Inspired by an idea in IainLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s car show thread, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a few starters for ten.
Les Dennis the comedianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grandfather set up and ran a firm that manufactured the first specific-to-role fire engines.
Mk1 Ford Escort was originally due to be called the Mk2 Anglia but this was changed as the Cologne region of Germany where all Mk1 Escorts were built was extensively bombed by Allied planes taking off from airfields in the East Anglia region.
Alec Issigonis, the designer of the Mini, the Minor & inventor of the Flymo, was also a professional Rugby League player until breaking his collarbone playing for Hull Kingston Rovers against Widnes in the 1931 Challenge Cup Final.
In your own time, carry on...