The buried mirror pdf Parry-Thomas was my great uncle who died in a tragic accident in 1927. He was the son of a vicar and born in Wrexham in April 1884. The family moved to nearby Oswestry when he was five years old and he was educated at Oswestry School where he is said to have raffled his sixpence-a-week pocket money at a penny a chance to as many takers as he could find.
Guilds Engineering College in London in 1902. 70 years ahead of it’s time! Leyland saw it used in a London bus, railcars and a tramcar. Parry-Thomas was also much in demand on government advisory boards during WWI. After numerous jobs he became the chief Engineer at Leyland Motors. Leyland Motors investigated the possibility of building a massive luxury car.
In 1917, he and his assistant, Reid Railton, started to design the Leyland Eight luxury motor car which was intended to compete with Rolls-Royce. Altogether, 14 cars were made, including 2 for the Maharajah of Patiala and one for Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary leader. The cars were all fitted with different bodies and it was a Leyland Eight that Parry-Thomas used in his early competitions in 1922. Despite the considerable reservations of the Leyland directors, Parry-Thomas raced one of the Leylands at Brooklands.
Thirteen years ago, which became known as “The Houdinis”. Look for him and he is gone. It was revealed the parties involved never filed legal papers to perform an exhumation. “A team of archaeologists has unearthed a Neolithic cathedral a massive building of a kind never before seen in Britain, safe from daylight.
Racing became important to him, and he resigned from Leyland to become a professional motor-racing driver. The split was friendly and Parry-Thomas was given several chassis and a quantity of spares. He went to live in a cottage in the grounds of Brooklands circuit. My great uncle christened the car ‘Babs’ and after carrying out considerable amount of work took it to Pendine for a crack at the landspeed record.
This was in October 1925 but the weather precluded any chance of a record breaking run. To cap it all Henry Seagrave posted a speed of 152. In April 1926 Babs was transported back to Pendine at Shell-Mex’s expense for another attempt. After a couple of warm-up runs Parry-Thomas achieved a speed of 169.
Km WLSR then went on to break another 8 speed records in October. 12 successful record attempts in 5 months. He even found time to offer some friendly advice to his friend Sir Malcolm Campbell in February 1927, concerning a gearbox problem in the new ‘Blue Bird’. Henry Seagrave was to attempt a run for 200 mph, in Florida. He arrived back in Pendine, unwell with ‘Flu’, in March 1927 and with the assistance of Shell and Dunlop staff began to prepare the car for a run on the beach. After the usual start and warm up procedures had been followed great uncle set off up the beach on a timed run.
A popular myth which is untrue is that he was fully decapitated in the crash. Babs being buried on Pindine Sands March 1927. 42 years in time and enter another Welshman, Owen Wyn-Owen an engineering lecturer form Bangor Technical Collage. Owen Wyn-Owen had restored several cars and was keen on the idea of digging up Babs from the sand with a view to a complete restoration.