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Craven, Peter Theodore (1934–1963), speedway rider, was born at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, on 21 June 1934, the second son of Benjamin Harold Craven (1902–1999), master window cleaner, later biscuit packing-machine operator, and his wife, Edna May, née Stevens (1905–1976), florist, of ...

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Peter Theodore Craven (1934–1963) by unknown photographer, 1955 Vintage Speedway Magazine / John Chaplin Collection

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Albert William Denly (1900–1989) by unknown photographer, 1923 image courtesy of Brooklands Museum Archive

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Denly, Albert William [Bert] (1900–1989), motorcycle racer and motor engineer, was born in Wisley, Surrey, on 1 June 1900, the only son of James Denly (d. 1918), a bricklayer's labourer on the Wisley estate, and his wife, Ellen, née Woolger (1865/6–1920). Aged fourteen he left the local village school to become an apprentice to the butcher in ...

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Dunlop, William Joseph [Joey] (1952–2000), racing motorcyclist, was born on 25 February 1952 in Ballymoney, co. Antrim, the eldest son and second of the seven children of William Dunlop, motor mechanic, and his wife, May, née Barkley. He attended Ballymoney high school, but 'didn't bother much with education' (...

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Guthrie, James [Jimmie] (1897–1937), racing motorcyclist, was born at Rosevale Cottage, Wilton, Hawick, Roxburghshire, in the Scottish borders, on 23 May 1897, the third of four surviving children and second son of Jimmie Guthrie (d. 1940), plumber and brass-finisher, and his wife, ...

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James Guthrie (1897–1937) by unknown photographer, 1932 National Motor Museum / Heritage-Images

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Hailwood, (Stanley) Michael Bailey (1940–1981), racing motorcyclist, was born in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, on 2 April 1940, the only son and elder child of Stanley William Bailey Hailwood, millionaire businessman and managing director (motor car sales), and his wife, Nellie Bryant. Hailwood was educated at the ...

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Moulton, Alexander Eric [Alex] (1920–2012), engineer and inventor, was born on 9 April 1920 at Rother Place, Stratford upon Avon, the younger son and youngest of three children of Major John Coney Moulton (1886–1926), naturalist and colonial civil servant, and his wife, Beryl Latimer, ...