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Giles Eric Leese

Year working: 1901 - 1987

GILES. Eric Leese (Elgy). A founder member of the UK BOC who designed the club badges and magazine cover. He was born in Wimbledon in 1901 and served an apprenticship in his grandfather’s coachbuilding business. He became a professional interior designer and amateur punt racer. He came from a motoring family which owned 36 cars between 1902 and 1939. The family archive lists the purchase in 1919 of a Bébé Peugot (no. 12241) which was followed by several Bugattis. He designed the body for the type 57 (57316) of his brother, Col. Godfrey Giles which was built by Bertelli of Feltham. In November 1939 he was serving in the Auxillary Fire Service in Woking. He succeeded Earl Howe as the President of the UK Bugatti Owners Club in 1951. He died on 30th April 1987 three weeks after attending a re-union of senior Bugatti stalwarts (obituary B.50/2/5). - Copied from Bugatti forum - information courtesy of Stuart Middlemiss

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