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.
Pinhard Trophy for 2013
This year's winner is Joe Francis, who having only just turned 16 is British Moto3 and Motostar Champion.
Joe already has 9 motorcycle racing titles to his name.
On being told of his success, Joe said '' I am very proud to be chosen to receive the Pinhard Trophy, it's an honour and a privilege to have my name alongside such Great British Riders. Thank you very much to everyone for giving me this award, it's the perfect end to a perfect season. Thank you again for such a great award, I can't believe it.''
Joe faced stiff competition and voting was extremely close.
Joint Runners-up were Brad Freeman from Enduro and Zach Wajtknecht from Grass Track and Speedway.
Hard on their heels was Connor Smith from Quad Racing. This was our first entry from that branch of the sport and we hope others will be encouraged to enter as a result.
Sadly, Connor succumbed to injuries sustained whilst racing in Italy two weeks before judging.
The President, Chairman, Board and Members of Sunbeam MCC pass their sincere condolences to Connor?s Parents, Family and Friends.
The Pinhard is one of the UK?s most prestigious awards, the giant 3-gallon cup having been presented since 1950 to the best Under-21 year old sporting motorcyclist competing under ACU or SACU jurisdiction.
Interest in the Pinhard is stronger than ever and competition is keen amongst young sportsmen-and-women to see their name on the Trophy.
Previous winners are a list of motorcycling greats over the last 60 years who have excelled in all spheres of the sport including Mike Hailwood, Jeff Smith, Brian Martin, Roy Peplow, Dan Shorey, Scott Ellis, Alexz Wigg and a host of others who have gone on to be national and international household names.
Presentation of the Trophy will be at the ACU Awards Dinner on 25th January
Sunbeam MCC awards the trophy in memory of Frederick William Pinhard who died in 1948 whilst serving as Secretary of the Club.
Judges were editors of leading motorcycle periodicals, General Secretary of the ACU together with two officials from Sunbeam MCC
The 2014 Pioneer Run
This 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 last 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 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 and will be for sale at the 2014 Pioneer Run.
This will 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.
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.