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 Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Birth
Death 27 Sep 1924 (aged 32)
Burial Heath Town, Metropolitan Borough of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
Memorial ID 21322599 · View Source
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Racing Mechanic. Born in Wolverhampton, England, Thomas Barrett worked at the Sunbeam Motor Works in the city. He went to the 1924 Spanish Grand Prix at Lasarte, San Sebastian, and volunteered to be the riding mechanic for Kenelm Lee Guinness in his racing Sunbeam car. Wet weather had made the course slippery and sand was intended to be scattered over the circuit however local clay was used instead. This made the surface treacherous. During the race, the Sunbeam swerved into a rut and the car left the road backwards before toppling down a railway embankment. Guinness was seriously injured and never raced again, whilst Barrett was killed. Rules were changed and drivers were then forbidden from carrying riding mechanics.


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  • Created by: Paul Narramore
  • Added: 3 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21322599
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tom Barrett (21 Nov 1891–27 Sep 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21322599, citing Holy Trinity Churchyard, Heath Town, Metropolitan Borough of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England ; Maintained by Paul Narramore (contributor 46601741) .