Objective.

To help raise funds in order that the restoration of the engines from the 1000HP Sunbeam land speed record breaking car can be completed so that the car can actually run under its own power.

THE THOUSAND HORSE POWER SUNBEAM ON THE SANDS AT DAYTONA

THE THOUSAND HORSE POWER CAR ON THE SANDS AT DAYTONA
Maj. (later Sir) Henry Segrave ready to go. Behind the car, standing, Lavender and Macdonald, two of the mechanics.
(Photo from: The Lure of Speed by Sir Henry Segrave 1928)

The fund will raise money for a specific item and once that target has been achieved a decision will be made on whether or not the fund continues. If it continues a new item will be nominated and the fund will try and achieve that target and so on.

The fund will raise money for a specific item and once that target has been achieved a decision will be made on whether or not the fund continues. If it continues a new item will be nominated and the fund will try and achieve that target and so on.

Target number 1.

Raise £6000 to enable the National Motor Museum (NMM) to have the dismantling of engine number 2 and the reconstruction of engine number 1 filmed so that there is a documented record of how these engines are assembled. The target date for handing over the money to the NMM will be June 23rd 2020 at the STD National event.

Background.

The car was the first car to exceed 200mph when Sir Henry Segrave broke the land speed record at Daytona Beach in Florida on March 26th 1927 achieving an average speed of 203.792 mph. The car has two Sunbeam 22.5 litre V12 Sunbeam Matabele aero engines rated at 450HP at 2000rpm. The engines were positioned in line, with the driver sitting between the two. The engines are referred to as the rear and front engines.

The National Motor Museum have had the car in their collection since 1958 and endeavour to ensure all of the engines in their care are turned over and kept in the best possible condition. Part of this process is to survey the mechanical well -being of vehicles they know are not capable of running. The 1000HP Sunbeam is one such vehicle.

In 2016 Doug Hill the Museum’s Chief Engineer embarked on a project to restore these two engines with the aim of getting the car to move under its own power once again, which can be achieved with just one of the engines working.

At present the project has stalled. The rear engine is awaiting re assembly and the front engine is awaiting strip down. Doug Hill wants to have both these procedures recorded on film so that should a similar job be required at some time in the future there is a record of exactly what has been done. The estimated cost of getting a professional film company in to do this work is £6000. This becomes the first target for the STD/1000HP fund so that work can recommence on getting the 1000HP car mobile.

The STD Register already has a history of assisting the NMM with the sourcing of spare parts for the restoration of the 350HP Sunbeam and by holding an event at Bealieu to raise funds to help towards the cars restoration costs. As THE club for pre war Sunbeams it is very much in the Register’s interests to see this wonderful car driven again under it’s own power.

Therefore we would ask that STD members and others rise to this challenge and make a donation to the STD 1000HP fund.

Donations can be made by cheque or bank transfer:

Please send your cheques made payable to: the STD Register

to: Dudley Smith, The Ridge, 15E Copse Hill, Wimbledon, London, SW20  0NB marked 1000HP fund.

By bank Transfer: STD Register. Sort code = 30-98-29 Acc = 02899425

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