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Boyd Edkins

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Boyd Robertson Huey Edkins (1882-1930), Australian racing driver

born on 12 December 1882 at Mount Cornish Station, Muttaburra, Queensland.

Educated at The King's School, Parramatta, New South Wales, he managed the family's Malboona briefly, but country life had little appeal for him and he returned to Sydney about 1905.

In August 1906, in the chapel of The King's School, he married Katherine Muriel Edwards: they had two children. Edkins was employed initially by Kinglec Ltd, selling farm machinery, but about 1908 he joined the motor dealer George Innes, agent for Vauxhall andHumber cars.

Just before WWI he established an independent business called Motor House in Milford Street.

After the war he floated this as a company, Boyd Edkins Ltd.

To prove the worth of their cars, retailers often took a leading part in races and rallies. Edkins twice broke the speed record from Melbourne to Sydney, in 1914 and in March 1916 in D-Type Vauxhall cars. He held hill-climb records in both New South Wales and Queensland and in December 1922 broke the record from Sydney to Brisbane.

1921 Listed as agents for Vauxhall.[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, May 24, 1921