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Charles Binks

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of York (1890's)

of Nottingham (c.1903-5)

of Eccles (c.1911-1927)

See Charles Binks (1864-1922)

formerly Central Engineering Works Co, York

1901 June. Details of a new radiator by C. Binks, Aspley Engineering Co, Nottingham.[1] Also a simple carburetter.[2]

1903 Binks motorcycles were first produced, designed by Charles Binks of Nottingham. It had an advanced in-line, four-cylinder engine fitted into a diamond frame, to drive the rear wheel by an enclosed chain. It had strutted front-forks and a bucket seat, mounted on coil springs, for the rider. This was the world's first traverse-four motorcycle, a 385cc machine.

1904 A further model was offered. This was similar to its predecessor but with the engine mounted transversely. Both models had a clutch and were reputed to have outputs of up to 6hp. That year the in-line machine was sold as the 5hp Evart-Hall, and two other in-line machines were demonstrated at Coventry.

1905 Production costs were high, so Binks turned his attentions to the design of carburettors for which he later became famous.

1905 April. Details of the Binks carburetter.[3][4]

1905-06 Built the Leader automobile before its production was moved to New Leader Motors

Designed the car built by the Roydale Engineering Co

The business moved to Eccles, Lancs

1911 April. Details of the petrol-paraffin carburetter.[5]

1911 Twin jet carburettors were exhibited by C. Binks at the Olympia Show[6]

1913 April: an advert appeared for carburettors as: 'The most advanced carburettor on the market'. Address was the Phoenix Works at Eccles, Manchester

1913 October. Details of the two-jet Carburetter.[7]

1914 June. Details of the petrol-paraffin carburetter.[8]

1920 New company registered: C. Binks (1920) Ltd, to carry on the business of importing, exporting and manufacturing motors, etc[9].

1927 Public company formed: Amalgamated Carburetters Ltd to bring together 3 components manufacturers Brown and Barlow, Amac and C. Binks (1920) Ltd for better utilisation of their resources[10].

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • [2] Ian Chadwick web site
  • The Autocar of 5th April 1913 pLII
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9