W. G. C. Hayward and Co of Beaufort Works, Twickenham.
A fine example of the Whippet is in the collection of the Sammy Miller Museum.
Argson Engineering Co also had their address at Beaufort Works, Twickenham.
MANY have been the designs of motor scooters since the first idea of elaborating a foot-propelled machine set the ball . rolling. A considerable amount of controversy has also arisen with regard to the most suitable position for the power unit, and some designs have suffered through the weights and stresses being unsuitably distributed. A sound method of construction, however, has been adopted by W. G. C. Hayward and Co., Ltd., Beaufort Works, Cambridge Park, Twickenham, who have based the design of the Whippet scooter on motor cycle principles.
Features of Design.
The foremost of the many features incorporated in the design is the 1 1/2 h.p. four-stroke engine, which is mounted in front of the rear wheel, and protected by a collapsible wire cowl. An aluminium -cylinder, machined all over, is shrunk, on to a steel liner, and mechanically operated overhead valves are housed in the cast iron detachable combustion head, which is securely held in position .by four long bolts. A patented exhaust lift or half compression device is incorporated, which consists of a shaft sliding within the cam wheel bush, and provided with a small cam which can be removed beneath the exhaust valve rocker. A steel crankshaft of orthodox pattern is employed. An unusually long phosphor bronze bush, however, is used on the external flywheel side of the crank case, and an aluminium piston, Slaving two cast iron rings, is fitted. Lubrication by splash feed has been found satisfactory, the oil being fed by a hand pcmip from the tank, which has a capacity for 250 miles. The large portion of the tank holds 1 1/4 gallon of petrol, which passes through a filter to the standard pattern Amac carburetter.
All-chain transmission conveys the drive to the rear wheel, the countershaft being situated in rear of the tubular saddle member. The position of the magneto is somewhat unusual, it being mounted practically out of sight, on_the near side of the countershaft, from which it is driven. The large chain sprocket on the off side of the countershaft incorporate a shock absorbing device, and the gear ratio at piesent employed gives a reduction of 9 1/2 to 1.
Internal Expanding Brakes.
The chassis is constructed of twin steel tubes throughout, and domed front and rear mudguards are provided. Internal expanding brakes are employed, that fitted to the front wheel being operated by a Bowden lever on the wide handle-bars, whilst the rear is foot-operated. The silencer, which is of special construction, consists, broadly, of a restricted venturi tube, with cooling rings cast about its circumference.
During the searching tests to which it has been subjected, the Whippet is said to have exceeded 25 m.p.h., and has carried three persons up a gradient of approximately 1 in 6. The price of forty-seven guineas includes a free insurance policy for the period of one year.
The Motor Cycle October 23rd, 1919.
Whippet Miniature Motor Cycle. (Stand 26a.)
l½ h.p.: 56x61 mm. (150 c.c); single-cylinder four-stroke; overhead valves; drip feed lubrication; Vici single-lever carburetter; C.A.V. chain-driven magneto; single-speed gear; chain drive; Wood-Milne 18x2in. tyres. Price £58 10s.
W. G. Hayward and Co., Ltd., Twickenham.
Three distinct models are shown on this stand, which differ only in minor details. In every case the motive power is the same; the interesting little Whippet engine is fitted with an aluminium cylinder and a steel liner. The cylinder head is of cast iron, and the valves of the overhead pattern. The Whippet has emerged from the scooter into a miniature motor bicycle, and is now fitted with 18in. wheels. It is thoroughly up-to-date and has a scientifically designed single lever carburetter. Of the three models exhibited the de luxe model has naturally all the latest refinements, including a dressguard, in case the machine should be ridden by a lady, an XL'All saddle, electric lighting, and a luggage carrier. The Sports model has also electric lighting, a racing saddle, and wider handle-bars.
The standard model, which is two guineas cheaper, is provided with oil lamps, a simple type of saddle, and narrower handle-bars. No carrier is fitted. The prices of all three models include a year's free insurance, and the registration fees. Messrs. W. G. Hayward, Ltd., have certainly studied the question of the miniature motor bicycle, and have turned out a thoroughly practical little mount.
The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920.
N.B. No relation to Spagthorpe's Whippet, nor to the Whippet of 1903.
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