Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

North Downs Engineering Co

From Graces Guide

of Westway, Caterham

AKA Nordec

Makers of precision automobile components

1946 successor to L. M. Ballamy Ltd; Marcus Chambers became general Manager and Ken Roberts chief designer. The company continued supplying supercharging kits, as well as retaining the rights to some of Ballamy’s patents. It was during this period that the one and only Nordec car was produced.

The company supplied supercharging kits for vehicles (based on the Marshall-Nordec supercharger) as well as retaining the rights to some of Ballamy’s patents.

1947 Around the end of the year, a number of engineers left to form Wade Superchargers, followed soon after by the Chief Designer and then Marcus Chambers, the Manager.

The last member of the senior staff remaining at the company was Works Manager John Wood, who was also a model aircraft enthusiast. Wood developed a 10cc engine based on a US design which was already in use for model flying on control lines. This provided a new line of business for the company (engines in either spark-ignition or glo-plug form).



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