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Ribble Motor Tricycles

The Ribble was produced by Jackson and Kinnings of Eastbank Street, Southport, Lancashire (Est 1900). The company owners were Sydney Park Jackson and Arnold Kinnings.

A machine built in 1903 was powered by a 400cc MMC engine and had direct-belt drive. This was ridden by W. Bottomley at the Southport Speed Trials held in the October of that year. It is not clear whether this was a motorcycle or a tricycle, but more likely the latter.

In 1905 they offered the Ribble 4½ h.p Tandem forecar and an 8 h.p. solo saddle tricar, both using water cooled engines which delievered power to the single rear wheel by chain. Production ceased in 1908.

N.B. The firm's address is also given as 168a, Norwood Road, Southport. It is possible that the vehicles were also sold under the name Jackson and Kinnings.

Sources: Graces Guide;,