The 1925 Sunbeam Tiger
His pen on paper fairly flew as he
Did scribe the calculations that he knew
Would help build a car; from nineteen twenty five,
A scaled version, a Sunbeam racing car
That had broken Campbell’s land speed record
On U.K.’s Southport sands, . . . inside his workshop.
With dimensions drawn on the workshop floor,
Richard machined component parts before
The car began taking its shape within
His shed at home, beside the River Tamar.
Machining parts with precision, and skill,
Working tirelessly on the lathe. . . within his workshop.
Richard’s self-built, V12, alloy engine,
Purred, quietly, exactly as he had imagined,
As confirmation of what could be achieved
From magazine photos, without drawings to guide.
The body too, was made with love and care,
Red paint, wire wheels, completed, . . . on the workshop bench.
Richard’s capacity to bring vision to reality,
His perseverance, purpose, and goal setting ability,
Created an eye-catching, five eighths working model
From yesteryear, as a replica of times long past!
A tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of Richard,
Who brought his plans to fruition, . . . on the sands at Bellingham.
Richard is my brother.