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Pendine Sands, Pendine

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Pendine Sands is a 7mi length of beach on the shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales. It stretches from Gilman Point in the west to Laugharne Sands in the east. The village of Pendine is close to the western end of Pendine Sands.In the early 1900s the sands were used as a venue for car and motor cycle races. From 1922 the annual Welsh TT motor cycle event was held at Pendine Sands. The firm, flat surface of the beach created a race track that was straighter and smoother than many major roads of the time. Motor Cycle magazine described the sands as "the finest natural speedway imaginable".Classic record attemptsIn the 1920s it became clear that roads and race tracks were no longer adequate venues for attempts on the world land speed record. As record-breaking speeds approached 150 mph (240 km/h), the requirements for acceleration to top speed before the measured mile and safe braking distance afterwards meant that a smooth, flat, straight surface of at least in length was needed.The first person to use Pendine Sands for a world land speed record attempt was Malcolm Campbell. On September 25, 1924 he set a world land speed record of 146.16 mph (235.22 km/h) on Pendine Sands in his Sunbeam 350HP car Blue Bird.Four other record-breaking runs were made on Pendine Sands between 1924 and 1927; two more by Campbell, and two by Welshman J. G. Parry-Thomas in his car Babs. The 150mph barrier was decisively broken, and Campbell raised the record to 174.22 mph (280.38 km/h) in February 1927 with his second Blue Bird. On March 3, 1927 Parry-Thomas attempted to beat Campbell's record. On his final run while travelling at about 170mph the car crashed. There is an untrue urban myth that the exposed drive chain broke and partially decapitated him; Babs went out of control and rolled over. Parry-Thomas was the first driver to be killed in a world land speed record attempt. One further attempt at the Land Speed Record was planned by Giulio Foresti in the "Djelmo", but Foresti crashed during a test run on the 26th of November 1927, totally destroying the car.
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  • Only a Friday to Monday break (more's the pity) but what a lovely weekend break it was. Despite the gloomy forecast Mr Sun donned his hat and came out to play. One blot on the landscape was the disapp...  more »
  • We went near for a bit of history as we wanted to see where they broke the land speed record , we were disappointed it's a fab beach and when the sea is out it's a huge beach ideal for dog walking or ...  more »
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  • Fantastic beach, long stretch of sand and number of people rapidly reduces as you walk away from the car park. When we visited there were lots of stranded jelly fish left behind by the tide. Still plenty of people in the water.
  • Fabulous beaches. Was here for the Hotrod Racing, great fun. Lots of lovely, quirky vintage vehicles, weather was a bit iffy but turned out nice. Well attended, very busy. Was some parking but in the main parking was on the beach. Worth it to see the cars.
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