Pendine Museum of Speed
Amgueddfa Cyflymder Pentywyn
View from the beach
The Pendine Museum of Speed is dedicated to the use of Pendine Sands for land speed record attempts. It was opened in 1996 in the village of Pendine, on the south coast of Wales, and is owned and run by Carmarthenshire County Council. The museum received 33,522 visitors in 2009.
For part of the summer the museum houses Babs, the land speed record car in which J. G. Parry-Thomas was killed in 1927. Babs was excavated in 1969 after 42 years of burial on the beach at Pendine Sands, and restored over the following 16 years by Owen Wyn Owen.
In 2018 it was decided to replace the 1990s museum building with another, at a cost of £7 million. As of the end of 2018, the museum was closed, and is being demolished to be replaced with a new one (no opening date available yet). Babs was on display at Beaulieu Motor Museum until February 2019, but is currently (May 2019) being maintained and is not on display to the public anywhere.
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- "Pendine Sands to get £7m museum of speed". BBC News Online. 26 September 2018.
- Pendine Museum of Speed at the Pendine Community Council website
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