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Francis Curzon

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Francis Curzon (1884-1964), Earl Howe.

Educated at Eton

Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, CBE RD PC (1 May 1884, Mayfair, London – 26 July 1964, Amersham, Buckinghamshire), styled as Viscount Curzon from 1900 to 1929, was a British naval officer, Member of Parliament, and motor racing driver and promotor.

In the 1918 UK General Election he won the Battersea South seat as the candidate of the Conservative Party, which he held until 1929. While in Parliament he took up motor racing, and later won the 1931 24 Hours of Le Mans race. He ascended to the Peerage in 1929, succeeding his father as the 5th Earl Howe. Earl Howe co-founded the British Racing Drivers' Club with Dudley Benjafield in 1928, and served as its President until his death in 1964.

1934 Dir. Associated Equipment Co: Car.: joined R.N.V.R. in 1904; in 1914 appointed to the command of the Howe battalion of the R.N.V.; Dec. 1914 appt. to "Queen Elizabeth " Asst. Gunnery Officer, and during the last year and a half in charge of photographic work of the Grand Fleet; in 1918 elected M.P. (Conservative) for Battersea; later a Junior Lord of the Treasury; from 1927 he began to enter for all big road and track events; has competed every year in the T.T.; 4 times in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, and 3 times in the Grand Prix de Monaco; winner at Le Mans; 2nd in Grand Prix de Dieppe; 1st (II litre class) in German Grand Prix, at the Nurnburg Ring; at Brooklands competed in the J.C.C. Thousand Miles, the B.R.D.C. 50o Miles, and the J.C.C. Double Twelve; won "Gold Star" in a "Delage," lapping at 126-i m.p.h.; Pres. of the British Racing Drivers' Club and the Bugatti Owners' Club; a General Committee member of the R.A.C.

1994 Bio notes.[1]

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  1. Brooklands Reunion Programme. 1994/06/26