John Rhodes Cobb was a British racing driver and land speed record holder. He held the ultimate lap record at Brooklands. Between 1932 and 1939 he broke all world records for time and distance up to 24 hrs. He set a Land Speed Record in 1939 of 350.20 mph which he raised in 1947 to 394.19 mph. It was finally broken by Craig Breedlove in 1963. He died on Loch Ness in his jet boat 'Crusader' at a speed in excess of 200 mph.
John R. Cobb died 69 years ago, he was 53
Billy Cotton was a British band leader and entertainer, mainly remembered as a 1950s and 60s radio and television personality. He was also an amateur footballer, a power-boat enthusiast, an accomplished racing driver, a boxer and the owner of a Gipsy Moth which he piloted himself.