Bub­bles and squeaks

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

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.

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