Jeremy "Jem" Marsh was an engineer and car designer whose products were focused on speed! Born in 1930 in a suburb of Bristol in South England, he left school to join the Navy - it was the late 1940s and the world was still in turmoil so Marsh was able to learn a trade (which included welding) whilst doing his bit for his country. At 6 foot 4 inches he was probably too tall for army or aircraft duties! Like many young men at the time, he loved motorcycles and also like many, he switched to cars after having an accident on two wheels. Another skill that he developed in the Navy was photography and he became very skilled at it, selling images that funded the purchase of an uncompleted Austin Seven special and he finished the build before campaigning it in 750 Motor Club events with some success. What Marsh learned was that the car needed to be as light as possible to deal with the lower power motor. He named his car "the Speedex 750" and he was also paid to do stunt driving with … [Read More...]
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