Your shopping cart is empty!
Sir Henry Seagrave's Sunbeam Tiger, 1926, Southport
On a sunny Southport morning, The Foxley Media Group had the pleasure of taking to the sand dunes of Ainsdale Beach at the Southport Festival of Speed to see the original Sunbeam Tiger re-enact the day famed racer Sir Henry Seagrave broke the world land speed record in 1926 on these very shores.
Ninety years ago to the date, Sir Henry drove the Sunbeam Tiger across Ainsdale Beach’s sandy shores, reaching speeds of 153.308mph and in doing so, shattered the previously set record of 150.76mph.
90 years of speed - Wolseley Messenger Saloon 1930
Today, crowds gathered in their thousands to witness the re-enactment of the 1926 feat, as the Sunbeam Tiger, which hasn’t been seen by the public eye since 2007, cruised up and down the glittering shores, aside of an on looking streak of classic Bentleys, Talbots, MGs and Simcas for spectators to examine and enjoy. Almost in an echoing chorus which seemed to swirl around us as we perused the display, motor enthusiasts spoke of the beauty of these vintage vehicles.
As the time-trial approached, we were met by the roaring tones of the Sunbeam Tiger echoing around the beach as the vintage vehicle’s engine underwent its almost hour-long warm up in preparation of the run. The air was thick with the smell of petrol as we made our way down the beach, eager to catch a glimpse of history. Unsurprisingly, upon his return from the kilometre stretch, both driver Malcolm Page and the Sunbeam Tiger were lathered in a coat of wet sand, thrown up in a rush of velocity when performing the reenactment.
After this visceral display of man’s ingenious ability to overcome physics itself, and as the sand settled across the vast landscape, it was difficult not to appreciate the beauty and brilliance of these mighty machines. A true feat to celebrate, almost a century after Sir Henry first rode out.
Classic cars on the beach