Blast From the Past

Please Play the organ

We had taken some time out from the Alberta Samboree in Vegreville to visit the museum just up the road.

The sign on the antique pedal organ pretty much summed up the friendliness and dedication of the staff at the Vegreville museum. Demonstrations of tatting and pysanka making were also going on when I heard the unmistakable 'Poppin Johnny' sound of a two cylinder John Deere engine coming from somewhere behind the museum.

Outside there was a line of collector cars and two pristine looking Sunbeam Alpines from the mid sixties. The red car in the picture had undergone extensive restoration and the other white car was pretty close to original. Neither had a convertible top which probably explains their low mileage odometers.

Sunbeam Alpine 3
Vegreville, Alberta
June 2003
$2600.00 Restoration
(Lots of Bondo removed.)
Yes that was our wedding day.
Revelstoke, B.C.
June 7, 1969
Car: $3200.00 new in 1966
Bride: Priceless

"Bondo in your doors is a sign of courage.." David E. Davis Jr.

The car in the top picture is a restored older (Series 3) model of our 1966 Sunbeam Alpine V (Lower picture) that we took down the Oregon coast on honeymoon in 1969. Many thanks to the present owner for taking the picture and enduring my stories of all the misadventures with that car. All I have left of my Sunbeam is the 'Workshop manual', an original sales brochure, and a little parts bag labeled "Manufactured by the Zenith Carburetter Company Limited, Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, Middx, England".

Now we are into RV ing so something still always needs fixing! Roy

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