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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Eldridge, Ernest Arthur Douglas (1897–1935), motor racer and world land speed record-holder, was born at 13 Burton Road, Kilburn, London, on 18 July 1897, the son of Arthur Eldridge (1871–1945), financier's clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Appleby. He was educated at Harrow School...

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Gwenda Mary Stewart (1894–1990) by unknown photographer, 1934 © National Motor Museum / Heritage Images

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Stewart [née Glubb; other married names Janson; Hawkes], Gwenda Mary (1894–1990), racing driver, was born at Burnaby Villas, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, on 1 June 1894, the daughter of Frederic Manley Glubb (1857–1938), captain and later major-general in the Royal Engineers, who was created KCMG in 1918, and his wife, ...

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John Godfrey Parry Thomas (1884–1927) by MacGregor, 1925 Getty Images – MacGregor

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Thomas, John Godfrey Parry (1884–1927), holder of land speed records, was born at 6 Grove Park, Wrexham, on 6 April 1884, the second son of John William Thomas, a curate, and his wife, Mary Parry. In January 1888 his father became vicar of ...