1902 James and Browne to display at the show

James and Browne

Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles in stand 5-060 will be displaying a 1902 James and Browne - one of only two left in the world!

Bought by the students of city and guilds college in 1932 from a travelling fair The 1902 James and Browne has been a mascot ever since.  

The car itself has a 2 cylinder engine (9 RAC HP) of 2.5L developing approx 15 modern hp.  Ignition is via trembler coils.  Drive comes from the 2 gearboxes (one each side of the crank) via chain direct to the rear wheels.  Brakes are on the rear only and are external contracting bands.

This is one of two James and Brownes known to survive - the other being a 1904 model which went to Europe in circa 2006.

There will be photos on the stand that shows Mr Browne himself at the wheel, the photo is believed to be circa 1905 and the car has also featured on the cover of Punch magazine.

The car is maintained year by year by students of Imperial college and the car is their official mascot, it competes every year in the London to Brighton run with a large team following the car everywhere it goes and nineof them will be accompanying it to the NEC.

It will be the focal point of of the British Motor Vehicle stand celebrating the best in British engineering and will be surrounded by period memorabilia and flag bunting.