Monday, April 11, 2011

Classic race car on display at RAC club...

Classic Grand Prix winner on display at RAC

The doors of the exclusive RAC Club in London's Pall Mall were dismantled yesterday as a classic Grand Prix winning vehicle was winched inside to go on display in the lobby.

The 1924 Sunbeam is winched into the RAC Club in London
The 1924 Sunbeam is winched into the RAC Club in London Photo: Julian Simmonds
The 1924 Sunbeam “Cub” was driven into the lobby area via specially erected metal runners, and will be on temporary display for two weeks as the RAC Club celebrates the 100th anniversary of its clubhouse.
Sir Henry Segrave, the car's driver, was the first British driver to win a Grand Prix in a British car and the vehicle is the only surviving example of its kind.
The Sunbeam Grand Prix team, which also included KL Guinness, was the only competitive British team of the 1920s.
The “Cub” had a six-cylinder in-line, 1998cc engine and reached a top speed of 130mph.
After Segrave retired from Grand Prix racing he used the car in several speed record attempts, coming in fastest at the Kop hill Climb in 1925.
It appears at the RAC Club on loan from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

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