|This feature has been put together from two E-mails sent by the builder of the car and from its present owner.|
The builder was Malcolm Clark, well-known Sunbeam owner in Australia. Here follows most of the E-mail-text he sent.
I really enjoyed creating this car, it was around 1996 I completed it and as usual in those days, I was looking for the next project and traded it to a friend in Sydney, who sold it on.
The E-mail from one of its previous owner Gavin Campbell, also living in Australia. Photos of 9201RW are taken by Gavin.
Yes I have a replica of the Alpine Le Mans 1962 cars. Mine
has the markings of 9201RW. It has been built to the exact details
of these great race cars by Rootes Group. You might be interested
in looking at some photos of my Sunbeam Alpine 9201RW. I didnt
actually build this car, it was built by Malcolm Clark in Victoria
to replicate the original as closely as possible. This car has
everything that the original cars did.
- dual electrical circuits,
| - oil cooler,
- genuine high volume fuel filler through rear window,
| - fuel tank located across car in front
of rear axle,
- tachometer in front of steering wheel,
|- full harness seat belts, Microcell competition seats,|
|- tow hooks front & rear,|
|- functional running lights for the ID spots on R/H door and boot,|
- driving lights, orange central ID light,
- overdrive gearbox,
- white infill around grille,
My car also has a Harrington Custom Built Coachwork badge on the firewall.
I have a small plaque on the dashboard which states Replica Works Alpine 24Hr Le Mans 1962-63. I'm really pleased to see there is a web site with some data on these cars. For some reason that I don't understand, they are virtually ignored by most authors of books on Sunbeam history as well as Sunbeam web sites. Langworth in 'Tiger, Alpine, Rapier' 'Sporting Cars from the Rootes Group' has a picture of the 33 car with a caption mentioning the squared-off tail plus a picture of 9202RW at the Monte Carlo Rally. Nothing in the body text though. Frostick's 1964 book 'Works Team' 'The Rootes Competition Department' doesn't mention them at all, yet they were still owned by the factory when he wrote this work; which I find very strange! 'Tiger-The Making of a Sports Car' by Mike Taylor has photos and descriptions of the Harrington coupes, but nothing about the three Alpines, 9201RW, 9202RW & 9203RW. The only book on Sunbeams I have been able to find with a good coverage of these cars is 'Alpine' 'The Classic Sunbeam', by Chris McGovern. Published in 1980, it is very hard to find now.*3
The story is put together by Jan with kind permission from Mel Clark and Gavin Campbell.
Now (2020) owned by Bruce Dickey
*1 Just recently (Aug. -08) I got a mail from Justin Harrington who had asked Keith Hampton, why was 9201RW white in the front and not yellow/orange like 9203RW. The reply was that he had only B/W photos to look at during the restoration.
*2 There is a Harrington Le Mans in the family garage too, because Mel is married to Pam who owns one of the four in Australia.
*3 Is now available again at www.mercianmanuals.co.uk, for £29.95