Pope travels to Brighton

Brian Curry, author of our Installation Tips, takes his 1904 Pope-Tribune to Brighton.

When motoring was in its infancy copper was an ideal material for the pipework, especially heat exchangers.  Brian Curry, who is the author of our Installation Tips, owns an American Pope-Tribune built in 1904 full of copper and brass components.  Brian, and his son Ben, have taken part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car run on 3 occasions and shared some pictures with us.

Pope-Tribune owned by Brian Curry 2Crossing Westminster Bridge

Inside the engine compartment, the radiator is made from ½ inch copper tube with capillary solder joints and copper fins, it’s 111 years old and original!

 Pope-Tribune engine

Brian reported of the 2013 run:  ‘It was a beautiful sunny day, apart for a 10 minute heavy shower when we were near to Cuckfield.  No significant problems on the way, so that was good too.  It took us 73/4 hours in total, but about 11/2 hours were stops for sandwiches and drinks’.  In 2014 the run-time was brought down to 4½ hours.  2015 was another successful run, although they did have to make some on the road repairs to the clutch and ignition.

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