Winding up of the SOCQ

Please note that as this club is being wound up and merged with the Rootes Group Car Club of Queensland we have begun to decommission this website. The RGCC can be found here: https://rgccqld.org.au/

Merger with the Rootes Group Car Club of Queensland

It was resolved at our AGM that we will merge with the Rootes Group Car Club of Queensland. All financial members will become members of the Rootes Group club. It is sad to see the end of the Sunbeam Owners’ Club as an independent entity but it has become too difficult to find willing volunteers to keep the club going and fill committee positions.

The Rootes Group Car Club has greater resources and enthusiastic active membership. The new merged entity will be better placed to serve the interests of Sunbeam and Talbot owners in the future.

Drivetribe

If you have been looking for Sunbeam content on Drivetribe, the new motoring-based social media platform, there is a Sunbeam Tribe. Click on the image below.

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Forza Horizon 3

Following on from the Sunbeam Tiger featured in Forza Motorsport 6, the recently-launched Forza Horizon3 features a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus in the Alpine Stars add on pack.

Segrave 90th Anniversary Commemorative Run on Southport Beach

Recently Sir Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam Tiger returned to Southport to commemorate the 90th anniversary of its 1926 World Land Speed Record. Many thanks to Steve Walker for providing us with these photos. Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (29) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (30) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (28) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (15) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (18) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (19) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (11) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (12) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (23) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (32) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (20) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (21) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (34) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (34a) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (31) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (33) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (51) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (52) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (53) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (54) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (54a) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (35) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (36) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (59) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (60) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (61) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (62) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (63) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (55) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (56) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (57) Segrave Land Speed Record 16th March 1926 (58)

Sunbeam for Xbox!

If you own an Xbox and a copy of Forza Motorsport 6, you might be interested in the Alpinestars car pack. This pack adds a selection of extra cars to the standard Forza garage, one of which is a Mk II Tiger. My son has been racing it around Silverstone and has given it the thumbs up.

Alpinestars car pack

Rootes site in Port Melbourne

It appears that the former Rootes factory in Port Melbourne is to be redeveloped.

 

Janet Bolitho of the Port Melbourne Historical Society writes:

The Rootes factory in Port Melbourne is soon to be redeveloped. We know so little about the factory.
It would be great if you could post this brief piece and ask people if they had anything to correct or to add.
We’d love to learn more detail about the cars manufactured there and the people who made them.
The article is at http://www.pmhps.org.au/2015/07/rootes-in-salmon-st/
So hope to hear from you.
Janet

If anyone can help Janet let us know and it will be passed on.

Thanks to Darryl Jenetsky for this second shot of the factory, taken a few years earlier.

 

Sunbeam Vogue

Thanks to Jose Luis Rubio for sending in this lovely Sunbeam Vogue.DSCN1468

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

The Sunbeam lion

From time to time I’m asked about the lion logo used used on Rootes-era Sunbeams.

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This was originally the logo of Clement-Talbot Ltd, the manufacturer of Talbot cars. Talbot was founded in 1903 with the backing of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, the 20th Earl of Shrewsbury.

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This crest is a heraldic emblem appearing on many coats of arms. In heraldic terms it is generally described as “on a chapeau gules, turned up ermine, a lion statant with the tail extended” which essentially means on a red cap trimmed in ermine, a lion stands with tail extended.

It was chosen because it features on the Earl of Shrewsbury’s coat of arms. You can see it below in the top left.

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The coat of arms is supported by two talbot hounds. A talbot was a breed of hunting dog that is now extinct. Some texts state that the animal featured in the Sunbeam logo is actually a talbot, but as can be seen here the talbots are quite distinct from the lion.