Heir hunters have discovered a man who died alone in a care home was a thrill-seeking motorsport champion who competed in the world’s ‘most dangerous’ race

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Heir hunters have discovered a man who died alone in a care home was a thrill-seeking motorsport champion who competed in the world’s ‘most dangerous’ race

Heir hunters have discovered a man who died alone in a care home was a thrill-seeking motorsport champion who competed in the world’s ‘most dangerous’ race.

Tenacious Tony Godfrey passed away in a care home in Bournemouth last December without a will or any known relatives to inherit his £30,000 estate.

The mystery about his life sparked council chiefs to call in genealogist firm Finders International – stars of ‘s Heir Hunters programme – to look into Mr Godfrey’s past.  

The hunt to unravel the mystery of 88-year-old Tony Godfrey who died without any known relatives has revealed him to be a motorsport daredevil who competed in the world’s ‘most dangerous’ race – The Isle of Man TT.Pictured: Tony Godfrey leads the way in the Isle of Man TT.

The fearless rider, who was a British US motorbike racing champion and took part in the 1963 London to Brighton Run (pictured), even made a ‘miraculous’ recovery after a horror crash in 1963

And now the findings have revealed Mr Godfrey lived life in the fast lane, having competed more than 20 times in the Isle of Man TT – often regarded as the world’s ‘most dangerous’ race.  

The fearless rider, who was a British US motorbike racing champion and took part in the 1963 London to Brighton Run, even made a ‘miraculous’ recovery after a horror crash in 1963. 

As well as finding out about his daredevil past, genealogists also discovered his only living relative was Elisabeth Wilson (pictured), Tony’s cousin once removed

The annual motorcycle sport event run on the Isle of Man in the summer since 1907.

There have been 260 total fatalities across the different races on the island, 151 of which have taken place during Isle of Man TT races and qualifying sessions.

As well as finding out about his daredevil past, genealogists also discovered his only living relative was Elisabeth Wilson, Tony’s cousin once removed, who inherited his estate worth £30k and two classic cars.

Elisabeth, from Bath, Somerset, said: ‘dieta scritta per perdere peso dopo i 50 anni got the letter from Finders International just before lockdown and I was gobsmacked.

‘I asked my son to look into it for me and he was happy to confirm it wasn’t a hoax.

‘I never knew or met Tony.I had done some family research into my grandmother’s family but I didn’t find out very much about Tony’s father.

‘It’s very sad to think Tony died and we never knew each other.