Africar. The car was the idea of Tony Howarth, an English journalist/photographer who spent most of the 1970’s in Africa taking pictures. He did not like the roads, the cars and their inability to manage the roads, or the first-world’s arrogance—sending lousy vehicles and billing the …
The Africar was the idea of Tony Howarth, an English journalist and photographer who spent much of the 1970s in Africa. He disliked the developed world’s policy of selling vehicles to developing nations which were unsuitable for the conditions, and the fact that …
Three decades later and I’m on my way to Gémozac, a tiny hamlet off the Gironde estuary in south-west France, to meet the man behind Africar. As Tony Howarth throws back the door of his barn to reveal what’s clearly his pride and joy, he invites me for a test drive. “You can’t understand Africar until you’ve been for a spin,” he tells me.
AFRICAR – By Anthony Howarth Last October I rode my motorcycle down to Mortagne Sur Gironde to help car designer, photographer, film-maker & author Anthony Howarth saw his 30ft sailing boat in half and extend it by 5 metres.
The Africar was the idea of Tony Howarth, an English journalist and photographer who spent much of the 1970s in Africa taking pictures. He disliked the developed world’s policy of selling vehicles which were unsuitable for the conditions and the fact that the cars disintegrated long before the bills were paid.
Founder’s fateEdit. The company’s founder and sometime owner, Tony Howarth, was arrested in 1994 and charged with fraudulent trading and obtaining property by deception. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment. The project briefly resurfaced as the Bedouin.
The Africar were manufactured in Great britain between 1986 – 1988 by Africar International Limited at Lancaster. The company’s founder Tony Howarth, was found guilty of fraud and obtaining property by deception. The project briefly resurfaced as the Bedouin.
A body of wood and seats made of hay. Im guessing this guy was a non smoker. This reminds me of that ill-fated project of the 1970s, the Africar
Anthony Howarth is currently writing his autobiography as the BOAT, PEOPLE AND ME series of books and radio episodes. In this series he brings together the strands of his varied life, including the dramatic story of THE AFRICAR AFFAIR. He is also expanding his TRAVELLER series of poetry.
The latest Tweets from Anthony Howarth (@HowarthAnthony). Polymath. Builder of solar-electric LongBoat. User of solar-electric vehicles. First Africar specification then known as the Composite Solar Electric Diesel car. 1983 Africar wagon proof of concept still on average 20 years ahead in technology. CMP=share_btn_tw. 0 replies 3 retweets
Tony Howarth an English jounalist / photographer set up Africar International Limited (AIL) in April 1986. His ambition was to develop a wooden car called the ‘Africar’ for Africa, that could be built in Africa, sustainable for use on the continent’s rough terrain.