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Dedicated to the memory of the late Brian Archer who fulfilled his dream to re-create John Sprinzel's Sebring Sprite Coupé


Sebring Sprite Latest News

News ~ August 2019

P Bower

FROGEYE/POSSIBLE
SEBRING PROJECT
FOR SALE

PBower
P Bower
Pete Bower is offering his project for sale. Full details are shown on the attached PDF.
Asking price is £5,250 for the part-restored rolling shell with narrow axle, wire wheels and hardtop.
Other parts are available such as adjustable rear shockers 998cc engine/carbs and alloy doors.
Contact Pete by email if you are interested.
 

Does anyone have any information on frontal area or drag coefficients for Frogeyes Sebrings and MG Midget fronts?
Gil Duffy is trying to make his daughter's car go a bit faster! Feedback please.

 
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Liane Engeman/Donna Mae Mims/Janet Guthrie (Austin Healey Sprite), Sebring, 1969 (6th). [Courtesy of Rogger Williams via Facebook] A great photo I've not seen before.
See also 'A Bit of Detective Work, Part 2'
the car also raced in the Daytona 24 Hours that year, see 'Racing News'
and see 'The Third Prototype'
 
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Brent Fowler has recently acquired the ex-Graham Bloor Sprite that was one of the Team of three cars created in the early 90s by Graham, Alastair Chalmers and John Hopwood. Now running in the CSCC Swinging Sixties series when time allows and under the Hill Farm Racing banner and with technical assistance of Tim Cairns. Brent purchased the car from Ian Hadrill last year, previous owner was Ivor Watson. Any information about previous history would be welcome. Current photos above, middle one by David Stallard".

 

MORE ON XSP ENGINES ~ THIS FROM SPEEDWELL GURU, ALISTAIR ROSS

"Just noticing the recent questions about XSP engines, I bought an XSP
engine from [Jonathan] Peck, this looks to be relatively untouched and I have
yet to investigate the condition of the engine, but there are some
numbers stamped onto the cylinder head casting on the flat area next to
the thermostat housing, Maybe the XSP guys could tell me what they mean.
They are S556, AV 18 8 (crossed out) 19.4cc (could this be the volume of
the head chambers) TDC (no number)?" Feedback please
A Ross
 

ALAN PARKES' VERY NEAT SEBRING BEING OFFERED (on Facebook) by South Norfolk Classics AT £14,995

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Some pictures of one of the 'works' racing engines complete with crossflow head and fuel injection kindly supplied by Neil Blaney. I think this was the engine once offered for sale by Jeff Brenner in the USA. Sent in to assist Graham Hill with his fuel injection set-up. Many thanks Neil. Meanwhile if anyone can tell us more about the casting numbers on these heads it would be very helpful. Feedback please.
 
BOB HEPPELL IS BUILDING A FIBREGLASS BODIED FROGEYE having sold his Sebring to Graeme Williams


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Bob has been building a fibreglass Frogeye which he completed a couple of months ago. However his love affair with the Sebring is not over so he has now decided to convert the Frog into a Sebring, ordering various parts from Andrew [Forster]. The bonnet shown is fibreglass but uses some metal parts/panels from a steel bonnet to make it more rigid. He did not want visible exterior catches, so has used spring-loaded catches going through the door post as per Jaguar E Type.

 

News ~ July 2019

PERIOD PHOTOS OF EX-WORKS CARS, KINDLY SUPPLIED BY KARSTEN STELK

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An old postcard showing one of the two 1966 works Le Mans cars, ENX 415C. I think the attribution on the reverse is partially incorrect (assuming it is intended to refer to this particular car). The Makinen/Hawkins car which raced at Sebring in 1966 was another (HNX 455D). It was the '65 Sebring car (DAC952C) which raced at Daytona the following year. As stated Harris and Moore raced the car at Spa while it was Mike Garton who accompanied John Moore at the Nurburgring, the sister car being driven by Alec Poole and Clive Baker.
One of the two ex-works Le Mans (66) cars in the hands of Howard Fawsitt, in the Nurburgring 500, in 1967
John Moore in 693 LAC,
at Brands Hatch 1965

All 3 of these photos show the ex-works cars during their ownership by Richard Groves and in his team colours of green and silver.

Many thanks Karsten.

 

XSP NUMBERS
GRAHAM HILL (No, not the late great F1 driver but another) has recently acquired some cross-flow heads which have interesting serial numbers stamped on. Would anybody have a record or knowledge of the markings? On another topic, he recently saw a Mini with an XSP number attributed to it which I find a bit suspect. XSP 4770C - any thoughts?
If you can assist with the above please let me know via feedback. Graham is also looking for detailed photos showing the injection system fitted to the cross-flow head on the 'works' cars.

 
ADO
ADO

SPECIAL PROTOTYPE SPRIDGET FOR SALE

ADO

“Unique, one-off aluminium bodied light-weight Midget for sale on rolling chassis.  Excellent tub and 5-link rear suspension.  Would make excellent competition car.  Wheels in the photographs are not included in the sale, but I have other wheels.  Offers over £6,000. For more information call Douglas Anderson on 01382 731755 in the evening or email him"
Douglas's ADO project is moving on well and he is now at the stage of preparing the body for paint. Thus, he now needs to make room in the garage by selling the initial aluminium car. Hence this advertiserment.

 

STEVE EVERITT MEMORIAL TROPHY ~ BRANDS HATCH, 28 APRIL 2019

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Stephen Collier leads

There were 2 heats for this event, both of which were won by Stephen Collier, seen left leading David Morrison and Stephen Watkins into the Druids hairpin. It was the Sunday race which counted so it was Collier who received the bronze model of the late Steve Everitt's race car. [Photos courtesy of Dennis Wharf]

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Steve Watkins leads David Morrison
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Jon Simpson (14) had a win in Class D

and Robin Lackford (57) won Class E

(Apologies for the late reporting of this event due to health issues.)

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NEWS FROM SVEN ECKHARDT & 4444 DA
"We´ve been to Donington and Elan Village. DA has taken part in another rallye and has been driven on two circuits:
Padborg in Denmark and the Nordschleife. My codriver for the Adenau classic was Andreas Baensch, (Sven and Andreas shown left). I feel privileged to be her current keeper. Sven".
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Kees
Kees
Kees
Kees
Last Week we had the pleasure of a visit from Kees Van Beijmerwerdt and his brother, Bert, who were on their way to the ferry at Newcastle after visiting Halls Garage, Bourne and a Sprite friend in Carlisle. Kees is currently building a Mark 1 Sprite with original Ashley bonnet and hardtop which he picked up in his home country, the Netherlands. At Halls they saw my former project - the replica of the Jacobs Midget, now beautifully finished. I even brought JJO out of hibernation for the occasion which was very enjoyable.
 

M Fellowes

£29,500

Sebring adds Spa 3 Hour race to list of victories.
The FIA Alloy bodied Sebring fastback of Marcus Fellows won the prestigious 'performance index' at the Spa Summer Classic last month finishing well clear of the opposition including a number of Lotus Elans and AC Cobras. The car driven by Marcus and David Smitheram,  aided by a team of helpers including Andrew Forster, ex Archers Garage now Aldon Automotive, Kevin Forster, and Jake Henry, (Aldon), using a 1275 engine, is an exact replica of the original fastback design built to FIA and appendix K spec. The car is still for sale with a fresh engine and gearbox following the victory with more details available on Race Car Direct

 

Earlier items can be found at News 2019, News 2018, News 2017, News 2016, News 2015, News 2014, News 2013, News 2012, News 2011 or News 2010

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