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Walter Owen Bentley (1888–1971) by unknown photographer, 1969 © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bentley, Walter Owen (1888–1971), designer and racer of motor cars, was born on 16 September 1888 at 78 Avenue Road, Hampstead, London, the youngest in the family of six sons and three daughters of Alfred Bentley, retired businessman of London, and his wife, ...

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Edge, Selwyn Francis (1868–1940), motor car entrepreneur and racing driver, was born in Concord, Sydney, New South Wales, on 29 March 1868, the son of Alexander Ernest Edge and his wife, Annie Charlotte Sharp. In 1871 he was taken to Britain, where he attended ...

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Selwyn Francis Edge (1868–1940) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Healey, Donald Mitchell (1898–1988), car designer and rally driver, was born on 3 July 1898 in Woodbine Cottage, Perranporth, on the north coast of Cornwall, the elder of the two sons of John Frederick Healey, who ran the village shop, and his wife, ...

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Percy Edgar Lambert (1880–1913) by unknown photographer, 1910 © Topical Press Agency / Getty Images

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Lambert, Percy Edgar (1880–1913), motor racing driver and car dealer, was born at 9 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, London, on 5 October 1880, the third son in the family of at least three sons and three daughters of Charles Lambert (1841/2–1888), a master builder and later house furnisher and picture frame maker, and his wife, ...

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Bruce Leslie McLaren (1937–1970) by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, 1965 © Rainer Schlegelmilch; Getty Images

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McLaren, Bruce Leslie (1937–1970), motor racing driver and constructor, was born at Remuera, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, on 30 August 1937, the second of the three children of Leslie McLaren (1902–1985), garage proprietor, and his wife, Ruth, née Caundle (1906–2004). One sister was seven years his senior, the other ten years his junior. He grew up in ...

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Staniland, Christopher Stainbank (1905–1942), test pilot and motor racer, was born at 1 Eton Villas, Fallow Corner, North Finchley, London, on 7 October 1905, the second son of Geoffrey Staniland (d. 1915), solicitor, and his wife, Millicent Ellen Marianne, née Leather (...

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Zborowski, Louis Vorow (1895–1924), motor racing driver and creator of aero-engined cars, was born at 4 Chesterfield Gardens, Mayfair, London, on 20 February 1895, the only surviving son (an elder son had died in infancy) of (William) Elliott Morris Zborowski (1855–1903) and his wife, ...

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Louis Vorow Zborowski (1895–1924) by unknown photographer, 1922 [at the wheel of Chitty-Bang-Bang I] © National Motor Museum / Heritage Images