Car Culture-Born of a Cartoon

A sidecar is a one-wheeled device attached to the side of a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle, creating a three-wheel vehicle.

A sidecar was first seen in a cartoon by George Moore in the January 7, 1903, issue of the British newspaper “Motor Cycling”. three weeks later, a provisional patent was granted in England. Graham Brothers of En eld, Middlesex, partnered with Jonathan A. Kahn and the production of sidecars was born.

Sidecars have been manufactured consistently since the early twentieth century. Sidecars were quite popular up to the rest half of that century because they provided a cheap alternative to passenger cars. Sidecars have not only been used by the general public, but armed forces and police departments all over the world have incorporated their use.

Sidecar manufacturers have designed some sidecars that allow the third wheel to have driven power, giving them better traction. Depending on the country and driving laws, sidecars can be mounted on either the le or right side. In the U.S., sidecars are mounted on the right side. Sidecars have been involved in racing for years as well.

The lucky guy in the car is referred to as the monkey! Although sidecars have become much less common since the mid 1950’s, a number of manufacturers worldwide continue to produce sidecars, including royal En eld, Ural, and the new Indian Motorcycle Company.