|Laurie Jenks aboard his personal 'Mercury'|
|While all-aluminum, the Mercury was no lightweight at 450lbs...|
|The prototype, tube-frame Mercury rolling chassis|
|The all-aluminum chassis of the Mercury|
In truth, with limited funds available to buy a new engine (let alone develop a motor of their own), Jenks and his partner Mr. Swabey, who ran a garage tuning Scott engines, relied on the Past for their Mercury motors, and used reconditioned and tuned Scott engines from as far back as 1933 in their futuristic machine.
A trade display of British Aluminum products; it is believed the Mercury chassis parts were subsidized by the Aluminum industry as a showcase. Other motorcycles used aluminum as their main chassis, most notably, early Neanders from the late 1920s, and the Ardie 'Silberpfiel' of 1931-3.
|'Speed! With safety and comfort.'|
|The rear suspension linkage system, with short trailing links, attached by rods to spring boxes bolted along the upper frame member|
|Seen from above, the Scott gearbox, dynamo, and carb, installed in the Mercury chassis|
|The Scott Power-Plus 600cc two-stroke motor (sans cylinder head and primary drive)|
|Blueprints for the Mercury...but the engine appears to be different....|
|...because Laurie Jenks, like any good Futurist, had far more ambitious plans for his 'ideal motorcycle'...|
|...a sporting, two-wheeled car...|