John Henry Knight was born in Farnham, Surrey, England back in 1847 to John and Mary. His father died when he was nine, but bequeathed him “The Anchor Inn, in Normandy when he was twenty-one. In 1851, he was training as an engineer, where he developed an enthusiasm for steam powered transportation.
He opened up his own engineering works on West Street Farnham. In 1895, he was issued a citation by the Superintendent of Police for using a locomotive without a license. He was fined half a crown in a hearing later that month. His invention is currently on display at the National Motor Museum.
If you haven’t figured out by now John invented Britain’s first gasoline-powered motor vehicle.
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