Record re-creation to run
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.