This must have been taken just as Cheshunt was opened as essentially these are all cars in production at Hornsey. Already the Museum have a great collection of early pictures.
This is the house Colin lived in with his parents before marrying Hazel
Hazel Williams family home which had the lock up garage where Colin and Hazel built MKI the Austin 7 based trials car.
From what I have read , heard people speak, seen many film interviews, and myself having met Hazel Chapman , if only very briefly at her home in Norfolk 17 years ago when I was picking up the Gold Leaf 49 for a static display at the British GP. Her contribution to this whole story should never be underestimated.
Quite clearly a strong, determined ,resouceful, capable, practical woman who was enormously supportive to Colin Chapman in so many ways. It is often said behind every great man is an equally great Woman. I think without her we would not have this story to write about in this form at all . Clearly she made a colossal contribution and was a major factor in the success of the enterprise and achievements and should be recognised as such.
Incidently she was a very capable racing driver in her own right she was able to match Colins times in the MK III
Thanks to John Douglas one of the museum presentation talk speakers for these pictures
This is an extract from the museums aims and ambitions for the future
One of the primary aims in the setting up of the Colin Chapman Museum and Education Centre is to promote awareness of the need for innovative, efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions to engineering problems. Colin Chapman himself was renowned for "thinking outside the box" and we hope that retelling his achievements will stimulate young people to explore the world with a questioning eye, asking:
• What is this for?
• Does it do the job?
• Is this the most effective use of resources and energy?
• Is it even necessary?
To this end, the Museum Trustees envisage the following activities:
Production of DVD and computer screen presentations of Chapman's engineering innovations, for distribution to schools and colleges
• Space frame chassis and rigidity
• Weight reduction generally
• Engine development - ports, cam followers, crankshaft modifications
• Suspension development - Split axle IFS, Chapman strut (1957), inboard spring/shock absorbers De-Dion rear axle
• First production road car with glass-fibre unitary chassis/body (1957 Elite)
• First Grand Prix car with monocoque chassis (1962 Type 25)
• First road car with steel backbone chassis and glass-fibre body shell ( 1962 Elan)
• First rear-engined F1 car using engine as load-bearing chassis member ( Type 49 1967)
• Ground effect Grand Prix car (1977 Type 78 )
• Active suspension (1981 Esprit )
In-house presentations to visiting school groups and other specific audiences
Presentations in the cinema, similar to Royal Society Christmas lectures, with models, audience participation and lots of fun.
• Chassis design, triangulation, weight distribution, centre of gravity
• Suspension - demonstration of different systems, sprung / unsprung mass
• Analysis of spring, mass and shock absorber combinations.
• Driving / race techniques explained.
• All presentations to end with some aspect of road safety since audience will soon be driving, if not already. Hazard perception competition. Explanation of legal requirements of car use.
• General guided tours of the museum with hands-on explanation of design features.
• Enhanced opportunities for training and the development of skills needed in engineering. Open minds to the career opportunities in design and engineering..
• Linkages with universities to create an environment where engineering can be seen as a career for the young.
• Opportunity to extend existing partnerships and to create new partnership.
To find out more about engineering courses at sites across the country please refer to http://www.educatelondon.co.uk/