Youngest machines in Sunbeam Club’s 79th Pioneer Run will be 104 years old!

Founded in 1924, the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club inaugurated the Pioneer Run to Brighton just six years later in 1930 – and next year’s event, the 79th, will take place on Sunday, March 18.

Since the Run’s inception the Second World War, the 1974 fuel crisis, the nationwide foot-and-mouth outbreak and adverse weather in 2013 have interfered with this hardy annual, but it remains very special in the veteran motorcycle movement and always attracts the largest gathering of
pre-1915 solos, sidecars and tricycles in the world.

Clad in a trench coat, a participant in last year’s Pioneer Run cranes forward on his Royal Enfield.

For the public, the opportunity of seeing so many ancient machines in action heading for Brighton, a destination of great historic significance to the motoring and motorcycling world, is not to be missed, and it is anticipated that 350 or more entries will be received.

Promoted under an Auto-Cycle Union international permit, the event attracts regular entries from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and the USA, and it is sobering to reflect that next year, every one of the machines will be between 104 and 122 years old.

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