|The 1903 Spyker Paris-Madrid racer (from the collection of the author)|
Wanting desperately to bring together the ranks of the contest inwards the Paris-Madrid race announced for 1903, they laid upwards most designing a race auto for the event. Although, their early on cars were inventive, no i could bring guessed what they would create. The Motor-Car Journal of Apr 4th, 1903 states "Among the cars entered for the Paris-Madrid race is a "Spyker", which is to live on driven yesteryear Mr. E. Broadbent, the plant director of the Bradford Motor Company. The vehicle volition live on fitted amongst a six-cylinder engine of 54 hp, a new characteristic beingness that the ability volition live on transmitted to all the 4 route wheels."
With promise for favorable press, the brothers created a landmark six-cylinder, 4 bicycle crusade - 4 bicycle braking automobile. There was alone i occupation - they missed the race - the auto non beingness cook inwards time. The Horseless Age of Dec 2nd, 1903 reports "There is some likelihood that The Netherlands volition challenge for the Gordon Bennett race amongst a Spyker auto … The Spyker car, which is intended to correspond the Dutch Automobile Club, is of new design, as well as has a six-cylinder engine of lx Equus caballus power." However, that equally good appears to non bring happened - no Dutch entry appears inwards the 1904 or 1905 race.
However, as well as hence equally to redeem some value from their creation, Spyker shows the auto at the Paris salon as well as the Crystal Palace present inwards London inwards 1903. The auto is said to bring greatly influenced S.F. Edge of Napier, who would innovate a 6-cylinder auto presently after. Today the auto stands equally landmark design, said to live on the offset 6-cylinder auto as well as offset four-wheel crusade auto always produced. It resides proudly inwards the Lauwman Museum inwards the Hague.
Note: at that topographic point is some bear witness that Lars G. Nilson, afterward of the Nilson-Miller companionship of Hoboken, NJ developed a V6 engine used inwards a truck inwards 1903. The offset four-wheel crusade vehicles inwards American are attributed to the Four Wheel Drive (FWD) companionship of Wisconsin roughly 1910.
|The Motor-Car Journal, Feb 27, 1904|