Many thanks to Stuart Middlemiss for this artwork by Frank Wootton.
Stuart tells me: “It’s by Frank Wootton (1914 – 1998), quite a well-known artist in his day, specialising in motoring and aviation. The picture was used to illustrate the dust jacket of the 1955 2nd edition of Wootton’s “How to Draw Cars” Volume 2.”
Peugeot donated many historic Rootes Group documents to the museum. Thanks to Rick McLeod for this photo of the Tiger II production records.
This museum contains many Rootes models. Unfortunately I didn’t take enough film, and left without photos of many cars, including Field Marshal Montgomery’s Humber. See also Museum Of British Road Transport Home Page
Commer/Karrier/Tilling-Stevens TS3 Diesel display engine
These display cases contain some of the trophies won by the marques of the Rootes Group in motor sport.
Paykan (an Iranian-built Hillman Hunter)
Sunbeam Rapier – on the right you can see a Hillman Minx estate.
Hillman Imp – in the background is a Singer Hunter (or perhaps it’s an SM1500).
ex-Toivonen Sunbeam Lotus works rally car.
Sunbeam Alpine raced by Harper and Procter at Le Mans 1963 – to the left you can see part of a display dedicated to works rally driver Rosemary Smith.
Peugeot 205 T16 works rally car
Sunbeam Mk III Drophead – the museum is quite crowded so it is sometimes difficult to get a clear shot of the cars. Behind the Sunbeam you can the back of a Hillman Aero Minx.
Sunbeam Mk III
Sunbeam with sidecar outfit
1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V of Arnoud Venema, The Netherlands.
Photos: Arnoud Venema
Arnoud has also sent me a photo of some Humbers at the 1997 European Rootes Meeting.
Sunbeam Alpine Series II of John van Ewijk, The Netherlands.
Photo: Arnoud Venema
1977 Sunbeam 1300 Super (similar to a Hillman Avenger) of Alex Miljkovic, Serbia.
Alex also has a 1979 Simca 1308 GLS. Photos: Alex Miljkovic
Photo: Mark Ballard
“Strasbourg” Sunbeam, the 1922 Grand Prix car (2 litre, 4 cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, 88bhp@4200rpm).
left to right
– a Sunbeam 3 litre Super Sports “Twin Cam”
– 1922 Tourist Trophy Sunbeam
– 1924 Grand Prix Sunbeam – aka Sunbeam Cub (supercharged, 2-litre, 6-cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 146bhp@5000rpm)
Photos: Mark Ballard
Chassis of the 1924 Grand Prix Sunbeam.