Historic Overview John Melville "Jimmy" James
|Name||John Melville "Jimmy" JAMES|
|Date of birth||- 1868 - ??? (Middlesex)|
|Date of death||27-Aug-1944 - London (Greater London)|
|Contempories||View Contemporary Ranking|
James & Browne was a British automobile manufacturer, based in Hammersmith, London between 1898 and 1910. The enterprise started in 1896 as a partnership between John Melville James, a former racing cyclist, and Tom Bousquet Browne. This partnership was dissolved in 1898 with Browne continuing the business with Francis Leigh Martineau under the James and Browne name.
The James & Browne factory was located at the Chiswick end of King's Street in West London, and there was a car showroom on Oxford Street.
The early cars had an unusual engine layout with the flywheel between the cylinders. The engines were mid-mounted in the chassis, and the cylinders were horizontal. Drive was to the rear wheels via a 4-speed gearbox and chain. The gearbox is in 2 parts, linked by a connecting rod, the left one containing 2nd and 4th gear, and the right 1st, 3rd and reverse.
The 2-cylinder engine is rated at 9 HP, and is just over 2.5 liters in size. A total-loss oiling system is used on the car, lubricating 6 main oil-ways. James & Browne also launched a 4-cylinder version (16 HP), of a similar design to the horizontal 2-cylinder engine.
In 1906 a vertical-engined car was introduced known as the Vertex and available as either a 20 hp four or 30/40 hp six-cylinder.
John Melville "Jimmy" James - Scores by Season
|18/05||Anfield 100 Invitational||2|
|23/05||North Road 50 - handicap - I||1|
|15/08||Bath Road 100||6|
|22/08||North Road 24 hour road race||7|
|06/06||Anfield 100 Invitational||2|
|23/07||Cuca Cocoa Cup||2|
|10/09||North Road 24 hour road race||4|