In a recent post I wrote about Burry Port and the Lougher Estuary, and moving a little further west along the coast from there we come to a seven mile long sandy beach called Pendine Sands.
The beach stretches from Gilman Point in the east to Laugharne Sands in the west. Near the western end of the beach is the village of Pendine or Pentwyn in Welsh meaning the end of the dunes.
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The beach is famous as it has been used as the venue for land speed record attempts since the early 1900s. The first person to choose Pendine Sands as the place to attempt a world land speed record was Malcolm Campbell, who on the 25th of September 1924, set a world record of 146.16 mph (235.22 kh/h) in his Sunbeam 350HP car which he called Blue Bird, named after the play of that name by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck.
Malcolm Campbell was born in Chislehurst England on the 11th of March 1885, was knighted in 1931, and died after a series of strokes in 1948 at the age of 63. It could be considered unusual that someone who spent his life trying to go faster on land and water, in fact died of natural causes rather than in some horrific accident.
Malcolm Campbell had a son, Donald and a daughter, Jean. Donald Campbell continued the family tradition of setting land and water world speed records.