Category Archives: Motorsport

Starting the 350hp Sunbeam record car for the first time in 50 years

1922 GP Sunbeam

Photo: Mark Ballard

“Strasbourg” Sunbeam, the 1922 Grand Prix car (2 litre, 4 cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, 88bhp@4200rpm).

Vintage lineup

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.

 

 

1926 Tiger

1926 Sunbeam Tiger Land Speed Record car (supercharged, 4 litre, V12 cylinder, 2 overhead camshafts per bank, 306bhp@5300rpm). Photos: Mark Ballard

 

Works Series II Rapier

Works Sunbeam Rapier Series II on the 1958 Alpine Rally. Drivers: Lola Grounds and Mary Handley-Page. Photo: Rgbub

Later at the Vivione Pass (sans headlight!)

 

1914 TT Sunbeams

1914 Tourist Trophy Sunbeams: (4 cylinders, 3.3 litres, 4 valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 94bhp@3000rpm). The only one with its original colour is the purple one, as this was the British racing colour for the 1914 TT. Photos: Mark Ballard

1922 TT Sunbeam

1922 Tourist Trophy Sunbeam of Julian Majzub (3 litre, 8 cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, 108bhp@4000rpm). Photo: Mark Ballard

 

 

1922 TT Sunbeam

1922 TT Sunbeam of Tom Wheatcroft.

Photo: Mark Ballard

National Motor Museum – the Land Speed Record Sunbeams

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Sunbeam Tiger, driven by Sir Henry Segrave in 1926.

Sunbeam Tiger, driven by Sir Henry Segrave in 1926.

Sunbeam 1000hp - The first car to attain a speed of 200mph, driven by Sir Henry Segrave in 1927.

Sunbeam 1000hp – The first car to attain a speed of 200mph, driven by Sir Henry Segrave in 1927.

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Sunbeam 350hp Bluebird - This car was originally driven by Kennelm Lee Guiness who set the World Land Speed Record at 133.75 mph in 1922. Malcolm Campbell then had it rebodied, renamed it Bluebird and raised the record twice, ultimately achieving 150mph.

Sunbeam 350hp Bluebird – This car was originally driven by Kennelm Lee Guiness who set the World Land Speed Record at 133.75 mph in 1922. Malcolm Campbell then had it rebodied, renamed it Bluebird and raised the record twice, ultimately achieving 150mph.

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The fourth car on display here is Parry Thomas' Babs. Thomas tragically died at the wheel of this car during an heroic record attempt. Just out of shot is Segrave's Golden Arrow.

The fourth car on display here is Parry Thomas’ Babs. Thomas tragically died at the wheel of this car during an heroic record attempt. Just out of shot is Segrave’s Golden Arrow.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Sunbeam 16

Sunbeam 16

Hillman Imp - This Imp is also reputed to be the first production Imp. See Glasgow Museum of Transport.

Hillman Imp – This Imp is also reputed to be the first production Imp. See Glasgow Museum of Transport.

Sunbeam-Talbot 90

Sunbeam-Talbot 90

The 1924 GP Sunbeam which went on to be known as the Sunbeam Cub when driven by Kaye Don

The 1924 GP Sunbeam which went on to be known as the Sunbeam Cub when driven by Kaye Don

Talbot - I'm not sure which model

Talbot – I’m not sure which model

The 1924 GP Sunbeam which went on to be known as the Sunbeam Cub when driven by Kaye Don

The 1924 GP Sunbeam which went on to be known as the Sunbeam Cub when driven by Kaye Don