Sunbeam's pocket rocket is ready to roar in its 50th year

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A huge range of events is planned for the 50th anniversary of the Sunbeam Tiger this year.

The ever-busy Sunbeam Tiger Owners' Club is really pushing the boat out to mark the half century of the Rootes Group's V8 collaboration with Carroll Shelby.

The Tiger boasted a 260cu in Ford engine in a modified Sunbeam Alpine shell and the first production cars rolled off the line in 1964, with more than 7000 being built over the next three years, Mk2 variants (below) uprated to the 289 engine.

Unsurprisingly, Tigers were natural candidates for competition and raced at Le Mans and rallied extensively and with some success.

The owners' club is promising bumper turn-outs at a range of events through the year, so if you want to see them, make your way to one of the following:

April (3): charity track day at Castle Coombe.

June (30) - July (10): Le Mans Classic Tour incorporating a visit to the Normandy D Day sights, Le Mans Classic and a visit to the Loire Valley chateaux and vineyards.

July (11-13): Tiger 50 International Rally at Stratford on Avon.

August (30) - September (7): Tiger 50 Monte Carlo Tour following some of the Alpine stages of the '64 Geneva and '65 Monte Carlo rallies, en route to Cannes/Monaco.

September (12-14): Goodwood Revival.

September (19-21): Spa 6 Hours.

November (14-16): NEC Classic Car Show.

Click here for more details on the cars and the celebrations. 

 

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