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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Jeanen
dc.identifier.citationWilliams, J. (2013) Elsie Mary Wisdom [née Gleed], [nickname Bill] (1904–1972), racing driver. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Oxford University Press
dc.description.abstractElsie Mary Wisdom [née Gleed], better known as Bill (1904–1972), racing driver, was born at 23 The Parade, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Graveney, London, on 2 March 1904, the third of seven children and the only daughter of Benjamin John Gleed (1869–1950), master watchmaker and shopkeeper, and his wife, Emma Amelia, née Avenell (1872–1937). Nicknamed Bill, as a child she rode as ‘ballast’ on the back of her brothers' motor cycles, and terrified her family by moving from the pillion seat to drive the machines for herself. It was though that four wheels would be safer and she met the amateur racing driver and journalist Thomas Henry (Tommy) Wisdom [see below], whom she married on 14 March 1930. They had a daughter, Anne born in 1934. Anne 'Wiz' Wisdom went on to become famous for her victory with Pat Moss in the 1960 Paris Liege rally.en
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRacing motorists/ Brooklands set;
dc.subjectracing motoristen
dc.subjectTommy Wisdomen
dc.subjectAnne 'Wiz' Wisdomen
dc.titleElsie Mary Wisdom [née Gleed], [nickname Bill] (1904–1972), racing driver,en
dc.title.alternativeAlso includes Thomas Henry Wisdom (1907–1972)en
dc.researchgroupInternational Centre for Sports History and Cultureen

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