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.
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 27th Garden of England Run
Entry Forms and Regulations are now available for the 27th Garden of England Run, this is an event that will take place on 14th July for machines manufactured prior to 1940.
Visit the club calendar to see the entry form and contact information.
This run has been held since 1987 and is a good day out for veteran, vintage and post vintage machines.
A comprehensively marked route is provided and there are options of short or long rides and a total mileage of about 45 miles.
This year the event falls on Bastille Day so any French Bikes and/or Riders will be given a free entry.
Starting from Headcorn Airfield in Kent, lunch is taken at the Lord Raglan pub at Rabbits Cross who open specially on the Sunday for us. On return to the airfield in the afternoon, the Sunbeam tradition of tea and cakes takes place.
As this is a working airfield, the planes and parachutists, together with an old wartime museum, provide an interesting extra theme to the day's event.
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 book can be 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.
The West Kent Run
The organisers of the West Kent Run can offer up to 4 entries to anyone who has a Pioneer Run eligible machine.
The event takes place over the 1st weekend in August, for more information click on the link and select email to the organiser, Keith Gibbins.
For the purposes of this offer, ignore the message on the website that entries are now closed. West Kent Run
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, you will receive a 20% discount and the club will receive a payment of 10% of your purchase order value. This will be a welcome addition to our club funds.
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.