Babs back at Pendine
1926 Speed Record car kicks up a sandstorm
Ninety years after it set a World Land Speed Record of 171mph, Babs has returned to Pendine Sands, Wales.
At the wheel on 28 April was Geraint Owen, son of Owen Wyn Owen, who dug the car out of the sands in 1969 – 40 years after it was buried following an accident that killed the car’s designer and driver, JG Parry-Thomas.
In front of a big crowd Owen fired-up the 27-litre Liberty aircraft engine and, after a few minutes warming-up, followed in the wheel tracks of Thomas’ achievements nine decades earlier. Geraint says: ‘As a car it’s good to drive once you get over the fire and brimstone. Bringing it here is great – people have come from miles.’
After Parry Thomas’ 1926 world record achievement Babs was displayed at London department store Selfridges. In March 1927 the 42-year-old Parry-Thomas died driving Babs at Pendine trying to recapture the Land Speed Record that had been taken by Malcolm Campbell several weeks earlier.