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  • Sunbeam Tiger returns to coastline where it set record

    Henry James

    MORE  than a thousand people turned up at Ainsdale beach on Wednesday, March 16 to see a record-breaking classic car return to the coastline where it once set a new land speed record.

    On the same day 90 years previously, Sir Henry Segrave drove his Sunbeam Tiger on Southport beach, reaching a top speed of 152.33 mph and took the record from Malcolm Campbell, who was the father of Donald.

    Sir Henry's four-litre engined car returned to Southport for the first time since that momentous event.

    The bright red super car was driven across the sands towards Southport and back after 11.30am. It was joined on the beach by at least 20 vehicles driven by members of the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register vintage car club. All were built before 1935.

    Also present was the nephew of Sir Henry, Stephen, and Gina Campbell, the daughter of Donald.

    A vintage motorcade then travelled through the town, before parking up outside The Atkinson.

    Segrave’s Tiger was joined there by a Sunbeam Cub, a 1924 racing car with a smaller two-litre engine, which was also driven by Segrave. The historic pair  were on display in the foyer of The Atkinson until Sunday as part of the Land Speed Record 90th Anniversary.

    The week-long event, organised by The Atkinson and partners including the Aintree Circuit Club, celebrates Southport’s pivotal role in racing history.


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