J.W. Stocks

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John William Stocks was born in 1871. He first raced bicycles, starting in 1888 when he was just 17-years-old.  After ten years of successful racing on the cycle path, which included a world record, he turned his attention to motoring in 1897. According to the 1907 edition of the Motorist’s Year Book:

“In 1899 he covered 434 miles on an Ariel tricycle within 24 hours. In 1902 journeyed from Land’s End to John o’ Groats on an 8hp de Dion in 2 days 14 hours, including all stoppages. In 1906 drove a de Dion car from London to Edinburgh, without stopping the engine, in 20 hours. Took up the management of the de Dion business in 1902. Drove a Napier car in the 1903 Gordon Bennett race. Also drove a Napier car in the Gordon Bennett eliminating trials in the Isle of Man (1904)”.

In 1908, he participated in the RAC Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man with a De Dion-Bouton. After WW1 he operated a dealership in Birmingham, selling Renault and Austin cars.

He is last mentioned in 1933 when he competed in a pre-World War I race car race at Brooklands.


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