Friday, 1 April 2016

#plaque366 Simon Goring 1906 - 2007 Cycling Visionary #LondonCycling

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

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Birthplace of Simon Goring (1906 - 2007), inventor of the first flying bicycle.

18 Huntigowk Street, London WC3

Goring was born in London of French parents – his father was the cousin of Maurice Garin the winner of the inaugural Tour de France (1903). Goring was a lifelong cycling enthusiast and innovator and is said to be a personal hero of our Mayor-on-a-Bike Boris Johnson.

It was always Goring's dream to see the Tour de France begin in his beloved London and he was one of the great movers and shakers who brought the famous race to the capital just before his death in 2007 at the age of 99. 

Something of a visionary, Goring predicted that London cyclists of the 21st century would be incapable of staying on the road where they belong. They would instead cycle on the pavement and swear violently at pedestrians for getting in their way. His flying bicycle was invented to solve this problem. 

His invention was one of the sensations of 1951's Festival of Britain, and was only narrowly beaten into silver medal position at the British Eccentrics Grand Prix held in the Dome of Discovery – the eventual winner being that famous Bermondsey boy Ure Avinalaffintcha and his patented tartan paint. 

His plaque is the only one in London presented graphically with no wording.

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