[LMB] OT: School days

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Aug 4 02:00:05 BST 2016

On Wed, 3 Aug 2016 15:26:01 -0600, Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:

>But yeah the brakes on cars have always been all four wheels

Not so!

In the early days, it was common to have brakes only on the driven


At the January 1923 New York Automobile Show only two manufacturers,
Duesenburg (hydraulic brakes) and Rickenbacker (mechanical brakes)
offered cars with four-wheel brakes.

A year later the number had increased to 26 of the 72 manufacturers
present; offering four-wheel brakes as standard fit or as an option.

A report published in 1929 stated: “70% of British, US and Continental
cars in Britain in 1924 were rear-braked only. By 1929 that figure had
reduced to 1%”.
The Betteridge law of headlines states that “any headline which ends
in a question mark can be answered by the word no".

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