E.A.D. Eldridge

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18 Jul 1897
Willesden, London


27 Oct 1935
Kensington, London


Great Britain

Indy 500s:

1 (1926)

E. A. D. stood for Ernest Arthur Douglas. An noted engineer, he was very much involved with the 'Speed of the Wind' Land Speed Record attempt. Died of pneumonia after walking in very cold weather. Eldridge's Land Speed Record Attempt, which he achieved in 1924 was - and likely to be - the last to be set on open roads. Ernest served in the First World War as an ambulance driver and artillery man, which included a spell in the French Army. Although a very English man, he became a Francophile and later married a Frenchwoman. Eldridge was also a noted pilot. Eldridge gained most of his racing fame through his exploits at Brooklands in the early 1920's, winning numerous races and breaking speed records.

Biography last updated 26 Oct 2016