Owen Wyn Owen
|Owen Wyn Owen|
|Died||13 March 2012|
|Residence||Capel Curig, Snowdonia|
|Occupation||Lecturer in mechanics, car restorer|
|Known for||Restoration of antique cars, most notably Babs|
Owen Wyn Owen (1925 – 13 March 2012) was a Welsh automobile restorer and mechanic. He lived in Capel Curig, Snowdonia. His working life was spent as a lecturer in engineering at Caernarfonshire Technical College in Bangor, but he is best known for his outside achievements. He died in March 2012.
Restoration of Babs
His most famous restoration project, which received worldwide attention, was to excavate and restore Babs, after 40 years buried on a tidal beach. "Babs" was the car that in 1927, driven by J. G. Parry-Thomas, whilst attempting the land speed record at the time (180 mph or 290 km/h), crashed and killed the driver. The car was buried where the accident occurred on Pendine Sands.
In 1967 Wyn Owen decided to excavate and restore Babs. The car was first successfully tested on The Helyg straight in the early 1970s and was later successfully demonstrated in front of the world press and television on an air field near RAF Valley, Anglesey.
- "Biographical interview" (video catalogue entry online). National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales. 1997.
- "A ride on the roller Coast". Coast. 24 June 2007. BBC2 Wales.
“a cartoon of a car” with all pistons burning, is let loose on Pendine Sands once again for the Coast series