On September 3rd 1921 the Gazette reported that ‘much interest was aroused in Tiverton….by the appearance of a Ner-a-Car, a new form of motorcycle incorporating many car principles’. The following week, an accident was noted between a Ner-a-Car and a lorry. ‘The machine escaped without injury, but the rider received some cuts and bruises’
Designed in the United States, the Ner-a-Car was produced in this country by Sheffield Simplex, at the time an important car and motorcycle manufacturer. Between 1921 and 1926, it is thought that about 6,500 were produced for the British and Commonwealth market. There was even a deluxe model which included mechanical enhancements as well as a ‘bucket seat with air cushions’. The Ner-a-Car had a top speed of 35mph.
The photo from the Museum’s collection shows a more conventional motorbike ready to confront the Hill Climb at Seven Crosses. This dates from about 1924. The race was started in front of the Greenway Convent School.