The ‘Definitive’ History of Kent Martello Sidecars

1980 to 2015

Written by Steven Lancaster

First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Steven Lancaster

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Design refinement and development of Kent Martello sidecar products took place over 30 years ago by the then and present owners of Martello Plastics Ltd Les and Diana Bray. Their work was itself based upon the original sidecar concept of ‘Moby Dick’ by Clifford Day, who himself was self taught since the mid 1960’s in the design and manufacture of fibre glass sidecars. The help given by Les and Diana, together with input from the friends of Clifford Day have, in particular, allowed the early development years of the Martello sidecar to be detailed in this history.

The ongoing dedication and commitment shown by the original and subsequent owners of Martello sidecars (to numerous to list here separately) has made the production of this history possible and without who’s input and support its informed production would not have been possible. In particular however, I would acknowledge the early input of Paul Ennis and John Whitcombe, who together provided the foundation data, guidance and encouragement to get the project off the ground.

My thanks is given to all those above and I hope this history proves to be an adequate first step in capturing at least some of the passion shown by the manufacturer and owners of Martello sidecars over the last four decades.

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