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/hen Perkins was le fastest

24th April 1982, Page 15
24th April 1982
Page 15
Page 15, 24th April 1982 — /hen Perkins was le fastest
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gLY three years after the late ank Perkins founded the iterborough company which is lebrating its golden jubilee is year and has produced more an nine million diesel engines, 'erkins Wolf took six world asel speed records in a Parry lomas racing car. Reg unday, a famous pre-war cing driver, squeezed 94.7mph it of the car over a measured ornetre, which in 1935 was no ean achievement.

J. G. Parry Thomas, identally, designed the magnificent Leyland eightcylinded seven-litre 200bhp car which was intended 60 years ago to oust the Rolls-Royce. Only 18 were built between 1920 and 1922 when, although it almost stopped the show at London's Olympia, the car was abandoned. What a pity Leyland ever re-entered the car industry.

Parry Thomas, you may remember, died at Pendine Sands in "Babs", a chain-driven monster with an American Liberty V12 27-litre aero-engine with which he took the world speed record.


Locations: London

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