Home, lots more to see. Page C1 March 1936 NEWNES PRACTICAL MECHANICS 330
OUR £20 CAR
AND HOW TO MAKE IT !
The First Article of a Series Describing the Construction of an Ingenious, Simple Well-designed Three-Wheeler, which May be Built for even less than £20. Its Annual Tax is Only £4, and it is Capable of 50 Miles an Hour. Petrol Consumption is over 65 Miles per Gallon, and it may be driven by any reader over 16 years of age ! The Illustration Below Indicates its Really Attractive Lines. Any Unskilled Amateur Can Make it With Ordinary Tools. By F.J. Camm.
It is probably not known to many of my readers
that several thousands of midget cars are built. in America annually, and so
intensely enthusiastic is the movement over there, that race meetings are held
all over that vast country practically every night on the various dirt and hard
tracks. There are hundreds of midget car clubs in America and Canada, and a few
in Australia, and the rules of membership and of the various midget-car
competitions are firstly that the car must be amateur built, and, secondly, that
the engine must not exceed a specified cubic capacity. Midget-car racing has
'become, in fact, a craze, and the sport bids fair to become popular in England.
the Simplicity and
Really attractive lines of this fast baby Car .
You can build it !
Floodlit Racing Tracks
T h e American midget-car events draw enormous crowds and after dark the tracks are floodlit. It is a fascinating sight to witness these tiny vehicles, most of which are capable of speeds of over 60 miles an hour hurtling round the track and performing amazing evolutions demanding little of the skill which is required o drive more orthodox cars r o u n d Brooklands.
These tiny cars, however, are not built merely for racing purposes, and vast numbers of them are used for ordinary touring purposes. They have the great advantage, of course, of low taxation, require a minimum amount of garage space, are cheap to run (the petrol consumption is at least 65 miles to the gallon), are cleaner than motor cycles, and they have the added advantage of providing weather protection, which a motor cycle does not. They can also be used for touring along the narrow lanes and picturesque by-ways, which would be impossible for larger cars, and above all, they are perfectly safe.
Three-Wheeler was Chosen
I will anticipate the reader's question of explaining why a three-wheeler has been chosen in preference to a four wheeler . In the first place the legal definition of a three-wheeler is that it is a motor cycle ! As such, it comes within the same taxation class as a motorcycle and sidecar. Secondly, it is cheaper to build, for the excellent reason that there are only three wheels and three tyres, instead of four wheels and four tyres, thirdly, the three-wheeler dispenses with the need for a differential gear. Fourthly it is easier to build and has less working parts. The annual tax is £4 only . If you add to these advantages the fascination of building it, and finally of using it on the road you have the entire case for the tiny car.