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Charles HURLOCK (1901-1989)

1. Charles F.H. HURLOCK, son of William Frederick HURLOCK (1865-1905) and Carolina COOTE ( - ), was born in 1901. He was a Partner in AC Cars (Cobra Cars). He died in 1989. He married Tesa UNK.


... bought by brothers William and Charles Hurlock and they turned it into a smaller, more specialist operation, oft advertising their bespoke cars as: Tailor-made at the Savile Row of Motordom.

As in World War One, when the factory was turned over to producing shell cases, during World War Two it put its manufacturing expertise behind the war effort making, among other things, parts for the Fairey Swordfish bombers, which helped sink the Bismarck, and Hamilcar gliders.
Hostilities over, the firm went back into cars and, in 1953, produced probably the biggest milestone in its history the super-sleek, for its day, AC Ace.
When, in 1961, the giant Ford Motor Company of the US asked Carroll Shelby, a Texan ex-race driver, to find it a car to beat its main rivals Chevrolet Corvette on the race track, Shelby negotiated with AC to put a massive Ford V8 engine into the Ace.
This gave birth to the AC Cobra, one of the fastest and most brutal sports cars ever produced, and it is this model that is still being built at Weybridge today.
Back when the Cobra was first built, it was a case of from the sublime to the ridiculous. Down the river, in its Taggs Island factory, AC was still turning out its famous light blue three-wheeled invalid cars by the thousands. Meanwhile, on the newly-opened M1 motorway, a prototype AC Cobra was being clocked at 196 mph.
In those days there were no motorway speed limits, but the national newspapers went over the top with sensationalist headlines about the near super-sonic Cobra.
Questions were asked in Parliament and, in a knee-jerk reaction, the then transport minister, Barbara Castle, imposed the 70mph motorway limit we still have today.
After some 56 years of ownership, in 1986 the Hurlock family sold its controlling interest in AC to Autokraft Limited and Ford, who built the new factory and moved the company to Weybridge. The firm has changed hands twice since then and is currently owned by South African-born Alan Lubinsky.
In the corner of his factory on Wednesday las
Quote from AC's own website:-

"A year later the AC Cobra was embroiled in scandal when it raced along the then brand new M1 motorway at a speed not too far short of 200 mph. This exploit directly resulted in the 70 mph limit still in force to this day."

Edited to add another quote from 'Origin of the Cobra' by W D Hurlock.(Son of AC's Chairman in the 60s):-

"One abiding memory will be of our special Le Mans Car which caused a sensation when we innocently descended on the M1 motorway very early one morning in June 1964, to test it at over 180mph.".

Second Generation

2. William Frederick HURLOCK, son of William HURLOCK and Susan MAPLES, was born in 1865. He died in 1905. He married Carolina COOTE.


3. Carolina COOTE has few details recorded about her. She and William Frederick HURLOCK had the following children:


William A HURLOCK (1887-1964) (known as 'Will'). Will was born in 1887. He died in 1964.


Charles F.H. HURLOCK (1901-1989)

Third Generation

4. William HURLOCK, son of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born circa 1840. He was baptised on 11 January 1840 in Deptford, St. Paul. He married Susan MAPLES on 25 March 1864 in St. Alphege, Greenwich. He died in 1925.


".....[had a] thriving business at Walworth Road, Elephant and Castle, comprising many shops on both sides of the road being drapers, gents' outfitters, furniture, boots and shoes, etc. and well known as Hurlocks, Elephant and Castle." - Edgar White.


He became Mayor of St. Albans. During the Boer War, being a staunch liberal, he spoke against the War and the local mobs broke all the windows in Ver House, his house in St. Albans.


By repute, employed most of his family in the business "Hurlocks" which he built up on Walworth Road. Made enough money to "move out" and had a house built in St. Albans, where he became mayor. Apparently, he outlived most of his children, some of whom had various problems, including drink-related ones.


5. Susan MAPLES was born before 1843. She died circa 1908 in St. Albans. She and William HURLOCK had the following children:


William Edward HURLOCK (1862-1864). William was born in 1862. He died in 1864.


William Frederick HURLOCK (1865-1905)

George Herbert HURLOCK (1867-1902). George was born in 1867. He died in 1902.

Charlotte Catherine "Tottie" HURLOCK (1868- ). Charlotte was born in 1868.

Walter Hodsell HURLOCK (1871-1902) (known as 'Lily'). Lily was born in 1871. He died on 6 February 1902.

Frederick Alban Rayner HURLOCK (1876-1913). Frederick was born in 1876. He married Emily UNK in 1900 in St. Albans. He died in 1913.