Articles tagged Thomas Specials

Page 26 of November 1935 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, November 1935

DIESEL RECORDS AT BROOKLANDS

DIESEL RECORDS AT BROOKLANDS R. J. Munday sets up flying kilometre with a 2.7-litre Perkins engine in a Thomas Special chassis Starting a new series of records Not so long ago one thought of the diesel or heavy oil-engine only as the propelling plant of ships and submarines or in a later development as the motive power of massive lorrys and buses. It will be news to many people that diesel -...

Page 80 of April 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, April 1997

"A straightaway race for genuine racing cars"

That was the billing for the Brooklands 500, a bold experiment by a new club. Bill Boddy outlines the BRDC'S birth and its testing race The British racing drivers' club is one of the most influential organisations in the world of motor racing. It owns the Silverstone circuit, where it holds some of the most important British races, and looks after the interests of 833 racing driver members, Lord...

Page 135 of March 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 135, March 2010

A genius in The Hermitage

John Godfrey Parry Thomas was the second son to a curate and was born in Wrexham in 1885. He became an apprentice to the Leyland Motor Co and progressed to become its top engineer, also designing a very advanced X-layout aircraft engine and the famous Leyland eight-cylinder car. But when war was imminent Leyland decided not to put this into production, so Thomas left the company with two of the...

Page 23 of July 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, July 1991

Veteran to classic -- Delage domination

Robert Benoist v Ayrton Senna Writing this before the outcome of the Mexican Grand Prix I do not know whether Ayrton Senna will have recovered his unbroken run of successes for McLaren-Honda this year. But as I write, there is some excitement among those who plunge themselves into statistics that the great Brazilian driver has already set some sort of record or target by having won the first four...

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...

Page 57 of June 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, June 1973

The Thomas Specials

Sir, Your article in the March issue of Motor Sport tracing the history of the two 1-1/2-litre Thomas "Flat-Irons", I very much enjoyed. However, I think you will find that you are rather mistaken in the matter of the 750-c.c. "Flat-Iron" project, which was known to have been in hand at the time of Thomas' death. Particularly so, where you refer to it briefly in one of your final paragraphs. The...

Page 80 of May 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, May 2004

A breath of French air

The Anglo-French Boulogne confrontations of the 1920s provided lots of variety, plenty of excitement and a tantalising glimpse of the European scene. By Bill Boddy Between the two world wars, motor racing became a popular sport. At first, however, not many British enthusiasts could afford to attend overseas events to see mad racing, which was banned on the English mainland. But Boulogne, just...

Page 46 of July 1967 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, July 1967

Vintage postbag

High speeds in Belgium Sir, The paragraph under the above caption on page 494 of June Motor Sport suggests some uncertainty as to what speed which of my cars did. I took my ex-works unblown team car (YW5758), which, by coincidence, is depicted on page 556 of the same issue in the advert, for your "Brooklands Bible." This car covered the flying kilo at 103ish m.p.h. It was Torn Rose's ex-works...

Page 166 of April 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 166, April 1999

Parry Thomas, track idol

In more recent years the stars of Brooklands were Sir Henry Birkin in the blower 4 1/2 Bentley, Oliver Bertram in the Barnato-Hassan, John Cobb in the lap-record Napier-Railton and Chris Staniland with the Multi-Union. But in the formative years of MOTOR SPORT it was the Welsh wizard, John Godfrey Parry Thomas, who was the idol of the Weybridge Track. This vicar's son, engineer, tuner,...

Page 48 of March 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, March 1973

The Parry Thomas "Flat-Irons"

How effective were they? OWEN WYN-OWEN, who dug the 27-litre Thomas Special "Babs" from her grave above the Pendine Sands where she crashed and killed her brilliant designer-driver J. G. Parry Thomas in 1927, has been doing some creditable restoration work and the old racing car should soon be ready to run once more. If it does, perhaps at Pendine, where Mr. Owen will be expected to drive it...

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