Tigers East / Alpines East History
When you face East, you see Tigers East / Alpines East. It wasn’t always that way, though. Until the spring of ’76, there were enthusiastic Sunbeam owners all over the East Coast of the U.S. enjoying their cars but with no organized activities or clubs. Owners were anxious to get together but there was no forum in which to do so. With nearly half of the Sunbeams in the U.S. located in the East, it was only a matter of time before we bumped into each other. And that’s what happened. Word was spread by a few renegades that there would be a party in Philadelphia, PA for anyone with a Sunbeam. Owners from as far as two days away showed up. We got serious, decided to organize, and have been a family ever since.
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What is TE/AE’s purpose?
Our charter states, “The purpose of Tigers East/Alpines East is to promote interest in the Sunbeam Marque, in general, and the Tiger/Alpine segment in particular; to aid in the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of these vehicles; to promote cooperation among other similar Sunbeam organizations; and to increase communication and fellowship among those persons so inclined.” This statement embodies the “Rootes” or our existence. We continue to emphasize the pleasure (and agony) of Sunbeam ownership as part of a family experience. Our meets are few during the year because our members are dispersed over such a large geographical area, but when we do get together, it is intense.
Are we really an East Coast club?
No. Unlike other clubs, TE/AE does not have a nucleus of owners and officers in any specific area. Our officers and board members are scattered throughout the eastern half of the U.S., making it necessary for us to communicate in ways other than face-to-face. And although we originally started as an East Coast club, our nearly 800 members are located as far North as Canada, as far South as Florida, as far East as Australia, and as far West as California. Our club logo, which shows the Mississippi River as a line separating the East from the rest of the U.S., was originally designed because there were no organizations actively supporting this area. Times have changed, making this boundary purely symbolic; it is neither mentioned in the charter, nor enforced for membership. TE/AE is open to anyone, anywhere who has an interest in Sunbeams.
The Lord Rootes trophy
Our first United was held in Williamsburg, VA during the fall of ’77. We were honored to have Ian Garrad help us initiate our first official annual meet. He donated a large ceramic Tiger head made by his wife Laura to be used as the club’s perpetual “Lord Rootes” trophy. Each year the trophy is awarded to another recipient. The first three years it was awarded to owners with the highest concours points. Realizing that this did not completely concur with our charter, the award has since been presented to a member who has made significant contributions to TE/AE and the Marque during the previous year. This award is considered to be the club’s highest honor since it is bestowed by peers and is recognition of commitment and service to others.
Rootes Review: Our Newsletter
Published monthly, The Rootes Review, in print or electronic format, is a top quality publication packed with information of value and interest to our members; tech tips, events, letters, essays, parts ads, Rootes and Sunbeam history, vintage racing, cartoons, Lucas (Prince of Darkness) comedy, and photos. In short, there is truly something for everyone.
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