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Billy

Participant

Wolverhampton Road safety Exhibition 1947

As most of you will know by now I lived within a few hundred yards of the Civic Hall in North Street which featured just after the war three wonderful exhibitions which I attended.

The first as I recall was the Wolverhampton Road Safety Exhibition which I went to as a ten year old in June 1947.

The purpose of the exibition was to publicise to both adults and children the importance of Road Safety and of course part of the show and the main attraction was an appearence in the basement, of Herman Goerings Bullet proof car captured by the British Army and previously exhibited for War Charities.
he safest car (for the passenger) ever built.

The section dedicated to the car is just one paragraph amongst so many, such was the amount going on at that exhibition It does though add a little to our knowledge of the car:
“This car, which weighs five tons, is driven by an eight cylinder supercharged engine of 7.7.litre capacity, each cylinder being fitted with two plugs and dual ignition. The body is well proofed against small arms fire, and as a protection against grenades or mines has a specially fitted steel floor. The bodywork includes bullet-proof steel fitted into each door panel, the windows and windscreen are of 5-ply glass one and threequater inches thick, and marks from British rifle fire indicate that it is really bullet proof. The back of the car is protected by a retractable steel door.”

Below the old cellar head.