This week, another Waltham Forest tale. That of Frederick Bremer, the original boy racer.
“London is one one of the richest cities in the world and with that wealth comes the power of the status symbol; the house we own, the clothes we wear and of course the car we drive. But for some a motor is more than an interest but an obsession.”
Watch the video and enjoy the London song inspired by this tale, ‘The Breaking Dawn’.
Frederick Bremer – Car Inventor
London is one of the richest cities in the world. And with that wealth comes the power of the status symbol. Whether it’s the clothes you wear, the house you live in or the car you drive. I for one, am not that bothered with boys toys. Far be for me to lust after a probe or hot rod, lowered or otherwise. But for some, the motor vehicle fuels much more than just a passing interest. It can power an obsession.
16-year-old Fred moved into a house in Connaught Road Walthamstow, with his family and took great delight in discovering his garden included a shed, because Fred loved tinkering about. On occasion his friend Tom would pop over and between the two of them, they would wile the hours with whatever they found, from scrap metal to spare bicycle parts, setting about engineering various projects.
One day in 1896 Fred wheeled out his greatest project to date. And despite having no gearbox, no gears, no reverse and a top speed of 6 miles an hour, took it for a spin around Walthamstow Marshes. In doing so Frederick Bremer became the first person to build and drive a petrol car in Great Britain.