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Pendine Sands

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Pendine Sands is 7 miles (11 km) of beach on the shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales. It stretches west to east from Gilman Point to Laugharne Sands.

1924 September 25th. Malcolm Campbell set a world land speed record of 146.16 mph (235.22 km/h) on Pendine Sands in his Sunbeam 350 HP car Blue Bird.

Campbell then broke the 150 mph (240 km/h) barrier.

1926 April. J. G. Parry-Thomas added approximately 20 mph to break the land speed record at 171.02 mph (273.6 km/h).

1927 February. Campbell raised the record to 174.22 mph (280.38 km/h) with his second Blue Bird.

1927 March 03rd. Parry-Thomas attempted to beat Campbell's record. On his final run while travelling at about 170 mph (270 km/h) the car crashed and he was killed.

One further attempt at the Land Speed Record was planned by Giulio Foresti in the "Djelmo", but Foresti crashed during a test run on 26 November 1927, totally destroying the car.

In 1933 Amy Johnson and her husband, Jim Mollison, took off from Pendine Sands in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, G-ACCV "Seafarer", to fly non-stop to New York. Their aircraft ran out of fuel and was forced to crash-land at Bridgeport, Connecticut, just short of New York; both were seriously injured in the crash.

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