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Albone, Daniel [Dan] (1860–1906), cycle and motor tractor manufacturer, was born at the Ongley Arms inn, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 12 September 1860, the fourth son and youngest of eight children of Edward Albone (d. 1864), publican and market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Austin, Herbert, Baron Austin (1866–1941), engineer and motor vehicle manufacturer, was born on 8 November 1866 at Grange Farm, Deep Mill Lane, Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, the second of five children of Giles Stevens Austin, a farmer, and his wife, Clara Jane, daughter of ...

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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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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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DeLorean, John Zachary (1925–2005), motor car manufacturer, was born on 6 January 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, the eldest of four sons of Zachary DeLorean, a Romanian-born foundry worker in the Ford motor car works, and his wife, Kathryn, née Pribak, a factory worker of Austro-Hungarian antecedents. His father was a violent alcoholic whose family suffered many deprivations and terrors. ...

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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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Godsal, Philip (1747–1826), coach builder, was born in London on 5 November 1747, the only child of Thomas Godsal (1716–1763) of Tewkesbury and his wife, Susannah (1723–1786), only child of Henry Lake, a London coach builder. Thomas Godsal took over his father-in-law's business but, following his own early death in 1763, ...

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Kenning, Sir George (1880–1956), motor car distributor, was born on 21 May 1880 at Clay Cross, Derbyshire, the second son of the eight children of Francis Kenning (d. 1905), hardware dealer, and his wife, Ann, née Whitworth. Francis Kenning, who came originally from ...

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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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Lyons, Sir William (1901–1985), motor vehicle manufacturer, was born on 4 September 1901 at 26 Oxford Road, Blackpool, the only son of William Lyons, an Irish music seller and musician, and his wife, Mary Jane (Minnie) Bancroft, from Lancashire. Educated at Poulton-le-Fylde grammar school...

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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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Morris, William Richard, Viscount Nuffield (1877–1963), motor manufacturer and benefactor, was born on 10 October 1877 in the parish of St John, Worcester, the eldest son of Frederick Morris (1849–1916) from Witney and his wife, Emily Ann (d. 1934), daughter of Richard Pether...

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Rolls, Charles Stewart (1877–1910), motor car promoter and aviator, was born on 27 August 1877 at 35 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, the third son among the four children of John Allan Rolls (1837–1912), of Hendre, Monmouth, who was Conservative MP for Monmouthshire...

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Rootes, William Edward, first Baron Rootes (1894–1964), motor vehicle manufacturer, was born in Hawkhurst, Kent, on 17 August 1894, the elder son of William Rootes (1869–1955), a cycle and motor engineer, and his wife, Jane Catt. He was educated locally and from 1908 spent two years at ...

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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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Siddeley, John Davenport, first Baron Kenilworth (1866–1953), manufacturer of motor vehicles and aero-engines, was born on 5 August 1866 at Cheadle Hulme, the eldest son of William Siddeley and Elizabeth, née Davenport. He was no academic, and left school to work in his father's business as an apprentice hosier. The meagre rewards led him to enrol in evening classes, where he developed his mechanical acumen to the extent that in 1885 he began designing bicycles. On 9 March 1893 he married ...

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Spurrier, Sir Henry (1898–1964), motor vehicle manufacturer, was born at Leyland, Lancashire, on 16 June 1898, son of Henry Spurrier (d. 1942), a mechanical engineer, and his American wife, Jessie Albro. His grandfather, also called Henry, was a brilliant engineer and contractor with a financial interest in the ...

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Thomas, (William) Miles Webster, Baron Thomas (1897–1980), motor company and airline executive, was born on 2 March 1897 at Garfield Villa, Cefn Mawr, near Ruabon, Denbighshire, north Wales, the son of William Henry Thomas, retired furniture dealer and restorer, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Polly), ...

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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, ...