In the early years of the century, manufacturing was going through a crisis. After the glorious era of the 90s, a mood of despondency gripped the nation; lack of direction and loss of confidence were the norm. The fledgling automobile industry was struggling with prejudices and vested interests, all doing their best to crush the growing number of automobile manufacturers. This was after all a period in the country's history when the nation's spirit of adventure was all but submerged. The cloak of officialdom lay heavily across the land. It was almost as if the authorities of the day were waiting to be dragged kicking and screaming into the new century. Fortunately even in the darkest of times in a country's development, there are always men of vision to be found. So how was national pride to survive against the well established practices already in existence?
Paraphrased: Britian at the turn of the 1900s is US at the turn of the 2000s.