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pageb45
Goderich, Ontario, Canada
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1 of 24  Fri 13th Jan 2012 6:31pm  
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I joined Coventry Climax Engines Ltd. - Fork Lift Truck Division - in November, 1967, at the Kingfield Road office. I left there in April, 1970, to work for Rolls-Royce at Ansty. I am writing a memoir of my time at the Climax and would appreciate hearing from anyone who could help me with names, photos and their own memories at that time. Thanks in advance. Barry Page Goderich, Ontario, Canada
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K
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2 of 24  Fri 13th Jan 2012 6:49pm  
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I was there in 73-4. I think I still have a pristine fork lift instruction panel in Afrikaans. When I was there, the Chief Electrical Engineer was David Tedd, the Chief Mechanical Engineer was named Eric Rose as I remember - he wandered around singing "Aunty Mary had a canary..." at the top of his voice (he later went to Jaguar); he always wore a bright yellow waistcoat. I think, but may be wrong, the Eng Director was named Eric Knights, and his brother Bill was a senior figure in the DO. The Eng Director broke his wrist trying to swing a Climax engine in a friend's yacht, and it kicked back viciously, and laid him out. In the electrical design pen, as well as I, there was a guy named Mike Smith and another whose name I've forgotten, another Dave, but may recall later.
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mn757
Coventry
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3 of 24  Fri 13th Jan 2012 10:07pm  
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Barry, I know of a Frank Court who worked in the experimental department, I'll have to check which years though. Martin.
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pageb45
Goderich, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 24  Mon 16th Jan 2012 6:04pm  
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Gentlemen: Many thanks for your responses, names and memories. Frank Court is a familiar name. My principal contacts at the DO were John Dewsbury and Arthur Strawbridge. On the track at Widd Road was "Bed'th" Bill and Les Harris, and in the shop at Kingfield Road was Ray, Pete, Jim Rankin and Cyril Marden. Look forward to receiving any more information and/or photos. Much appreciated. Barry
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morgana
the secret garden
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5 of 24  Thu 25th Oct 2012 1:19pm  
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aussie bob
Orroroo Australia
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6 of 24  Thu 1st Nov 2012 8:57pm  
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Hi all, I have a JAMES BERESFORD & SON BIRMINGHAM Trailer No B656 with a Coventry Climax motor and a Water pump No FWP 851232 on. Any information on would be appreciated. Thanks Bob
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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7 of 24  Fri 2nd Nov 2012 9:01am  
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Hello Aussie bob & welcome to our Coventry Historical forum. Wave
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scrutiny
coventry
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8 of 24  Fri 2nd Nov 2012 10:45am  
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Hi, try this link Thumbs up Are you the Orroroo not far from Coomooroo?
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Adrian
UK
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9 of 24  Fri 2nd Nov 2012 2:30pm  
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I have the Coventry Climax Godiva FF500 GPM Trailer Fire Fighter handbook pdf files on CD. If you want a copy, send me your contact details and I will post you a copy. I could send it via email,as i have now converted it to jpeg. regards Adrian.
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aussie bob
Orroroo Australia
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10 of 24  Fri 2nd Nov 2012 10:19pm  
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On 2nd Nov 2012 2:30pm, Adrian said: I have the Coventry Climax Godiva FF500 GPM Trailer Fire Fighter handbook pdf files on CD . If you want a copy, send me your contact details and I will post you a copy. I could send it via email, but for some reason it has .ink on the end, and I cant get it to open when sent. regards Adrian.
That would be appreciated. My address is PO Box 97 ORROROO South Australia AUSTRALIA 5431 Many thanks Bob
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Adrian
UK
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11 of 24  Fri 2nd Nov 2012 11:10pm  
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Hi Bob, It will be posted first thing in the morning. Hope you enjoy.
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mi3gto
Portaferry Co Down
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12 of 24  Sun 4th Nov 2012 6:12pm  
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On 2nd Nov 2012 10:45am, scrutiny said: Hi, try this link Thumbs up
I too have a Coventry Climax FW pump and am looking any documents that apply to it. This one is ex Mil and serial number FWP3529. In Northern Ireland.
yet another project!

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NeilsYard
Coventry
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13 of 24  Wed 19th Feb 2014 4:01am  
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I knew this existed though I've yet to re-discover the image of Colin driving a forklift but heres a very brief (and small!) bit of footage of the both late and great Jim Clark and Colin Chapman at the Climax works in 1964: Coventry Climax footage
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deanocity3
keresley
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14 of 24  Wed 19th Feb 2014 8:49am  
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Engine also used on a Hovercraft
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Steve White
Ferndown, Dorset
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15 of 24  Fri 21st Mar 2014 11:32am  
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I have a Godiva Generator from the fifties and wondered if there was club or the like for owners of these. Wink
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