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  • Shadow Factory - Cutting the first sod of ground on the company golf course. Dated 1936. John Black can be seen with the spade and members of Garlick’s, the Coventry building firm, can be seen in the photo (assuming on the right).On the second left looks like Leslie Dexter (1897-1937) and 4th from left, Sales Manager (from 1931) …
  • Sir John Black’s Car Accident - November 3rd, 1953 at Banner Lane. Sir John Black and Ken Richardson were testing the Swallow Doretti Prototype (Registration 623E). Suddenly a Works van, came out of a turning unexpectedly. Ken swerved the car to avoid killing them both in a headlong collision.
  • Donald Healey - Born 3rd July 1898, died 13th January 1988. Works rally driver, Experimental Manager 1934-1939, and General Manager 1940 under Thos Ward’s ownership. Responsible for the Triumph Southern Cross and straight-eight Triumph Dolomite. Famed “Healey” car marque. Joined Triumph in 1933.
  • Ken Richardson Pt1 - In the Charleston, Black-Bottom and Tea-For-Two days of the nineteen-twenties you ran the risk, if you walked around Bourne, in Lincolnshire, of being carved up by a lithe schoolboy of thirteen using the village streets as a T.T. course for his 2 1/4 h.p. round-tank B.S.A. motorcycle. You would not have run much risk of …
  • Water Test Area - Dated from the 1950’s this photograph shows the Water Test Area at Canley.
  • Thomas Ward – The Elephant in the Room - There was a highly interesting and little-known period during which Triumph was owned by Thos. W. Ward Ltd., the internationally famous steel company. (See Below). Mr S. J. Dyal, a director of Ward’s, who was able to piece together the true account of this interim period when Triumph had its H.Q. not at Priory Street, …
  • Home Guard - As an apprentice toolmaker, Thomas Cumberlidge was considered a far too valuable commodity to have his life put at risk in the regular army.
  • Mosquito Makers - The photograph showing a group of workers in front of a de Havilland Mosquito was taken at the Standard Motors Facility at Ansty. Standard Motors were contracted to produce Mosquitos and Airspeed Oxford Aircraft during WW2. The original photo, and more details about the Mosquito, can be seen HERE. Component manufacture, sub assembly and main …
  • Sir John Black 10/02/1895 - Sir John Paul Black (10 February 1895 – 24 December 1965)Chairman and Managing Director of the Standard Motor Company Ltd(Mini biography published in 1951)
  • TR6 Production - Another great photo from Mike Winterton, this time part of the TR6 line, Mike thinks probably 1975 or possibly 1976.

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