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The story of each of the 114 marques of car that appeared in Birmingham between 1894 and 1939 in a local historical context.

Birmingham's Early Motor Industry.





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Corporation Street

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Then and Now

The People         The Places         The Cars

224pp     80,000+ words   400+ photographs     £14.99     April 2012

Did you know that the Punch cartoonist, artist, inventor and builder of whimsical machines has a Birmingham connection?


He was born in London but his father moved the family to Birmingham at the beginning of the First World War. They lived in Tennyson Road, Small Heath and Rowland went to Waverley Grammar School. Later the family moved to Alum Rock, where his father died in 1931 and he worked for Siviter Smith in Birmingham as a process engraver until he started doing aircraft design in the Second World War.


He married the daughter of a Birmingham silversmith and then moved to London as the demands of his cartoon work for Punch grew.


There is a new Rowland Emett Society dedicated to cataloguing and preserving his work. It is free to join and can be found at:

Rowland Emett 1906-1990

Vote for Crusty

This year it is the 90th Anniversary of the Austin Seven, one of Birmingham's most famous cars.


Voting is currently taking place for the Classic Car of the Year to be revealed at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November.


Please vote for 'Crusty' Chris Parkhurst's 1931 Austin Seven, a veteran of some long distance adventures.


Click HERE scroll down and vote now.