Record re-cre­ation to run

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A re-cre­ation of John Parry-Thomas’ record break­ing 1920s Ley­landThomas record-breaker is to make its com­pe­ti­tion de­but this July fol­low­ing a 23-year re­build.

David Hay­wood’s labour of love will be tak­ing part in the se­cond Chateau Imp­ney Hill Climb in Worces­ter­shire over 9-10 July.

When David bought a 7.3-litre en­gine at an auc­tion in 1992, he didn’t re­alise the sig­nif­i­cance of his pur­chase. With the help of the Ley­land So­ci­ety he dis­cov­ered that it was the first rac­ing en­gine de­vel­oped by Parry-Thomas, the Welsh en­gi­neer and rac­ing driver. Parry-Thomas once held the world land speed record and died while at­tempt­ing to break it again at Pen­dine Sands in the 27-litre Lib­erty aero-en­gined Babs in 1926.

David has sourced and used as many orig­i­nal parts as pos­si­ble in his re-cre­ation. ‘All sorts of things didn’t work and there was a lot of heartache,’ David says. ‘Mark one, mark two, mark three… I had to throw them away. But now it’s run­ning, it’s go­ing, and it’s fun!’

David Hay­wood’s re-cre­ation of Parry-Thomas’ 1920s Ley­land-Thomas record-breaker re­vives the spirit of its Brook­lands hey­day. It took 23 years for its builder to get right.

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