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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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(Anthony) Colin Bruce Chapman (1928–1982) by Godfrey Argent, 1969 © Godfrey Argent Studios; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chapman, (Anthony) Colin Bruce (1928–1982), racing car designer and motor manufacturer, was born at Richmond, Surrey, on 19 May 1928, the only son of Stanley Frank Kennedy-Chapman, licensed caterer, of Muswell Hill, and his wife, (Lillian) Mary Bruce. Having been educated at the ...

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Leonard Percy Lord, Baron Lambury (1896–1967) by Maurice Frederick Codner, 1951 © The Maurice Codner Estate; British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

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Lord, Leonard Percy [Len], Baron Lambury (1896–1967), engineer and motor vehicle manufacturer, was born at the Public Baths, Priory Street, Coventry, on 15 November 1896, the youngest of the two children of William Lord (1867–1911) and his wife, Emma, née Swain (1863–1938). His father originally followed the trade of carpenter but at the time of ...

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Norton, James Lansdowne (1869–1925), motorcycle designer and manufacturer, was born at 37 Spon Terrace, Aston, Birmingham, on 8 January 1869, the son of James Norton, a journeyman cabinet-maker, and his wife, Elizabeth Chinn. The family were members of the Salvation Army, in which ...

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Sir (Frederick) Henry Royce, baronet (1863–1933) by Peter North Royal Aeronautical Society Library

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Royce, Sir (Frederick) Henry, baronet (1863–1933), engineer and motor car designer, was born on 27 March 1863 at Alwalton, near Peterborough, youngest of the two boys and three girls of James Royce (1830–1872), flour miller, and his wife, Mary (d. 1904), third daughter of ...

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Turner, Edward (1901–1973), motorcycle designer and manufacturer, was born on 24 January 1901 at 32 Bronti Place, Walworth, Surrey, one of seven surviving children of William Turner, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Fanny, née Hillman. Edward Turner gained an early familiarity with metal working and tool making in his father's light engineering works. After some time at the ...

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Wilks, Maurice Cary Ferdinand (1904–1963), motor and aeronautical engineer, was born on 19 August 1904 at Eastoke, Hayling Island, Hampshire, the youngest in the family of five sons and one daughter of Thomas Wilks and his wife, Jane Eliza, née Lovell. He was educated at ...

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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

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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, ...