Babs back at Pen­dine

1926 Speed Record car kicks up a sand­storm

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Richard Bar­nett

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.

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