Bubbles and squeaks
Another great issue (OBA 78).
The article on the Heinkel scooter was interesting when you mentioned the Bubble car they also made as I owned one in the mid ‘50s when I lived in U.K.
I was a motor mechanic working in Leicester after 3 years in the RAF, engine mechanic on Lincoln bombers with vee-12 R.R. engines. Wife no.1 and I packed up the ‘Vincent Shadow & Steib’ with all our goods and my tools of trade and off to Cornwall we went for almost 1 year getting jobs.
The outfit was a bit of a handful in the twisty tiny Cornish roads and I hang my head in shame when I tell you I swapped the outfit for a Heinkel 174cc Bubble car! (As we called them). It was great on the above roads being left hand drive with a 4-speed sequential gear box plus reverse. Lefthanders were a dream!
We returned to Leicester after almost a year then later emigrated to Australia; yes, 10 pound Poms!
Recently we were watching a TV program, ‘Escape to the Country’ where the introducer visited a Bubble car museum in Boston, Lincolnshire where for 12 pounds an hour you could hire a Heinkel car but by then they were called Trojan and had 200cc engines. My latest project is building a 3 wheeler using a Tripod chassis (Queensland) with a Honda Blackbird engine stuffed in the back. Almost finished and ready for the inspector. They are classed as LEP2 vehicles, which includes Trikes and Can Ams.
Ken Butler Victoria
Blimey. You must be the only man in the world to exchange a Shadow/Steib outfit for a Heinkel! I’ll bet the dealer took the rest of the day off. – Ed
A happy couple, having swapped their Brough Superior SS100 for a Heinkel Kabine, contemplate the next hill.