House of Lords Dinner

For those of you who were unable to attend the Beaulieu One Hundred Dinner in the House of Lords to celebrate the life and achievements of Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu – it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. For those who were there, the evening was a great success, with a welcome and introduction from Lord Crathorne, and wonderful tributes from HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.

House of Lords DinnerHouse of Lords Beaulieu 100 Dinner

House of Lords HRH Prince Michael of KentHouse of Lords - Lord Montagu and John Surtees

These were followed by the auction of Edward Montagu’s motoring goggles in aid of the 350hp Sunbeam Gearbox Appeal, which were then gifted back by all the bidders involved and we are finding a suitable resting place for them within the Museum.

Not only did the Sunbeam break records – it appears we broke a few ourselves! On possibly the hottest day of the year, and with an incredible skill of auctioneering – from the supremely talented Robert Brooks – the auction enabled us to meet our deadline in raising the money for the Sunbeam Gearbox. The appeal was launched at Pendine Sands on 21st July 2015 – and a year to the day from the launch – we reached our goal to build a new gearbox and restore her to her former glory. The date also marks the 91st anniversary of the Sunbeam 350hp being the first car to reach 150mph.

House of Lords - Robert Brooks

Obviously going forward we will keep you updated with progress reports on the restoration and possible special inaugural run of the completed car when the gearbox is finally installed.

Thank you to those responsible for making this a memorable evening, and to Veronica Strucelj for the wonderful photographs.

Heather Jackson

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