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6th IXION Cavalcade 4th May 2016

The weather was kind to us on 1st May and a good entry of 42 riders enjoyed the Ixion Cavalcade. The new catering arrangements with the Oasis Coffee Shop also proved welcome. Winner of the Ixion Cup was Paul Stibritz with his freshly restored Coventry Eagle, the Basil Davis vase went to a well deserved John Joseph who rode his Wall Autowheel around the course - commemorative awards will be engraved and sent to them both

6th IXION Cavalcade

The Ixion Cavalcade will be held this year on Sunday 1st May.
Over the last five years the event has been organised by Dave Masters (with help from Maggi) to a very high standard and Dave has now handed over the reins to me, this will be a hard act to follow but I will do my best.
Entry forms are now available on the website, go to the calendar page for 1st May, all previous participants and new entrants will be made most welcome.

33rd Welsh Week - 18 June To 25 June 2016
New Venue and New Routes
With Route Cards And Maps

From the start in 1984 the Welsh Week has always been based at Aberystwyth University.
Until 2014 we were accommodated in Pantycelyn Hall but this has now been closed for renovation. This year we were housed in three flats, on the campus but some distance from our food!
For 2016 it will not be possible to arrange suitable accommodation to meet our requirements so a new venue has been found.
Radnor Revivals is based at Llanbister, about ten miles east of Rhyader.
The site, for which we will have exclusive use, comprises five lodges, each with two double rooms, bathroom, lounge and a kitchen. There is another lodge which will be our Club Room, a dining area and a place to relax in the evenings.
Meals include a full cooked breakfast, a three course evening meal with a varied menu. A buffet lunch and/or packed lunches will also be provided.
There is adequate parking space for cars and trailers and a covered area for the motorcycles. Workshop facilities are available.
Camping is also possible and arrangements for this are under discussion.
The costs will be around £20 entry fee, £282 (less booking deposit of £12) for accommodation etc, payable with the entry fee.
A confirmation slip will be sent out at Christmas to all who have attended earlier events.
I have spent some time at Radnor Revivals and can confirm that the lodges are very comfortable and quiet ? no seagulls! Bev and Tim Kemp are keen motorcyclists and Jack, their younger son, has some interesting runs planned for us.
More information can be found at or please contact me on 01296 623048 or Colin Bentham on 01761 241516.
Please can you contact us before January to reserve your space.

Sunbeam Club meet in Essex - New Venue

The Essex monthly club meeting now has a new venue.

Location details
The Vine
Vine Street
Great Bardfield
tel. 01371 811822

For more information contact
Rob Woodford
07847 098597 mob

77th Pioneer Run® 2016

Entries are now invited for the 2016 Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run® to be held on 20th March.
Entry forms have been posted to all riders that entered within the last three years.
If you are not within this time scale, please download all forms from the web site calendar.
Entrants are reminded that this is a historic event, not a race, and riders are expected to conform to all Road Traffic rules and set a good example to other road users.
It is a milestone in the veteran motor cycle movement and will attract 370 plus entries from the UK and Europe. It is a unique opportunity to see so many historic machines in action, all of which are over 100 years old.
Promoted under an ACU International Permit, the event usually attracts more than 57 overseas entries from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe, U.S.A, Bermuda and Australia.
Starting at Tattenham Corner on the Epsom Downs, the first rider will be depart at 8.00am with the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell officiating as starter. The route then follows the A217 through Reigate past Gatwick Airport on the A23 to by-pass Crawley, thence diverting through Handcross, Cowfold, Henfield to re-join the A23 at Pyecombe Hill and onwards to the Madeira Drive, Brighton.
Awards will be presented by the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove, together with the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell in the Sunbeam MCC marquee at 2.00pm
The event is sponsored by Bonhams Auctioneers, The National Motor Cycle Museum, The Classic Motor Cycle Magazine & Carole Nash Insurance to whom we offer sincere thanks.
A map showing the route can be seen by clicking on The Pioneer Run Route

Garden of England Run

Headcorn Airfield 10th July
On Sunday 10th July the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club are once again running their ever popular Garden of England Run for veteran, vintage and post-vintage motorcycles and three wheelers of any make.
As with all Sunbeam Club events the Run is open to all. No messing about remembering membership cards and such.
The event will start and finish at Headcorn Airfield, south of Headcorn village in Kent on the A274.
A veteran and vintage friendly route has been developed around the rural and quiet roads of Kent, it is comprehensively marked and has proved to be very popular. Marshals will be posted at key points.
The course is 45 miles fairly flat.
A warm welcome is assured in the lunch stop at the Lord Raglan near Staplehurst, for a prepaid lunch.
Souvenir horsebrasses are awarded to all finishers. We?re hoping for our traditional good weather.
The venue at Headcorn Airfield is almost purpose made for a motorbike gathering with plenty of space and easy access, light aircraft of all vintages constantly taking off and landing. As well as parachuting. Tea and cakes are dispensed in our large marquee which shades us from the blistering sun.
We never have rain- well hardly ever.
Kent, the Garden of England, is an interesting area for veteran and vintage riders, why not make a weekend of it.
Camping is available on-site. For entry form and regs. contact Tony Lloyd on 01737 555413. E-mail
Entry forms will also be available soon on The Sunbeam Club website.

Marque Specialists

A few of our members have specialist knowledge of some marques, refer to the List of Marque Specialists for further details.

Pinhard Prize Trophy

This years winner of the prestigious Pinhard Trophy is Grass Track/Long Track Rider James Shanes.
The giant 3-gallon cup was presented to James at the ACU Awards ceremony.
2015 has been a fantastic year for James. Two British titles, an FIM Gold Medal as part of the team that brought the Don Godden Trophy back to the UK for the first time, an FIME Silver Medal plus a host of top results on the domestic scene.
The Judges were particularly impressed by James commitment at grass-roots level. Setting up and dismantling tracks for racing and attending promotional events.
James has been well placed in the Pinhard standings for the last three years but getting better each year. Yet another success for consistency and improvement.
On hearing of his success James said "I am delighted to have won the Pinhard Trophy. I have had the most amazing year, and this really is the icing on the cake, thank you Sunbeam MCC."
James faced stiff competition and voting was extremely close. Runner-up was another Grasstracker Luke Harris.
Previous winners are a list of motorcycling greats over the last 60 years who have excelled in all spheres of the sport including Mike Hailwood, Jeff Smith, Bill Martin, Roy Peplow, Dan Shorey, Scott Ellis, Alexz Wigg and a host of others who have gone on to be national and international household names. Last years winner was Long Tracker Zach Wajtknecht.
Sunbeam MCC awards the trophy in memory of Frederick William Pinhard who died in 1948 whilst serving as Secretary of the Club.
Judges were editors of leading motorcycle periodicals, General Secretary of the ACU and 3 officials appointed by Sunbeam MCC.
Entry Forms, Rules and a List of Previous Winners are posted here.

The Ayers Collection of pre 1940 motor cycle literature

A comprehensive collection of literature assembled by the late "Tiny" Ayers is now available to members or non members.
Those interested can apply for copies of any literature to John Waghorn, email -
John will arrange price and postage figure depending upon size and quantity.
The copies will be on Sunbeam MCC ghosted paper to retain our identity.
The list of items available can be seen here: "Tiny" Ayers collection of pre 1940 motor cycle literature

Pioneer Run® 2014 Photographs

Emma Gaston of Gun Hill Studios has been in touch and she has a very nice selection of images taken by her photography team at this years event, take a look at their website Gun Hill Studios - The 2014 Pioneer Run®
Gun Hill Studios are located just around the corner from The Six Bells so it would be appropriate to support them if possible.
David Southcott of Bonzer Photos has also made contact and he has some images that are available to peruse or purchase on his website Bonzer Photos

Pioneer Run® Archive Footage

A new member to the club, Paul Gander, has found two short films from 1955 & 1961 and loaded them onto 'YouTube'.

He said "I have managed to find and convert a couple of ancient movies of Pioneer Runs and I thought you might be interested in seeing them, about 20 minutes of Veterans so get yourself a mug of tea to relax, sit back and watch them!"

In 1955 Gordon Little organised a Pioneer Run® to Paris - all 160 miles! of it. You can see a short video here:
YouTube - Pioneer Run to Paris 1955This is a link to an external website

Also, the 1961 Pioneer run® is recorded here:
YouTube - The 1961 Pioneer RunThis is a link to an external website

If you know anyone who owns any of the bikes featured then Paul Gander can give them a copy of the videos - please leave a message through the club Contact Us page.

Serpolette's Tricycle

Leon Mitchell, who hails from Adelaide in South Australia, has launched an interesting e-zine which is a down-loadable magazine dedicated to veteran cars and motor cycles in Australia and New Zealand.
To find out more visit his website at this clickable link: Serpolette's Tricycle MagazineThis is a link to an external website

Motorcycling in the 50's

Nigel Winter has sent through an interesting account by his father of motorcycling in the 1950's and the following link to his story contains many period photographs that will interest our club members and website readers.
Motorcycling in the 1950'sThis is a link to an external website

Discount Agreements

Morris Lubricants

We are members of the Morris Lubricants' affiliation scheme. If you buy your lubricants online via the link provided and enter the promotional code SUN888 in the appropriate place, you will receive a 10% discount.

Refer to our links page.

Peter James Insurance

We have formed a new alliance with Peter James Insurance who have 30 years of experience in the provision of insurance for old and new cars and motorcycles - give them a try next time you are looking for cover.

Refer to our links page.