Living the Family Dream : The Brinkworth Models Story

Author: Albert Brinkworth


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I was about 12 years old in 1946 when the “Brinkworth Family” home-based, kitchen table business was founded, where wooden, hand-built model railway buildings were constructed for the Bassett-Lowke retail store in Manchester England.

My story chronicles our early years in the UK, and later the family’s immigration to Canada, and the re-establishing of the family model business here in British Columbia in 1966.

At that point in time, the direction of Brinkworth Models took a dramatic turn, as we were propelled unexpectantly, into the colorful world of Motorsports. The next 26 memorable years could only be described as a rollercoaster, and is featured in great detail in “Living the Family Dream - The Brinkworth Models Story.

Born in the mid 30's in the North of England, just before WWII, and left school with a Secondary Modern Education at age 15, to work in our family's home-based scale model building business. Grew up in Salford with my older sister and brother, loved model building for as long as I can remember, and have a passion for WWII aircraft and British steam trains.

Worked for Bassett-Lowke Model Engineers in Manchester and London before serving 3 years with the Royal Air Force. Immigrated to Canada with my family in the late 60's and re-establishing the Brinkworth Model building business, building Architectural, Engineering, and Marine models here in Vancouver BC.

Early 90's we established a firm connection in the world of motor-racing, and for the next 26 years, we were almost fully committed to the custom building of hand built Limited-Edition Presentation models for the racing team Owners, Drivers and


Now in 2020, very happily retired in Langley, British Columbia, Canada with my wife Elza, and two sons, Barry and Bill. Still building models, but mostly for my own personal pleasure.

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Pages: 326 | Trim Size: 8.5x11

Genre: Biography

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