Those magnificent men in their driving machines…

Presenter, engineer and inventor Edd China presented a showcase of exceptional aero engine machines. Known for his own eccentric engineering inventions and presenting TV show Wheeler Dealers, China was inspired by their outrageous engineering as a child.

With their unmistakable Edwardian designs and vast engines, visitors had the unique chance to get up close and admire their madness and brilliance, which were also revved up at times across the show! The exhibit featured:

27-litre V12 Thomas Special, ‘Babs’. This historical car was bought in 1925 by innovative engineer and successful racing driver John Parry-Thomas, who broke the world land speed record in Babs in 1926 at 171.09mph.

27-litre Hispano Suiza V12, known as ‘Sid’ for its characterful hissing after a fast run.

1921 V8 GN Curtiss, the classic GN racing special designed by Ron Godfrey and Archie Frazer Nash.

1926 GN Parker, which produces a whopping 170bhp, now successfully raced and taken on continental tours by Justin Maeers.

GN Parker
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GN 008
Hispano Suiza Delage