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WILLIAM ARNOLD AND SONS

MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURERS 1896-1899

Our research into the history of William Arnold and Sons: millers, engineers and motor car manufacturers at East Peckham at the dawn of motoring has been catalogued by the National Motor Museum library.
Posted on Saturday 22nd June 2019

THE 1896 ARNOLD’S MOTOR CARRIAGE CO. MOTOR AGENT'S PLATE

The photograph is of what appears to be an unused Arnold’s Motor Carriage Co. motor agent’s plate. It would appear that the plate was intended to be a direct replacement for the Benz & Co. Patent Motor-Wagen motor manufacturer's plate as it was designed to be fitted to the offside of the car whereas the Hewetson’s motor agent’s plates were always fitted to the nearside. Assuming the plate is not a fake the question arises as to why Arnolds might have made the plate when all the evidence from surviving cars and contemporary photographs informs us that such plates were never fitted to Arnold’s cars? If the plate was made by Arnolds the only plausible explanation is that it was a one-off sample for a proposal to re-badge imported Mannheim completed cars. If that was the reason for the fabrication of the plate the proposal was not implemented. Indeed, it was almost certainly refused as a consequence of legal and commercial problems Benz had with Roger who was selling and racing Mannheim completed cars as Roger’s cars without permission. The fact is absence of motor manufacturer’s and motor agent’s plates on the ex-Dowsing car, George Arnold’s car, A633 and contemporary published photographs of the Tuke, Palethorpe, Valentine and Cornell cars, is prima facie evidence that Arnold’s Benz’s System cars were never fitted with Benz’s, Arnold’s or Hewetson’s motor manufacturer’s or motor agent’s plates.
Posted on Wednesday 4th December 2019

FOURTH REPUBLIC™

WHO BETRAYED JEAN MOULIN?

FOURTH REPUBLIC™ solves the mystery. Who will make the feature film?

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Posted on Friday 21st June 2019

AMERICA'S CUP NEWS

AMERICA'S CUP TRADE MARKS TIMEOUT

On 17th June 2014 the America’s Cup Event Authority and America’s Cup Properties Incorporated attempted and failed to take control of America's Cup Masters. At 00.51 BST on 18th June 2019 the statutory time limit for the commencement of enforcement proceedings against America's Cup Masters passed without any attempt by ACPI to enforce their claims to an exclusive right to the words "America's Cup" made in a Cease and Desist letter dated 17th June 2014. Thus it appears ACPI has accepted that the registered trade marks in the words "America's Cup" are not enforceable.
Posted on Tuesday 18th June 2019