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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by Big Al on January 06, 2017, 01:06:47 PM »
No need to swear,,, ;D. I do not recall one either, but that does not mean anything. Besides it perhaps would feature an O, which would not really show up. So are these two caps interchangeable, as well?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by richard on January 06, 2017, 12:43:24 PM »
I haven't a Unicar photo to hand but having been involved in that one moving to Jeans last year I can say though it had no B nut
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Gordon write up
« Last Post by richard on January 06, 2017, 12:41:18 PM »
Hi Steven all the best for the new year . You must not forget what the Gordon was up against ! A weary old possibly pre-war  motorcycle and sidecar ? A prewar 1930's  Austin 7 ? There was almost nothing four wheeled that was in the price category at all. Also bear in mind a weeks luggage and cooking gear and heavy old waterproofs , golly that would sap its strength . These hills , I have done them in a modern car , are the very most extreme and long hills in Britain
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Gordon write up
« Last Post by steven mandell on January 06, 2017, 12:23:40 PM »
I would like a better copy of this article , could anyone tell me which publication it is from please , thanks Rich
Anyone else notice that the 11% grade sections of the Kirkstone Pass were "taken without passenger"?
Did that include the passenger walking these sections?
How else could the two have made it up the hill with only the one car only able to carry one of them?
More likely the passenger helped push it whilst the driver gunned the throttle?

Considering its quoted average speeds of 25 and 29 m.p.h. - 62 m.p.g. (imperial?) doesn't seem like anything to brag about either.
It seems that they were happy just to have the machine and passengers survive the ordeal that would likely be considered a non event to most motorists driving average vehicles of their day.

Or did I miss something here?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by Big Al on January 06, 2017, 08:54:29 AM »
Interesting to see these two hub caps together. I would suggest that the fact that both the Bond MkA and the Berkeley Anzani were the original production run cars made from concept/prototype Laurie Bond cars is why the same solution has been used on the rear wheel hub. In both cases redevelopment to the design, and a change in the design has seen the hub cap drop the badging. I would sugest the lower, fuller figure mirror image B is the Berkeley version. That leaves the more regular font B to the Bond.
But does the other Bond design car feature this same answer to a simple problem?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by Rusty Chrome (Malcolm Parker) on January 05, 2017, 10:41:35 PM »
I think it's only the early "Sports" models that had them - the wheel discs came in sometime in 1958 when they started calling them SA, SE or whatever although I don't know what's underneath the discs! They only ever seemed to have the B type hub nuts on the rear wheels and I don't think they were on the caravans.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by richard on January 05, 2017, 10:15:14 PM »
There's an idea Stuart . David the red Berkeley featured above definitely has a B . Grants Bond A had the 'fancier 'of the two
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by Stuart Cyphus on January 05, 2017, 10:12:18 PM »
Berkeley Caravans?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Berkeley
« Last Post by DaveMiller on January 05, 2017, 09:26:10 PM »
Interesting question, Richard.  More than once, people looking at my Mk A Bond have said things like "Oh yes, it's got the 'B' on the hubcaps - only the Mk A had those ... except of course the Berkeley"

... but I don't think I've ever seen a Berkeley with them!  They usually have heavily-coned chrome trims, and if there's a B on the spinners, it tends to have two circular 'holes' in the B (as in the pic below).   Incidentally, my Mk A has the plainer of the two Bs you show.  That is, the upper one in your photo.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Berkeley
« Last Post by richard on January 05, 2017, 07:17:07 PM »
Any authorities in Berkeleys out there please . Which , if any , Berkeley cars should use a cast aluminium hub nut like this with the letter B  ? Thanks
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