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Little Classics News: 6 January 2014

Hundreds of Vintage Motorcycles Expected for 75th Pioneer Run

Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club Pioneer RunPioneer RunSunday 13th April will see the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club bring us the 75th Pioneer Run – an event first promoted by the club in 1930, just six years after the club’s formation.

Those with a head for maths will have spotted that the previous 74 events wouldn’t have filled each year from the first in 1930. The event was understandably cancelled during WW2, and the following fuel crisis. 2001 was also cancelled due to the nationwide outbreak of Foot & Mouth, with last year’s event unfortunately cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. For 2014, however, we all hope to see the sun shining and vintage bikes in action.

This historic event is a milestone in the veteran motorcycle movement, and will attract the largest gathering of pre-1915 solos, sidecars, tricycles and quadricycles in the world. It represents a unique opportunity to see a myriad of historic machines in action, with expectations of more than 370 entries – despite all machines having to be at least 100 years old.

Promoted under an ACU International Permit, the event is truly an international affair, with previous years attracting more than 57 overseas entries from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and U.S.A.

The 2014 Pioneer Run will start at 8:00am from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, and from there the 47 mile route follows the A217 through Reigate, to join the A23 at Gatwick, then diverting to Handcross, Cowfold and Henfield, to re-join the A23 after Pyecombe Hill.

The route continues through Brighton to Madeira Drive where the first arrivals are expected from 10:00am.

The 2014 event is sponsored by: Bonhams Auctioneers, The National Motorcycle Museum, The Classic Motor Cycle magazine, & Carole Nash Insurance. Riders are being sponsored to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Regulations, entry forms and further information may be obtained from the Secretary of the Meeting. To find out more visit the Sunbeam MCC website:


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