Saturday, 26 November 2016


The theme of the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1993 was 'British Racing Green', and here's one of the cars that featured in a display in the paddock.
This is a 1914 Sunbeam, one of a team of three built to compete in the Tourist trophy race in the Isle of Man. Designed by Sunbeam's chief designer Louis Coatalen these cars had a 3.3 litre 4 cylinder, 16 valve engine and were a copy of the 1913 Peugeot that Coatalen had acquired and stripped down in order to produce engineering drawings that differed only in the slightly larger bore on the Sunbeam version. Two of the cars failed to finish, but the third car driven by Kenelm Lee Guinness won the race.

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