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Parry Thomas - The First Driver to be Killed in Pursuit of the Land Speed Record - cover

Parry Thomas - The First Driver to be Killed in Pursuit of the Land Speed Record

Hugh Tours

Publisher: Pen & Sword Transport

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This biography of the Welsh engineer and racing driver recounts the achievements of his remarkable life and his death in pursuit of a dream.   In April of 1926, J.G. Parry-Thomas broke the land speed record, reaching 171.02 miles per hour in a car he designed himself. He and his car Babs were celebrated across the world. But less than a year later, his record was beaten by Colin Campbell at Pendine Sands, on the south coast of Wales. After refitting Babs, Parry-Thomas set out to reclaim his record in a drive that would tragically be his last.   In this authoritative biography, Hugh Tours explores the fascinating life of the brilliant and adventuresome Parry-Thomas. From a conventional upbringing in Wales, he became a prominent figure in the developing world of high-speed motor car racing and design. As the chief engineer at Leyland Motors, he designed the Leyland Eight, a landmark in automotive design that bristled with novel features. It was experience of driving this car around Brooklands racetrack that persuaded Parry-Thomas to leave Leyland and devote himself to racing full-time.   This edition includes thirty-six photographs and drawings, with an additional chapter detailing the recovery and restoration of Babs.

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