Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club Ltd. Established 1977

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I Join the club?
  2. How can I register my Alpine with the club?
  3. What is an Alpine Register ID Tag?
  4. How do I order a Register ID Tag for my Alpine?
  5. How do I recover an Original Registration Number or an age related plate?
  6. Why is there no technical information on this web site?
  7. Where can I find information about the Alpine?
  8. How can I find out if an Alpine is in use?
  9. Can a club member come to a committee meeting?
  10. Who is on the committee and how do I become a committee member?
  11. What are the club Articles?
  12. When can I expect my club magazine, the Horn, to be delivered?
  13. What do I do if my current edition of the Horn has not been delivered?
  14. How can I obtain back copies of the Horn?
  15. How can I pay for any Regalia or Spares that I order?
  16. What is an Area Group?
  17. Can I pay my subscription renewal via a bank?
  18. How do I advertise my Alpine for sale on this web site?
  19. How do I check that I have paid my current renewal subscription?
  20. How can members get use of Club Flags for local shows?
  21. How do I get a Heritage Certificate for my Alpine?

How do I Join the Club?

Join online by hovering on the Join ˅  then select either UK/Europe Membership or Rest of World Membership. Payment is by PayPal, There are also links to complete an Application Form by hand or to complete on screen and print and send a cheque. The amount due is between £33 - £47 depending on the month you join. (UK/Europe). Rest of World £36-£52.
The application is received by the membership secretary who will send a Welcome Pack to the address given on the application. Please allow at least 14 days for delivery.

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How can I Register my Alpine with the club?

This can be done by hovering on Club Services on the menu then selecting Register Alpine. Complete the form and click Submit at the bottom. An email will be sent to you confirming the ID Number. This number is unique to the car and not the owner. It is advisable to take any chassis numbers etc. from the car, not the documents.
As required by Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club Ltd. Articles the identity of the owner will be withheld and not disclosed without authority of that person.                   

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What is an Alpine Register ID Tag?

Since 1977, when the club was formed, the club has kept records of all Alpines registered by members and non-members on Microsoft Access and is given a unique number which is relevant to the car and not the owner. The Tag is made of metal 75mm * 30mm * .08mm thick with the club logo and the words Club ID Register No. ****, with a sticky peel off back for attaching to the Alpine on the scuttle next to the chassis plate. The number is printed in blue. 

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How do I order a Register ID Tag for my Alpine?

You may order one using Menu>Club Service>Order Alpine Register Tag

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How do I recover an original Registration Number or an age related plate?

All the questions are answered on the Recover Registration Page found on the menu under Club Services.

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Why is there no technical information on this web site?

The web site was designed to be about the club, it's services and what the club has to offer its members and potential members. Technical help is available on the club's forum with the questions answered by our information officer with contributions from other members and enthusiasts. The forum can be accessed from the menu under Useful Links.
Technical articles of interest are also printed in the club's magazine the Horn. For more detailed technical information it is recommended you purchase the Alpine Guide from the Regalia Officer. Rootes workshop manuals sometimes appear on the club's for sale page and on the auction sites.

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Where can I find information about the Alpine?

The club has scanned a number of old classic car magazine articles ranging in dates from 1959 to 2007 enabling new and current owners to understand the whys and wherefores of Alpines.
Scanned copies can be downloaded by accessing the link on the Menu>Archive>Old Magazine Articles on Alpines.

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How can I find out if an Alpine is in use?

This can be done by using the Trace Alpine Form accessible from the Menu>Club Services. Complete as much as possible and click Submit. A response will be to the email address you give.

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Can a club member come to a committee meeting?

Yes. Contributions are welcome from members and be involved in discussions but are not allowed to vote. Meeting are held three times a year, February, April/May and October and held at the Rootes Archive Centre Wroxton Nr, Banbury.
Our Annual General Meeting is held at the national, usually sometime late July early August. Details of the National are available on the Menu>National Events

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Who is on the committee?

The link to the list and pictures of the committee members is found on the menu under About. Positions are voluntary and elected at the AGM for three years, except for the President which is for five years. Committee positions to be elected are printed in the Horn preceding the AGM along with the Agenda.
To volunteer to become a committee member and be considered at the AGM send your details to the club Secretary.

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What are the Club's Articles?

The club's rules where first formulated in 1977 with subsequent changes (Articles October 2012) added over the years to reflect modern day circumstances. The Articles can be found on the Menu under About>Club Articles.

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When can I expect my club magazine the Alpine Horn to be delivered?

Our magazine is called the Alpine Horn  with guide publishing dates of February, April, June, August, October and December. Articles for the Horn should be sent to the editor by the 20th of the previous month.

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What do I do if my current edition of the Horn has not been delivered?

Access the club's Forum using this link  http://www.saoc.demon.co.uk/forum/  You may have to register if you are not a member of the Forum, then include a posting in the appropriate section with your name and post code stating which Horn (number) has not been received. This will be picked up by the Editor. If you have recently move house please ensure you tell the Membership Secretary your new address. Also ensure you have paid your renewal subscription for October. If you have not renewed then after December's issue there will be no more.

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How can I obtain original back copies of the Horn?

Back copies can be purchased from the Editor. It currently costs 58p to mail a back issue plus any trip to the post office.
The following charges will apply.
Non-delivery of previous/current edition (SAOC members) - no charge
Back-issues (SAOC members) - 50p per issue plus postage (.58p) For multiply copies, please ask for postage costs.
Back-issues (non-members) - £2 per issue plus postage (.58p) For multiply copies, please ask for postage costs.
This is subject to availability. This favours SAOC Ltd. membership but does not prevent non-members from obtaining copies. 
We can distribute copies through committee and area meetings if we have enough advance notice.

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How can I order and pay for any Regalia or Spares?

Regalia:
Order using the on line order form found on the menu under Club Services>Regalia.  The Regalia Office will send you a PayPal invoice to the email address you give on the order form, showing the total, which will include postage and packing.
Spares:
Access the Spares Page on the Menu>Club Services>Club Spares. Details on how to order are given in full.
Not all items of spares are listed on the web site but are printed in the current edition of the Horn.
Spares are only sold to club members.

Payment can be made by sending a cheque payable to the Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club Ltd. to either the Regalia Officer or Spares Officer. They will advise address.
You may also pay by credit/debit card using the PayPal system and the link can be found on Menu>PayPal. Either officer will advise the amount, including postage usually by email or telephone if no email.

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What is an Area Group?

At the moment there are about 21 area groups all of which should have an area representative who, if attending, has a vote at a committee meeting. It is their remit to encourage members from their area to join together to exchange views, chat and arrange trips out in Alpines. These post are voluntary.
The list of area groups can be found on the Menu under Events>Local Meetings. To start a group or to assist an area representative please contact our Secretary.

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Can I pay my subscription renewal via a bank?

Yes. The club uses the Standing Order system, A Standing Order Form can be requested using this email. Annual renewal is £28

treasurer[at]sunbeamalpine.info

A copy will be returned as an attachment to the email.

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How do I advertise my Alpine or Parts for sale on this web site?

On the Menu hover on Sell/Buy Alpine/Parts  select and click Sell/Buy my Alpine for instructions on how to advertise my Alpine for Sale.The procedure is explained there.

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How do I check that I have paid my current renewal subscription?  

This can be done by going to the Menu>Join> Current Membership and downloading the pdf. This list will show how you paid and unpaid memberships for the previous year as at the last renewal, 1st October.
The club's Membership year cover from 1st October to 30th September.

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How can members get use of Club Flags for local shows?

The club has available six pairs of flags that members can borrow for use on club stands at Local or National Shows (Two per show)
The member borrowing them will be responsible for their safe keeping and collecting from and returning to the Area Representative.
For more information refer to the Menu>Events>Area Accessories on this web site.

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How do I get a Heritage Certificate for my Alpine?

Heritage Certificates are available from the Rootes Archive Centre Trust and administered by:

Bob Allan, Shadewood Farm, 283 Chester Road, Grappenhall, Warrington WA4 2QE
Tel: 01925 267084 (6-8pm eve.) email: boballan@rootesarchivecentre.org.uk 

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Updated 21-Oct-2017