D'Arcy Richard Baker
D'Arcy Richard Baker (1877-1932)
In the early 1900s he extensively renovated Hedsor House, a mansion he owned in Hedsor, Buckinghamshire, but the expense led to his bankruptcy, and on his death his estate passed to his bankers, and then to the Shepherd family in 1934
In 1908 Fiat entrant d'Arcy Baker engaged the company's star performer, Felice Nazzaro, to handle a huge chain-driven car named Mephistopheles in a match race against Napier's giant Samson for a £250 purse.
1908 D'Arcy Baker of Fiat Motors
Married Adelaide Agnes Galloway Lamb
1932 March. Died. 'The death occurred to-day at his home Bourne End of Mr. D'Arcy R. Baker chairman of The Fiat (England), Ltd., the motor company. Mr. Baker was at business on Friday, and it was not until yesterday that he complained of feeling unwell. He was one of the earliest members the Automobile Association. His widow is prominent as a racehorse owner, and only recently disposed of Aruntius, one the horses entered in the Grand National.'
Sources of Information
- Gloucestershire Echo - Tuesday 15 March 1932