mid-October of 1969 Roger
Nathan, Gary Williams, friends and I put the final touches on the
Ikenga MK lll at Radford's and loaded it on a trailer bound for
France, stopping at B.B.C. T.V. in Shepherd's Bush for a Tomorrow's
World televised feature. The next day, at the port of Dover,
I bid farewell to my assistant John Quinn and boarded the channel
ferry, headed for a first exhibit in Paris and a rare opportunity
to drive the Ikenga MK III in city traffic.
1969 Italian Motor Show in Turin, Italy followed Paris. The Ikenga
MK lll was one of the highly publicized surprises of the motorshow
and the most acclaimed British automobile exhibited. The Ikenga MK III featured
an innovative accident warning system as well as ultra-sound proximity
sensors for parking. Bill Strutton arrived from London to assist
me at the exhibit and many potential business connections were made.
At the end of the convention Bill and I drove across the Alps for
rest and recoup at La Colombe d'Or in St. Paul de Vance France, where Madame
Roux's warm smile and welcome was a blessing after many intense
months of change, construction, and completion. Charles Williams
would be honored and proud of our success!
end of March 1970 our 170 mph sculpture on wheels was air
shipped to Stockholm from Nice, France as the featured attraction
at the Swedish International Motor Show, produced by Pico Troberg.
Members of our design team flew in from London for the motor show
which was a last memorable gathering of our clan before another
chapter in the story of Ikenga unfolded.