Jerry SuperDork
8/3/15 8:08 a.m.

We had our normal event yesterday, but there was a big meeting for Sunbeam owners that weekend, and we scheduled our event to have them join us. About 30+ Sunbeams of various level of stock/custom/modified variety came out to actually run around our track.

I don't know much about them, but learned a little talking to some of the owners in the grid and at lunch. It was fun listening to the different exhaust notes... 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, and definitely a few flavors of V8. I heard they were straight live axle rear ends and expected much more spinouts, but only witnessed a few (at least while I was Safety Steward).

They said they had just over 100 cars for their weekend event, so it was amazing to me to see 30+ actually abuse theirs a little, versus a Sunday cruise to the local car show if the sun is shining. All in all they were a friendly group & most seem to enjoy the day (even if the sun was brutal).

I liked this one, the old and the new.

Duke MegaDork
8/3/15 8:17 a.m.

We did a similar thing with Mini Meet East at our June event. We only got 8 or 10 classic Minis, but it was cool to see them. Some of those guys drove their little cars like rented mules.

On the OT, we used to have a guy that brought a beautiful baby blue Alpine to our events, but I haven't seen him this year. That's kind of a shame, because I made a class called Classic Street Car more or less just for him and guys like him.

spitfirebill PowerDork
8/3/15 8:59 a.m.

It's funny to me because for many years Sunbeams were almost invisible on the vintage car scene. Now they will turn out in bigger numbers than MGs or Triupmhs.

wbjones MegaDork
8/3/15 10:11 a.m.

my first car was an Alpine … I know the 4 cyl and the 8 cyl versions … what was the 6 cyl car ?

Jerry SuperDork
8/3/15 10:26 a.m.

In reply to wbjones:

I'm not sure myself. From what I gathered from the various owners I talked to, the 6cyl might just be what was swapped. One guy said probably most of the cars there had very little OEM engine or exhaust components.

spitfirebill PowerDork
8/3/15 11:04 a.m.

The early Ford V6 was a popular swap. Some people call them Algers, although some say an Alger is an Alpine converted to a Tiger.

Apexcarver PowerDork
8/3/15 11:53 a.m.

The group I organize with is having the Fiat club out again. Shame we mostly get new 500's, but they have brought some neat old stuff before

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