Sunbeam Re-Enacts Land Speed Record

Posted on 17 March 2016

Sunbeam World Record Re-Enactment at Southport Festival of Speed - March 16th, 2016

Fresh from the Thornley Kelham workshops following a full, bare metal repaint, Sir Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam Tiger returned to Ainsdale Beach in Southport on March 16th to commemorate 90 years since it originally broke the Land Speed Record on March 16, 1926, hitting a top speed of 152.33mph. The former WW1 fighter pilot specially designed the car which had a 4ltr V12 engine, and took his British built Sunbeam Tiger to the beach in an effort to beat the world land speed record, which at that time was held by Sir Donald Campbell.

The 2016 event was part of a week-long celebration of Southport’s involvement with the pioneers of motor racing. The bright red, four-litre Sunbeam Tiger, which hasn’t been seen in public since 2007, was joined on the sands by at least 20 other vehicles driven by members of the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register Vintage Car Club, all built before 1935.

Malcolm Page drove the historic car during the reenactment, although he did not attempt to recreate the top speed! The car completed its run successfully and was supported throughout the event by Wayne and Paul Woodward from Thornley Kelham.

 To read more on the history of this remarkable car, and to see the work carried out by Thornley Kelham, see here

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