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 we are seeking nominations for one of the UK?s most prestigious awards - THE PINHARD TROHY which is in the gift of Sunbeam MCC
This award has been presented since 1950 to the best Under-21 year old sporting motorcyclist competing under ACU or SACU jurisdiction.
The Trophy is a huge 2 gallon cup together with a retention replica Tankard.
Sunbeam MCC awards the trophy in memory of Frederick William Pinhard who died in 1948 whilst serving as Secretary of the Club.
All sections of the ACU together with the Scottish-ACU are invited to submit entries as well as anyone who feels personally eligible to make an entry.
Entries can be for active competitors or administrators under-21 at the beginning of November 2011.
Editors of leading motorcycle periodicals are invited as judges together with General Secretary of the ACU and three officials from Sunbeam MCC, Ian McGill, Chris Mawer and Joan Westbrook.
Entry Forms, Regulations and a List of Previous Winners are posted on the Pinhard page of this website.
Pioneer Run 2015 - Provisional Date
The Pioneer Run next year has been provisionally booked for Sunday 22nd March 2015 - the date is unlikely to change but remains subject to final confirmation.
Pioneer Run 2014 Photographs
Emma Gaston of Gun Hill Studios has been in touch and she has a very nice selection of images taken by her photography team at this years event, take a look at their website Gun Hill Studios - The 2014 Pioneer Run
Gun Hill Studios are located just around the corner from The Six Bells so it would be appropriate to support them if possible.
David Southcott of Bonzer Photos has also made contact and he has some images that are available to peruse or purchase on his website Bonzer Photos
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 the first edition of this history have all now been sold, which seemed unlikely in March 2013 when the 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.
Good News - 2nd Edition now available
The second edition of The Story of the Pioneer Run is now available.
For more information or to order the new book from Baz Staple, click on this area.. The Story of the Pioneer Run
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.