For those of you who don’t already know, last weekend I spent most of my time topping up my non existent suntan on the world famous Pendine beach. Nothing special about that? Well, there was a couple of notable things going on there last weekend . Firstly ( and more importantly for pendine )they have finally decided to re-open the beach for cars. This is a massive deal for Pendine which became, through no fault of it’s own a bit of a ghost town since the council or whoever, decided that health and safety was becoming too much of an issue to allow people to drive their cars on the beach there. I’m really looking forward to getting the chance to parking up on the sands again.
As I’m sure you know, Pendine has had links with motorsport and landspeed records for years, and last weekend was no exception. Don Wales, nephew of speed legend Donald Campbell and grandson of Sir Malcom Campell, set the World record for the fastest lawnmower with a speed of 87.833 mph. I was lucky enough to be there to take photo’s on behalf of my agency. I got to do some fun things like ride in the back of the support vehicle at 90mph ( ouch ) and meet all of the crew involved with the record attempt.
The photo of Don Wales shows him celebrating his achievement and was taken quite late on into the Saturday evening on the beach. It was used in the Sunday Times on the 30th of May 2010.