14h.p. special cab chassis. All these chassis will be fitted with 4-cylinder motors.
James and Browne, Ltd., Westcroft Works, King Street, Hammersmith.
Five vehicles, each of a load capacity of 3 tons, and fitted with the company's new, 20.p., 2-cylinder engine, are to be shown. The gear box is of a novel design and will give three forward speeds and a reverse. Direct drive on top speed, and the other speeds, are obtained by he use of jaw clutches, the gear wheels being always in mesh, although quite stationary when the top speed is being used. The output of these works is in the hands of the Lacre Company.
Lacre Motor Car Co., I.td., 3-5, Poland Street, London, W.
Although this company's advice as to details of its exhibit had not come to hand at the time of going to press, our readers may rest assured that its stand will be one of the most attractive in the exhibition. Both goods and passenger vehicles will be included in the display, whilst a large number of testimonials from users will be available for inspection by visitors. The ignition system, the change-speed gear, and the engine control of the " ',acre " teh.p., 2-cylinder chassis are simple, robust, and reliable, whilst the prices for the several types are remarkably low having regard to the material and workmanship.
Lancashire Steam Motor Co., Ltd., Leyland, Lancs.
A standard motorbus, fitted with a 35-4oh.p. engine. Low-tension magneto ignition is used, and special attention has been paid to the details of the make-and-break mechanism, which is of substantial construction. The gears give three speeds forward and a reverse, and ball bearings are fitted to the different shafts in the gear and differential boxes. Transmission of power to the back axle is by a cardan shaft, and end-thrust is specially provided for. The framework is of pressed steel. A char-hbanes will, also, be on view : this has a soh.p. engine, similar in design to the one fitted to the mo.lrbus chassis, but an improved water-pump is used. The engine has forced lubrication, by a geared pump.
Lancaster Motor Garage, IA, Lancaster Gate, London, W.
" Mass" vehicles are to he shown by this firm, and the following types will form the exhibit at Olympia. (a) An Sh.p., light delivery van, with detachable back for converting it into a four-seated car. (b) An 8h.p., delivery van of large capacity, for carrying bulky packages of light weight. (c) A t4h.p. open lorry, and, probably, (d) 3-ton lorry, just completed for Sprat's Patent, Limited.
Lindsay Motor Car Co., Ltd., Woodbridge, Suffolk.
The exhibit of this company is to include: a 14h.p., 4-cylinder, delivery van, to carry tocwt., the body having doors at the back, and affording a covered seat for the driver; a similarly-engined delivery van, with a fixed front seat and an interchangeable body ; an 8-loh.p. vehicle with two front seals and small delivery box at the back, to carry 7cwt.; and a chassis similar to that of the last named car.
MaudsIay Motor Co., Ltd., Parkside, Coventry.
A 35-45h.p. double-deck omnibus to seat 36 passengers, together with a chassis of the same power and with the same carrying capacity, are to be shown by this company. It is intended, also, to run another omnibus, for the purpose of demonstration, outside the exhibition. This type of car has had several marked improvements made on it since last year : the White and Poppe carburetter has now been adopted, the tank portion of the radiators is now cast entirely in aluminium, and the tubes are connected to the tank portion by flexible anti-vibrating joints; the magneto is now mounted on the dashboard, and is driven by gull metal and fibre silent gear directly off the end of the hinged lay shaft. The chassis comprises a continuous outer frame of channel steel straight from end to end, and an inner frame of lighter section supporting the engine, gear box anti other parts. Brake details have also been given attention, although the locomotive-type footbrake on the countershafts are retained.
Milnes-Dalmler, Ltd., 22 r, Tottenham Court Road, London, W.
This company proposes to show one 2811.p. omnibus chassis, with the 1907 improvements, including forced lubrication and stamped steel frame. A 28h.p. omnibus chassis, built to the order of the G.W.R., in which the
body is fitted with cross seats and luggage accommoda• tion, will be shown with a similar-powered char-a-bancs built to the order of the same company, and designed to carry 30 people. The remaining exhibit will be a standard 3-ton lorry with rubber tires on the front wheels, and steel tires on the rear ones. This vehicle will be fitted with a 4-cylinder i8h.p. engine.
Mors (England), Ltd., 45, Great Marlborough Street, London, W.
Two chassis only will be shown by this company : one of 28h.p. to carry a load of from two to three tons, and the other of /7h.p., to deal with loads of about r.1 1011. in the t--ton vehicle, the 4-cylinder engine, which develops 2oh.p. at t,000r.p.m., is placed underneath the driver's seat, and the gears are arranged to give a first speed of 5 miles, a second of 8 miles, a third of 14 miles, and a fourth of 18 miles per hour, with direct drive on the fourth speed. The heavier chassis has three speeds only, viz., 6, 123 and 18 miles per hour.
Moss and Woodd, Oaklands Road, Cricklewood. London, N. W.
The exhibitis not definitely fixed upon, but it will probably consist of a 3-ton Orion chassis, fitted with a four-cylinder engine.
Motor Car Emporium, Ltd., IA, Addison Road North, Holland Park Avenue, London, W.
This company will make a speciality of the latest Diirkopp and De Dion-Bouton models, and it expects to be able to show a range including the following : one new Diirkopp 35h.p. omnibus chassis, which is suitable, also, for a 4-ton lorry; a 2411.p. Diirkopp Royal Mail van ; a 28h.p. De Dion-Bouton omnibus; and a new-type De Dion-Bouton 2oh.p., 4-cylinder single-deck omnibus, to carry 28 passengers. There will in all probability be a 2-cylinder, 20-seated Scheibler char-A-bancs on the stand.
Motor Engine and Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 12-13, Henrietta Street, London, W.C.
Two delivery vans are to be shown by this company, one of 30h.p. and the other of 2oh.p. These will carry ton and I ton, respectively.
Neue Automobil Gesellschaft, 45, Dorotheenstrasse, Berlin, N. V.
This German company will show a double-deck omnibus, fitted with a 24-26h.p., 4-cylinder engine, and a street-watering wagon of 16-18h.p., with a capacity of s tons. The water spray in this vehicle is fed by a pump; it was built for use in Berlin.
New Arrol-Johnston Car Co., Ltd., Underwood, Paisley, N.B.
Five specimens of the output of the Underwood works wli be in position. These are: of the 12-15h.p., 2-cylinder, horizontal-engine model, a I-ton van, a 2-ton chassis, and a 2-ton lorry; of the 24-3oh.p., 4-cylinder, verticalengine model, a 3-ton chassis, and it double-deck omnibus. The enclosed chain drive, the automatic lubrication, the anti-sway device on the back axle, the tubular radius rods, and other points will call for notice hereafter.
New Leader Motors, Ltd., Apsley, Nottingham.
This company proposes to show a light delivery van, a cab, and a doctor's car.
Pullcar Motor Co., Ltd., Kay Street, Preston, Lancs.
This company will show the following : a 6-seated motorcab; a hansom fitted with large rear wheels; and a 15-cwt. delivery van. All these are fitted with the company's combined front-drive and steering gear, and have 14-16h..p., 4-cylinder engines. Epicyclic gear is employed in the transmission, and the cabs are constructed to pass Scotland Yard's regulations.
Ryknield Motor Co., Ltd., Burton-on-Trent.
A chassis, with special show finish of polished, bright steel, will form one of the interesting exhibits of this company; a 4oh.p. motor omnibus, tent for exhibition by the London General Omnibus Company; and a 4oh.p.. 5-ton lorry, recently delivered to Messrs. Bass, Ratcliffe and Gretton., Limited, complete the list.
Simms Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Welbeck Works, Kimberley Road, Willesden Lane, Kilburn, London, N.W.
Five exhibits will find a place on the stand of this company, and will comprise a 2-ton van, with 12-15h.1u. engine: and a large box van body; a similar-powered, I-ton van, fitted with a special body; a 28-35h.p. lorry; a 12-15h.p., I-ton lorry; and a similar-powered chassis of the same carrying capacity.
Star Engineering Co., Frederick Street, Wolverhampton.
Three vehicles will be found upon this stand: a toh.p. landaulette for cab work, or commercial travellers; a 14h.p. light delivery van for loads up to 'sewn; a .14h,p. van to carry 25cwt., specially suited for laundry work, or hardware merchants.
Straker, Sidney and Squire, Ltd., 5, Nelson Square, Blackfriars Road, London, S.E.
A 3oh.p. omnibus chassis (1907 model); a delivery van for loads of from two to three tons; a van for loads of one ton. In addition to the foregoing, a Bussing chassis, fitted with a 28h.p. engine will probably be on exhibition. The engine of the 241-1.p. delivery van has overhead valve mechanism, and the whole of the valve details can be easily taken away by removing a few bolts. Low-tension magneto is employed, and the make-and-break is actuated from the overhead camshaft. The gears have four speed ratios, and the final transmission is by chains. The frame is constructed of channel steel, and the wheels are artillery pattern ; it should be noted that the drive is taken directly upon the fellies, and is not transmitted through the spokes.
Sturmey Motors, Limited, Lotis Works, 230 to ado, Widdrington Road, Coventry, Two 8h.p. Parsons delivery vans complete; an 8h.p. chassis ; and a special body, divided into eight compartments, to enable certain parcels Lo be withdrawn without disturbing the rest of the load.
Thames Engineering Works, Greenwich, London, SE, A complete omnibus chassis, fitted with a vertical engine giving 3o-4oh.p. ; a three-ton lorry complete with body; a 15-cwt. van chassis; and a complete van to deal with loads of up to 3ocwt.
West, Ltd., 85, Shaftesbury Avenue, W.
Three specimens will be exhibited, on r2h.p. chassis a traveller's brougham; a delivery van; and a motorcab.
Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Co., Ltd., Adderley Park, Birmingham.
This exhibit promises to contain the dou of the show in the shape of the new Wolseley-Siddeley delivery van. 'T'he other examples of the company's manufacture will be : one 3oh.p. omnibus chassis, as supplied to the London General Omnibus Cotnpany ; one 3oh.p. char-a-hancs; one t8h.p. private omnibus; one 1811.p. brougham-ambulance; and one toh.p. cab.
The variety of these is so great that any complete forecast would have to equal a description. The leading exhibitors include makers of wide experience in the lighter sections of the trade, but many of these have been studying the necessary modifications, both in price and strength of parts, to enable them to cater for the needs of owners whose vehicles have to run on solid-rubber or steel tires, Lamps of all sizes, and designed for all classes of illuminants, will form a heavy proportion, as will foot-gongs and hooters. Patent washers and lock-nuts, jacks, tire pumps, tire levers, tool kits, and the usual run of small hand-tools for roadside adjustments will he found, too, in all types. The exhibits of W. H. Willcox and Co., I.imited, and Brown Bros., Limited, are deserving of special mention.
Pressure on our space necessitates the passing over of any references, in this forecast, to the engine, chain, component, gear, ignition, and machine-tool exhibits. They will, however, be done justice in our show report. No question is more serious for the owner of a motorvan or motorbus than that of the cost of tires, and numerous makers are now vieing with one another to produce results superior to those which have been accomplished to date. The expense and uncertainty which attaches to the repairing of some solid-rubber tires is a very serious factor for the user, who has, frequently, to send his wheels away, and to lay up his motorvan. It will be found that effective steps are being taken, in conjunction with the manufacturers of the vehicles, to remedy these serious disadvantages, whilst a tendency to reduce prices may be noted. The pneumatic tire, either with the ordinary air-filled tube or with a tube containing " Elastes," promises to come into increasing use for motorcabs and light vans, although there has not, so far, been any practical encouragement for people who have spent time and money in experimenting on this class of tire for use with motorbuses. Visitors should make a point of paying calls at the Connolly, Dunlop, Hopkinson, New Motor and General Rubber, Peter Union, Sirdar, and Swinehart stands.
Apart from endless, solid-rubber tires, we are to see not a few designs which have been adopted to reduce side-slipping propensities, and to allow of ready replacement. Of these types, the exhibits by the North British Rubber Company, Limited, and the Hartridge Tire Syndicate, Limited, have to be noted, as well as the De Nevers grooved pattern, which will be shown by Messrs. Liversidge. Closely allied to these exhibits are the special treads of Grose, Limited, the repair outfits of Harvey, Frost and Company, Limited, and the skid-preventing chains of the Parsons Non-Skid Company. For heavier work, the composite treads shown by Tangent Wheels, Limited, deserve special notice.
This brief forecast of the exhibits should be sufficient to prove to our readers that the exhibiton will be thoroughly representative in all its sections. The previous occasion on which commercial motors were displayed at Olympia, some 16 months ago, witnessed the participation of less than half the number of manufacturers of complete vehicles or chassis, whilst the accessories and sundries were, for the most part, unsuitable for use upon machines employed for business purposes. The information contained in the foregoing pages provides a sufficient guarantee that, when the doors of Olympia are opened this day week, a comprehensive selection will repay anybody who sets aside the necessary time to pay a visit; in fact, it will, probably, require more than one visit from the individual who is seriously inclined to go through only the vehicles and chassis alone, without reference to the very considerable number of stands upon which accessories, components, stores, and tires are to be found. Although, as we go to press, there is every indication that the preparations for the Show are well advanced, visitors will do well not to turn up before three o'clock on Thursday next.
The site of the exhibition is comparatively easy of access from various parts of the Metropolis, or from the majority of the main-line termini. Addison Road Station, to which passengers may book from Willesden Junction or any station between the Mansion House and Earl's Court, adjoins the exhibition buildings, to which it is connected by a covered passage-way. The L. and N.W. trains, which run half-hourly between Broad Street and the Mansion House, and vice versa, should be a convenience to many thousands of visitors who can best get to Olympia by joining them. Both the Central London and the Brompton and Piccadilly Railways (tubes) provide an alternative means of travel : in the former case, visitors should go to the Shepherd's Bush terminus, from which they can drive to the show, in a very few minutes, either by omnibus or hansom ; in the latter case, similar means of transport can be had from the Hammersmith terminus. In the case of the Central London Railway (Shepherd's Built Station), an alternative is to take train from Uxbridge Road Station (8o yards west of tube terminus) to Addison Road Station. It is not known, as we write, whuher any of the motorbus operating companies will striV the Hammersmith Road during the exhibition.
Our next two issues will contain fully-illustrated reports of the contents of the show, and we must warn our readers tp place their orders with newsagents in good time to avoid disappointment, as only to,000 copies of each issue will be printed. The publication ef the first instalment of our show report will coincide with the opening day of the show, whilst the next instalment will be the first, complete, fully-illustrated, and detailed description of the whole of the exhibits that will appear.