Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 143,374 pages of information and 230,039 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Percy Edgar Lambert (1881-1913), racing driver who was killed in a record attempt
1881 Born the son of Charles and Sarah Lambert and brother of Harold Charles Lambert
1911 Living at 9 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, London: Sarah Lambert (age 68 born Bath), House Furnisher - Widow. With her four children; Annie B. Lambert (age 36 born Bath); Harold C. Lambert (age 33 born Chelsea), Automobile Engineer; Percy E. Lambert (age 29 born Pimlico), Automobile Engineer; Eva M. L. Lambert (age 27 born Pimlico), Short-hand Typist.
On 15th February 1913, Percy Lambert was the first man to cover 100 miles in an hour in a 25 hp 4.5 litre side-valve Talbot car.
He was a director of the Talbot Motor Co
The following October his record was broken. While trying to regain his land speed record from Peugeot at Brooklands he was killed on 31 October 1913. He averaged over 110 mph for the first 120 laps but a rear tyre disintegrated and Percy was killed. This happened two weeks before Percy was to marry his fiancee and give up racing.
He was buried in a streamlined coffin to match his car at Brompton Cemetery, London.
His Epitaph read: "A modest friend, a fine gentleman and a thorough sportsman. The first man to cover 100 miles in one hour. Killed by accident at Brooklands Motor Racing Track whilst attempting further records."