John Rhodes Cobb (December 2, 1899 – September 29, 1952) was a British racing motorist. He held the ultimate lap record at the Brooklands track driving the 24 litre Napier Railton at an average speed of 143.44 mph (230.84 km/h) achieved on 7 October 1935. Driving the piston engined, wheel driven Railton Special he broke the land speed record at Bonneville on August 23, 1939, achieving a mark of 367.91 mph (592.09 km/h). He died in 1952, attempting to break the world water speed record at Loch Ness in the jet speedboat Crusader at a speed in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h).
Sir John Barbirolli, CH (born Giovanni Battista Barbirolli; 2 December 1899 – 29 July 1970) was an English conductor and cellist. Barbirolli is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini’s successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, serving there from 1936 to 1943. He was also chief conductor of the Houston Symphony from 1961 to 1967, and was a guest conductor of many other orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, making recordings with all these orchestras.