Walter Leslie Handley , (April 5, 1902 - November 15, 1941), was born in Aston, Birmingham, and was a famous British Inter-War motorcycle racer with four wins at the Isle of Man TT Races in his career.
Later he also raced cars in the 1930's, and died during World War II in an aircraft accident while serving as pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Handley, who was one of the best riders and tuners of the
times, guided the Rex-Acme company in its racing exploits from 1924 to 1926. He later
became Works Manager at the Earlsdon factory.
Handley's strong influence saw the arrival of a wider
range of models for 1926 including a new four-stroke, with a
173cc ohv AKD
engine and Albion
three-speed gearbox, which replaced the previous two-stroke.
1927 There were good results at the TT, when Handley won the
Lightweight; as well as the world one-hour record - 91.21
miles (145.94km) covered in the sixty minutes.