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Bentley Boys (act. 1919–1931), racing drivers, were a team of motoring enthusiasts who achieved remarkable fame as drivers on the racetrack and as playboys off the track during the 1920s. They attained the climax of their collective career between 1927 and 1930 when they won four consecutive victories in the 24 hour race at ...

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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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Brabham, Sir John Arthur [Jack] (1926–2014), engineer, racing driver, and car designer, was born on 2 April 1926 in Hurstville, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the only son of Thomas Brabham, greengrocer, and his wife, May. He left ...

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Campbell, Donald Malcolm (1921–1967), land and water speed record-holder, was born on 23 March 1921 at Canbury, Kingston Hill, Surrey, the only son and younger child of Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885–1948), racing motorist, and his second wife, Dorothy Evelyn, daughter of Major William Whittall...

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Campbell, Sir Malcolm (1885–1948), holder of land and water speed records, was born on 11 March 1885 at Chislehurst, Kent, the only son and elder of two children of William Campbell (d. 1920), diamond merchant, of Cheapside, and his wife, Ada Westerton...

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Clark, James [Jim] (1936–1968), racing driver, was born in Kilmany, Fife, on 4 March 1936, the only son and fifth child of James Clark, farmer, and his wife, Helen Rorie Niven. Educated at Loretto School, Edinburgh, he left at sixteen and went to work on the family sheep farm on the borders. Like many farmers' sons he was at home with machinery and handling cars off the road long before he was old enough to take a driving test. Another border farmer, his older brother-in-law ...

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Cobb, John Rhodes (1899–1952), holder of land and water speed records, was born at Hackbridge, Surrey, on 2 December 1899, the youngest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Rhodes Cobb, a fur broker, and his wife, Florence Goad...

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Cordery [married name Hindmarsh], Violette (1900–1983), racing driver, was born Violet Cordery Lane at 137 Farringdon Road, London on 10 January 1900 , the daughter of Henry Cordery Lane, tobacco merchant’s traveller, and Bertha Matilda Isabella née Petit. She had at least two sisters, one of whom married the car maker ...

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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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Damm, Sheila Van (1922–1987), rally driver and theatre director, was born on 17 January 1922 in Gloucester Terrace, Paddington, London, the youngest of three daughters (there were no sons) of Vivian Van Damm (d. 1960) and his wife, Natalie Lyons. Although her father had sponsored motorcycle speedway events in the 1920s, before inheriting the ...

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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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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Don, Kaye Ernest (1892–1981), motor racing driver and water speed record-holder, was born in Dublin on 10 April 1892, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Charles Ferdinand Donajowski (1851–1912), variously a shipping agent, publisher, and journalist, and his wife, ...

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Duke, Geoffrey Ernest [Geoff] (1923–2015), racing motorcyclist, was born at 160 Duke Street, St Helens, Lancashire, on 29 March 1923, the son of Robert Milburne Duke (b. 1879), baker and master confectioner, and his wife, Gertrude Lily, née Tague...

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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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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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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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Hawthorn, (John) Michael [Mike] (1929–1959), racing motorist, was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, on 10 April 1929, the only son of Leslie Hawthorn (d. 1954), motor engineer and racing motorcyclist, and his wife, Winifred Mary Symonds. Educated at Ardingly, he achieved no great success as a sportsman, being '...

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Hill, (Norman) Graham (1929–1975), racing motorist, was born at Hampstead, London, on 15 February 1929, one of the two sons of Norman Herbert Devereux Hill, stockbroker, of Belsize Park, and his wife, Constance Mary Philp. He was educated at a technical college in ...

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Hunt, James Simon Wallis (1947–1993), racing driver and commentator, was born in Sutton, Surrey, on 29 August 1947, the eldest son and second of six children of Wallis Glynn Gunthorpe Hunt, stockbroker, and his wife, Susan Noel Wentworth, née Davis. He was educated in ...