Land Speed Record Sunbeam 'Tiger' arrives

Posted on 4 December 2015

This incredibly historic car, a 1925 Sunbeam 'Tiger' is famous for breaking the Land Speed Record in 1926, previously held by Malcolm Campbell in 1925 in his world-renowned  'Bluebird.' This record of 150.76 mph was broken the following year by this extraordinary 4ltr V12 Sunbeam 'Tiger'.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Southport Sands was second only to the prestigious Brooklands Motor racing circuit and many famous names competed in the races regularly held on the beach.

In 1926, Major Henry Segrave returned to the beach to contest the Land Speed Record, then standing at 150.76 mph and held by Malcolm Campbell in his 'Bluebird'. The vehicle he used was a V12 car built for him by the Sunbeam Motor Company, and originally called 'Ladybird' but later renamed 'Tiger". An article in the Southport Visitor graphically describes the event :

"In April 1926 Henry Segrave set a new world land speed record of 153.308 mph on Southport Sands. The car held its speed for the kilometer but after this distance had been passed his speed reduced considerably because the car hit a bump which threw the car 10" into the air. The car travelled 48' through the air but was only off the ground for 1/8th of a second during which time the engine revved up. There were three sharp explosions."

During the attempt to beat the record the roughness of the beach managed to crack 6 supercharger housings!

We are delighted to have been entrusted with this fabulous car, which requires an external bare-metal repaint.