Cecil Bianchi

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Cecil Clemente Bianchi was born on 23 May, 1886. Though his name sounded Italian he was a true “Londoner”. In 1903 he was a riding mechanic of Charles Jarrott. He was with him at the Circuit of Ardeness race, and again in the Gordon Bennett Cup in Ireland. At the latter event both men were injured when their Napier crashed. In 1904 they finished 12th in the Gordon Bennett race, riding a Wolseley. With Jarrott’s retirement from racing, Bianchi made his debut as a competition driver in one of those Wolseley Beetles at the 1904 Circuit of Ardeness in which he finished in twelfth place. In 1905 he was again at the Gordon Bennett Cup with a Wolseley.
Bianchi then joined the Crossley concern in Manchester, gaining many successes including fourteen first places, in races at Brooklands and in hil climbs before World War I. At Crossley Bianchi became works manager and later chief engineer.
In 1927 Bianchi left Crossley and joined the company which manufactured the Bean cars in Staffordhire. In the thirties the company was reorganised, stopped automotive production and became Bean Industries, with Bianchi as its works manager. In 1937 they built Captain George Eyston’s land-speed record car.
Bianchi retired in 1952 and died in 1970.

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