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On this Day in 1926: John Perry-Thomas breaks the Land Speed Record with the 171-mph “Babs”

On this day in 1926, John Perry-Thomas set the Land Speed Record at 171.02 mph on the hard-packed beaches of Pendine Sands. Dubbed “Babs” by Perry-Thomas, the streamlined behemoth which he rode atop represents a fleeting tale of triumph as land speed racing pushed the envelope of motorsport technology.


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