Photographer's Note

This is the Frederick Lanchester building, which forms part of Coventry University. This was taken at night on a long exposure hence black and white and grain in the clouds.

Frederick Lanchester was a pioneer of the motor car and started to design his first motor car in 1893, a single cylinder 5 bhp engine. Lanchester cars set a precedent because their car bodies were fully interchangeable (an idea clearly utilised in Fordist production techniques). At this time car bodies were made by coachbuilding companies, specifically for each chassis.

The Lanchester Engine Company was formed in 1899 and Lanchester racing cars made their first appearance at Brooklands in 1921. The last pure-bred Lanchester was made in 1929. The Company suffered from lack of investment and in 1931 it was bought by Daimler. So Daimler later became Mercedes Benz and I think it is ironic that the German company is given credit for it's advanced engineering and cars of status when in fact they owe it to a British guy!

Lanchester also played a leading part in the design and development of armoured fighting vehicles prior to WWII. The Lanchester name was dropped by Daimler in 1956, almost sixty years after the first Lanchester car. Today his name most usually comes up in recognition of the development of the modern disc brake and his pioneering work on the evolution of the motor car in this country is largely forgotten.

Hope the petrolheads out there enjoy this note.

I called it Lanchester's Futurescape since it kind of made me think that if an engineer designed our landscapes and houses in the future, this is pretty much what it may look like.


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