13th October 2014

Sunbeam Pioneer Run 2015

Hundreds of classic motorbikes will help turn back the clocks next spring, on the roads of southern England.

And whether watching or participating, you’ll be able to enjoy the venerable splendour of these well-preserved machines on the Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run.

That’s because, for the first time ever, all bikes on this run will have to be at least a century old.


Organisers have announced Sunday March 22, 2015 as the day the 76th edition of the 47-mile (75.6 km) event will be held.

The world’s largest assembly of classic motorcycles, quadricycles, solos and sidecars is a truly unmissable annual event for any serious vintage motorbike connoisseur. 

It’s your unique chance to view a vast array of historic machines in a real life road scenario.

The historic day will also be attended by Footman James classic motorbike insurance’s Martyn Raybould - our Business Development Executive.

A potted history

1924 - Sunbeam MCC, today among the nation’s oldest motorcycling organisations, is founded to cater for all types of three-wheelers and motorbikes.

1930 - Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run’s inaugural event is staged.

2001 - The run is cancelled because of the countrywide foot and mouth disease outbreak. Previously, it had only been called off due to the Second World War and the ensuing fuel crisis.

2013 - Extreme bad weather means the event is cancelled.

Who’s coming next year?

Sunbeam MCC expects at least 370 entries from at least 58 different countries.

Last year’s participants came from countries including the US, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and Eastern Europe. A truly worldwide showcase.

Route and timetable? 

8am: We kick-off on Epsom Downs’ Tattenham Corner. It takes in the A217 across Reigate, on to the Gatwick stretch of the A23, before traversing Handcross, Cowfold and then on to Henfield. Motorcyclists reconnect with the A23, having gone through Pyecombe Hill.

10am: The first bikers are expected at the finishing line in Brighton’s Madeira Drive.

2pm: Councillor Brian Fitch, Brighton & Hove’s Mayor, and Councillor Robert Foote, Epsom & Ewell’s Mayor, will present the awards in Sunbeam MCC’s marquee.

How can I participate?

For entry forms, regulations and other data contact Ian McGill at The Oaktree, 13 Victoria Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 9BN or by ringing him on 01293 771446.