Pioneer Run ® (March/April)
The Club has organised the Pioneer Run since 1930, this immediately established itself as the premier event for pre-1915 veteran machines. However the start has been moved from the 1930 venue at Croydon Aerodrome, firstly to the railway yard at Tattenham Corner, Epsom, then to Weybridge for 1936 and finally back to Tattenham Corner.
Oxon/Bucks Run- Chinnor (April)
For pre 1940 machines
The Oxon/Bucks Run is usually organised with two routes, one of approximately 60 miles and the other of 45 miles and is open to all classes and makes of pre-1940 machines. There will be refreshments available at the start and finish with a lunch stop during the event. Breakdown assistance maybe available on the day, all details can be confirmed by contacting the organiser. The run will include many miles along the byways and lanes of the Chilterns with superb views to enjoy.
Ixion Cavalcade (May)
Open to all classes and makes of pre 1940 machines
The Ixion Cavalcade is a motorcycle run based at Bexhill-on-Sea dedicated to the memory of the well known motorcycling correspondent, pundit, race reporter, broadcaster and one time road tester Canon Basil Davies BA (1879 – 1961) who penned regular columns for The Motor Cycle (Blue-Un) published by Iliffe & Sons Ltd from 1903 until his death in 1961 under the pseudonym Ixion. In addition to writing a handful of motorcycling books including Motor Cycle Cavalcade and Motor Cycle Reminiscences he edited many other books for Iliffe and Sons Ltd under various pseudonyms including Road Rider, Road Runner and simply BH Davies.
Born at Castleton, Rochdale and educated at Manchester Grammar School, Clifton College Bristol and Lincoln College Oxford, Basil was an ordained Anglican minister who served in various churches before his appointment as priest at St Barnabas Church, Bexhill-on-Sea 1926 – 40. During WW1 he put on hold his religious calling to serve, after a prolonged bout of illness, for 2 years with the RFC (Royal Flying Corps), which became the RAF during his time of service.
Taking to freelance writing from an early age as a source of extra income to supplement his ministry stipends and much later pensions, Canon Davies wrote in a few other fields outside motorcycling, again employing a range of pseudonyms. As an accomplished bridge player he wrote columns for the Manchester Guardian as Goulash, selected American publications under the nom-de-plume Bridgeworld, for the Stateman and Nation as RE Davdison and he occasionally used Ximenes too. During his freelance writing career he was also responsible for two cricket ‘how to’ type books as Christopher Sly.
Shropshire Mid-Week Break (May)
Closed to Club event for pre 1940 machines
Started in 1995, this three day event is run bi-annually, alternating with the Warwickshire Weekend. The rides are along scenic routes, radiating from the start / finish point at the Valley Hotel, Ironbridge.
Apart from the riding days, there is good accommodation, food and company. The popularity of this run has meant that entry is restricted to club members. Participants take their evening meals together in a private dining room, giving this event a family feel.
Warwickshire Weekend (May)
Closed to Club event for pre 1940 machines.
This 3 day event is run bi-annually, alternating with the Shropshire Mid Week Break. Based at the Kings Court Hotel, Kings Coughton, near Stratford on Avon the rides follow scenic routes with coffee, lunch and tea stops. There is also the option of either Dovers or Saintbury ‘test hills’ to negotiate, plus the famous Edwardian and early vintage period Midland’s testers’ challenging climb of Sunrising Hill.
Apart from day’s rides, there is good accommodation, food and company to enjoy. Due to the popularity of this run its entry is restricted to club members. Participants take their evening meals together in our own private dining room, creating a family feel to the event
Conyboro Run (May)
In 1993 the Conyboro Run was re-established as the re-introduction of an older event, but now taking place in a new area, starting from the Six Bells, Chiddingly in Sussex. Originally the run was the Sunbeam Veteran and Vintage Rally but in later years the entry has been extended to include all classes of machines built before 1940.
The event comprises a morning run, with short and long route options. The Six Bells is a real motorcycle enthusiasts pub offering entrants ploughman’s lunches then tea and cakes during the afternoon. An enjoyable day for all.
Rose of the Shires Run (June)
For machines pre 1940
First introduced in 1996, the event is based at Stoke Bruerne, Northants and it takes its name from the County title.
The Canal Museum is used as the base and provides additional interest for riders, their family members and supporters.
Welsh Week (June)
A Closed to Club event, for machines made before 1940
First introduced in 1984 the Welsh Week celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2008. Based in Llanbister the daily riding mileage is varied to give some ‘free’ time with two half day runs of approximately 50 miles and three full days, each of approximately 80-90 miles. Wednesday is usually a “do what you wish” day.
The Welsh roads are considerably better than those found anywhere else in the UK. Coffee and tea stops are included on the short 1/2 day runs while coffee, lunch and tea stops are taken on the full day runs.
The popularity of this week has meant that entry is restricted to club members. The week provides the opportunity to see outstanding and varied scenery plus the feel of an annual family gathering and holiday.
Garden of England Run (July)
An event for machines pre 1940
Established in 1987, the Garden of England Run is a good day out for veteran, vintage and post vintage (pre 1940) machines with a comprehensively marked route for easy navigating.
Starting from Headcorn Airfield in Kent, lunch is taken at the Lord Raglan pub, Rabbits Cross which opens especially on Sunday for us. On return to the airfield during the afternoon, the Sunbeam MCC tradition of tea and cakes awaits entrants, so forget the diet for a day! This is a working airfield with aeroplanes, parachutists and an old wartime museum providing a bonus to the day’s event.
Graham Walker Memorial Run (August)
For veteran, vintage and post vintage (pre 1940) machines.
Introduced in 1962 this event is run in memory of Graham Walker (1896-1962) who was for many years Sunbeam Club Chairman and later President. Earlier he had been a leading Norton, Sunbeam and Rudge works rider winning the 1928 Ulster Grand Prix and 1931 IoM Lightweight TT while contracted to Rudge. Graham also raced extensively on the Continent and was an accomplished off-road competitor.
After completing 15 years as an active IoM competitor Graham Walker retired from road racing and initially took on a number of freelance positions including that of BBC commentator, a role he continued after WW11 often with his son Murray working alongside him from 1949. He was editor of the Green-Un (The Motor Cycling) 1938-54, then he took a directorship of the Montagu Motor Museum (now the National Motor Museum – NMM) founding and opening the motorcycle section in 1956. Appropriately, this event starts from the NMM at Beaulieu.
Originally the awards were presented by Graham’s widow Mrs. Elsie Walker for over 33 years but are now presented by his son Murray Walker or Lord Montagu, both Vice Presidents of the SMCC.
Marshalling is kindly provided by the Southampton and District Motor Cycle Club.
This is an ideal event for riders of veteran motorcycles or for those first starting out with a vintage or post vintage motorcycle due to the flat countryside. The run takes riders through, or by, many of the well known landmarks and tourist attractions of the New Forest.
Bolney Vintage Run (August)
For 1915 – 1930 (inclusive) machines
A new summer event starting from the Motorcycle Workshop, Bolney, Nr Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Run in conjunction with Sunday’s Summer Pioneer Run enabling riders to enjoy a vintage event on the Saturday followed by a Sunday ride out on veterans
Summer Pioneer Run (August)
For all classes of pre 1915 machines
Starting from Verralls, The Old Forge, Quicks Yard, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ with parking for tender vehicles 5 minutes walk away The Summer Pioneer Run route is devised with all classes of veteran motorcycles and three-wheelers in mind.
Sunbeam September Challenge (September)
For pre 1931 machines
First organised in 2008 this event is now based around the Vale of Pickering. The run incorporates a mid-day lunch stop with riders starting and returning to a local assembly point. The aim of the event is to encourage riders from all over the country to participate in events on their veteran machines.
Constable Run (September)
The Constable Run based near Ipswich, Suffolk takes place during September. It welcomes entries from riders of veteran, vintage and post vintage (pre 1940) motorcycles, tricycles, sidecar combinations and pioneer quadricycles of all makes and capacities. Giving the opportunity to ride through the famed Constable countryside the 50 mile route meanders along quiet lanes and byways with a mid-day break for the lunch stop.
Romney Marsh Run (September)
For veteran and vintage flat-tank pre 1931 machines
A run for veteran (pre 1915) and flat-tank machines built prior to 1931 with a choice of a shorter 30 mile or longer 50 mile route. with much of the mileage on Romney Marsh. Starting and finishing at the Star Inn, St Mary in the Marsh, Kent where an adjacent grass paddock is available for trailer and van parking for the duration of the event. The pub offers teas, coffees and bacon butties before the run and pre-bookable ploughman’s type lunches after the event.
Riders enjoying the long route will literally be at sea for a mile or two as the route follows lanes which meander across re-claimed land which was under the sea over 7 centuries ago. The cottage next to the Star Inn was home for a short while to the playwright, actor, composer, director, raconteur and wit Noël Coward (1899-1973) while children’s author Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) who’s work includes the Railway Children is buried opposite in the churchyard of St Mary in the Marsh.
Check with the organiser to confirm entry details.
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