For the fourth time (5 Year interval) an International Group of Sunbeamers gathered to renew friendships, make new friends and celebrate the fun of sharing enthusiasm for the Sunbeam. Wow!! 85 registered Sunbeams and a Sunbeam bicycle. 220 registered people attended from 6 countries. 14 Sunbeam clubs were represented.
Where to start? The Canyons Resort at Park City was a nice high altitude (cool) place to gather and hang out with fellow Rootes Nuts. This was the closest SUNI to the west coast and naturally there was good attendance from the Northwest through California and Arizona. Funbeam (Chuck) Colley and John Weber (Longest trip to SUNI in Sunbeam) drove Tigers from Florida. Shame that only a few attended from the eastern states. Distance was a factor but it is a fact that some national and eastern Sunbeam Clubs were sanctioning other events conflicting with SUNI. Shame on them. International attendance came from New Zealand and Australia plus Germany and Rootes Rally legend Rosemary Smith from Ireland. We also had 14 Canadians.
Rare cars? Seven very special cars were featured! In no particular order; The Sports Car Forum race Tiger of Buck and Claudia Tripple, Bill Carroll's original Thunderbolt as assembled by George Boskoff (Who was reunited with the car for the first time) at Shelby American. The first running prototype Tiger by Ken Miles. ADU180B, Le Mans Tiger #9 owned by Darrell Mountjoy (Rosemary spun doughnuts in this one at the AutoX.). Also attending was the Alan Fraser Racing Tiger, "The Monster Tiger" owned by Chris Gruys. Dave McDermott shared his works Rally and Targa Floria veteran. And a 1925 Sunbeam Tiger racing car, namesake of the production Tiger.
A full week of activities included two days of AutoX, A "Tech Tour" loop down through Provo, UT which included Alpine Drive and visits to Mr. Gas racing exhaust shop and Kirkam Cobra shop. Evenings were spent watching films and slides of Sunbeams and a Carroll Shelby Dinner on Thursday night with proceeds to the Children's Heart Fund. Friday ended with an all day Concours with Carroll Shelby generously signing cars and stuff. Then the Awards and good-byes. Really went fast.
Enjoy the pictures below and we will put together some more pages later to feature each event of the event that was SUNI IV!
All photos below by Rick Mueller, web master
Rick McLeod off on the Rally.
winner Modified Tiger.
winner Modified Tiger.