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Christopher Shorrock

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Christopher Shorrock (1901- ) of Centric Superchargers

1901 Born at Darwen the son of Ernest Shorrock, a Building Contractor.

1918 Apprenticed to Dot

ca.1925 Founded Toreador Engineering Co

1939 Living at Moorlands, Preston: Jane A. Shorrock (born 1873), Widow; Christopher Shorrock (born 1901), Internal Combustion Engineering Specialist; Noel Shorrock (born 1905) Engineering Representative; and Ernest Shorrock (born 1913) Riding Motors.[1]

1940 Married at Preston to Doris Eaves

1958 'A news cutting dated August 20. 1957, refers to the supercharger designed by Mr. C. Shorrock which made it possible for Stirling Moss to obtain new world speed records for the kilometre, mile, five miles, five and ten kilometres in the M.G. car at over 240 miles an hour. In between these dates, Chris Shorrock has such a vast wealth of practical and technical achievement that it would fill a volume. * * Chris Shorrock, in association with his brother Noel, has for over 20 years been designing and building probably the world's most efficient and practical superchargers. They were known before the war as Centric Superchargers. Innumerable speed events and world records have been won using these simple but brilliant products of the Shorrock Brothers. I have before me three enormous books of cuttings full of such achievements. Perhaps the most outstanding are the 1938 and 1939 M.G. world records gained by Lt.-Col. "Goldie" Gardner. Chris Shorrock has been closely associated with all these M.G. record attempts and invariably the supercharger has been one of his design.'[2]

1968 Technical Director, Shorrock Superchargers since 1947; Technical Consultant, Engineering Development Facility, Rubery Owen and Co; and Director, Peco-Shorrock Developments

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Sources of Information

  1. 1913 Census
  2. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 05 September 1958