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John Granville Grenfell

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John Granville Grenfell (1893-1976) of J. Granville Grenfell

1893 March 16th. Born in Sydney, Australia the son of John Edward Pascoe Grenfell and his wife Georgina Mary Ann Pictett

ca.1906 Came to England

ca.1909 Raced motor cycles at Brooklands

1913 Built first car

1915 Married Minnie Tully a well-known motorcyclist and mechanic who was the daughter of Cornelius Brittiffe Tully, a gas engineer. Two sons Reginald Pascoe Sydney Grenfell (died 1941 age 20) and Francis were both killed in WW2.

Worked for Lancia, Rolls-Royce, Michelin, Firestone and Hispano-Suiza

ca.1937 Opened his own business at Brooklands as J. Granville Grenfell

1939 Living at No 2 Bungalow, Brooklands Aerodrome, Weybridge. Engineer designers production manager. With Minnie Grenfell (born 1893), Expert Motor Drivers Mechanic and with John P. Grenfell (born 1918).[1]

1946 John and Minnie toured Europe on two 'high-speed super-tuned' motorcycles.[2]

ca.1955 Built the Grenfell Special 500 car

2008 Bio notes.[3][4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1939 Census
  2. Weekly Dispatch (London) - Sunday 07 July 1946
  3. Brooklands Society Gazette Vol 33. No 1. 2008
  4. Brooklands Society Gazette Vol 33. No 2. 2008