Articles tagged Owen Wyn-Owen

Page 90 of July 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 90, July 1995

Leyland Eight Brakes

In our recent reference to the fate of the racing Leyland-Thomas No 2 during the war, we questioned whether the front-wheel brakes fitted to it after its racing days in the hands of its creator J G Parry Thomas were of his design or of a proprietary make. In some quarters where the history and specification of the great Leyland Eight and Leyland Thomas cars is of more than passing interest, it is...

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Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters ⁂ Sir, In reference to Harry Hawker's Mercedes-Sunbeam aero engined special — you say that after Hawker's death in 1921 the car disappeared. Well, not according to an article in the Riley Record of July 1934. I quote: "a representative of the Riley Record recently discovered what must be one of the biggest cars in everyday use, the car which is the property of...

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MATTERS OF MOMENT A NUMBER OF THINGS "The World ts so full of a Number of Things. That We should all be as Happy as Kings" — Robert Louis Stevenson. The above quotation may sound trite but it is unquestionably true, for those who enjoy life and take it as it unfolds. And in spite of the overshadowing threat of fuel shortages, the ever-increasing cost of motoring, the losses made by British...

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Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters Still More About Mercedes A few controversial points have arisen from the article "More About Mercedes" in our issue of last December. It might have seemed that pure benzole fuel would not have been permitted at Le Mans in 1930 in the days when this race was for sports-cars much closer to those you could buy than is the case today. In fact, this was one of the...

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Veteran – Edwardian – Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters "Babs runs again" wE were present at a rather historic happening in Anglesey on June 24th—Owen Wyn-Owen, who disinterred the 27-litre Thomas Special "Babs" from its Pendine grave some time ago drove the car before an audience for the first time since Parry Thomas made his last, fatal, run in it, 46 years ago. Having remarkably and meticulously rebuilt the...

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An important trial

75 years ago  I have been reminded that it was 75 years ago this month that an important trial took place, which is usually regarded as having set the seal to the fame of the Laurence Pomeroy-designed 20 h.p. Vauxhall, which led on to his renowned Prince Henry, 30/98 and other desirable Luton-built motor cars. This was the RAC International Touring Car Trial of 1908, which covered nearly 2,000...

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The Wartime Diaries of an RFC Officer

Continued from the Dec. 1979 issue Before I commence another instalment of these old diaries I must refer to a letter received from a Mr. J. Ross of Brigg, in which he makes it dear that I have done our RFC pilot out of one type which he had flown by 1915. In his Log Book entries there is no distinction made between AW (Armstrong Whitworth)-built BE2c aeroplanes and FK3s built by that Company,...

Page 42 of April 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, April 1981

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A Section Devoted To Old-Car Matters Out Of The Past. . . . When I was exercising that enjoyable motor car, the BMW 628Csi, in Lancashire not long ago I called on Tom Robinson, who used to work for Parry Thomas. I can hear some of you remarking, before you go any further, "Not more about Thomas!" My retort to that is that long books have been written about other British racing drivers of this...

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"Babs" runs again

There is good news for those who enjoy watching historic documentaries on TV. The BBC is to show, later this year, such a film, about the World's Land Speed Record, making use of existing video-tapes, but also introducing some live coverage, taken this year.  Among the latter part of the programme will be a feature about "Babs", the 27-litre Liberty-aero-engined Thomas Special in which Parry...

Page 38 of November 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, November 1972


• Crystal Palace.—A very successful, but rather sad, race meeting was held on the Crystal Palace circuit by the Aston Martin Owners Club on September 23rd, for it was the last meeting to be held on the London circuit. The Greater London Council, for reasons best known to themselves, have decided that London no longer needs a motor racing circuit in S.E.19 and the Crystal Palace racing circuit is...



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