The quest for increasingly versatile vehicles has already resulted in sophisticated amphibious cars
, which could soon be followed by airborne personal transport too.
The Warwickshire company behind the Gibbs Aquada amphibious car
has been honoured with the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Gold Medal for the pursuit of engineering excellence.
Third: Tie: Samantha McLain-Dunlap, Project: Soundless Doorbell, Sahuaro Elementary School, Phoenix and Morgan Redmon, Project: Solar Amphibious Car
, Hale Elementary School, Mesa
Gibbs, who has made everything from bras to television sets over a long career in New Zealand and the UK, launched Gibbs Sports Amphibians 16 years ago after building his own amphibious car
and wondering if he could make it on a larger scale.
He has dressed up as a bride, posed with countless models and crossed the Channel in an amphibious car
to boost the profile of his company.
The Gibbs Aquada high speed amphibious car
being put through its paces; Neil Jenkins (left) being presented with the Churchill Medal 2004 by Winston Churchill
Perhaps the Aquada amphibious car
on display at the motor show, and a home by a canal.
Rover's facelifted range, the Kia Picanto, Chrysler Crossfire Roadster and the Gibbs Aquanda amphibious car
all vie for the attentions of the public.
Last week we printed a photo of an amphibious car
called an Aquada rolling into the River Thames (left)and the pounds 10 winning caption came from Malcolm Brockley,of Nantglyn near Denbigh.
The 150,000-pound James Bond-style amphibious car
, built by Gibbs Technologies, can convert a car into a boat at the push of just a single button.
Highlights had to be the Nuneaton-made Aquada, the amphibious car
which does 30mph in the water, and the stunning array of dream cars, including Ferrari and Mercedes.
Driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 film, it is one of two Lotus cars which turned into an amphibious car
when it ended up in the sea during a chase.
RED FACES: The amphibious car
, pictured at its launch last month, sprung a leak on Lake Windermere and had to be dragged back to land and pumped out.
A Warwickshire entrepreneur yesterday launched the world's fastest amphibious car
and claimed it could prove the ultimate commuter vehicle.
He even wanted to buy an amphibious car
to get across the river from his house to ours.