London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018.
We are very proud to have carried out a complete restoration on a 1904 9hp MMC in preparation for the 2018 London to Brighton Run. Alongside five other cars that we prepared for the event, including an electric car, a Delaugère et Clayette, a Raynaud Vis-a-Vis, a De Dion Bouton and a Mors 15HP, the MMC received a great deal of appreciation. It was the first time the car had been on the road for 106 years and we were delighted when it crossed the finish line in Brighton in the hands of Stewart Parkes, one of our mechanics.
As with many cars, this car has a great tale to tell as accounted by ‘Classic Car Magazine’ in the following article:
“This 9HP veteran produced by the short-lived Motor Manufacturing Company of Coventry was not only making its Run debut – it was also turning a wheel for the first time in 106 years. ‘It’s a 1904 model but my great-grandfather Arthur Archer bought it in 1905 as bankrupt stock,’ says Jon Archer. ‘For several years it was operated by my grandfather, second-generation Arthur Archer, as first taxi in the town of Dunmow, Essex, and then laid up in a shed at the family motor car and bicycle business in 1912. My father eventually took over the business, choosing to diversify into vintage and veteran car restoration during the late Sixties – he always planned to fix up the MMC but never got round to it, so there it stayed. Taking inspiration from a visit to a 1960’s London-Brighton Run he made contact with the Veteran Car Club to register it and apply for a dating of the vehicle, then, approaching its 100th birthday he did some work on the wheels. Ultimately it became his retirement project, but sadly he passed away shortly after the closure of his business.’