Roberts Penny Farthing

We stumbled upon a classic car show in Pevensey, near Eastbourne and saw this child’s Penny Farthing being displayed. It had been re-sprayed from it original red to black. But never-the-less instantly recognisable as a Roberts frame.

Geoff was amazed as the last time he saw one was as a schoolboy.

It bought back memories of when they were made and the way these penny farthings nearly ruined Roberts Frames in its infancy.

The company who ordered them wanted 1000 and wanted them in a hurry. They didn’t pay a deposit as in those days your word was your bond.

Geoff's father, Charlie made the frames working day and night and Geoff spent hours and hours filing them in the basement of the family home, which at the time was the Roberts Frames workshop.

Geoff even dodged school to get the order completed, which they did in time.

Unfortunately the company knocked them for the money and it very nearly bankrupted them.

Then unbelievably Geoff was contacted by an old friend George who had 2 of these rare things. He has restored them and promises to let us ride them on our next visit.

So somewhere out there is another 997, have you got one?