The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club caters for all makes of motorcycles and three wheelers, not as is often supposed, a one make club dedicated to Sunbeams.
We welcome non members to enter most of our events (apart from a few "closed to club" type).
We organise the internationally renowned Pioneer Run and a selection of off-road sporting trials.
In addition, we run a number of 1 day, 3 day and 7 day events with varying cut-off dates of 1914, 1930 and 1939.
We also have an information sheet that can be downloaded, this gives more details of our activities.
Once again it is Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club's pleasant duty to begin the selection process for the award of the Pinhard Trophy. This award is in memory of Fred Pinhard, who founded the Club in 1924 and remained as Club Secretary from 1924 until his death in 1948. The trophy itself was originally "The Motorcycle" Trophy won outright by the Sunbeam MCC in the 1947 MCC Inter Club Team Trial and is substantial in size being over a foot high and two-gallon capacity. The Pinhard Prize was first presented in 1950, and 2009 was the 60th year. The list of previous winners includes many of the best riders since 1950 including John Surtees, several of the Lampkins and a host of others who have gone on to be national and international household names (see list of previous winners). Last year the winner was Tom Woolley from Flat-Track Racing. The Pinhard Prize is awarded annually to the young motorcyclist (under 21 years) from an ACU or SACU affiliated club, who is adjudged to have made the most meritorious achievement in motorcycle sport in the preceding year. This can be from any discipline and can include organisational prowess. The winner is selected following consideration by five independent judges of all applications received.
The 2014 Pioneer Run
Next year's Pioneer Run will be a little later in the season on Sunday 13th April.
We hope to avoid the extreme cold weather that affected us so badly this year, please put the date in your diary.
The Story of the Pioneer Run
Jenny and Baz Staple have put together a book to commemorate the 75 year story of the Pioneer Run.
The 250 printed copies of this history have all now been sold which seemed unlikely in March when the 2013 Pioneer Run had to be cancelled.
This successful sales result over a fairly short period only goes to prove the widespread popularity and acclaim of the Pioneer Run but is also due to various reviews that have appeared in the motor cycle press.
Whilst most orders have been received from UK enthusiasts and Pioneer riders, past and present, we have also had orders from France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Czech Republic and as far away as New Zealand, Australia and USA.
A second edition is being contemplated in time for sale at the 2014 Pioneer Run, which will still be the 75th event of the Sunbeam MCC?s epic journey to Madeira Drive, Brighton.
The year 2013 was of course supposed to be the 75th Run, but spectators and riders were frustrated by the extreme arctic weather conditions.
To help the publishing team assess the quantity for a second edition, will those still interested in obtaining a copy of the Pioneer history, please contact Baz Staple, as a list of intended but disappointed purchasers is now being compiled.
The book can be pre-ordered from Baz Staple, click on this area for more information.
Pioneer Run Archive Footage
A new member to the club, Paul Gander, has found two short films from 1955 & 1961 and loaded them onto 'YouTube'.
He said "I have managed to find and convert a couple of ancient movies of Pioneer Runs and I thought you might be interested in seeing them, about 20 minutes of Veterans so get yourself a mug of tea to relax, sit back and watch them!"
In 1955 Gordon Little organised a Pioneer Run to Paris - all 160 miles! of it. You can see a short video here:
YouTube - Pioneer Run to Paris 1955
Also, the 1961 Pioneer run is recorded here:
YouTube - The 1961 Pioneer Run
If you know anyone who owns any of the bikes featured then Paul Gander can give them a copy of the videos - please leave a message through the club Contact Us page.
Leon Mitchell, who hails from Adelaide in South Australia, has launched an interesting e-zine which is a down-loadable magazine dedicated to veteran cars and motor cycles in Australia and New Zealand.
To find out more visit his website at this clickable link: Serpolette's Tricycle Magazine
Motorcycling in the 50's
Nigel Winter has sent through an interesting account by his father of motorcycling in the 1950's and the following link to his story contains many period photographs that will interest our club members and website readers.
Motorcycling in the 1950's
We are members of the Morris Lubricants' affiliation scheme. If you buy your lubricants online via the link provided and enter the promotional code SUN888 in the appropriate place, you will receive a 10% discount.
Refer to our links page.
Peter James Insurance
We have formed a new alliance with Peter James Insurance who have 30 years of experience in the provision of insurance for old and new cars and motorcycles - give them a try next time you are looking for cover.
Refer to our links page.