The annual gathering is held around the second weekend in July, please check diary page) where enthusiasts meet up with fellow 'beamers. There are runs out, a spares bring-and-buy, a marque in case of any inclement English weather, a can-bar, a barbeque, prizes and much more.
This years rally will be again be at Osmaston:
The Polo Ground
It's about 1 mile past last years site, ride past Peak Gateway entrance, through Osmaston village to the duck pond, go around to your right for 200yards and the entrance is on the left.
Where to stay
Most folk choose to camp as there is plenty of room on the rally field to pitch up. If however you prefer your creature comforts, there are local B&B's and hotels close at hand.
The rally field is normally open from Wednesday onwards and the rally starts as early as people care to arrive. There is always a group of early regulars willing to stretch the rally as early into the week as possible. There are no organised events before the Friday, but that leaves plenty of time to wander around the rally field and chat with other early arrivers, pop into the nearby towns and stock-up for the weekend, or explore the local scenery on the 'beam.
Friday is set aside for a day-long run out. There is always a map available for those who wish to turn up later in the day and join up with the rest of the riders and a pub is also selected for a lunch time rendezvous to encourage stragglers to catch-up.
In the evening after the run there is a can bar in the marquee.
Saturday morning is the set-aside for checking in items for the bring-and-buy autojumble. The autojumble is for Sunbeam spares, it's a good way to swap those items you do not need that are cluttering up your garage and purchase more that you do actually need! The bring-and-buy autojumble does also accept non-Sunbeam items. 10% of the taking on the stall are used towards paying for the rally.
Saturday afternoon see another shorter run out, with the aim of getting as many 'beams out on the road as possible. It normally generates a wonderful sight and sound.
On Saturday evening there is more socializing, with a large communal barbeque (bring your own food) and fun and games. There are normally several bike based games, with maybe the limbo competition being the most hotly contested trophy of the weekend. As the evening moves on, people generally relocate into the marquee and the can bar returns until the early hours
The autojumble opens again on the Sunday morning, and there is normally a short run out just before lunch. Around lunchtime there is a formal line-up and judging for several categories. All those attending with a Sunbeam are eligible to vote. The votes are quickly counted up and a short awards ceremony follows.
After the awards the rally becomes more informal, as folk start making their way home, whilst others remain to mingle further.
The Sunday evening sees the remaining ralliers adjourn for a pub meal, which rounds the weekend off nicely.
As well as the organised events there is ample opportunity to just chat with fellow 'beamers about them and their 'beams. You don't need a Sunbeam to enjoy the weekend, there are always plenty there to scrutinise, even if you can't bring one yourself.
The rally has always been a family friendly affair, it fascinates a wide range of attendees and all are welcome.