Thursday, 9 July 2015


The greatest invention of all must be wheels. Try to imagine a world without them.

Above is the ‘Rhyl’. This was a 9.5 horsepower, 2-seater job, the first light car produced by a company named Standard. It cost £195 in 1913 when labourers were earning less than £1 per week.

Below a local bus is parked on the prom, opposite High Street. In the background the white building is the pier's original wooden Amphitheatre. This is a card postmarked 1924:

Here is Corgi toy 97113: Bedford OB Duple Coach, Warburtons of Bury, destination Rhyl. The toy was made in 1993, the bus date would be 1950:

In coaches, comfort and safety were paramount. In soap box derbies, less so. The following event took place in 1952 on the prom (pictures from Rhyl History Club):

Catastrophe struck in 2012 in the evening of May 21st, at the High Street end of Vale Road Bridge (photos from Dave Williams): 

Be careful out there!

[For indexing purposes the origin of the lorry carrying soapbox cars is noted here as Blakes Motors Manchester. A soapbox car driven by a boy scout is marked 23rd Stretford St. Matthews.]


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