2019 Pioneer Run

1st October 2018

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The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club Ltd


New Route for the 80th Pioneer Run® for Veteran Motorcycles

The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club founded in 1924 inaugurated the First Pioneer Run® to Brighton in 1930. The Run has been repeated every year since, except when prevented by war 1940 – 45, fuel crisis 1974, foot and mouth outbreak 2001 and bad weather in 2013.  Consequently, in 2019 the Club will be celebrating it 80th running of the Event on Sunday the 24th March.

Recognised internationally as very special in the Veteran Motorcycle Movement the Pioneer Run® always attracts the largest gathering of pre 1915 solos, sidecars and tricycles in the World, providing the public with the opportunity to see some 300+ early machines aged between 105 – 123 years old, in action on the road and on display at Brighton.

Promoted by the Sunbeam M.C.C. Ltd., and run under an ACU International Permit, the Event attracts regular entries from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and the U.S.A.

For some time the Club has been concerned about the safety of riders, where the traditional route re-joins the A23 at Pyecombe. Therefore, 2019 will see a new route avoiding this increasingly dangerous hazard, as follows.

The 2019 Pioneer Run® will be started at 08.00 hrs from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell. The 49.7 mile revised route then follows the A217 through Reigate to join the A23 at Gatwick, diverting via Handcross and Lower Beeding to join the A281 through Cowfold, and Henfield, then on  to the A2037 through Small Dole and Upper Beeding  and on to the A283 to Shoreham, where left on the Coast Road to Brighton and Madeira Drive. Arrivals will be expected  at Madeira Drive from 10.00 hrs onwards.

Awards will be presented by the Mayor of the City of Brighton and Hove, together with the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell at the Sunbeam MCC marquee at 14.00 hrs.

The 2019 event is sponsored by : Bonhams Auctioneers, The National Motorcycle Museum, Hagerty Classic Bike Insurance. The Classic Motor Cycle magazine and Bascomb & Drew


The Sunbeam MCC Ltd. Registered in England No. 3011502

Regulations, Entry Forms and further information may be obtained from

Secretary of the Meeting

Ian D McGill

The Oaktree

13 Victoria Road

Horley, Surrey


Telephone 01293 771446 email: pioneerorganiser@gmail.com

Entry packs and other information will also be available from the Sunbeam MCC website:  www.sunbeam-mcc.co.uk

2019 Pioneer Run regulations

2019 Pioneer Run entry form

Dutch Horsepower Award entry form

SMCC Ltd Pioneer register application form

The Pioneer Run® is a Registered Trade mark

The Sunbeam MCC Ltd. Registered in England No. 3011502