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LAIRD, George Alexander William Managing Director, Rootes (Australia), Ltd. b: March 18, 1899, Belgravia, London. Educ: London and Edinburgh; studied engineering at Technical Institutes and Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, in Light Machine Shops: joined R.F.C. in 1916, transferring to R.A.F.; with Napiers, Acton, 1920; ran own business of car and truck distribution service, 1921-24; joined Studebaker (Eng.), Ltd., 1925; transferred to Studebaker Corp. of Canada, Ltd., 1930, later becoming Production Engineer; joined Rootes, Ltd., London, 1934, as Export Service Manager; 1936, became Manager, Overseas Production Division; Business Manager of Rootes. Ltd., Aero Engine Factories, 1940; in 1943 seconded to Rootes, Ltd. (Home Division), reorganization of domestic depots and factories associated with F.V.A. Operations, etc., 1945-49, resumed pre-war appointment; went to Australia in 1949, acquiring, tooling and staffing Melbourne branch; subsequently visited countries engaged in establishing sales, assembly and service facilities. General Manager, 1949; Director, Rootes. Ltd., London, 1951; Director, Rootes (Australia), Ltd.. 1951; Managing Director, Rootes (Australia), Ltd.. January, 1954. Clubs: Athenmum and Australian. Recreations. shooting and fishing. Add: Rootes (Australia), Ltd.. Fisherman's Bend. Melbourne, Australia; and Sheridan Close, 487 St. Kolda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
LAMB, David Ritchie Chairman, Modern Transport Publishing Co., Ltd., since 1953. b: October 1, 1887, Altrincham, Cheshire. Educ: City of London Freemen's School. Was engaged on railways from 1903 to 1919; served in R.F.C. and R.E., 1915-19; Associate Editor, Modern Transport, 1919-23; Editor, 1923-53; from 1939 to 1945, was Deputy Director of Transport, Ministry of Food, and Director of Transport, 1946-47; Past President, Institute of Transport, 1948-49; author and lecturer on transport. Recreations: gardening, walking. Club: National Liberal. Add: Modern Transport Publishing Co., Ltd., Russell Court, 3-16 Woburn Place, London, W.C.1. T: Terminus 0303; and Park House, Rock Park, Barnstaple. Devon. T: Barnstaple 2981.
LAMB, Douglas Cornelius Chairman, Lamb's, Ltd. b: 1884, Bowes Park, North London. Founded Lamb's, Ltd., 1906; served apprenticeship at the age of 12 at 2s. 6d. a week and purchased the business from late owner on his retirement in 1906; was joined by eldest brother, partnership was later terminated; eventually built Standard House, Wood ford Green (Distributorship of Standard and Triumph Cars for Metropolitan and South-West Essex). Recreations: antique collecting, golf, bridge, gardening. Club: Membership of the Institute of Directors. Add: Lamb's, Ltd., Standard House, Southend Road, Woodford Green, Essex. T: Wanstead 6666; Ferring, 48 Monkhams Avenue, Woodford Green, Essex. T: Buckhurst 2158; and Fernworthy, 10 Brunstead Road, Branksome, Poole, Dorset. T: Westbourne 61172.
LAMB, Douglas Gerald M.A. Managing Director, Lambs, Ltd., since 1957. b: December 22, 1914. Educ: Framlingham School, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. Joined United Dominions Trust, Ltd., 1935; Assistant Manager, Walthamstow Branch, Lamb's, Ltd., 1938; appointed Director, 1939, and Managing Director, 1957; appointed Chairman and Managing Director, Lambs (Coachbuilders), Ltd., 1953. Married in 1938 and has one son and one daughter. Member of the Worshipful Company of Homers of the City of London. Recreations: golf, gardening. Clubs: Chigwell, Aldesburgh, Thorpeness and Thandon Park Golf Clubs. Add; Lamb's Ltd., Standard House, Southend Road, Woodford Green, Essex. T: Wanstead 6666; and Greenheys, Forest Lane, Chigwell, Essex. T: Buckhurst 1789.
LAMB, Richard Assoc. Met. (Sheffield), Assoc. Eng. (Sheffield), A.M.I.Mech.E., F.I.M. Director and General Manager, Hadfields Steels, Ltd.. Local Director of Hadfields, Ltd., Director of Hadfields Forgings, Ltd. b: December 16, 1901, Sheffield. Educ: King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford and Sheffield University. First connected with the industry in 1917 as an analytical chemist; appointed to present positions in September, 1939; member, Ingots Committee and Chairman of Forging Ingots Sub Committee of B.I.S.R.A., Chairman of Steelmaking Committee, B.S.C.R.A. Add: Hadfields, Ltd., East Hecla Works, Sheffield, 9. T: Sheffield 41001; and 22 Brooklands Avenue, Fulwood, Sheffield, 10. T: 31131.
LANCASTER, Norman Gerald M.B.E.. A.C.A. Chairman, Wolseley-Hughes, Ltd., since 1958, and Chairman, George H. Hughes, Ltd., since 1938. b: April 18, 1906. Educ: Rossall School. Was a Director, Fisher and Ludlow, Ltd., 1938-44; Partner, Howard Smith, Thompson and Co., Chartered Accountants, 1944-49; Director, Tube Investments, Ltd., 1949-54; present appointments include Director, Joseph Lucas (Industries), Ltd., since 1954; Managing Director, Fillery's Toffees, Ltd., since 1954; was made a Life Governor of Birmingham University, 1946; Chairman, F.B.I. Midland Regional Council, 1953-56; President, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 1958-59. Recreations: fruit-growing, sailing. Clubs: Union, Birmingham, Teign Corinthian Yacht. Add: Fillery's Toffees, Ltd., Warwick Road, Birmingham, 11. T: Vic toria 1984; and Sparrow's Nest, Woodnorton, near Evesham, Worcestershire. T: Cropthorne 261.
LANCHESTER, Frank C.I.Mech.E. Director and Consultant, The Lanchester Motor Co.. Ltd. b: July 22, 1870, Hove, Brighton. Educ: Preparatory School and College, Brighton. After early business training in the City of London, went into the Gas Engine business with his two elder brothers, the late F. W. and G. H. Lanchester; in 1899 they formed The Lanchester Motor Company; acted as Business Manager and Sales Director in London for 25 years, becoming Managing Director; when Lanchesters became a subsidiary company of B.S.A. Ltd., remained as Director and Sales Consultant; founded the Midland Automobile Club, Birmingham, 1901, and was its first Hon. Secretary; a Committee member of S.M.M.T. since 1903 (Vice Chairman and President, 1919-20); Hon. Treasurer, Motor Legislation Committee, 1920-27; thrice President of the Bureau Permanent des Constructeurs D'Automobiles of which he was Delegate and British Representative, 1912-36; on Committee of R.A.C. since 1920 and Vice-Chairman for three years; President, B.M.T.A., 1931-34, re-elected to that position, 1941-45; President, Fellowship of Motor Industry, 1942-45; still actively engaged in company's business and in Trade Organizations. Married, two daughters. Clubs: R.A.C., Veteran C.C., Midland Automobile Club. Add: Lanchester Motor Co., Ltd., Bradford Works, Coventry. T: Leamington 1019; and 17 Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington Spa.
LANCHESTER, George Herbert M.I .Mech.E., M.S.A.E. Consultant; Director of Russell Newbery Diesel Engine Co., Ltd. b: Brighton. Studied engineering at Midland Institute. Apprenticed to the Forward Gas Engine Co., 1889-94; Works Manager to same firm, 1894-97; assistant to his brother, the late Dr. F. W. Lanchester; jointly responsible for building first British-built four-wheeled petrol-driven car 1895-96; with brother also built first British-built motor boat, 1898; from 1912 to 1931, responsible for technical development, design and production of Lanchester cars; wide experience in design of armoured fighting vehicles, 1915-31; Technical Director, Lanchester Motor Co., Ltd., 1925-31; on company's incorporation with B.S.A.-Daimler Group, became chief engineer; joined Sterling Armament Co. and Sterling Engineering Co. as consultant, 1939; took up position with present company (associated), 1945; during 1940, designed sub-machine gun for Sterling Armament Co., Ltd., used by British and Australian Navies; founder-member of the Midland Automobile Club and a Vice-President; Past President of the Institution of Automobile Engineers; President, Veteran Car Club, 1958-59. Married in 1907 to Rose Thomas of Cardiff; one daughter and one son. Add: Russell Newbery Diesel Engine Co., Ltd., Essex Works, Dagenham, Essex. T: Dominion 4545; and Itchenor Cottage, Itchenor, nr. Chichester. T: Birdham 213.
LASLETT, Lieut.-Col. Henry Collier Renny Manager, Cabin Scooters (Assemblies), Ltd., since 1957. b: December 5, 1906, Riga, Latvia. Educ: Fettes College, Edinburgh, and R.M.C. Sandhurst Staff College. Quetta, India. First associated with the Industry in 1955; Manager, Cabin Scooters, Ltd., 1955-56; regular officer, H.M. Forces (Indian Army) 1927-28. Recreations: golf, bridge, reading, history, economics. Clubs: Wooden Horse Club, Overseas League. Add: Cabin Scooters (Assemblies), Ltd., 80 George Street, Baker Street, London, W.1. T: Hunter 0609; and Camden Ridge, Southill Road, Chislehurst, Kent. T: Imperial 3776. LATHAM, 1st Baron (cr. 1942) of Hendon, Charles Latham J.P., F.A.C.C.A., F.C.I.S., F.R.S.A., K.St.J. Chairman of London Transport Executive, 1947-53. b: December 26, 1888. Educ: Norwich Elementary School. Joined Labour Party in 1905; president in 1916 of National Union of Clerks; member of L.C.C., 1928-47; Chairman of Finance Committee of L.C.C., 1934-40; Leader of L.C.C., 1940-47; other appointments include: Chairman, Singer Motors, Ltd., 1936-47; Chairman, London and Thames Oil Wharves, Ltd.; senior partner, Latham and Co., certified accountants; Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex, 1945-56; officer of the Legion of Honour. Recreations: riding, walking, golf. Add: Walter House, 418-422 Strand, London, W.C.2. T: Temple Bar 3613; and 12 Cunningham Court, Maida Vale, London, W.9. T: Cunningham 3444.
LAURENCE, Godfrey French Director, Metalastik, Ltd. b: September 2, 1914, Bristol. Educ: Clifton College; Oxford School of Technology. Served with Bristol Motor Co., Ltd., 1934-37; technical trainee, Morris Motors, Ltd., 1937-39; as a qualified pilot, volunteered for flying duties with the R.A.F., 1939; No. 1 C.R.U., R.A.F., until May, 1940, when transferred to Directorate of Gun and Carriage Production, Ministry of Supply; Senior Inspecting Officer, Directorate of Tanks and Transport (T.T.3), 1943-46; joined F. Perkins, Ltd., 1946, and was material controller, 1947-55, in charge of pur chases, stock, progress and production programmes; Director and General Manager of Brookes (Oldbury), Ltd., a subsidiary of Tube Investments, Ltd., 1955-57. Club: R.A.C. Add: Metalastik, Ltd., Evington Valley Road, Leicester. T: Leicester 37281; and Chalgrove, The Broadway, Oadby, Leicester. T: Leicester 75821.
LAW, Francis John Reginald Managing Director, J. and R. Oldfield, Ltd., since 1941. b: September 3, 1900, Birmingham. Educ: Oundle School, Northamptonshire. Managing Director, Taylor, Law and Co., Ltd.; Ash Bros. and Heaton, Ltd.; Gainsborough Enam. Ware Co., Ltd.; E. T. Everton, Ltd.; Jennings (Birmingham), Ltd.; J. Haws, Ltd.; Director. Scientaire, Ltd.; Edwin Taylor Stamping Works, Ltd.; E. W. Stockham, Ltd. Add: J. and R. Oldfield, Ltd., Warwick Street, Birmingham, 12. T: Victoria 3019; and Churchill House, near Kidderminster. T: Blake down 330.
LAWRIE, Charles M.I.Mar.E., M.Inst.Pet., M.N.E.C.Inst., Director, Mobil Oil Co., Ltd. (previously known as Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd.), since 1949. b: February 10, 1906, Wallsend-on-Tyne. Educ: Wallsend Technical College. Pupil apprenticeship engineer; sea service in Merchant Navy, including that of Chief Engineer; joined Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd., 1936, as Engineer Marine Sales Dept.; became Chief Engineer, Marine, July, 1939; Chief Engineer of the Company and Manager of Engine Builders Dept., 1944; Manager, Marine Dept., 1947; Joint General Sales Manager, January, 1948; General Sales Manager, June, 1948. Recreations: gardening, motoring, music. Clubs: East India and Sports, Oil Industries. Add: Mobil Oil Co., Ltd., Caxton House, Tothill Street, Westminster, London, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 1010; and Dunlaw, 5 Holland Avenue, Cheam, Surrey. T: Vigilant 5554.
LAWRY, Sussex Maunder Managing Director, Trinity Cars, Ltd., since 1946; Managing Director, Trinity Cars (Hire), Ltd., since formation of company in 1957. b: June 13, 1907, Cambridge. Educ: City of London School. Appointed a Director of Trinity Cars, Ltd., 1930; until 1941 was actively engaged in textile trade; served with R.A.F. in Second World War, 1941-45; joined British Automobile Racing Club (then the Junior Car Club) in 1934, elected a Council Member, 1955. Recreation: motor sport. Club: B.A.R.C. Add: Trinity Cars, Ltd., 94 North Side, Wandsworth Common, London, S.W.18. T: Vandyke 1166; and Garden Cottage, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey. T: Esher 4974.
LAYBORN, Thomas Alec Edwin C.B.E., F.C.I.B. Director, Austin Motor Co., Ltd., and The British Motor Corporation, Ltd. b: November 30, 1898, Chiswick. Educ: Latymer Upper School. Member for 10 years of the Indus trial Injuries Advisory Council of the Ministry of National Insurance; First World War, R.F.C. and R.A.F.; is also a Director of the following companies: C. T. Bowring and Co. (Insurance), Ltd.; C. T. Bowring and Co. (Pension Fund), Ltd.; C. T. Bowring and Layborn, Ltd.; Central Bureau of Insurance Nursing; Chessington Zoo. Ltd.; Crusader Insurance Co., Ltd.; Rhodesian Housing Estates, Ltd.; Selection Group Trustees, Ltd.; T. L. Securities, Ltd. Clubs: R.A.C., United Hunts. Add: C. T. Bowring and Layborn, Ltd., 1 Buckingham Palace Gardens, London, S.W.1. T: Sloane 9146; and 5 Heath Rise, Kersfield Road, Putney, S.W.15. T: Putney 4299.
LEE, Arnold Ward Managing Director, Norton Grinding Wheel Co., Ltd. b: August 18, 1905, Handforth, Ches. Educ: Manchester Grammar School. Studied engineering at Manchester College of Technology; first connected with the Motor Industry as apprentice, 1923; subsequently, grinding wheel specialist with Alfred Herbert, Ltd.,; appointed Director and General Sales Manager, Norton Grinding Wheel Co., Ltd., March, 1938. Add: Norton Grinding Wheel Co., Ltd., Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. T: Welwyn Garden 4501; and 65 Attimore Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. T: Welwyn Garden 3309.
LEESE, Douglas Sims Managing Director, Cam Gears, Ltd., since 1957. b: April 3, 1927. Educ: Bedford School. Joined Austin Motor Co., Ltd., as engineering apprentice in 1945 and became Head Apprentice, 1948; after two years with the Nuffield Organization as a management trainee, joined Cam Gears, Ltd., 1951 and was appointed Director in 1953; is also a Director of Bishop Transmission Co. (since 1954); Hydrosteer, Ltd. (since 1954), and of Ross Gear and Tool Co., Inc., Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A. (since 1956). A Member of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and a Freeman of the City of London. Recreations: sailing, ski-ing, swimming. Add: cam Gears, Ltd., Biscot Road, Luton, Beds. T: Luton 3911; and The Red House. Church Street, Ampthill, Beds. T: Ampthill 3242.
LEITCH, James Renfrew Secretary/Comptroller, A.C.V., Ltd. b: January 11, 1905, Glasgow. Educ: Hill Head House, Glasgow. First associated with Industry, 1950; served apprenticeship with Grahams, Rintoul, Haybell and Co., Chartered Accountants, Glasgow; later joined staff of Deloitte, Plender, Griffiths and Co., London, and was with them for some 20 years; appointed Comptroller of A.C.V.. Ltd., in 1950. Chartered Accountant. Recreations: golf, bowling. A'-id: A.C.V., Ltd., 49 Berkeley Square, London. W.1. T: Hyde Park 2141; cnd 7 Warren Avenue, Richmond, Surrey. T: Prospect 2107.
LEAVER, George John A.C.I.S. Director, Secretary and Treasurer, Vauxhall Motors. Ltd. b: December 6, 1901, London. Educ: Hornsey County School. Joined Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., in 1929 as Assistant Treasurer; Treasurer, 1942; Director, 1946; Director of Vauxhall and General Finance Corporation; President, Luton and District Chamber of Commerce, 1956; Deputy-President. 1957-58; Member of Council, The Federation of Commonwealth and British Empire Chambers of Commerce; Trustee of Luton and District Trustee Savings Bank. Recreation: golf. Club: R.A.C. Add: Vauxhall Motors. Ltd., Luton. T: Luton 2600; and Cordons, Orchard Avenue, Harpenden, Herts. T: Harpenden 3375.
LESTON, Leslie Professional Racing Driver. Managing Director, Les. Leston, Ltd.; H. Leston, Ltd., and Leston's Motor Accessories. b: December 16, 1923, Nottingham. Educ: Holborn Grammar School. Second World War, served with 460 Sqn. R.A.F. as an air gunner; on leaving Service joined the family business of H. Leston, Ltd., manufacturing aircraft and motor accessories; commenced motor racing in 1951; formed Leston's Motor Accessorics (Retail), 1954; formed Les. Leston, Ltd., 1956 (for the manufacture and sale of motor racing clothing); works driver for Coopers, 1954; works driver for Connaughts, 1956; works driver for Connaughts, 1957; works driver for Aston Martin, 1957; works driver for B.R.M., 1957; has won over 60 races including Luxembourg Grand Prix, 1952; British Formula 3 Hill Climb Champion, 1952; awarded B.R.D.C. Seaman Trophy, 1952; British National Formula 3 Champion, 1954; Works Driver, 1958, for B.M.C. in Saloon Car Class (Riley); 1st in class in 11 races, including both Internationals at Silverstone; elected to the Committee of the British Racing and Sports Car Club, 1954; Vice-Chairman, 1957 58; Chairman,• 1958-59. Recreations: music, theatre, collection of antique English table glass. Club: B.R.D.C. Add: Les. Leston. Ltd., 314 High Holborn, London, W.C.1. T: Chancery 8655; and 1 Abbey Court. London, N.W.B. T: Maida Vale 3079.
LEWIS, Donald Arthur William Joint Managing Director, Farnborough Engineering Co., Ltd. b: July 27, 1919, Teddington. Educ: Mill Hill. First connected with the Industry in 1937 as trainee with Edmunds. Walker and Co., Ltd. (five years' Machine Shop Training). Recreations: cricket, squash. Clubs: R.A.C., Old Millhillians. Add: Farnborough Engineering Co., Ltd., Farnborough, Kent. T: Farnborough 789; and Heathfield House, Keston, Kent. T: Farnborough (Kent) 3485.
LEWIS, Michael Hicks Lofthouse M.A.(0xon.). Managing Director, Crompton Parkinson, Ltd., since 1957; Director, Austin Crompton Parkinson Electric Vehicles, Ltd.; Director, I.T.D., Ltd. b: February 24, 1921, Bilston, Staffs. Educ: Repton and Oriel College, Oxford. Joined Crompton Parkinson, Ltd., in 1947 after war service in R.A. and R.H.A.; appointed Director of A.C.P.E.V. and I.T.D., Ltd., 1957. Add: Crompton House, Aldwych, London, W.C.2. T: Chancery 3333; and Whitegates, Salisbury Road, Horsham, Sussex. T: Horsham 3670.
LEWIS, Reginald John Director and General Manager, Kerry's (Great Britain), Ltd., and its subsidiaries, Spare Parts, Ltd., and Merriman and Howard, Ltd., since 1950. b: November 7, 1891. Educ: King Edward's School, Birmingham. Started career as chartered accountant's articled clerk, 1909; served overseas with R.A.S.C., M.T., 1915-19; joined Austin Motor Co., Longbridge, on demobilization on Cost Accountant's staff; Sales Manager, Geo. Lane and Sons, Ltd., Birmingham, 1920-25; Sales Supervisor, A.C. Sparking Plug Co., Ltd., 1925-30; London Sales Manager, Ramsdens (Halifax), Ltd., 1930-34; joined East London Rubber Co. (subsequently Kerry's (Great Britain), Ltd.), January, 1934, as Branch Manager, Croydon; appointed assistant to Managing Director in Branch Administration, 1941. Recreations: golf, gardening, photography. Add: Kerry's (Great Britain), Ltd., Warton Road, Stratford, London. E.15. T: Maryland 6611; and Well's Head, Harwell Village, Berks. T: Harwell 25.
LEWIS, Sidney William Chairman and Joint Managing Director, Farnborough Engineering Co., Ltd.; Joint Managing Director, Clifford Motor Components, Ltd., Birmingham; Director, Motor Components (Birming ham), Ltd., Valves, Ltd., Coventry; Chairman, Trancosteel Piston Rings, Ltd. b: November 24. 1893, London. Received technical education at London Polytechnic and in Germany and France. Entered Industry as ball bearing engineer in 1912. Recreations: cricket, golf and ski-ing. Add: Farnborough Engineering Co., Ltd.. Farnborough, Kent. T: Farnborough 55522; and Heathfield House, Keston, Kent. T: Farnborough 53485.
LIARDET, Godfrey Edward Chairman and Managing Director, Simms Motor and Electronics Corporation, Ltd., since 1957. b: October 17, 1908, Liverpool. Educ: Liverpool College. • Mersey Dock and Harbour Board, 1924-29; Joined Simms Motor Units. Ltd.. 1929; Sales Manager, 1933; a Director, 1943; Joint Managing Director, 1950; Chairman and Managing Director and Chairman of various subsidiary companies, 1953; is Chairman of the Accessory and Component Manufacturers Committee, S.M.M.T. Recreation: fishing. Clubs: Reform, R.A.C. Add: Simms Motor and Electronics Corporation. Ltd., Oak Lane, East Finchley. London. N.2. T: Finchley 2262; and Woodhill, Fatfield, Hens.
LIGGINS, Bernard Henry O.B.E., Home Sales Manager, The Rover Co., Ltd., since 1958. h: May 31, 1914. Leamington Spa. Educ: Leam ington College. First connected with the Industry, after technical and business management training, on joining The Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Co.. Ltd.. in 1931. and holding Executive Sales appoint ment until joining H.M.Forces (R.A.O.C.) in early 1940; commanded Vehicle Companies in North Africa and Italy; demobilized Lieut.-Col., 1946: awarded O.B.E. for distinguished services in Italy: ioined Humber. Ltd., Coventry. as Sales Executive. 1946; appointed Assistant Sales Manager, Car Manufacturing Division, Rootes Group,. 1955. Recreations: shooting, rugger, hockey. tennis, swimming, badminton. Add: The Rover Co., Ltd.. Solihull. Birmingham. T: Sheldon 4242; and Woodside House. Bascote Heath, Southam, Leam ington Spa. T: Southam 456.
LIGHT, Harry Wilfrid Director and General Manager, Thrupp and Moberly. Ltd. h: September 8. 1907, Addlestone. Educ: Privately. Commenced career at Vickers, Weybidge. in 1924: first connected with the motor industry in 1928, when joined Weymann Motor Bodies (1925), Ltd., at Addlestone; joined the Rootes Group at their Thrupp and Moberly coach building factory as Production Manager, 1932; subsequently became Commercial Manager; appointed General Manager in 1944; elected to the Board, 1946; is a committee member of the Car Body Builders Group of the S.M.M.T.; President of the Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers. 1956-58; Vice President of the Rootes Socia; and Athletic Club (London Division). Club: Eccentric. Recreations: shooting, gardening. Married 1934: one son. Add: Thrunp and Moberly, Ltd.. Cricklewood. London. N.W.2. T: Gladstone 8241; and Dell Cottage, Brox Lane, Ottershaw, nr. Chertsey. T: Ottershaw 259.
LINDSEY, William Henry M.A.. F.R.Ae.S.. M.I.Mech.E. Technical Director. Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Ltd.; Director, Bristol Siddeley Engines, Ltd. b: November 19. 1911, Liverpool. Educ: Liverpool Institute High School: Selwyn College, Cambridge. Joined Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Ltd., 1933; Technical Assistant, Research Dept.. 1934-40; Research Engineer (in charge of Research Department), 1940-45; Deputy Chief Engineer. 1945-50; Chief Engineer, 1950; Director and Chief Engineer, September, 1952; Technical Director, December, 1956. Add: Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Ltd., Parkside, Coventry. T: Walsgrave-on-Sowe 3211; and 26a Priory Road, Kenilworth, Warwick shire.
LINFIELD, Harold Sydney Freelance motoring writer and consultant. b: August 2, 1907, Wimbledon. Educ: Rutlish Grammar School. Joined The Autocar Editorial staff. 1925; held various appointments on staff; Road Test specialist for many years; successively Assistant Editor, Associate, and Acting Editor; Editor, 1951-55; Managing Director of Antiquarian Bookshop (Dorking), Ltd., since 1955. Recreations: photography, gardening, book collecting. Add: Antiquarian Bookshop (Dorking), Ltd., 282-284 High Street. Dorking, Surrey; and 34 Highdown, Worcester Park, Surrey.
LIST, William Frederick Assistant Managing Director, C. C. Wakefield and Co.; Ltd. b: 1895, London. First connected with the industry in 1910. and has since held various appointments with C. C. Wakefield and Co., Ltd., mainly overseas. Add: C. C. Wakefield and Co., Ltd.. 46 Grosvenor Street, London, W.1. T: Mayfair 9232; and " Glenhurst," Park Avenue, Farnborough ?ark, Kent. T: Farnborough 4911.
LISTER, Brian Horace Director, George Lister and Sons. Ltd., since 1949; Director, Brian Lister (Light Engineering), Ltd.. since 1954. b: July 12. 1926, Cambridge. Educ: Perse School. Cambridge. Served apprenticeship with George Lister and Sons, Ltd., 1941-45; R.A.F. (A.C.2), 1946-48; Director, George Lister and Sons, Ltd.. 1949; interest in car design began in the R.A.F.; in 1947 purchased Morgan 4/4 which he modified for sprint work; built a Cooper-M.G. in 1950 and Toieiro-J.A.P. in 1952: started on own design in 1953. Club: B.R.D.C. Add: George Lister and Sons. Ltd.. Abbey Road. Cambridge. T: Cambridge 55601-2; and 8 Cavendish Avenue. Cambridge. T: Cambridge 86004.
LITTLE, Commander David Pitcairn R.N. (Retd.), Secretary, Royal Automobile Club. b: February 6. 1909. Lancaster. Educ: Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Assistant R.A.C. Secretary, 1954; previously a regular Officer in the Royal Navy. Recreation: golf. Add: Royal Automobile Club. Pall Mall, London, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 2345; anal Little Focklesbrook, Mimbridge, Chobham, Surrey. T: Chobham 96.
LITTLE, Ronald E. W. O.B.E. Director, T. F. Firth and Sons, Ltd., since 1956. b: December 24, 1907. Educ: Brondesbury. London. Joined London Office. T. F. Firth and Sons, Ltd., in 1929 after experience in wholesale furnishing textile trade: served in R.A.F.V.R., 1939-45 on Staffs of Director of Movements, Air Ministry and Air C.-in-C., Mediterranean; awarded O.B.E. (Mil.) and mentioned in Dispatches; Hon. rank of Wg. Cdr. Recreations: golf, gardening, reading, music. Club: R.A.C. Add: T. F. Firth and Sons, Ltd.. Heckmondwike, Yorks. T: Heckmondwike 482; and Garth Cottage. Horbury, nr. Wakefield, Yorks. T: Horbury 717.
LITTLE, William Morison B.Sc.. A.M.I.C.E.. A.M.T.E.E., M.Inst.T. Trans-port Manager, City and Royal Burgh of Edinburgh Transport Department. since 1948. b: October 12. 1909. Leith. Edw.: Melville College and Edinburgh University. Edinburgh Corporation Transport, 1930-32; Electricity Board (Edinburgh). 1933-34: Edinburgh Corporation Transport. 1934-41; St. Helens Transport Dept.. Trans Port Manager. 1941-45; Reading Transport Dept., Transport Manager, 1945-46; Edinburgh Corporation Transport, Deputy Transport Manager. 1946-48. Club: National Liberal Club. Add: City and Royal Burgh of Edinburgh Transport Department. 14 Queen Street. Edinburgh, 2. T: Caledonian 3941: and 24 Douglas Crescent. Edinburgh, 12. T: 32324.
LLOYD, Nevil M.Inst.D. Director, Motor Racing Publications, Ltd. b: May 26, 1912. Educ: Hillcrest School, Frinton on-Sea, then Brighton College. Commenced free lancing, 1932; founder director, Metchim Lloyd and Co., Ltd., 1937; Second World War, R.A.S.C., 1939-45; Prisoner of War, 1941-43; founder director, Motor Racing Publications, Ltd., 1946 and Managing Director, 1951-57; Press Secretary, B.R.D.C., 1949; elected Committee, B.R.D.C., 1953; Director, Local Construction Co., Ltd., 1954; Member of Guild of Motoring Writers; elected Member of Fellowship of Motor Industry, 1958. Publication: " Dicing with Death." Recreation: collecting early motoring books. Clubs: B.R.D.C., B.R.S.C.C. Married, two sons. Add: 62 Doughty Street, London, W.C.1. T: Holborn 7771; and Burston Manor, St. Albans, Herts. T: St. Albans 58375.
LOCK, Frederick John General Sales Manager, Weathershields, Ltd., since 1943. b: August 21, 1906, Birmingham. Educ: Saltley College School. Served seven-year apprenticeship, Wolseley Motors, Ltd. (Bodybuilding), 1920-27; joined Weathershields, 1932; Past Chairman of the Midland Centre, I.B.C.A.M., 1954; representing Midland Section, I.B.C.A.M. on the London Council. Recreations: golf, fly-fishing, gardening. Add: Weathershields, Ltd., Bishop Street, Birmingham, 5. T: Midland 5876; and Stretton, 453 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, Warwicks. T: Solihull 3290.
LODGE, John Sales Director, The Vigzol Oil Co., Ltd., since 1957. b: May 5, 1918, Harrow, Middlesex. Educ: Mount St. Mary's College. Derbyshire. Rootes Group, 1938-39; Commissioned service with R.A.F. Bomber Command and Transport Command, 1939 46; Nuffield Organization, Cowley and London, 1946-49; Henly's, Ltd., Manchester Group Sales Manager, 1951-53; H. E. Nunn and Co., Ltd., Manchester, General Sales Manager, 1953-57. Recreation: horticulture. Clubs: Public School, R.A.F. Add: Vigzol Oil Co., Ltd.. Vigzol House, Greenwich, London, S.E.10. T: Greenwich 4361; and Three Wents, Kippington, Sevenoaks, Kent. T: Sevenoaks 3698.
LONG, George Joseph O.B.E.(Mil.). General Sales Manager, The Daimler Co., Ltd., since 1958. b: London. Educ: Technical Institute, London. Dodge Bros. (Britain), Ltd., Showroom Manager, 1924; Publicity Manager, 1925; George Harrison Phelps Inc. Detroit, Managing Director, British Company Advertising Agency, 1927; Chrysler Motors. Ltd., Area Sales Manager, 1929: served with Royal Tank Regt., 1939-45; Publicity Manager, The Daimler Co., Ltd., 1945; Sales Manager, 1954. Add: The Daimler Co., Ltd., P.O. Box 29, Coven try. T: Coventry 62626.
LORD, Eric Sydney A.M.I.Mech.E. Works Manager and Senior Production Executive, Morris Motors, Ltd., since 1954. b: March 28, 1920. Headington, Oxford. Educ: City of Oxford High School. Served apprenticeship with City Motor Co., Ltd., 1936; joined Morris Motors (aircraft inspection) on completion of indentures, 1940; production planning engineer until 1946, when joined Nuffield Exports; personal assistant to Sales and Service Director of Nuffield Organization, 1948-50; Works Superintendent, 1950-53; Production Supplies Manager, 1953-54. Recreation: Gardening. Add: Morris Motors. Ltd. (Cars Branch), Cowley, Oxford. T: Oxford 77777; and Dymock, Harbord Road, Oxford. T: Oxford 57042.
LORD, Frank Kershaw A.M.I.Mech.E., M.I.Prod.E. Consultant, Standard Motor Co., Ltd., since January, 1959. b: April 5, 1893, Altrincham, Cheshire. Educ: Seamons Moss Boys' School; Altrincham Technical College; Rochdale Technical College. Served apprenticeship with John Holroyd and Co., Ltd., Milnrow, 1908-14; served with Royal Flying Corps, 1914-18; on engine testing with W. H. Dorman and Co., Ltd., Stafford, 1919-23; ratefixer with James Archdale and Co., Ltd., Birmingham, 1923-25; chief process and planning engineer with Triumph Cycle Co., Ltd., Coventry, 1925-35; Production Manager, Standard Motor Co. Ltd., 1936-50; Special Director (Plant), 1950-56; (Plant and Planning), 1956-58; member of Council, Production Engineering Research Association of Great Britain. Recreation: flying. Add: Standard Motor Co., Ltd., Coventry. T: Coventry 75591; and 270 Broad Lane, Coventry. T: Coventry 72404. LORD, John Herbert C.A., F.I.R.I. Director, Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd., since 1947. b: September 14, 1898, Glasgow. Educ: Glasgow High School; Allan Glen's School. Served in First World War in Gallipoli and France; chartered accountant, apprenticed and qualified with John Mann and Son, Glasgow, 1920-23; chief accountant, Sentinel Waggon Works, Ltd., 1924-27; .in 1927 joined the Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd., as assistant chief accountant; appointed chief accountant in 1930; controller in 1942; Executive Director in 1947; President, Federation of British Rubber Manufacturers, 1952-53 and 1953-54; is chairman, Capital Resources Committee, F.B.I.; chairman, Appeals Committee, National College of Rubber Technology; interested in farming. Recreation: golf. Club: New Century. Add: Skid Hill House, nr. Chelsham, Surrey. T: Biggin Hill 50.
LORD, Sir Leonard Percy K.B.E. cr. 1954, M.I.Prod.E., Executive Chairman, The British Motor Corporation, Ltd., The Austin Motor Co., Ltd., and subsidiaries, Morris Motors, Ltd., and subsidiaries, and Fisher and Ludlow, Ltd. b: 1896, Coventry. Educ: Bablake, Coventry. Add: The Austin Motor Co., Ltd., Longbridge Works, Birmingham. T: Priory 2101; and Lam bury, East Portlemouth, Salcombe, South Devon.
LOUGHBOROUGH, Thomas Wynn A.M.I.Mech.E. b: November 24, 1877, London. Educ: Marl borough College; King's College, London. Served apprenticeship with Maudslay, Sons and Field, marine and general engineers; became commissioned in the 2nd V.B., the Queens, and subsequently 0. i/c The Cyclists Coy.; promoted to Captain in Reserve of Officers for services rendered in S. African War; returned to civil life, 1903, first as a fitter, then as foreman with John J. Thornycroft and Co.; became Stores Manager at Erith factories of Vickers, Sons and Maxim, Ltd., 1906; became buyer in 1911, London General Omnibus Co.; founder member and hon. secretary British Motor Cycle Racing Club, 1909-24; Secretary. Auto-Cycle Union, 1912-46; Secretary, Speedway Control Board, 1933-57; re-created the Federation Internationale Motocycliste in 1912; Secretary General, F.I.M., 1912-58; created Secretary-General Emeritus on retirement; decorated by King of Sweden for services to motor sport, 1951; held various military and police appointments during First World War; retired with rank of Hon. Major. Recreations: cabinet and model making. Add: The Old Forge, Hawkhurst, Kent. T: Hawkhurst 2178.
LOVELL, Robert Arthur C.B.E., A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Mechanical Engineer (Mechanical Engineering), Ministry of Transport. b: February 20, 1895, London. Educ: Regent Street Polytechnic. First connected with the industry in 1910, when became engaged in motor bodybuilding with Hooper and Co., Ltd., coach builders, 1914-19; served with the Royal Naval Air Service, 1922-25; Works Manager, Compton (Coach builders), Ltd., 1926-30; London Manager, Newton and Bennett, Ltd.; joined the Ministry of Transport in 1931 as an assistant engineer; a member of the Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers. Recreation: golf. Add: Ministry of Transport, Hereford Road, London, W.2. T: Bayswater 3456; and Milverton, Horsell Vale, Woking, Surrey. T: Woking 2408.
LOWE, John Works Manager, Morris Motors, Ltd., Engines Branch, Coventry, since 1954. b: December 11, 1911, Arley, near Coventry. Educ: Lawrence's College, Birmingham. Junior jig and tool draughtsman, Riley (Coventry), Ltd., 1927-37; jig and tool draughtsman, Morris Motors. Ltd.. Engines Branch, Coventry, 1937-39; Chief Jig and Tool Designer, Riley (Coventry), Ltd., 1939-49; Jig and Tool and Planning Draughtsman, Morris Motors, Ltd., Engines Branch, No. 2 Works, Coven try, 1949-52; Chief Buyer, Morris Motors, Ltd., Engines Branch, Coventry, 1952-54. Recreations: gardening, boxing, Association football. Add: Morris Motors, Ltd., Engines Branch, Courthouse Green, Coventry. T: 88701; and 84 Keresley Road, Coventry. T: Keresley 2720.
LOWE, Wilfred Joint Managing Director, N. Isherwood and Co., Ltd. b: March 6, 1920. Educ: Ackworth School, Yorks. Served during the Second World War in the Army, 1939-46; joined present company on demobilization, and was Production Assistant, 1946-47; Production Manager, 1947-49; appointed Director, 1949, and to present position in 1952. Recreations: swimming, badminton. Add: N. Isherwood and Co., Ltd., Bolton, Lancs. T: Bolton 10051; and Moorhouse, St. Annes Road East, St. Annes on Sea, Lancs. T: St. Annes on Sea 2627.
LOWREY, Joseph B.Sc.(Eng.). Technical Editor, The Motor. b: 1918, Loughton, Essex. Educ: Leys School, Cambridge and University College, London. Graduated in 1939. Second World War, served in Royal Engineers; was at Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, between 1940 and 1946, working in Engine Research Flight. Add: Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, London, E.C.1. T: Terminus 3636; and Green Shutters, Avenue Road, Farnborough, Hants. T: Farnborough 994.
LUCAS, Ronald Jasper F.C.I.S., Director and Secretary-Treasurer, The Austin Motor Co. (Canada), Ltd., and Morris Motors (Canada), Ltd.; Secretary-Treasurer, The Austin Motor Co., Lid. (England), U.S.A. b: January 31, 1912, Bromsgrove. Educ: Bromsgrove County High School. Joined Austin Motor Co., Ltd., 1927; Accounting Departments, 1927-43; Second World War: The Worcestershire Regiment and The Royal Pioneer Corps; joined as private, discharged as Captain (1943-47); Assistant Secretary, Austin Motor Co. (Canada), Ltd., 1948; Secretary-Treasurer, July, 1949; Secretary-Treasurer, Morris Motors (Canada), Ltd., 1953; Secretary Treasurer, Austin, U.S.A., 1954; Director, Austin Motor Co (Canada), Ltd., and Morris Motors (Canada), Ltd., 1956. Club: Carlton Club, Toronto. Add: The Austin Motor Co. (Canada). Ltd., 737 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario. T: Walnut 4-3344; and 36 Trafalgar Drive, Oakville, Ontario. T: Victor 4-3826.
LUMLEY-ROBINSON, John Managing Director, L. Robinson and Co. (Gillingham), Ltd., since 1948. b: Gillingham. Educ: Rochester and London. Joined present company in 1939 on the death of his father; manager of Birmingham Branch, 1943; is also a director of Jubilee Components, Ltd., Invicta Finance, Ltd., and Wallis Motors, Ltd. Recreation: photography. Clubs: Rotary, Rotary International. Add: L. Robinson and Co. (Gillingham), Ltd., London Chambers, Gillingham, Kent. T: Gilling ham 5282; and Cedarstone, Cambridge Road, Wigmore, Gillingham, Kent. T: Rainham 81668.
LUNN, Royston Charles A.M.I.Mech.E. Product Manager, Cars, Ford Motor Co., Ltd. . b: June 26, 1925, Richmond, Surrey. Educ: Kingston Technical College, where he studied engineering. Sewed apprenticeship as a toolmaker, 1939-43, with H.E.M. Engineering, Ltd.; gained Higher National Certificate, Mechanical Engineering; joined R.A.F., transferred to the Royal Aero nautical Establishment, Farnborough, and engaged on engine design until released in 1946; joined A.C. Cars as draughtsman/designer and worked on the post-war A.C. car; in 1947, went to Aston Martin and Lagonda, Ltd., becoming assistant to Claude Hill, then chief designer of Aston's; joined Jowett Cars, Ltd., as chief designer in 1949; joined Ford Motor Co., Ltd., January, 1954. Married, Jeanie nee Darby, 1947; two daughters. Recreations: sailing, golf. Add: Ford Motor Co., Ltd., Dagenham, Essex. T: Rainham 3000; and 2303 Medford Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
LUSH, Stanley Thomas Harry Competition and Technical Department, Allard Motor Co., Ltd., since 1946. b: February 20, 1914, Peterborough. Educ: Holy Trinity, Chelsea. Served apprenticeship with Lines Bros. 1928 and in this connection closely associated with Brooklands and motor racing until 1934; with Frazer-Nash cars for two years then Transport Manager with the Jaeger company; Second World War, with camouflage and decoy section, Air Ministry; joined Allard Motor Co., Ltd.. in 1946; Director of The 750 Motor Club. Ltd. Recreations: boating, model railways. Clubs: Vintage, Mid Surrey, 750 Club. Add: Allard Motor Co., Ltd., 24-8 High Street, Clapham, S.W.4. T: Macaulay 3201; and 15 Almeric Road, London, S.W.11. T: Battersea 4100.
LYNE SMITH, William Richard M.B.E. (Military). Joint Managing Director, Martin Walter, Ltd., since 1955. b: Barbados, British West Indies, October 5, 1894. Educ: Bishops Stortford. Joined Martin Walter, Ltd., 1922 and became a Director, 1924; during the Second World War, was a Major with " Q " Branch, G.H.Q., France, N. Africa, Mid East, Normandy; on formation of Martin Walter, Ltd., as Public Company in March, 1955, became joint Managing Director. Recreations: golf, sailing. Clubs: R.A.C., R. St. George's Golf Club, R. Cinque Ports Y.C. Add: Martin Walter, Ltd., 145 147 Sandgate Road, Folkestone. T: Folkestone 3103; and 4 Avereng Gardens, Folkestone. T: Folkestone 3103.
LYONS, Sir William Kt. Bachelor, cr. 1956. Chairman and Managing Director, Jaguar Cars, Ltd. b: September 4, 1901, Blackpool. Educ: Arnold House (now Arnold School), Blackpool. Founded, in partnership, Swallow Sidecar Co. in 1922; there after continuously directed an organization which has been developed from the original business and which, after changes of name (Swallow Coach building Co., Ltd., and S.S. Cars, Ltd.) is now known as Jaguar Cars, Ltd. President, The Fellow ship of the Motor Industry (1957); Past President, S.M.M.T., 1950-51; Past President, M.I.R.A., 1954; Past President, the Motor Trades Benevolent Fund, 1954; appointed Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts, 1954. Recreation: golf. Add: Jaguar Cars, Ltd., Coventry, Warwick shire. T: Coventry 62677; and Wappenbury Hall, Wappenbury, nr. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. T: Marton 209.