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Tom Pryce F1 Helmet

Welsh Legend Inspiring Future Generations

Date: 14th June 2019
Author: fionabousfield
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Talacre Beach Resort
Local Area

Learn how you can help to inspire future generations by giving to the latest appeal to raise funds for a statue of 1970’s Welsh F1 Driver Tom Pryce…

Tom Pryce Road Car

Welsh motor racing legend Tom Pryce behind the wheel of his MG road car

Wales is a country which is certainly not lacking in icons. From Gareth Bayle and Gareth Edwards, to Tom Jones and Anthony Hopkins; it is a small country which has produced superstars in an eclectic range of areas.

However, there is one sport where Wales has traditionally come up short. This sport is motor racing, the last Welshman to grace the racetrack in Formula 1, the highest level of racing, was Tom Pryce who participated in the series during the 1970’s.

Those of you who read our Welsh Legends series will already be aware of this fabulously talented racing driver whose career was cut tragically short after a freak accident at the 1977 South African Grand Prix.

However, members of his local Denbigh community, which is located not too far from our own little Welsh icon – Talacre Beach Resort – are coming together to help raise funds to ensure that this Welsh Wizard goes on to inspire the countries young for decades to come…

“One of the best drivers out there”

To this day, Pryce remains the only Welshman to have won a Formula 1 race. This victory came at the Race of Champions event held at Brands Hatch during 1975.

Tom Pryce in the Shadow F1 Car

Tom Pryce in the iconic Shadow F1 Car

In a field consisting of future Formula 1 champions including Emerson Fittipaldi and Jody Scheeckter, Pryce showcased his undoubted talent by mastering the difficult wet conditions and dragging his un-fancied Shadow car to an unlikely victory by over half a minute. It was a breath-taking performance and left those in the know in little doubt that Pryce had the potential to go on to be a Formula 1 World Champion.

Unfortunately, Pryce lost his life before he could realise his potential in a freak accident involving a marshal at the 1977 South African Grand Prix. After the race, a downbeat winner Niki Lauda described Pryce as being “one of the best drivers out there”.

His place in the Shadow team was taken by Australian Alan Jones who would go on to become a World Champion himself just three years later.

Inspiring Future Welsh Talent

Darwin Escapes is a brand that aims to help families carve memories which will last for a lifetime. It is these memories which go on to influence your future life and sporting icons such as Pryce are unquestionably a large part of inspiring the future endeavors of our young.

Tom Pryce Exhibit in Denbigh Museum

Fantastic Tom Pryce Exhibit at Denbigh Museum

With this in mind, Pryce’s local Denbigh community are clubbing together to help raise funds to ensure that he goes on to inspire younger generations for years to come. They are aiming to raise £50,000 to help fund a statue to commemorate Pryce on the year in which he would have celebrated his 70th birthday. You can contribute towards the groups aims by going to their Go Fund Me page.

In the meantime, those staying at Talacre Beach Resort can learn more about Tom Pryce by paying a visit to the Denbigh Museum, which is currently running a Tom Pryce exhibition where visitors can view first hand many of his trophies and personal belongings. Whilst you are in the region you may also like to pay a visit to the Tom Pryce Memorial in the nearby town of Ruthin.

This is of course just one of many things to can see whilst you are in North Wales, which is why the region is such a popular region for holiday home ownership. You can explore our current range of new and used holiday homes for sale in North Wales online.

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