The Marston Sunbeam Club & Register


Events 2014


A preview of the 2014 events, more details to follow.

Stafford Show 26-27 April

Southern Classic Bike Show 24th May 2014

Vic Yoel has booked a stand for 7 machines see  and contact Vic for further details.

Les Newman Run 1st June 2014

Exclusively for pre war Marston Sunbeams Sunday the 1st June 11am for 11.30 Free entry and refreshments Starting and finishing at: Prebendal Farm, Bishopstone nr Swindon Wiltshire SN6 8PT (next to Church) A social run taking Les Newman’s practise route of approximately 40 miles. The route takes you across the Wiltshire downs and up into the second highest village in Wiltshire with a halfway pub stop in Albourne Please contact John Phizacklea 01793 740594 or email

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The Dalriada Run 1st June 2014

A fantastic run through beautiful countryside in Scotland

Eligible machines should be manufactured before 1st January 1940 and of course be a Sunbeam product. However, there has been interest from folk who do not possess a Sunbeam, so due to this and the distance people are prepared to travel, machines of other makes would be welcome. I would stress that the idea of this run is to have as many Sunbeams as possible.

The route has some hills (unavoidable in this part of the world) and this should be borne in mind when choosing your machine. I will say though that any Sunbeam model will do the job. The run will start from Seil Island Village Hall (at which there are good parking facilities) here at Ellenabeich and make its way south to the Cairnbaan Hotel by the Crinan Canal, near Lochgilphead. The run will leave the hall at approximately 10am on Sunday, 1st June and there will be a gathering the previous night at the local pub. (Oyster Bar, Ellenabeich, where evening food is available). The entry fee is £17.00 and additional lunch £12.00 (i.e.pillion passenger) There are local B&Bs. The Seil Island Village Hall can also accommodate overnight stays, though you will have to supply your own sleeping bag etc – a bit like indoor camping! Fuel As with everywhere else, petrol stations are becoming less numerous and at the start location there is no fuel supply. Please ensure you have a full tank of fuel before you start. It would be wise to have a spare gallon and you may want to deposit it in the sweeper vehicle if you think necessary. There are two petrol stations a short distance from the lunch stop (Cairnbaan Hotel 40 miles from the start and mid-way through the run) and lunch will start at 12.30pm. I am sure this will be flexible. First off from Seil Island Hall will be at 10.00am. Smaller capacities and outfits first. The route is quite simple, with the least number of turns – I have tried to keep it direct. Please take your time and enjoy the route. There will be an award for the best Sunbeam and best machine of other manufacture. For further details and entry form please contact Chris Odling Tel: 01852 300191 or DALRIADA – a little bit of history The people of Dalriada were known as the Scoti and probably originated in north east Ireland. The "probably" is because no trace of the large scale migration of people this would imply has been found on the ground, and some experts believe that the Scoti were actually descendents of the Epidii tribe who were earlier recorded as living in western Scotland. Either way, the Scoti, or Scots, remained a force in their part of Scotland from before 500 until after 800. The last King of Dalriada was Kenneth I, who went on to gain control of the Pictish crown in 834 and merge the crowns of the Scots and the Picts to make a single kingdom, Alba: what we would today call Scotland - though its borders took centuries more to define. The seat of power in Dalriada was at Dunadd in Argyll, which served as the capital of the Kingdom and was where its Kings were anointed. We will pass Dunadd on the homeward route.

For further details please contact Chris Odling


Banbury Rally 8 June


Theme for the Annual Sunbeam Rally 4-5-6 July

The 2014 Rally takes place on almost the 100th anniversary of the day the First World War broke out, and we are planning a special display on Saturday 5th July to illustrate how motorcycles and motorcyclists became involved in the war. We would like to hear from any member who could offer to bring a machine to form part of this display. We are keen to include the distinctive Sunbeam military models, and we also want to display examples of other heavily used marques, such as Douglas, Triumph and Clyno. Finally, we’d love to hear from anyone who could display a civilian 3½ HP - we would like to use this to illustrate Marston’s offer to supply this machine to soldiers and despatch riders in September 1914. If you can help, please contact Nick Shelley, who is co-ordinating this aspect of the Rally, as soon as possible, at or 07808 131216.

World War One Display

The World War One display  will have a unique assembly of motorcycles from the period. We've been promised the following bikes:

1916 Sunbeam 3 1/2 hp (see the write up in Beaming 17)
1914 Douglas 2 3/4 hp despatch rider bike 
1916 Sunbeam 8 hp V twin - award winner at Stafford
1916 Sunbeam 4 hp French Military model - award winner at Stafford
1914 Sunbeam 3 1/2 hp 
1916 Douglas 2 3/4 hp despatch rider bike 
1916 Triumph Model H despatch rider bike 
1917 Matchless/Vickers machine gun combination
1916 Sunbeam 3 1/2 hp
1919 Triumph Model H despatch rider bike 
1917 Sunbeam 3 1/2 hp (the "Sunbeam that came home from the war" in Old Bike Mart)
1915 Sunbeam 3 1/2 hp  
1917 Clyno 750 cc machine gun combination

Annual Sunbeam Rally 4-5-6 July

This year’s rally will be held during the weekend of Friday, 4th - Sunday, 6th July and as per the last 2 years will once again be held at Wolverhampton Rugby Club.
There will be an organised motor cycle run on both Saturday and Sunday as well as a separate bicycle ride. There will also be  a concours  and  our AGM will take place on Saturday . More details will be included in the next edition of Beaming.   
The rally site will be open from Friday afternoon and curry will be served in the  licensed Clubhouse on  Friday evening.
As with previous years camping will be available on Friday and Saturday evening at £8 per person per night.  This includes the use of the Clubhouse facilities e.g toilets and showers. Please note that there are no electric hook ups, however small generators may be tolerated until 10pm.
Breakfast will be served on both Saturday and Sunday mornings @ £5 per person and there will be a three course dinner on Saturday evening following the AGM on Saturday pm at £15 per person.
Light refreshments, sandwiches etc. will be available from the clubhouse kitchen throughout the weekend.   
We hope you will be able to join us for the whole weekend but you are very welcome to come for any part of it and look forward to seeing you. The only thing we need to mention is that if you are planning to join us for any of the meals including the Saturday evening dinner could you please let us know by completing a booking form so that we are able to let the catering team know an idea of numbers.
If you would like to stay overnight but would prefer to stay in a local hotel or B&B then please just give us a call and we will give you details of local accommodation details.
So make a note of the date, complete and return a booking form together with your remittance and leave the rest to us.


    Afternoon: Rally opens , evening meal and camping available

Refreshments will be available at the rugby club during the day on Saturday and weather permitting there will also be a barbecue. 

11.00 am    Run to Bridgnorth, return by 1 pm (about 25 miles)
2.00 pm    Concours judging
In the afternoon, a display on the role and development of the motorcycle in WW1
4.30 pm     AGM
7.30 pm dinner
after-dinner speaker: Michael Carragher, author of San Fairy Ann?


Refreshments will be available up to and including lunchtime
 10.30 am    Rally run, return by 1 pm (about 50 miles)
afternoon:  wind-up and depart

It is hoped to include a visit to Sunbeamland in the Sunday morning run. 

Motorcycles in the First World War

Please contact Nick Shelley if you have any WW1 motorcycles or memorabilia (all marques, not only Sunbeam!) to display.

Finally If you have any queries or would like any more information please just give Bob and Liz a call on either 01902 842198 or 07976 076398, or by e-mail 

For the MSCR Rally booking form click here


Powderham Classic

Powderham classic vehicle show in Devon runs the 12th and 13th July.  Over 1000 bikes, cars steam engines. Entry for bikes is £2-00. Camping with showers £20 for Saturday and Sunday

For further details contact


Black Country Vehicle Rally 27th July

Founders Day 20 July

Vic’s Sun Run 26 Sept

Northern Run 4 Oct Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

South West Wales Rally


East Anglia Section Meetings

The East Anglia Section of the Marston Sunbeam Club will be meeting on the first Saturday of the month at The Three Tuns in Finchingfield, Essex. This is a motorcycle friendly pub with a close association with contemporary TT racing as well as other countless competitions.

Note: We are hoping to meet up through the winter so do come along if you can.

The time of each meet will be 11am, a full English breakfast is available all day and of course they have a lunch option. The Three Tuns phone number is 01371810165

These are the dates:
Saturday 4th Oct
Saturday 1st Nov

Saturday 7th Feb
Saturday 7th March
Saturday 4th April
Saturday 2nd May
Saturday 6th June
July no meet (Annual Rally)
Saturday 1st August
SAturday Sept 5th