Rare cyclecar with aircraft roots
Before the Great War, Hendon was developed into Britain’s leading airfield by Claude Grahamewhite. He built an aircraft factory, and once the war was over he decided to diversify and launched the Grahame-white cyclecar. A number of photographs survive of these cyclecars lined up outside the factory, but no-one knows how many were built in total.
Bob Jones only knows of two that survive – his own, and another now owned by cyclecar and classic BMW enthusiast David Williams. His was found under a large bramble bush in Essex many years ago, and dug out by David Hodgson. “It came with the remains of a body, but without a bonnet, engine or gearbox,” said Jones.
During the rebuild, the original registration number, MC 6442, was revealed. Later the car passed to Steve Clare, who got it into full running order. Williams now takes it to cyclecar events such as the ‘Festival of Slowth’ in France.
Cyclecars in abundance line up outside the Hendon aircraft factory. Above: the rare Grahame-white today