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Howard Raymond Davies

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Howard Raymond Davies (1895-1973) was an English motorcycle racing champion, motorcycle designer and originator of the 'HRD' marque which later became Vincent-HRD motorcycles.

1895 June 27th. Born at 351 Ladypool Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the son of Frank Davies and his wife and Bertha

The family moved to Wolverhampton where Howard attended Wolverhampton Municipal Grammar School.

Apprentice with AJS

Moved to Clyno as a tester, and shortly thereafter moved to Sunbeam

1914 Second place in the Isle of Man TT race (senior class) on a Sunbeam.

Post WWI. Joined Aston Motor Accessories of Wolverhampton.

Moved to AMAC Carburettors and began again to ride part-time for AJS.

On 24 May 1921, Davies broke four world records at Brooklands: 50 miles at 66.5 mph; 1 hour at 66.09 mph; 100 miles at 64.68 mph; and 2 hours at 65.3 mph.

Howard left Hutchinson Tyres in August 1924 to set up HRD Motors using the slogan "Built by a Rider". The company survived for just over three years.

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