They also came in black, and for export, BSA supplied the Sunbeams in any color. Only the brits got shafted with the "non-color" colors.
Sunbeams were a longitudinally mounted inline vertical twin which, like the BMW boxer engine, drove a shaft to the rear wheel. However, unlike BMW, who sensibly used a bevel gear crown and pinion drive to the rear wheel, Sunbeam opted to use a worm gear drive instead, which was completely unsuited to the task and resulted in the high wear and tear of the final drive components of the Sunbeam and contributed to their terrible reliability.
In 1963, Bob and Chines Stewart, owners of Stewart Engineering who bought the Sunbeam stock when production ended and BSA sold it, broke away from the SMCC and formed their own club, the Sunbeam Owners Fellowship or SOF, to support the owners of the S7 and S8 models that had any problems.
Ok, after all that I'm thirsty, who needs a drinky winky?.
How about a little dram of Fireball?.
Fireball. Even if I did still drink, I would probably pass on this. Something tells me if you ran out of gas and poured this stuff in the tank, it would probably get you to the next gas station.
I have many more bikes photos to come in Pt II of the Britti Ralli article, which will be published in another few weeks. All the Nortons, BSA's, Ariel's, some of the more unusual stuff like a 1928 Raleigh motorcycle with original paint and a bunch of Royal Enfields too.
Meanwhile, the second half of todays post is an addition or carry on to the last post I published of the Norväjarvi German Soldiers Cemetery.
CHURCH of ROVANIEMI
This time however, I was in luck. The original or previous church was, along with most of Rovaniemi, destroyed by the razing of the town in 1944.
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