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Developed from the author’s unique archive of documents and photographs, many of them previously unpublished, Volume 1 of The Lanchester Legacy trilogy describes not only the Lanchester social and family history but also Lanchester’s important inventions, including the disc brake, turbo-charging, power steering and so much more.
After decades of in-depth research, the story will reveal all aspects of Lanchester activity from 1931-1956 and onwards to the present day and into the future. As the story unfolds, the previously unpublished research will surprise and delight even the most familiar reader.
Providing a fascinating insight into the Lanchester intellect, Volume III focuses on the diversity of inventions and patents of this talented family. Understand Frederick Lanchester’s work on flying machines, military strategy, sound, music, poetry and – of course – hybrid and motor vehicles.
About the author
My name is Chris Clark.
I have owned Lanchester cars since my first at the age of 14 and have delighted in restoring, driving and showing them to others.
Whether you are lucky enough to own a Lanchester yourself, or have heard of the Lanchester Brothers' pioneering work and want more information, the Lanchester Legacy provides a fascinating insight into the hundreds of varied designs and inventions.
As I write this, at the end of October 2016, I am awaiting delivery of the first print-run of the second volume of my work; some 30 chapters based on more than 20 years' research.
For me, the joy is not just about writing another book; it's about sharing Lanchester knowledge with others, globally. I still find the whole Lanchester experience stimulating - and I can't wait to bring the finished Volume II of the Lanchester Legacy into the public domain!
Chris Clark, Hon MA
Registrar of the Lanchester Register and Daimler & Lanchester Owners' Club since 1983.
On 15th April 2017, Chris delivered an eagerly-anticipated lecture at Coventry University, entitled Dr Frederick William Lanchester – A Celebration of Genius. The theme of the talk was Fred’s unsung contribution to British Aeronautics, which was as outstanding in its own right as his contribution to the motor industry. The event was attended by a Read more about Coventry Uni Lecture – Fred’s Aeronautics [… more info]
My thanks to all of you who have taken the time to send me your reviews. I’ve shared a selection of them below. If you’d like your own copy of the new Volume Two, and to obtain a FREE copy of Volume One at the same time, then you can look at the very special Read more about Reviews for Lanchester Legacy Volume Two [… more info]
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Now that the second volume of The Lanchester Legacy has gone to print and the pre-orders for the book are rolling in, I wanted to take the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the following specialists for their support during my research:- Yoishi Takeda: Author of ‘Lanchester Strategy of Business Management’ www.lanchest.com McKenzie Guppy Read more about Thanks Again to the Sponsors! [… more info]
Watch Official Lanchester Historian Chris Clark, author of The Lanchester Legacy Trilogy, as he examines this beautiful and unique Lanchester 38hp, specially commissioned in 1912 by the Maharajah of Rewa. The video was made in 2011, just before the car was auctioned by Bonhams at the historic Brooklands Motor Course in Surrey, England.
As Volume II of The Lanchester Legacy Trilogy nears completion, hundreds of photographs are being selected to illustrate the manuscript. If you have any high-quality photographs of Lanchesters that you own (or have owned) then they too could feature in the finished book. If you would like to contribute your Lanchester photographs, please send them Read more about WANTED: Lanchester Photographs [… more info]
Would you like to see photographs of YOUR Lanchester included in the upcoming Volume II of The Lanchester Legacy? If you have some attractive pictures of your car(s), please get in touch using our Contact forms, or simply send me an email directly with the details. I can’t promise that every car will be included, Read more about Add YOUR Lanchester to the book! [… more info]
Demonstrating that the Lanchester Trust has interests in all aspects of Lanchester creativity and invention, the Trustees are pleased to announce the formation of the Lanchester Trust Aeronautical Scholarship whereby Frederick Lanchester’s aeronautical theories are to be studied in depth at Coventry University. Subject: Flight dynamics and stability analysis and validation of Frederick Lanchester’s 1897 Read more about Lanchester Trust Scholarship [… more info]
Chris Clark had already written articles for the Times and Telegraph, as well as motoring journals, but was highly honoured to be asked to write separate biographies on Dr. Frederick Lanchester and George Lanchester for Oxford University’s award-winning Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The whole work can be purchased, or viewed at public libraries, or seen Read more about Chris Clark writes for Oxford University [… more info]
View the short film here, which was aired on national TV, showing just a few of the Lanchester cars which Chris Clark has owned over the years. The first-hand knowledge gained has allowed Chris to write so intimately and authoritatively about the Lanchester brothers and their cars.