John Ackroyd

John Ackroyd is the designer of the first modern-day city production electric car and was also involved in designing and building Thrust 2, which held the land speed record from 1983 to 1997.

He was selected as one of the headline Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes in 2017 and in 2018 Ryde Town Council agreed to award him the Freedom of Ryde.

Below are some of the articles which mention John.

Don’t miss exhibition (and talk) by Isle of Wight innovation hero, John Ackroyd

john ackroyd by moza ackroyd

There's a chance to hear a talk by the man himself, as well as visit the exhibition of memorabilia, never publicly seen blueprints and more. Head to Monkton Arts in the next two weeks.

Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 6:56pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Hidden Hero John Ackroyd to be granted the Freedom of Ryde

John Ackroyd with Peter Botterill (electrical engineer)

Ryde Town Councillors have agreed to award the Freedom of Ryde to John Ackroyd, an inspirational resident who has placed both the town and the Isle of Wight on the world stage through his endeavours.

Friday, 9th March, 2018 11:38am

By Sally Perry

Extraordinary Islanders celebrated for their achievements at Papa Owl Awards

john ackroyd and thrust 2

The Papa Owl Annual Awards celebrate invention, creativity and skill development and the recognition of creative thought and fighting against the odds of life to achieve extraordinary things on the Island.

Thursday, 8th March, 2018 7:46am

By Michael Lilley with one comment

‘The Beagle has landed’ at the Wight Aviation Museum

Wight Aviation Museum - Design Concept

The Scottish Aviation Beagle Bulldog 120 G-CCOA has become the first exhibit at the new Wight Aviation Museum, opening this summer at Sandown Airport. Find out how to share your aviation memorabilia.

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 7:39am

By John Kenyon

Isle of Wight electric car (EV) sales increase one of country’s highest

electric car charger

Starting off at the low point of seven in 2012, Isle of Wight electric vehicle (EV) sales have increased, with the last year seeing one of the highest increases in the country. OnTheWight has the numbers and the surprisingly high number of other vehicles registered here.

Monday, 19th February, 2018 4:13pm

By Ralph Blackburn with 15 readers' comments

This weekend: An explosion of Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes events

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We can't wait to see what all the curators at the museums and galleries across the Isle of Wight have in store for us all, as several Hidden Heroes exhibitions launch this weekend.

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 7:00pm

By Sally Perry

Town council unanimously agrees to Honours Working Party


Members of Ryde Town Council met to consider a motion to set up an Honours Working Party, with Isle of Wight pioneer, John Ackroyd, being the first nomination to the Party for the Freedom of Ryde.

Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 3:31pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Thrust 2 inventor John Ackroyd is amazing. Shouldn’t he have the Freedom of Ryde?

john ackroyd and thrust 2

John Ackroyd has been involved with some amazing projects in his 80+ years alive. In one, he and his small team of Islanders designed and built Thrust 2 in a shed in Fishbourne. It became the fastest vehicle in the world, breaking the land speed record. Would you support him being given the Freedom of Ryde?

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 8:26pm

By Sally Perry with one comment