News Babs on sands

A blast from Wrexham’s innovative past will be on show outside Wrexham County Borough Museum on Friday 2nd November between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm.

Babs, the world landspeed record breaking car that Wrexham born J. G. Parry Thomas drove into the record book in 1926 with a world record time of 171.02 miles per hour will be on a special visit to the front forecourt of the museum for everyone to go and see.

Sadly, Parry Thomas died trying to regain the world title in 1927 and Babs stayed in the dunes at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire for 42 years when she was recovered and restored over 16 years by Owen Wyn Owen.

On hand to answer questions will be lecturer in automotive engineering and son of Owen Wyn Owen, Dr Geraint Owen.

Around three weeks ago we wrote about Glyndwr Uni’s contribution to a record breaking car – a more modern solar powered one – read about it here. That car ‘only’ did 108mph, rather than 171mph of this 1926 beast!