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The Unibus Scooter
« on: November 20, 2016, 10:37:21 PM »
Dear Rumsters

Whilst doing some research I came upon this youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AX4l_cFhXY

But what is the connection or connections with microcars?

Very interesting video and vehicle.

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2016, 11:26:10 PM »


But what is the connection or connections with microcars


That, like microcars, the video is no longer available?   :)

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2016, 08:45:27 AM »
Dear Dave

I have just tried it and the video is there. Can somebody else confirm that they have viewed it.

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2016, 09:58:20 AM »
Aye, 'tis there. Featuring Mike Webster and the long time home of the Stimson Scorcher, Staverton.
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2016, 11:37:00 AM »
Dear Al

That's good and yes you have one connection. Mike Webster. Most people may not know who Mike is. But what is the other connection to this Video?

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 12:16:33 PM »
Well it depends how lateral you go, as Gloster, as it became, got tied up with Hawker Siddley, then swept up with Vickers Armstrong. There is also the Frank Whittle link and that development. So quite a few tangents in that lot. But specific to the Gloucester / Gloster company itself I am not so sure I can think of a direct link.
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2016, 01:07:18 PM »
That, like microcars, the video is no longer available?   :)

How strange:  in each attempt on my iPad, the link would open YouTube, which then reported "This Video is not available".

So ... up into the office, to try it on the iMac - and it worked straight away!

What a remarkably modern looking design, for 1919.  And rather sophisticated suspension, shaft drive, and braking systems, too.  Impressive! 

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2016, 01:38:24 PM »
An interesting little video, and it also showed Harold Boultbee, the designer of the Unibus, as well as the Curlew.
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2016, 02:16:38 PM »
Darnn,  I knew I heard that name before.
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2016, 06:22:37 PM »
An interesting little video, and it also showed Harold Boultbee, the designer of the Unicar, as well as the Curlew.

Cuscus 47 - did you really mean Unicar and not Unibus? I always thought thought it was claimed that Lawrie Bond was the designer of the Unicar.  Jean
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2016, 07:12:11 PM »
Also video not available
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2016, 03:34:46 AM »
An interesting little video, and it also showed Harold Boultbee, the designer of the Unicar, as well as the Curlew.

Cuscus 47 - did you really mean Unicar and not Unibus? I always thought thought it was claimed that Lawrie Bond was the designer of the Unicar.  Jean

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2016, 07:44:08 AM »
Almost a blunderbus  ;D
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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2016, 01:15:01 PM »
quicker to catch a bus  8)

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Re: The Unibus Scooter
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2016, 05:30:01 PM »
Dear All

All Correct. Harold Boultbee was the designer and builder of both the Unibus Scooter and the Curlew, and a Unibus was owned at one time by Mike Webster, who developed among other vehicles the 4 wheeled Bond Bug.

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