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Developed from the author’s unique archive of documents and photographs, many of them previously unpublished, Volume 1 of The Lanchester Legacy trilogy describes not only the Lanchester social and family history but also Lanchester’s important inventions, including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 As the story unfolds, the previously unpublished research will surprise and delight even the most familiar reader.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.
The second volume of my work, which embodies 20 years of personal research, was recently published. I've been gratified and thrilled that enthusiasts from all over the world have purchased copies.
For me, the joy has not just come from writing another book; it's primarily about sharing Lanchester knowledge with others, globally. I still find the whole Lanchester experience stimulating - and I can't wait to bring the fourth and final volume of The Lanchester Legacy Series to the public domain sometime in 2018!
Chris Clark, Hon MA
Registrar of the Lanchester Register and Daimler & Lanchester Owners' Club since 1983.
Snippets and news items
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.
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.
Would you like to see photographs of YOUR Lanchester included in the upcoming Volume IV 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]
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, it’s now available as a single-volume purchase for only £45, or you can obtain multi-buy bundles of two or more different Read more about Reviews for Lanchester Legacy Volume Two [… more info]
As I continue to assemble the information for the fourth volume, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the following specialists for their support during my research for The Lanchester Legacy Series of books:- Yoishi Takeda: Author of ‘Lanchester Strategy of Business Management’ www.lanchest.com McKenzie Guppy Ltd: Vintage Automobile Engineers www.mckenzieguppy.co.uk Bonhams International Read more about Thanks Again to the Sponsors! [… more info]
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]
I hope you’ll forgive me for making a special plea, now that we’re taking orders for the Lanchester Legacy Volume II. While we all love banks and the wonderful services they offer us, it’s possible to love some banks more than others. My particular favourites are those that don’t charge fees for the privilege of Read more about A Word About Banks [… 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]
This wonderful example of a Lanchester 40hp has been SOLD. This fabulous 1924, 6.2 litre landaulette has now left the United Kingdom for a new life in Australia. Chris Clark undertook restoration work and especially made parts to return the fixed roof to its opening original Landaulette rear roof.