Tigers United XXXVIII Quiz

By Bill Martin

Instructions: Guess, write, check, circle or crumple.

  1. This is the 50th anniversary of what?

  2. How many Sunbeam Tigers were actually constructed?

  3. How many Mark II Tigers were built?

  4. There were 82 LAT options listed in various sources. How many were available during production?

  5. How many stripes are on a Mark II stripe?

  6. How many Tigers cam with a true Cobra shift lever?

  7. What color was the original Exhaust system? A) Bare Steel B) Silver or C) Black

  8. What do you use "Rootes Shiner" for?

  9. What color is the wire in the Hi-Beam circuit?

  10. Was an original LAT 79 Hood screened or not?

  11. All new cars use lots of plastic. How many pieces of plastic are on the outside of a Mark 1/1A Tiger? Mark II?

  12. How many Footman loops are in the trunk of a Mark II Tiger?

  13. How many Mark II's came with no Pentastar on the right front fender? A) None B) Four C) Six D) 10 or more

  14. How many metal identification tags were affixed to a Tiger?

  15. All Tigers came from the factory with a Lucas Battery. What was the model name of the Battery? How many cells did it have?

  16. Cables are wonderful items. They connect all sorts of things together. If you have a Mark II you will have 2 fewer cables than a Mark I. How many is that?

  17. Universal joints are also very cool items. How many are there on a Tiger? How many bolts affix them?

  18. Instead of a JAL tab what would one expect to find as the body identifier o a South African assembled Tiger?

  19. What are the 2 engine family suffixes found on Mark II engines?

  20. On a right hand drive Tiger what side of the column is the turn signal switch on?

  21. Two different colors were used on the Tiger front suspension as inspection markings. What were the colors? A) Green and Yellow B) White and Orange C) White and Green D) Yellow and Red

  22. How many pieces of brass were used in the construction of a Tiger? A) 5 B) 7 C) 10 D) 12 or more

  23. How many "Auto T" marked bolts are on a Tiger? A) 12 B) 20 C) 28 D) 30 or more

  24. If you disassembled a Sunbeam Tiger completely how many pieces of aluminum would have in your recycle pile? A) 40-50 pieces B) 50-60 pieces C) 60-70 pieces D) 70 or more

The quiz is a part of every Tigers United and is required for those vying for the coveted Lord Rootes trophy. This particular one, used in the most recent Tigers United, was crafted by Bill Martin. Give it your best shot. The answers can be found here, but no peeking. -Ed 

Mike Jones - TU38 Guest Speaker

The Tiger community is fortunate this year to have Mike Jones as guest speaker at Tigers United 38.  Mike played a significant role in the design and development of the production Tiger.  His contributions helped to take a prototype, which was developed in the U.S., to the production Tiger produced in the U.K.

After earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mike Jones began his career working as an engineer for Rootes Group.  In 1964, Mike left Rootes for a job at Jensen Motors as Chassis Project Engineer.  For the first 18 months in this position, Mike worked closely with Jensen Chief Engineer Kevin Beattie, concentrating mostly on Sunbeam Tiger chassis design and initial development.  Having worked at Rootes previously, they both understood their development process which aided the collaboration with Rootes engineers Alec Caine and Don Tarbun. 

While Mike was employed by Jensen, the company was responsible for the designs of unique Tiger components, builds of prototypes, and basic road testing of each prototype.  As background, Tiger sheet metal modifications were made to painted and trimmed bodies as shipped from Pressed Steel Company.  Those sheet metal modifications were carried out by Jensen on a separate production line from the final assembly line.  The Tiger’s final assembly line was separate from Austin Healey and Jensen production builds and used a separate production labor force.   

Developing the Tiger presented significant challenges -- having to convert a Shelby one-off prototype into a viable production design within a tight budget and short time schedule.  Mike was instrumental in numerous aspects of the Tiger production design, such as improving steering geometry and handling, minimizing rear axle tramp and brake fade, improving engine cooling, as well as analyzing and mitigating engine failures.   

Mike Jones was eventually promoted to Chief Engineer at Jensen.  In 1975, he left Jensen and and went on to work for Ford, British Leyland, Lotus, GM and Chrysler.  Mike retired in 2008 after leaving a significant mark on the automotive industry.  He is currently working as a volunteer in the Historical Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a Fellow with the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, USA. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear history from the man who helped make our Tigers.

Tigers United Work Book


 Tigers United 38 is history but I thought I'd share the book on Tigers United, compiles by Tom and Bette Hall. -Ed

The first Tigers United was held in 1974 in Grants Pass, Oregon.  The original concept was the creation of Bruce Fountain of STOA.  At that time, the only officially organized Tiger clubs were STOA (Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association) CAT (California Association of Tigers) and CATS (Canadian Association of Tigers).  Bruce thought it would be great to get all of the West Coast Tiger owners together in one spot for an event.  He had some familiarity with Southern Oregon, and felt that Grants Pass was an ideal spot to hold this kind of event, as it was located about midway between Canada and Mexico.  After a lot of inter-club phone calls, publicity, planning and promotion, the first Tigers United was held in May.  Owners from all over the West attended.  The event was so successful, everyone decided that we should continue having them annually. 

The third year we held the event in Ashland, Oregon, and Ian Garrad “Father of the Tiger”, was invited as our Guest of Honor, largely due to the efforts of Tom Hall and Bill Miller. Ian had known of the Tiger clubs existence, but had lost interest in the Tiger after the demise of Rootes and the Chrysler “buy out”.  Tom had made several trips to Southern California to meet with Ian and he and Bill sent him pictures of previous Tigers Uniteds.  Ian arrived at the event during the Concours and was overwhelmed with the condition of the cars and the enthusiasm of the participants at the event.  Ian and Laura Garrad attended every TU thereafter until his illness and subsequent death.  Laura continues to attend each year as a Guest of Honor.  

When Ian returned home from Ashland, he contacted Lord Rootes in England and told him of the tremendous enthusiasm for the Tigers at the event.  Between the two of them the Lord Rootes Award was born.  It was to be the responsibility of the clubs involved to come up with the criteria for how the award was to be administered.  The methods of administrating the award have changed little since Bruce Shaffer won it the first time in 1977.

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