New Way Stationary Engines

Aim - To serve and support the New Way Stationary Engine restoration community.
There was a New Way Stationary Motor inclined to Hit and Miss. It was designed that way but intermittently it would missfire and this in the confines of the beekeepers shed fired my imagination, grabbing my senses. I just loved the sound of the New Way 3.5Hp working - likely fuelled by a too rich mixture.
With each missfire came the tell tale puff of blue smoke and via the old sawbench, the beekeeping manufacturing business was underway, alive and well. Alf was in his element. Romance, nah, hard work but Hoots the New Way went a long way in firing the imagination of times past running in the present. The present, after all, that's where life is, it's not in the past, but romancing the past, that's the present if you're living it.
The priveledge of life. Present and past is now!!! - alive.

Ye Olde Sawbench & New Way Motor kept company by Howard Rotary Hoes

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Dynamos (with passion?)
Now, there is a word Dynamo! That may surely come to mind when thinking of the characters that formed the bones of the New Way Motor Company with it's persistent enterprise and innovation. They surely were at the cutting edge or engineering power for small industry and the farmer in the early 1900s.
We have recently procured some very interesting documentation to feed the New Way Enthusiast's thirst for knowledge about the company that manufactured their New Way Engine. A couple of these are displayed below.

There are about 5 more documents to come.

Who were they? There were really only two that seemed to fire the imagination, innovation and enterprise of the "NEW WAY MOTOR COMPANY", though if you investigate further there were many inventors that the New Way Motor Company credited in their early patents. Dozens of patents that paved the way, on a road of innovation and enterprise even if hampered and hindered by WWI and the Great Depression.

It is evidence of the fact that credit where credit was due was a matter of principle.

  • William (Bill). H. Newbrough
    • Left school at 17 to work in a hardware store.
    • At 26 he joiner the Clarke Automobile Company in 1903
    • In January 1905 he was instrumental in the establishment of the New Way Motor Company as both President and General Manager.
    • Severed connections with the New Way Motor Company in 1929.
    • Died in a car accident in 1938.
  • Charles Harvey Way
    • Died a "Victim of Death" as the obituary states
    • One or the incorporators of New Way Motor Company
    • Inventor of the New Way air cooled engine.
      • First commercially produced air cooled engine in world.
Birth of a Company Name
  • Take two characters and put them together. From Newbrough you have "New" and no inventiveness is required for the "Way" component.
Owing to the time and generosity of “Forest Parke Library and Archives, Capital Area District Libraries, Lansing, Michigan, USA” we have obituaries on the lives of both of these very influential men from the "New Way Motor Company. Should you wish to obtain direct copies they may be procured from the Lansing Library through the following address.

The copies below have been cleaned up considerably for ease of read and display. They will in the near future put together and available for download from the "New Way Station" library properly formatted and bordered for a display folder. 

Visionaries - Yes.
Enjoy the read!!!

George (the Aussie)

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