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of York (1890's)
of Nottingham (c.1903-5)
of Eccles (c.1911-1927)
formerly Central Engineering Works Co, York
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.
Designed the car built by the Roydale Engineering Co
The business moved to Eccles, Lancs
1911 April. Details of the petrol-paraffin carburetter.
1911 Twin jet carburettors were exhibited by C. Binks at the Olympia Show
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.
1914 June. Details of the petrol-paraffin carburetter.
1920 New company registered: C. Binks (1920) Ltd, to carry on the business of importing, exporting and manufacturing motors, etc.