Labour of love ends
a big engine. If you go up Kellands Hill you are going the same speed at the top as you are at the bottom.
‘‘Its top speed was 120kmh, but 70kmh, it feels happiest at that speed. It is fairly low-geared by today’s standard.’’ What has it cost? ‘‘We won’t mention that. ‘‘Evelyn (his wife) thinks it is pretty cool and we go out in it every opportunity.
‘‘It has been a labour of love and I was sad when I finished it. ‘‘The doing was the high point.’’ He has installed wind wings which are essential for a vintage car. He has painted it black on the mudguards and the rest is gunmetal grey and he added extra lights to make it road worthy, including blinkers.
‘‘People don’t understand hand signals now.’’
To start the car there is a button on the floor with a spare petrol canister on the side of the car and the petrol gauge is on the back.
Buick Motor Division was started by David Dunbar Buick. He was building gasoline engines by 1899, and his engineer, Walter L Marr, built the first automobile to be called a Buick between 1899 and 1900. But Buick traditionally dates back when the company was incorporated and moved from Detroit to Flint.
Buick became General Motors. From the beginning, ‘‘motor’’ has been a key word in Buick’s name. That original patented overhead valve single cylinder was powerful for its time. A prominent auto writer tested a two cylinder opposed automotive version of the design and reported the engine delivered 22 to 29 horsepower.