Major Cyril Maurice Harvey Obituary - Co Driver Of HJ

Birth: 1891
Death: Aug 2, 1936

Motor racing driver and Director of Alvis Engineering, Coventry. Bristol-born Major Harvey was gassed and escaped from German captivity during WWI. He joined Alvis as a sales representative and works driver, and he was a popular driver who raced at Brooklands, Le Mans and the TT Races in Ulster. He has been described as good but unlucky. He won the Brooklands 200 Mile Race in 1923 giving Britain it's first major triumph, but in 1928, in the same event, crashed whilst in the lead. He raced his FWD Alvis car to 6th place in the 1928 Le Mans 24hr Race. A serious accident in 1932 ended his racing career. He was also active in designing cars. Bad luck dogged him all of his life. He saw his first wife killed in a road accident and his second wife left him. He even fell from a horse the day before he died. He took his own life whilst camping at Trevenwith Farm, St.Keverne, Cornwall in 1936.

St Keverne Churchyard
St Keverne
Cornwall Unitary Authority
Cornwall, England

Created by: Paul Narramore
Record added: Dec 04, 2006
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