The Tom Farndon Memorial

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An Art Deco tomb in the form of a motorbike racer is perhaps Coventry's most unusual monument.

Richard Ormerod (1896 - 1979) carved this piece out of black granite and it stands in St. Paul's Cemetery off Holbrook's Lane.

Tom Farndon was born in Coventry in 1910 and was a speedway rider who was British Individual Match Champion, and won the Star Riders' Championship in 1933 as part of the Crystal Palace Glaziers team.

He was killed in a crash while racing at the New Cross Rangers Stadium – aged just 24.

George and Richard, the Ormerod Brothers, were professional sculptors working in Coventry between the wars.

Among their other achievements was the design of a number of car mascots.

Be careful visiting this one at dusk - there have been reports of Tom Farndon’s ghost riding a motorcycle around the cemetery.

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