Rootes Archive Centre - Catalogue.

Competition cars built by Rootes.

Rootes Competitions Department.

The trust was very pleased to recently be able to acquire some of the records from the Competition Department lastly run by Des O'Dell. We are very grateful to Gail O'Dell for her help. For informatino about Des O'Dell see

An event is being held at the Silverstone race circuit on 25-27th July 2008 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Rootes Competitions Department as founded by Norman Garrad in 1948. This coincides with Silverstone's own 60th Anniversary and its associated Classic Festival. Hopefully some interesting photos are to follow.

Competition cars at Rootes had a long heritage. We list here also information on the Sunbeam racing and land speed record attempts managed by J.S.~Irving. Chief engineer was Louis Coatelen.

Major Henry O'Neal de Hane Segrave was the greatest British racing driver of the 1920s. See Wikipedia entry.

Singer Rally Cars

Sunbeam Rally Cars

Information on some other competition cars, including Imps and Hunters, will follow.

Sunbeam Lotus

The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus was the 1981 World Rally Champion winning car.