A blue plaque to the innovative Exeter born engineer Harry Weslake (1897-1978) whose designs gave more power to motor car, motorbike and aero engines was unveiled on 20 April 2016. The ceremony was performed by Mike Dalby of the Crash Box & Classic Car Club of Devon which sponsored the plaque. A number of members brought their classic cars to the unveiling at Clyde House, Prince’s Street South, St. Thomas, where Harry Weslake lived from 1908 to 1919.
John Monks, blue plaques co-ordinator, said: “Harry Weslake was a motor engineer of genius. He dedicated his entire life to making car, motor bike and aeroplane engines more powerful and more efficient. Many cars on the road today are better because of his groundbreaking engineering and Exeter can now at last show its pride in his achievements through this blue plaque.”
Harry Weslake’s achievements included designing engines that powered racing cars to grand prix victories and set motor cycle and speedway records, as well as being used in production models.
For more information, see the blue plaques page.