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Re: Rootes Museum

Subject: Re: Rootes Museum
From: Steve Laifman <>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 14:40:31 -0700
Rootes Rooter, et al

The Sunbeam 1000 hp was built by the Sunbeam Car Company (purchased in 
1934 by The Rootes Group).

This car was driven to a world record of 203.79 mph by Sir Henry 
Seagrave, and was the first car to break the 200 mph limit.
It is currently at the National Motor Museum (GB) in Beaulieu, 
Hampshire, England.

The earlier 1925 Tiger can be seen on, page 3 of the 
"Roots of Rootes".

 The original story was edited from "Sunbeam Supreme. AU"
and is accredited.   "History of the Sunbeam 
and is stated as being in the National Motor Museum at the time of 
original publication.  If it has been moved,
this information is not available to me. Please cite references for any 

I believe that the buyer of the Sunbeam Company, Rootes, acquires all 
the rights (except the "SS" marque desired
by Sir Lyons), and is the legal (if now defunct) of all the records, 
designs, patents, etc. Just as Chrysler did on their buy-out
of Rootes.

Go back and try to reconstruct GM's claim to the name Chevrolet. It was 
acquired from the race car driver with all rights.

As a note of interest, the "Silver Bullet" did not break any records in 
1930, but sure looked like any kid's dream of a
fast car.

Steve Laifman
Editor - wrote:

>Hmmm.  I suspect the few living enthusiasts of the original Sunbeam  company 
>would bristle at the suggestion that the 200-mph Sunbeam in the  Beaulieu 
>museum had anything to do with Rootes...
>The record-setting 1925 Sunbeam ' Tiger' is in a private museum in  
>In a message dated 4/19/2006 3:50:20 PM Pacific Standard Time,  
> writes:
>The  Rootes Tiger world record cars are at the Beaulieu museum.  Great  
>place to visit when in England.

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