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Note: The "Sunbeam History" section is currently being reconstructed; not all resources are available through this website. It can still be accessed directly via sunbeam.org.au 

WELCOME TO THE SUNBEAM OWNERS' CLUB OF NSW WEBSITE

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Congratulations to 2023 SOCNSW Member of the Year: Roy Segrott

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WHO ARE WE?

The Sunbeam Owners' Club of NSW was formed to help keep Sunbeams on the road by providing a network of enthusiasts. The NSW club is a part of a national group of Sunbeam Car Clubs

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ABOUT US

Although the majority of cars in the club are from the Rootes Group era, pre and post Rootes Group Sunbeams are also catered for in the club, as are cars badged as Sunbeams in other markets. By joining the club you gain access to a wealth of knowledge and information on parts availability.
The club is socially orientated and our calendar includes monthly meetings, display days, runs to scenic locations, a Christmas party and the Sunbeam Nationals.
Anyone who owns, would like to own, or merely has an interest in the Sunbeam marque is invited to join. Membership currently costs $55 annually with a $5 joining fee. A monthly magazine is produced and is available in either hardcopy via snailmail or pdf format via email. (email = $5 reduction in membership fees). A further annual fee of $25 is payable by members wishing to have their vehicles registered under the Historical Vehicle Scheme.

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CONTACT

NOTE: Until further notice all meeting will be held via Zoom. If you wish to take part please contact us using the email address below to receive the link.

8:00pm Start

Thanks for submitting!

Address:

Correspondence:
The Secretary
Sunbeam Owners' Club of NSW
PO Box 370
Epping NSW 1710

Email:

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OFFICE BEARERS 2024

PRESIDENT

David Petrikas

VICE PRESIDENT

Rick Harrison

SECRETARY

Peter Rudland

TREASURER

Alan Todd

EDITOR

Rick Harrison

EVENTS COORDINATOR

Roy Segrott

REGISTRAR

Rick Marks

TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Peter Thomson

C.M.C. REP

Paul Tout

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CLUB CALENDAR 2024

January 21st Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

February 6th General Meeting - via Zoom

February 18th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills 

February Run TBA

March 5th General Meeting - via Zoom

March 16th Run To St Albans Pub - meet MacDonald's Dural 9:15 am

March 17th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills 

April 2nd General Meeting - via Zoom

April 21st Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

April Run TBA

May 7th General Meeting - via Zoom

May 19th National Motoring Heritage Day - members to notify Roy of intended destination

May 19th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

June 4th General Meeting - via Zoom

June Run TBA

July 2nd General Meeting - via Zoom

July Run TBA

July 21st Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

August 6th General Meeting - via Zoom

August 25th Shannons Sydney Classic - Sydney Motorsport Park

August 18th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

September 3rd General Meeting - via Zoom

September 6th-9th 46th Sunbeam Nationals: Montville Queensland

September TBA All British Day - The King's School

September 15th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

October 1st General Meeting - via Zoom

October Run TBA

October 20th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

November 12th General Meeting and AGM

November Run TBA

November 17th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

December 3rd General Meeting - via Zoom

December TBA Christmas Party

December 15th Machines and Macchiatos Terrey Hills

2024 NATIONALS

46th Sunbeam National Meeting

6th-9th September 2024

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OUR CARS

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PRE ROOTES SUNBEAMS

1901 - 1935

Initially a bicycle company, Sunbeam began manufacturing a cyclecar in 1901, selling several hundred. Sunbeam eventually went on to manufacture high quality cars of a similar quality to Rolls-Royce. The company went into receivership in 1934 and was bought by the Rootes Group. 

(image: By davocano - 1932 Sunbeam 20 Fixed Head Coupé, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51258516)

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SUNBEAM-TALBOT

1938 - 1957

The group of vehicles covered by the name “Sunbeam-Talbot” refers to the pre-war Sunbeam Talbot 10 horsepower saloons, coupes and tourers, the 2 litre models, and the post-war overhead valve Sunbeam Talbot 80 and 90 saloons, drop-heads and drop-head coupes (Alpines), Mark I and III Sunbeam Alpines, and Sunbeam Mark III saloons and drop-head coupes built until production ceased in 1957.

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SUNBEAM RAPIER

1955 - 1976

The Series I Rapier, announced in 1955, was the first of the Rootes Group new Audax range of cars. The Audax Rapier continued in production until 1967 running through to Series V.
The fastback Rapier was launched in 1967 based on the “Arrow” range of cars, and included the H120 high-performance variant. A fastback Alpine having a simpler specification was built from 1970 to 1975. The Rapier and H120 were discontinued in 1976.

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SUNBEAM ALPINE

1959 - 1968

In 1959 the Alpine name was revived for a new sports car. It combined the short wheelbase of the Hillman Husky, the running gear of the Rapier Series III and a body styled by Kenneth Howe. Series I to III Alpines are sometimes called the “big-fin” Alpines to differentiate them from the cropped wings of the Series IV and V. Series III to V were available in two models, ST (Sports Tourer) and GT (Grand Turismo). A limited number of  fixed roof “Harrington” Alpines were produced by Thomas Harrington Ltd based on the Series, II, III and IV.

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SUNBEAM TIGER

The Sunbeam Tiger was developed from the Alpine in an effort to find more power. With input by Carroll Shelby, the Ford 260 cubic inch V8 was installed, to give impressive performance, especially with LAT performance options fitted. The Mark II version had a 289 cubic inch V8 fitted. Production ran from 1964 to 1967 when Chrysler, who had taken control of the Rootes Group, decided their own V8 would not fit.

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SUNBEAM STILETTO

The Sunbeam Stiletto is a coupe version of the Hillman Imp. Engine was the 875cc Imp with the addition of a performance head, twin Stromberg CD125 carburettors, sports camshaft, extractor type exhaust system and oil cooler.

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CHRYSLER/TALBOT SUNBEAM

The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus was the ultimate expression of the Chrysler/Talbot Sunbeam. "Sunbeam" now being a model name rather that a marque. The Lotus version included a Lotus 2.2 litre 16 valve 907 (when fitted to the Sunbeam  911) engine developing 150hp in road trim. The rally version of this car won the manufacturer's championship in 1981.

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OTHER SUNBEAMS

The Sunbeam Owners’ Club of NSW is open to any car bearing the “Sunbeam” name. This includes vehicles made before the Rootes take-over, during the Rootes period - including rarities such as the Sunbeam Venezia, during the Chrysler period and the subsequent Peugeot take-over when the World Rally Championship winning Talbot Sunbeam Lotus was created. The Sunbeam name has been used as a marque name, a model name and for badge-engineering.

2023 SUNBEAM NATIONALS: CARS

Yarra Valley Victoria

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2023 SUNBEAM NATIONALS: PEOPLE

Yarra Valley Victoria

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2022 SUNBEAM NATIONALS: VIDEO

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NEWSLETTER

The Sunbeam Owners' Club of NSW Newsletter is published 11 times per year. It is available in either hard or electronic (pdf) copy. All members who have supplied an email to the club will receive the pdf version. A small fee is paid to receive the hard copy.

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