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MILES-FAN
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1 of 11  Sun 14th Dec 2014 11:53am  
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Hi, I am researching the racing driver Ken Miles. Whilst working at Morris Engines, Courthouse Green, he was involved in a road accident. Sadly I do not know exactly when, sometime during the years 1947/48. I read in a American car magazine article that he was driving a Morris prototype and hit another car head on. I have no other information and would like to learn more. Does any members here have access to old Coventry newspapers that might have come across this story, it must have been reported surely. Paul
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bohica
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2 of 11  Sun 14th Dec 2014 5:05pm  
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The Australian newspaper archives are much more forthcoming. Racing driver killed. You might find a lot out by starting from scratch here. IIRC New Zealand has lots of free newspaper archives as well. Best of luck
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morgana
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3 of 11  Sun 14th Dec 2014 10:09pm  
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Scroll down on here to Jim O'Neill, not sure if this is of any help. It also mentions Miles on a Le Mans link too
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mcsporran
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4 of 11  Mon 15th Dec 2014 8:44am  
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It seems much has been written about Ken Miles life in the USA but very little covering his beginnings in England. Unfortunately the local newspapers have not been indexed for that date so it is unlikely a report of a 'minor' accident could be found unless a more precise date can be discovered. If the car was a prototype it would likely be the Morris Mosquito which was introduced in 1948 as the Minor. Perhaps a history of the development of this vehicle may mention the incident, or maybe a biography of Alec Issigonis. Have you tried contacting the author of the magazine article that refers to the accident?
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5 of 11  Mon 15th Dec 2014 9:35am  
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Morgana, good link that, I enjoyed it, I have a model car of the MGA which Miles raced at Le Mans in 1955. mcsporran, I should have been more specific, you are right in saying there has been a lot written about Ken Miles exploits in America. I am only writing about his early motoring days in England up to 1951. I am researching the different cars he owned/raced in club hill climbs and cars he worked on. He helped build 5 Emeryson single seater racing cars in early 1951 in Rushall. Interesting you say about the Morris Mosquito, I shall look into it. Also I did contact the writer of the story which I mentioned above, he said everything he knew was in the article. Ken Miles moved on from Morris Engines in late 1948 to Webley Scott then Parker Hale.
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6 of 11  Mon 15th Dec 2014 10:20am  
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Thumbs up 1963 Ken Miles Sunbeam Tiger prototype. It states here the Af3 was flown over from Coventry.
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MILES-FAN
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7 of 11  Mon 15th Dec 2014 10:28am  
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The Sunbeam Tiger is a beautiful little car, thanks for the link.

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8 of 11  Mon 15th Dec 2014 11:05am  
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You're welcome. Ken Miles' Cars.
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MILES-FAN
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9 of 11  Mon 15th Dec 2014 9:16pm  
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On 15th Dec 2014 8:44am, mcsporran said: Have you tried contacting the author of the magazine article that refers to the accident?
This is the line from the magazine written in 1959. "The car was a closed sedan, a special housing an experimental MG engine in a modified Morris Minor chassis". The year was most likely 1948.
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10 of 11  Tue 16th Dec 2014 6:45pm  
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The Minor was of unibody design so did not have a conventional chassis. According to this page there were eight prototypes built between 14th June and 2nd September 1948. Some of these had a new flat four engine that was dropped from the production cars. The first production car was completed 20th September 1948 in time for the Earls Court show in October. By modern standards this timescale seems hardly believable, but if true narrows any search for an accident report considerably. This page claims there were Wolseley and MG prototypes, but it's not clear if these were additional. It sounds like this book may contain a more detailed story of the Mosquito/Minor development. The flat four engine is illustrated here.
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11 of 11  Wed 17th Dec 2014 10:02am  
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mcsporran, very interesting, thanks for the links. I shall investigate further.
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