Thousands of visitors to the British Motor Show at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre enjoyed seeing the Sunbeam 1000hp Land Speed vehicle at close quarters. The National Motor Museum took the car to show where it was on display on the Brookspeed Automotive stand. Taking the vehicle out of the Museum on tour was part of the campaign by the National Motor Museum Trust to raise funds for its restoration.
The impressive vehicle, with its distinctive red livery, was built by the Sunbeam company in Wolverhampton and taken to Daytona Beach in Florida where it broke the 200-mph land speed record in 1927. The Museum aims to restore the car so that it can be taken back to America for the 100th anniversary in 2027. One of the two V12 aero engines that powered the vehicle was also on display at the show.
Bryn Jones, Marketing & Communications Officer for the National Motor Museum says, “Visitors to the motor show were surprised how big the vehicle is and commented on how it is was an impressive feat of British engineering.”
“One of the visitors to the stand and to have his photograph taken alongside the Sunbeam 1000hp was Oliver Segrave, the great-great grandson of Sir Henry Segrave, the driver of the vehicle when it completed its daring speed attempts.”
Specially commissioned T-shirts with retro designs featuring the Sunbeam 1000hp were on sale on the stand, alongside a raffle to win a Drayper Tools toolkit.
An agreement for Marloe Watch Company to become the official timekeeping partner of the National Motor Museum was announced at the show.
Further details on the Sunbeam 1000ph restoration campaign are available at https://nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/sunbeam-1000hp-restoration-campaign/