Byline: EMMA RACE
COVENTRY Transport Museum has commissioned a print from a local artist which celebrates the city's car industry.
The watercolour by motoring artist, Graham Bosworth, 59, of Frobisher Road, Styvechale, is a tribute to tragic naval architect Percy Pilcher.
Alongside his mechanical engineer friend, Walter Wilson, Mr Pilcher ran the successful 19th-century Coventry company Wilson Pilcher. Mr Pilcher enjoyed gliding but, with his work partner Wilson, wanted to create a plane engine, so man could fly without wind, and in any direction.
An engine was fitted to a tri-winged aircraft built by Mr Pilcher and on September 30, 1899, he invited flying machine enthusiasts from all over the country, to watch him fly at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire. Unfortunately he died in a gliding accident before he could give the demonstration.
Wilson abandoned that project, but kept his friend's name alive, designing cars under the Wilson Pilcher name for Newcastle company Armstrong-Whitworth. …