The stunning Sunbeam Alpine restoration gracing the cover cast a special golden glow over this month’s issue. As we worked ever closer towards our deadline with all the adrenaline-fuelled urgency that usually entails, I was aware of the bizarre paradox presented by the Sunbeam’s story. Its restorer, Jim was told by his doctor to take a step back from the stresses of running his own business. Jim decided the best way for him to de-stress was to finally begin the Alpine’s restoration, some ten years after buying it as a project. This struck me as yet further proof that owning and, if necessary, restoring a classic is a creative pursuit and one that should be enjoyed in itself, for itself.
Jim and his partner Marie, for who Jim bought the car, now have a classic I hope will completely eradicate all their stress levels – fresh air, open roads and leaving their worries behind as they head out in the Sunbeam. Without wishing to belittle the very real issues concerning stress, imagine a whole new area of therapy for stressed classic car enthusiasts – prescribed treatment by attending restoration courses to switch off and immerse themselves in productive creativity. That would be a tonic for the troops.
All the best, on GaryStrett