Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Babs

From Graces Guide
1926. 'Babs' in which Parry-Thomas achieved 170.624 mph.

The Higham Special, aka "Chitty 4", was Louis Zborowski's largest car. Using a 450 hp V-12 Liberty aero engine of 27 litres capacity, with a gearbox and chain-drive from a pre-war Blitzen Benz, it was the largest capacity racing car ever to run at Brooklands. Still not fully developed by the time of Zborowski's death in November 1924, it was purchased from his estate by J. G. Parry-Thomas for the sum of £125.

Parry-Thomas rechristened the car Babs and rebuilt it with four Zenith carburettors and his own design of pistons.

1926 April: Parry-Thomas used the car to win the Land speed record at 171.02 mph.

1927 In a further attempt on 3 March, Parry-Thomas was killed. Babs was buried at Pendine Sands in Wales

1969 The car was dug up by Owen Wyn Owen.[1]

The car was restored and is now on display at the Pendine Museum of Speed.

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