Owners and fans of Sunbeam Alpines and Tigers and other vehicles of the British Rootes Group, active primarily in the 1950s and ‘60s, will gather Friday through Sunday, Oct. 8-10, at the Samoset Resort.

Approximately 70 cars and 160 people are expected. The event, billed as the Rootes United 2010, has been publicized heavily throughout the United States and Canada. One of the featured speakers is coming from England.

The event is sponsored by Tigers East/Alpines East. The group, founded in the 1970s, has about 600 members across the country and beyond. A United gathering has been held nearly every year since 1977. Past events have been held in Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., and Daytona Beach, Fla. In 2000 the United was held in Portland.

A highlight of the weekend convention will be the Rootes Group’s participation as the featured marque of the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Columbus Day Weekend Foreign Auto Festival.

“We want to put more Rootes products out on the tarmac at Owls Head than have ever been gathered in Maine before,” said Tod Brown of Warren, one of the United organizers, in a press release. Concours judging will take place at the museum during the festival, and awards will be presented to winners that evening at a banquet at the Samoset.

The Rootes attendees also will use the museum grounds on Saturday for an autocross, a competition that tests driving speed and skill. The autocross is being held in cooperation with the Mid Maine Sports Car Club. Additional weekend activities include a sunset cruise on the Elizabeth Ann, a lobster bake at Sharp’s Point in Rockland, a 47-mile rally through various coastal roads, and outings to area museums and other sites.

For more information about the event, visit www.teae.org or call Brown at 832-9914 or 832-1775.