Coventry's Least-Known Engineer?
Did you know the maker of the first all-British motor car (in 1895) lived and worked in Coventry? And that he also published papers detailing the first scientific principles of flight, a decade before the Wright Brothers flew their first powered aircraft? Or that he built and drove the first hybrid petrol/electric car, in 1927? Or that he patented ideas for pneumatic buildings among many other ideas and inventions?
Frederick Lanchester is a truly amazing engineer, creator and designer, and the Coventry University Lanchester Library (off Gosford Street and marked on the Coventry Motofest map) now has an interactive exhibition where you can sit in one of his cars, find out about the breadth of genius of his ideas, and test your skill in understanding his car and plane designs, using digital games and augmented reality.
The space is open during the weekend of Coventry Motofest, and will include free workshop activities for the children. Outside the library on display will be a collection of beautiful classic Lanchester, Daimler and BSA cars from between 1901 and 1959, to feast your eyes on. We’ll also entertain you with the Midland Brass Ensemble and offer top quality barista coffee out the back of a converted Land Rover Discovery.
Come and join us between 10am and 5pm on either day. For directions click here.