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2012 is the SUNBEAM MOTORCYCLE CENTENARY. There is a regular calendar of events throughout the season worth attending if you want to take your 'Beam out for a run and to meet fellow 'Beamers in this the marque's 100th year.

The list below includes the key annual events in 2012 for veteran and vintage motorcycles, some of which may have special plans for the Sunbeam for the centenary. You will be likely to find a good number of Sunbeams out and about. Should you want to participate with your machine, for most events this requires contacting the organiser.

Follow the links for reports and photos of various past events - plus reports of previous years' events in the archives.




Sat 13 & Sun 14 August
The Testers' Run

Sun 31 July
Festival of Black Country Vehicles, Dudley

Sun 26 June
29th Annual Marston Sunbeam Rally

Sun 19 June
63rd VMCC Banbury Run

Sat 23 - Sun 24 April
31sts International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford

Sun 20 March
The 73rd Pioneer Run

Sat 12 & Sun 13 March
The Scottish Motorcycle Show, Edinburgh


Sat 14 & Sun 15 August
Testers' Run

Sun 25 July
Festival of Black Country Vehicles, Dudley

Sun 4 July
28th Annual Marston Sunbeam Rally

Sun 20 June
62nd VMCC Banbury Run Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire

Sat 24 & Sun 25 April
30th International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford

Sun 18 April
Brooklands Spring Motorcycle Gathering

Sun 14 March
72nd Pioneer Run

Sat 21 & Sun 22 March
Scottish Motorcycle Show, Edinburgh


Sat 14 November
AJS Centenary #2

Sat 14 November, 2009
AJS Centenary #1

Sat 12, Sun 13 September
Heritage Open Days: Wolverhampton Factory Tours

Sat 15 - Sun 16 August
Testers' Run

Sun 26 July
Festival of Black Country Vehicles

Sun 5 July
Marston Sunbeam Register 27th Annual Rally

Sat 25, Sun 26 April
29th International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford

Sun 22 March
71st Pioneer Run


Sat 13, Sun 14 September
Netley Marsh & Beaulieu auto-jumbles

Sat 16, Sun 17 August
Testers' Run

Sun 27 July
Festival of Black Country Vehicles

Sun 6 July
Marston Sunbeam Register 26th Annual Rally

Sat 26, Sun 27 April
28th International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford

Sun 20 April
Brooklands Motorcycle Centenary

Sun 9 March
The 70th Pioneer Run


Sat 7 September
Netley Marsh Euro Jumble

Sat 26 August
Shrewsbury Steam Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally

Sat 18, Sun19 August
Testers' Run





Sat 16, Sun 17 August
Testers' Run







The First Sunbeam and AJS Testers' Run



Marston Sunbeam Register's 2nd Annual Rally

[others to be added]



The Scottish Motorcycle Show, The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

The Marston Sunbeam Club & Register will be present at the largest classic bike show in Scotland. Visit Chris Odling's stand in the Carole Nash Classics Pavilion. See some great Sunbeams, have a chat or sign up for club membership.

See: www.scottishmotorcycleshow.com


The 74th Pioneer Run, Epsom to Brighton

The Pioneer Run from London to Brighton. Organised by the all-make Sunbeam MCC for veteran (pre-1915) machines. There are usually a number of early Sunbeams present, including an opportunity to see the v-twin machines.

See: http://sunbeam-mcc.co.uk


The 31st Horsepower Run, Leek, Netherlands

The Horsepower Run is the continental equivalent of the UK's Pioneer Run but includes an additional class to cover machines of 1915-1920. A 50 mile run staring and ending at Leek, near Groningen, and taking in Assen en route. There are usually Sunbeams to be seen, including military models from the Great War.

See: www.horsepowerrun.nl


The 32nd International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford County Showground, Stafford

The Marston Sunbeam Club & Register will be present at the Stafford Classic Bike Show as usual, with a display of fine 'Beams. Come along to have a chat or to sign up for membership of the club.

See: www.classicbikeshows.com


The 25th Southern Classic Bike Show, Kempton Park, Sunbury-on-Thames

After their 'runners up' award for best club stand at their first appearance last year, the Marston Sunbeam Club & Register will be present at the Southern Classic Bike Show this year. Call by to see Vic Youel and  the team, and chat about all things Sunbeam, or to sign up for membership of the club.

See: http://www.egp-enterprises.co.uk


The 64th Banbury Run, Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club's annual run for pre-1931 motorcycles - some 600 of them! If you are not entered for the event its a great chance to spot almost every model of Sunbeam made prior to the event's cut-off date of 1930.

See: www.banbury-run.co.uk


Frankenland Treffen, Bavaria, Germany

The Classic British Bike Club (CBBC) of Germany's Treffen in Frankenland will be celebrating the Sunbeam's centenary. The club is the largest in Germany for British bikes and their owners. The event will be based in and around the small village of Zettmannsdorf near. Sunbeams welcome.

Contact the The Classic British Bike Club, Germany for details.


Festival of Black Country Vehicles, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

The Festival of Black Country Vehicles at the Black Country Living Museum provides an opportunity to see historic vehicles made in the Black Country in action.  This year the museum will be celebrating the Sunbeam Motorcycle Centenary.

Contact the Museum if you want to enter your machine

See: Black Country Living Museum

See: www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/Events/FBCV/Festival.htm


The Sunbeam Motorcycle Centenary Celebration, Wolverhampton

The Marston Sunbeam Club & Register's two-day event in Wolverhampton to celebrate the Sunbeam Motorcycle Centenary. It will be based at the Wolverhampton Rugby Club (with facilities for camper vans and camping), and a Friday night social evening will be arranged for early arrivals.

All owners are invited, with or without machines. The Saturday will include a concours event, awards and commemorative badges, club AGM and social dinner with special guest speakers. On Sunday there will a return to the iconic Sunbeamland factory for a special centenary photo call, followed by rides to take in some of the original testers' routes.

Contact the Marston Sunbeam Club & Register for details.


The Oude Klepper Parade, De Haan, Belgium

The Oude Klepper Parade for pre-1921 machines is based in the Belgian seaside town of De Haan. It includes a 75 km run in the Flanders countryside. Period costume adds a distinct charm to this continental veteran and vintage event. Sunbeams may be amongst the entrants, and presumably welcomed by the organisers.

See: www.oudeklepperparade.tk for details (may not be up-dated)

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRsI8nZ7dWE




The Pioneer Run - a pre-1915 Sunbeam completing the run at Madeira Drive Brighton (March 2008)


Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford: the Marston Sunbeam Register stand.


Black Country Vehicle Rally - step back in time to the golden era to the days before ... compulsory helmet laws! (July 2003)


The Testers' Run - a real test of man, machine and his water-proofs! (August 2002)