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Granville Bradshaw: A Flawed Genius?

Granville Bradshaw

A remarkable picture of one of Britain’s most prolific inventors. Granville Bradshaw was an engineer and inventor of extraordinary vision. His designs for early aeroplanes and engines (The Dragonfly), pioneering cars and motorcycles (ABC) quickly brought him fame. His gambling machines made him a fortune which he then managed to lose in a shares swindle! His life spanned the entire development of aviation and motor industries from the very early days right up until the classic era of the ’50s. This is a really detailed and absorbing book full of insight and careful research which places Bradshaw’s engineering genius into the context of his time.

Barry M Jones is a former industrial engineer and well known author and biographer on the history of British design and engineering. Previous publications have included The Panther Story: the story of Phelon & Moore; Editor of The Rugged Road by Theresa Wallach and her biographer; The Village Bus Remembered, and several works on the British tape-recorder industry.

Contents
Introduction
Aviator
Aero engines
ABC Radial engines
ABC Powered aeroplanes
Post-war ABC aero-engines
ABC motorcycles
The Sopwith-ABC motorcycle
Skootamota
Oil cooled motorcycles
Bradshaw’s prophecies
Phelon & Moore
ABC cyclecar
Belsize-Bradshaw
Inventor extraordinaire
Bradshaw at war
Peoples car
Bradshaw pulsation motor
Toroidal engines – Project Omega
Wankel opposition engine
Twin-toroidal gas generator
Conclusions - patentee extraordinaire
Appendices: Walton Motors
Family
Addresses
Patents
Index

Granville Bradshaw: A Flawed Genius? - Barry M Jones
October 2008
Softcover, 189 x 246 mm, 288 pages, 200+ illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9556595-4-6