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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: TBM] #683067
14/01/21 01:47 PM
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What a great photograph.

Being nosey I Googled "Heenan & Froude Ltd." and what an innovative and interesting company they were. No wonder they had such a huge drawing office.


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: TBM] #683069
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Great photo
Must have been a long line of cars as you can even see the curvature of the Earth!


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: athelstan] #683070
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Originally Posted by athelstan
What a great photograph.

Being nosey I Googled "Heenan & Froude Ltd." and what an innovative and interesting company they were. No wonder they had such a huge drawing office.


Yes I did the same. It just shows what we have lost.


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: TBM] #683072
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IIRC they were involved in the testing of the original Concorde 001 engines (amongst many other things). Dad worked there from school, just after the War (with a break for National Service) until 1984 when he was made redundant. The company didn't last too much longer after that.


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: TBM] #683080
14/01/21 02:45 PM
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One of my fellow ham radio neighbours from years ago used to work for them in 70s / 80s - Roger Wenham. Believe he is in Germany now.
In the early 90s the computer company I was working for took on a new production manager, Jim somebody (ex SBS) who came from Froude.


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: Graham, G4FUJ] #683095
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Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
I toyed with the idea of scanning and stitching the two halves, but other things got in the way... smile


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: TBM] #683096
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My late brother worked for Heenan and Froude in the 70s , before transferring to Froude Inc in Detroit Michigan.

In those days they made really quite sophisticated (for their day) dynamometers for testing all types of engines.

I was particularly interested in the performance cars side , they supplied just about all the big names in saloon car tuning and even a few F1 engine builders (John Nicholson)

However he said the more interesting work came when considering much larger engines eg: military tanks, marine, large commercial etc.

I seem to remember that their premises backed onto the Worcester and Birmingham canal (know affectionately as "The Cut" by us schoolboys, the exhausts from their test bays exited through a wall onto the canal . When they were testing something there would inevitable be loud bangs and occasionally flame-outs over the cut , which kept us amused no end (but I guess local residents probably had a different view)


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: Graham, G4FUJ] #683099
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Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
One of my fellow ham radio neighbours from years ago used to work for them in 70s / 80s - Roger Wenham. Believe he is in Germany now.
In the early 90s the computer company I was working for took on a new production manager, Jim somebody (ex SBS) who came from Froude.


The SBS bloke rings a bell -I'll ask Dad if he remembers either of them.


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: MOG 615] #683101
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Originally Posted by MOG 615
My late brother worked for Heenan and Froude in the 70s , before transferring to Froude Inc in Detroit Michigan.

In those days they made really quite sophisticated (for their day) dynamometers for testing all types of engines.

I was particularly interested in the performance cars side , they supplied just about all the big names in saloon car tuning and even a few F1 engine builders (John Nicholson)

However he said the more interesting work came when considering much larger engines eg: military tanks, marine, large commercial etc.

I seem to remember that their premises backed onto the Worcester and Birmingham canal (know affectionately as "The Cut" by us schoolboys, the exhausts from their test bays exited through a wall onto the canal . When they were testing something there would inevitable be loud bangs and occasionally flame-outs over the cut , which kept us amused no end (but I guess local residents probably had a different view)


Thats right, opposite side to the Worcester FC ground. What was your brothers name - again might be a colleague of Dad.


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Re: Bit of Social History [Re: TBM] #683110
14/01/21 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TBM
Originally Posted by MOG 615
My late brother worked for Heenan and Froude in the 70s , before transferring to Froude Inc in Detroit Michigan.

In those days they made really quite sophisticated (for their day) dynamometers for testing all types of engines.

I was particularly interested in the performance cars side , they supplied just about all the big names in saloon car tuning and even a few F1 engine builders (John Nicholson)

However he said the more interesting work came when considering much larger engines eg: military tanks, marine, large commercial etc.

I seem to remember that their premises backed onto the Worcester and Birmingham canal (know affectionately as "The Cut" by us schoolboys, the exhausts from their test bays exited through a wall onto the canal . When they were testing something there would inevitable be loud bangs and occasionally flame-outs over the cut , which kept us amused no end (but I guess local residents probably had a different view)


Thats right, opposite side to the Worcester FC ground. What was your brothers name - again might be a colleague of Dad.


He was Paul Garlick, I am trying to back calculate , but I suspect he worked there from 1971/2 until 1979/80, before the posting to set up Froude N America Inc.


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