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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.

Richard Farman

From Graces Guide

Possibly Thomas Richard Farman (1872-1940)

Born son of Thomas Frederick Farman

Brother of Henri and Maurice Farman. Founder member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

1904 FARMAN, Messrs. Henri and Maurice, 10, Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, Paris (private address); Rue des Acacias (business address). Are the sons of the Standard correspondent in Paris. At fourteen they began their career as professional cyclists by winning a number of prizes in French races. In 1892 Henri became bicycle champion of France, and the following year his brother Maurice took the French Championship from him. In 1895 both brothers rode tandem, and found nobody to beat them until 1897, Owing to this fact they were nicknamed the "Virgin team." When the first motor-tricycles came out, both brothers began hiring machines from different makers, and soon became very expert motorists. Henri won the first motor-tricycle race, the Cote de Chanteloup, with a 1.75-h.p. tricycle. In 1901 Henri began racing in earnest, and won the Pau 150 kilometre race on a light Darracq. In the same race Maurice came in first in the heavy cars section. In May, 1901, Henri got in fourth in the Paris-Bordeaux race of that year; he then drove a Panhard. It was also on a Panhard that he took fourth place in the 1901 Paris-Berlin race. In 1902 Maurice came in first in the French Northern Circuit, or alcohol race. Henri took second place in the same race. In the 1902 Paris-Vienna race Henri got in first in spite of an accident, which delayed him two hours. It was an accident that obliged him to abandon the Paris-Madrid race at Vendome. In the Irish race for the Gordon Bennett Cup Henri had a puncture, his reservoir leaked badly, and his brake refused to act, but he got in third, ten minutes after the winner. Henri and his brother Maurice have a tremendous amount of pluck, and though brought up in France, and earning their living there, they are still essentially British in character. Henri is now in business with his brother Dick, and according to all accounts is doing well. Both the racing brothers believe that very few of the present big factories make any money; they are obliged to spend too much in experimenting. They assert that the future of the motor trade lies in the building of cars for industrial and commercial purposes, more than, as now, for pleasure or recreation. [1]

Richard was involved in flying with his brothers' aircraft:

1911 Maurice Farman, at Buc, took up his brother Dick, flying with him to Rambouillet.[2]

1912 Dick Farman was testing a M. Farman biplane at Etampes for the Japanese Government.[3]

1913 Dick Farman made a flight of over an hour’s duration on a Maurice Farman biplane at Buc[4].

1913 A report of Maurice Farman, with a lady passenger, flying to Etampes from Buc. During the return trip he flew in company with Dick Farman, who was piloting one of new type M. Farmans.[5]


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Sources of Information

  1. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  2. Flight International Magazine 1911-10-07
  3. Flight International Magazine 1912-11-23
  4. Flight International Magazine 1913-03-15
  5. Flight International Magazine 1913-11-15