Head to the Museum of Speed at Pendine Sands to the Museum of Speed, where you can find out about the exhilarating rides that have made it into the record books.
This stretch of sand saw land-speed records made, broken and re-set, first – and most famously – by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1924 in his car Blue Bird.
The Welshman J. G. Parry-Thomas, in his car Babs, broke the record before Campbell re-set it, but sadly Parry-Thomas died in a subsequent attempt. You can see Babs, restored to her original glory at the museum along with exhibits of racing motor cycles and other memorabilia.
Babs the main exhibit is available to see during July and August. Babs is the motor car raced by Parry Thomas to the world record in 1926. Babs was buried in Pendine Sands after Thomas died trying to reclaim the record the following year. She lay there for 42 years until being dug up and restored to her former glory.
At the end of September 2018, the current Pendine Museum of Speed closed for the last time to make way for the Pendine Tourism Attractor Project. This will feature a new state of the art museum to open in Summer 2020 dedicated to Pendine’s historic association with Land Speed Records. It will be at the centre of a wider scheme to provide improved visitor facilities, attractive spaces to relax and play, and an eco-hostel. This one of the Welsh Government’s EU-funded Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales, creating 13 must-see destinations across Wales. Watch the video below showing an artists impression of what has been proposed -
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Open every day from Easter until end of September between 11am until 4pm
Babs on display during July and August
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