Well after 4 years of fully intending to make it to this event I finally made it! Well was it worth it? Well there was so many machines that I would have loved to have sketched that it would have taken me weeks to get through all 388 entries. For those of you that don't know about the Pioneer Run.... The Sunbeam Mortorcycle club (the club for all marks of motorcycle pre 1940) have organised the Pioneer Run since 1930 and it is the premier event for all pre 1915 motorcycles. There are also sidecar outfits and three wheeled machines, all have motorcycle engines. The route runs from Epsom to Brighton.
The Dreadnought is a genuine 1904 special built by 'Oily' Karslake and it is still actively campaigned to this day. In Dave Masters book "The Fiery Wheel" the recently release Ixion biography he describes the motorcycle as follows:
"The engine is a 3 1/2 hp MMC engine (a De Dion copy)... it has direct belt drive and no peddling gear. It was a very functional and has been used in many long distance trials and holidays in hilly areas."
It also ran in the first ever Pioneer Run!
1900 De Dion Tricycle
1904 Lagonda Tricar
1913 Flying Merkel
1914 New Imperial
1907 REX Tourer
The Morgan Line Up
1901 Clement Auto
1903 Kerry, the ladies motorcycle
Not pre 1915 but a lovely AJS outfit spotted on the way out.