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Birth: Apr. 5, 1902
Death: Nov. 15, 1941

Motorcycle racer and racing driver. Walter Leslie 'Wal' Handley was born in Aston, Birmingham, the son of John Thomas Handley and Clara Hadley. He started work at the OK-Supreme motorcycle factory as a motorcycle messenger and in 1922 entered the 125cc Lightweight TT race on the Isle of Man. He became the first rider to win two TTs in a week and rode in 28 TTs winning four and coming second three times. In 1937 he lapped the Brooklands circuit at over 100mph on a BSA Empire Star motorcycle, a feat which inspired BSA to produce the BSA Gold Star model. He also raced Riley, Alfa Romeo and MG Magnette cars but he was nowhere near as successful on four wheels, with many incidents of mechanical unreliability and a serious crash in 1936 ended his racing career. During WW2, as Captain WL Handley, he served in the Air Transport Auxiliary from Kirkbride airfield as a pilot, when he flew a Bell P-39 Airacobra. Shortly after take off, the engine lost power, he crashed into a ploughed field and the aircraft exploded killing the pilot. 
Yardley Cemetery and Crematorium
Birmingham Metropolitan Area
West Midlands, England
Plot: No.4741
Created by: Paul Narramore
Record added: Oct 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21972816
Wal Handley
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Wal Handley
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