An important event in the local
motorcycling calendar took place on Sunday 5th
July at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford. This was
the annual Sunbeam Rally, organised by the Marston
More than 30 Sunbeam motorcycles,
and their owners came from far and wide to attend the
event, along with an A.J.S. “Big Port” and several
bicycles. The weather was kind, and a warm and
friendly atmosphere prevailed.
Some of the motorcycles that were present.
Trevor Davies, one of the
organisers, made sure that everything ran smoothly on
the day, and was ably assisted by other members of the
Register. As usual Audrey and Derek Spencer brought the
refreshments, including cold drinks and slices of her
excellent bread pudding. Many of the visitors admired
the motorcycles. There were old friends to meet, and new
friends to make.
Derek Beddows and Audrey Spencer
were on hand to make sure that all of the entrants were
booked-in and to answer any queries.
A number of regulars were there,
including Archie Beggs and his Sunbeam Model 9, Les
Hobbs and his Sunbeam Model 9, Alan Jones and his
Sunbeam Longstroke, Liz Butler and her Sunbeam Ladies
Golden bicycle, and Mark Homer with his Sunbeam Lion
The rally features Sunbeam machines
that were made in Wolverhampton, before manufacturing
was taken over by A.M.C. A good selection of motorcycles
were on display, covering much of the history of John
Marston Limited, from the earliest machines, to almost
Many of the motorcycles were taken
on a run through the lovely Shropshire countryside, as
were several bicycles.
The motorcyclists begin their run.
||Tom Bates gets
as the run commences.
|Alan Jones and Geoff Parr
begin their run.
||Tony Pashley gets a helping
|The cyclists prepare for their
run. Left to right:
Trevor Davies, Liz Butler, Angela Davies, Terry Wilson,
and Brian Watton.
||The cycle run begins.
As usual prizes were given for different categories.
This year they were presented by Ray Jones.
||One of the silver plates. This
one, the Cyril Wakeman award, was presented to
Peter Ashen for the best flat tank motorcycle.
|The Geoff Brazendale award
consists of a silver tankard. It was presented to David
Spencer for the machine ridden furthest to the event.
Visitors gather round to see the
||Ray Jones, on the left,
prepares to present the first prize, while Trevor
Davies, on the right, makes the announcements.
The prizes were as follows:
Green award for the best motorcycle
combination went to Mark Homer for his Sunbeam Lion from
Morris award for the most desirable bicycle
went to Brian Watton for the Marston Wolverhampton
Heritage Trust's Lightweight Sports cycle from 1936.
Iliff award for the highest combined age of
machine and rider went to Bernie Dunsmore and his Model 5
Peck award for the best saddle tank went to
R. J. Cooke for his Model 8 from 1935.
Wakeman award for the best flat tank went to
Peter Ashen for his Model 7 from 1925.
Dance award for the best competition
motorcycle went to Keith Shorrock for his Model 90 from
The Geoff Brazendale award for the machine ridden
furthest to the event went to David Spencer Model 90
desirable motorcycle award went to Keith Shorrock for his Model 90,
a works racer from 1927.
The event was well-attended, and a very
enjoyable day was had by all.
Trevor Davies, who made sure it all
went according to plan.
|If you are interested in Sunbeam
Motorcycles or bicycles that were made in Wolverhampton
(pre-A.M.C.), or have a machine of your own, and would
like to find out more about the Marston Sunbeam
email Trevor Davies. The Register has a
number of Sunbeam experts and an annual newsletter.
I would like to thank Derek Beddows
for his patience, and for supplying the details of the entries.
list of rallies