He was a Newcastle fan, celebrated photographer and motoring pioneer, who came up with the idea of the windscreen wiper when caught in a snowstorm in 1908.
Adams was driving his Darracq from London back to the north east after watching the team lose 3-1 to Wolves in an FA Cup final they were overwhelming favourites to win.
The shock defeat meant Adams probably wasn't relishing the long drive home and the fact he had to constantly stop his car and clear snow with his freezing hands can only have made things worse.
He patented his invention in 1911, but his version was never manufactured.
Still, he did get to see Newcastle win the FA Cup six times before his death in 1966. They were a force to be reckoned with during his lifetime and as well as those Cup wins, four league titles were also added to the trophy cabinet at St James' Park.