Short Film Demonstrates English Eccentricity & Engineering at Its Best
Aug 17, 2012 15:35
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Moulton Bicycle Company has uploaded a video profile showing the storied history of their company, which is best known for pioneering bicycle suspensions and popularizing 'small-wheeled bicycles' :
The clip offers a peek at the inner-workings of the company at its headquarters in Bradford-Upon-Avon, UK. Core77 shares a little more on the company's background:
Dr Alex Moulton CBE RDI FEng (born April 9th 1920) is a highly respected English engineer and inventor, renowned worldwide for his expertise in suspension design. The great-grandson of the rubber pioneer Stephen Moulton, he was educated at Marlborough and later at King's College, Cambridge where he graduated in Engineering.
During the Second World War he was employed in the Engine Research Department of the Bristol Aeroplane Company where for two years he was personal assistant to Sir Roy Fedden, the Chief Engineer... After the War he joined the family rubber company, Spencer Moulton and Co., where he became technical director and established a research department specialising in rubber suspension systems for vehicles.
In the late 1950s the family business was sold to the Avon Rubber Co. and Dr. Moulton founded Moulton Developments Limited to concentrate on creative design and suspension systems for vehicles. One of Moulton's notable achievements from this period was the design, development and production of the suspension system for the iconic Mini, designed by his friend Sir Alec Issigonis. The combination of conical rubber springs and small wheels was one of the many innovative developments which allowed Issigonis to achieve the Mini's overall small size.