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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~ April 2021

I am pleased to say that the Feedback page is now functioning once again, so I look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to display Sebring material on the site. Many thanks.

 
Bob Cranham

1972 LENHAM LE MANS FOR SALE

Bob Cranham is offering this car which is newly built to highest standards. Photographic history available. Eligible for many historic championships. Chassis (1972 MkII MG Midget) was stripped, dipped, coated and given full respray. Engine prepared by Smirthwaite (build spec available) with zero race miles. 1293cc. New gearbox. New clutch. Suspension rebuilt. Full roll cage. Plumbed extinguisher. Foam filled racing tank. All new pipes and hoses. Fully re-wired. Lightweight race seat. Currently on Avon tyres but equally happy on Dunlops. Every part on this car is either fully refurbished or brand new. Large file of bills with the car. Too much to list. Currently on SORN but could be road registered if race series requires. (i.e. HSCC 70’s Roadsports.) This car is immaculate in every area, is “on the button”, ready to go and provides the perfect entry into the world of classic racing. Sensible offers considered. An additional new, painted but unfitted Lenham font end is available by separate negotiation.

Bob Cranham
Bob Cranham

Bob Cranham

Bob Cranham

£27,750 o.n.o
Located Capel, Surrey, UK
28 March 2021

Bob Cranham

For further information go to: Car and Classic
or contact Bob on 01737 224175

 

News ~ March 2021

IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT ONE IT'S TIME YOU HAD!

A copy of John Sprinzel & Tom Coulthard's excellent book "Spritely Years" currently on ebay at the very modest figure of £31 with one day to go (expires 28th March)

Spritely Years
 
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SEBRING BONNET FOR SALE ON EBAY

Expires 26th March
Asking price £150 and said to be "in good condition comes with leather straps indicators frog eye grill and hinges" Located Helston, Cornwall, UK
Could be a bargain for somebody. Click on ebay above to view. SOLD £311

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FEEDBACK PAGE IS NOT CURRENTLY WORKING HAVING BEEN BLOCKED BY MY WEB HOSTING COMPANY FOLLOWING AN EXCESSIVELY HIGH AMOUNT OF SPAM COMING IN.
MODIFICATIONS ARE IN HAND

 

This message from Michael Hudson was first published on the Sebring Sprite Facebook page:

"I am a student who having grown up around classic cars courtesy of my dad in my formative years, has been firmly bitten by the classic car bug! I have a particular fondness for MG’s with my first love being the MGB GT then shortly thereafter the MG Midget. I share great affinity to the marque for several reasons in the upper generations of my family, my uncle having had a TC back ‘in the day’. The Sebring Sprite website is subject of great fascination for me, learning about the Spridget derivatives in period and the continuation cars of today, is absolutely enthralling. As such it is one of my favourite websites, well done Martin Ingall for running it. Of course this message has a somewhat dual-purpose, the second function is that I am on the lookout to make my first independent purchase of a MG Midget/Sprite, my only requirements are that it has to be in solid, preferably roadworthy condition, though a light recommission is something I would not shy away from. I am in the UK. If I could kindly ask for Martin to put this up on the website it would be greatly appreciated. It is my hope in the future that I might semi-convert such a car into a speedwell replica, or a hybrid of a certain kind, as with spridgets I am aware the possibilities are almost unbounded. Private Message me if you think you have or know of something suitable. Kind regards, Michael John Hudson"

 

GIRLING TYPE 10 CALIPER SEAL KITS

Neil Blaney responded to Ron Gordon's need for caliper seal kits with the suggestion of either Coastings or Power Track. I am not sure whether Coastings are still in operation but Power Track have come up with an offer of SP2507 seals at £23.50 per axle set, and stainless steel pistons at £23 each, if required. Here are their details:
POWER TRACK LTD

- Worldwide suppliers of obsolete AP Lockheed, Lucas Girling and Dunlop Brake & Clutch Components
- British Cars and Commercial vehicles 1927-1980.
Tel/fax:               (01344) 886522
International:   +44 1344 886522
website

 


PETER WESTCOTT ON TWO-SPEED WIPERS

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"I don’t know how far Ken’s gone with his two-speed wiper conversion, but converting the DR3A motor is the easy part, the complexity comes with the switching and parking.  This piece gives a good summary of what’s required, but I know a couple of people who’ve let all the smoke out trying to get switching and parking to work.  There are also options involving the 14W motor and multiple relays but that’s messy and undignified.  About thirty years ago I tried a number of options and the best one, which I still have today, is to use the 12AUW, two speed motor fitted to Australian-built Minis.  All that’s required is an MGB wiper switch (Lucas 35927 57SA) and two, additional wires.  And maybe one or two, minor tweaks, but it’s been a long time.  The top leg on the motor is about 15mm ‘further north’ than the Sprite original but I made up an adaptor (suitably lightened) so it mounted using the original holes.  Misty memory is that the 12AUW comes with a 100º drive gear but I’ve super-tweaked mine with a 110º gear (I can’t remember from where!) for more sweep.  Now, instead on one speed that’s always slightly wrong, I have two speeds that are always slightly wrong! But it looks ‘right’ and it’s a far better motor.  An example is here  and a thing to remember is that the wheel boxes often fill with water and corrode the park ring so a reco item is best".

 

News ~ February 2021

TWO-SPEED WIPERS & LUCAS HF 1748 HORNS FOR KEN GRASING'S HIS RALLY SPRITE

Ken tells me: "We’re working on the conversion of the 75213F shunt wound wiper motor to two-speed operation.  John Sprinzel discusses the two-speed wipers in Modified Motoring, and in specifications for Monte Carlo car and Liege-Rome-Liege cars. 
I now have now collected a number of the Lucas HF1748 horns for rebuild, and have located a source for this work.  You will remember the HF1748 horns are quite prominent on the Wisdom/Hay 1960 Alpine rally car 7080AC.  We now hope to commission the car in late April or early May."

 

PETER SEAMEN HAS A 'TALL SIDESCREEN' DHMC HARDTOP FOR SALE AT £750.00

If you are interested please contact Peter via his email.

 

ALLOY FRAMED SLIDING SIDESCREENS FOR SEBRING SPRITE COUPÉ & FASTBACK

Andrew Forster now has a good supply of side-screens in stock and these can be obtained from him at Aldon Automotive on 01384 572553
Price for a pair is £550 plus VAT

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NEW WARWICK MARK 2 HARDTOPS AVAILABLE SHORTLY

Sven Eckhardt has now managed to borrow a suitable Warwick hardtop from which to create a mould. He will be commissioning a number of these to be produced to the same high quality as his copies of the DHMC Mark 1 hardtop. He is currently addressing the issue of how to re-create the rear quarter windows. No prices available as yet but if you want to be added to the list please let me know. Feedback

 

ATE CALIPERS & ADAPTOR BRACKETS

For those wishing to bring their car up to FIA spec for historic racing: Sven Eckhardt has 4 sets of ATE brake calipers, 2 with adaptor brackets for use with the original Girling hubs (or exact copies) and 2 with adaptors for BMC Spridget hubs (the latter requiring spacers which Sven can supply. They are 450 Euros a set, plus carriage. Let me know if you would like a pair and I will put you in touch. Feedback

 

REGARDING THE SPEEDWELL RECORD BREAKER:
"Thank you Martin, I wasn't aware that it had 'lost' its original shell (which I seem to recall as being an early single gusset shell)  I hope it retained it's rare brakes etc... I have somewhere the details of the current owner, but not immediately to hand..   I've always felt privileged to have driven it (cockpit closed) in our village near York all those years ago... Catch up soon, Mark (Boldry)".

 

CARBURETTORS FOR SALE
Remanufactured twin H4 set-up complete for Spridget application consisting of SU carbs with 20 degree bowls, gas flowed inlet manifold, KN filters with ramstacks inside, stainless heat-shield and all linkages providing a ready to fit assembly. Also included are a pair of unopened Burlen brass topped dampers to complete the period look. The set, built by Glen Watson, has covered a handful of road miles after being dyno tuned for a 998  spec engine under supervision of Peter May (86bhp with mild camshaft).
Currently on Ebay at £849 but only  £750 OVNO here directly from me (postage/shipping at cost). NOW SOLD

 

RON GORDON'S PROGRESS

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Rob Gordon

"Staying close to home in these difficult times has afforded the time to make progress on the Sprite.  The car is wired, rear suspension completed, dash and interior practically complete.  Engine, front suspension and fuel system are the major assemblies yet to do.  I have most of the parts to complete.  The 7080 AC rear license plate is on your side of the pond with Tippers in Cornwall for restoration.  Difficulty finding seal kits for the Girling Type 10 calipers".
If you can assist with locating these seal kits please contact me via Feedback. Thank you. See earlier stages of the car's restoration on the web page.

 

NEWS OF THE SPEEDWELL RECORD BREAKER:

After posting my request for information about this car it occurred to me to send an email to Hiroshi Takemori who usually knows what is going on with Sprites in Japan and back came his reply below and these great photos. I must also thank Jonas Lindquist who suggested Hiroshi might know.

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A MESSAGE FROM HIROSHI TAKEMORI:
About the Speedwell streamliner; It was bought and imported in Japan. The first owner of the car in this country was Hiromu Takizawa who was one of famous motor journalists in this country. After he passed some tests for Japanese road regal, he got license plates for it. But he was involved in a serious road accident  and the chassis was heavily damaged.
He decided to restore it using the original parts as much as possible. But chassis was not usable and he used a donner car’s chassis(AN5) Unfortunately I could not contact with him after the accident because of his bad health condition. I had heard that the streamliner has been sitting in his garage since it was completed . The owner of the shop who restored it is my friend . I asked him to send me the pictures after the restoration. I am not sure I sent some of them to you or not. So I attached some  with this e-mail. I hope they will make sense to you. Hiroshi

 

MICHAEL LEMPERT'S FURTHER REPLY TO RON ALLAN ABOUT HIS UNUSUAL STEERING WHEEL, BELOW

"Hello Ron. The finish on the wood does appear to be original and well worn. I do not recall ever seeing the red paint around the outside edge of the metal rim.  That could be something I am just not aware of or added by someone. The rims were applied only with adhesive and without any rivets to hold them secure. That is why virtually all have separated, yours included. I thought I had seen screws added from the rear, which would have been someone’s attempt to keep the wood on.  I have an old advertisement that speaks of the method of bonding and how fool-proof it is. Perhaps you will find it as humorous as I do. No rivets were used because it had the alternating colors of wood and they did not want to spoil that with rivets. It all looks pretty much the same now but if you were to remove the rim and view the underside, you will see the two different woods. I have attached another picture showing just that. When I restore a Carlotti of this style and whether or not I replace the wood, I install dowels through the metal rim and into each side of wood to secure them beyond just the adhesive. That process can be seen here at the bottom. The wheel you have appears to be in bad shape. It is not clear whether the wood could or should be saved. I suspect a restoration by me would result in greater cost than the wheel would be worth. It might make a nice wall decoration as it is. If you decide to sell it, I may be interested. I do not have one with all three identifiers: Carlotti, Spyder, and Sprinzel. Regards, Mike Lempert"

RON ALLAN'S VERY UNUSUAL 'SPRINZEL' CARLOTTI STEERING WHEEL

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Ron Allan

Ron says: " James (Cave?) has recently sold me some bits for the rebuild I bought a couple of months ago. There are quite a few missing items but it DID come with quite an unusual steering wheel.  I am attaching are some pics and will wait for comments (!) - it's 15" diameter. James was intrigued and suggested you would perhaps be interested. Maybe you can throw some light on its "story"? Many thanks in anticipation, Ron"
I forwarded Ron's pictures to both John Sprinzel and Michael Lempert with the following reactions:

FROM JOHN SPRINZEL: "Hi Martin - we did sell steering wheels back in the day, and my name was put on them, as with many of our products.  I cannot recall who made them, but I think they were the same folk who did them for Healeys, where I obviously made a lot of commercial  contacts. Sorry to not be helpful. Cheers. J"

And from MICHAEL LEMPERT: "First, the thumb scoop at the end of the spoke(s) is a Carlotti characteristic. Carlotti was made by (I believe) Simon Green for Les Leston marketing. They had a Carlotti sticker and the Carlotti name was made-up. The Carlotti was not very well made and the sandwich style rims all fell off over the years. That would explain the screws from the rear (if sandwich style rim).  The metal was thin and a poor grade. Nevertheless, they are collectable and were original to certain cars like Sabra and Sunbeam Harrington. Different styles though. The one you have is a combination of Carlotti design and the Spyder stamping which I believe is just another 3rd party marketer. The Sprinzel sgnature makes it more interesting. The center mount is the common five-bolt. If sandwich style rim, (it is) the wood is likely a mix of mahogany and beech, although muddied by time and exposure. If ¾ wrap (wood wraps around outside edge), it is likely all beech but still discolored. I would love to restore that wheel and possibly purchase it if for sale".

 

MIKE WOOD ON STEERING WHEELS FROM JACOB ENGINEERING:

Austin Healey 3000 Steering Wheel, Donald Healey Steering Wheel, Austin Healy Frogeye Sprite Steering Wheel

"I have some more info from Mark Davies of Jacob Engineering in Gloucestershire about their Austin- Healey DHMC replica steering wheels that they manufacture, see their website. They can make a boss for a Frogeye (so fits a MkII Sprite/MkI Midget too) and the steering wheels come in 15 inch diameter (not 15.5 inch of the Sprite originals). For the leather rimmed version, shown on their website, price is £295 for the steering wheel plus £95 for the steering wheel boss; £595 for the beech wood rimmed version including the boss. The standard steering wheel centre including horn push fits - they can supply one of these if required for an additional cost. I quite fancy a leather one, not quite original Sebring fit as not wood-rimmed and of slightly smaller diameter, but would be a good option for me for hillclimb/racing. Nice to have the choice of a UK-made wheel".

 
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THE SPEEDWELL STREAMLINER

Can anyone throw any light on the current whereabouts and condition of the Speedwell Streamliner? It has disappeared from sight since being sold in Japan and possibly being damaged in an accident. Feedback please if you can help at all.

vxt

Photos courtesy of John Baggott's book "Frogeye Sprite"

 
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photo by Nicky Jameson

Richard Salisbury is now the owner of USU 607, the Coupe which Mike Pragnell built. He plans to go hill-climbing with it and has written an article for Rev Counter magazine which is attached.

SVEN ECKHARDT THANKS MIKE WOOD:
"I would like to complement Mike Wood on a great piece of research on the nine spring clutch. Do we know if the dimensions of the first motion shaft on the Imp are the same as on the a series gearbox? I have seen the kits on offer £125 to £145 for a 3 piece kit. They are supplied with a roller thrust bearing as well - if they fit the A-series fork this could be really exciting. Sven"

 

MORE FROM PETER WESTCOTT (DOWN UNDER)

"Re: the below note about the “Ecosse-inspired" JWF bonnet, there’s now another wrinkle.  As the attached magazine cover image shows, the JWF bonnet in this style was actually available in 1960 (I don’t have a copy of that SCW) and could possible pre-date both the ‘Roadster’ 8426UE and Ecosse 1413WD?  Publishing practice means that the October issue is released in September and allowing a month’s lead time this bonnet could easily have been available 3Q1960.  N.B. The hardtop on the cover shot car still exists, now with quarter windows (and not on the original car), and is unusual (for our market) in that it’s aluminium rather than fibreglass.  Best Regards Peter Westcott

P.S. where I say JWF I’m relying on the description made by others."

On 21 Sep 2020, Peter Westcott wrote: "The Ecosse car appears to have inspired a similar shape Sprite front made in Sydney by JWF, who made a couple of glass-bodied cars, the Milano and the Italia.  The details are below.  It’s been incorrectly identified as a JWF front and top but, while it has a JWF front, the hard top is J&S.  I’ve emailed the website to correct it, and to see if I can be put in touch with the guy that owned it at the time.  You can find it on this web page."

 
R Gordon

MORE ON STEERING WHEELS

"Adding on to the Bluemel steering wheel posts.  Before and after pictures of the 15.5" Bleumel wheel on my Sebring/SCCA Sprite.  Credit to Mike Lempert he received the wheel from me with the wood cracked and sections missing.  The voids filled and rim coated with a fiber cloth/tar mixture". Ron Gordon  USA

R Gordon
 

SPEEDWELL GT 2824 MV

Following my publication of Richard Rooks' Speedwell GT album I have been doing a bit of checking as to the whereabouts of the known surviving examples. I contacted Emilio Cruz in Mexico who acquired MV from Jeff Brenner back in 2018 and he still has the car though he is thinking of selling it. So, if anyone is interested please let me know and I will put you in touch. Feedback

 

ROGER SIELING's reply about the Falcon Sprite's steering wheel, and other progress he has made:
"The wheel that is on the Sprite is the wheel that was on the car the car when it was found in the farm field in 1971. It was originally a wood rim wheel, but the wood rim was badly damaged and mostly gone. The rim was badly damaged and bent out of shape. I found and bought a leather lace on that I sewed on a few stitches at a time. I had finished the stitching job on that wheel by early 1974 and I fitted it onto my Bugeye, but I was not happy with it and promptly went back to the stock Sprite wheel". 

"1990 found me stripping apart the Falcon Sprite and for the next 3 years, my Saturday warm weather ritual was a 40 mile bike ride and then home to clean, prep and paint Sprite parts".   I think it was 2007 when I took the Sprite's nose to a friend with the idea we'd cut out the bad parts of the body, fit it into his mold for his Mk1 Elva, but after that didn't work, I took him the whole chassis and some pieces I made to inset into his mold to handle the fact his mold had no provision for head lamps and the bonnet opening was much shorter than the Sprite. This took a while to get everything lined up, but you've seen photos of the two body panels side by side. Steady slow progress continued until the accident in 2014 that set my world upside down. But progress continued.

The purpose of this biography was to give you an idea that things work out. I have a friend who is into pre-war Rolls and he introduced me to the shop who did the final work on the body. I am very pleased with his work. I am left w/ some smoothing and surface prep before paint and moving on the engine. The original LeMans block is not going to be usable, so we are going ahead to use my old autocross Bugeye block. That way, I can build around a replacement 948 block w/ a steel red crankshaft I've had since 1969. But this way I can utilize the LeMans head and 1-1/2" SUs and matching intake".



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MICHAEL LEMPERT ON THE FALCON SPRITE STEERING WHEEL:
" The Falcon started with a wood rimmed wheel and quickly changed to another very similar wheel. The were made by Bluemel’s.  It was the same wheel used by Morgan and the ’62 Plus 4 TOK 258. It was around 16.5”.  The exact same wheel was later fitted to the Sprite Sebring cars but in a reduced 15.5” diameter. A version of it was also sold through the Healey Sprite tuning catalog. The wheel on the car now is a Carlotti wood rimmed wheel. It has the leather wrap because all Carlotti wheels had their rims fall off. That’s another story. I only know of one steering wheel of the larger size with mount for Sprite.  Obviously, it parted from the car at some point before or after it was abandoned in the field. I knew a fellow who said he had it (he was in the north-east) and sold it on eBay to a fellow in Japan. I stumbled across the fellow in Japan and have pictures from him of the wheel. I am as certain as anyone could be that it is the same wheel. I don’t expect the fellow to part with it."
Mike Lempert Wheels

 

News ~ January 2021

MORE ON ATE BRAKE CALLIPERS

I received a message from John Hopwood, eligibility scrutineer today which goes as follows:
" Hi Martin, As you know the ATE calliper as fitted to various Vauxhalls & Opels has become as rare as the proverbial. The FIA  are working on a widened dispensation that includes other very similar ATE callipers from other makes and models, straight replacement for the Vauxhall calliper and no advantage or disadvantage. Will forward you the regulation when approved. Kind regards John"
I will post further information as soon as I receive it.

 

DIFFERENT TOP TRUNNIONS

Since first mention of these back in November 2019 Simon Hutchinson has learned more about those trunnions: Apparently they were remanufactured from an original design by Alan Woode. "I read about him setting up Woodpecker Racing Improvements. I think I have more than adequate for my future needs so would sell some pairs on if anyone is interested. Not sure how much for though. Howard said they altered the geometry, with the pivot moved a reasonable distance up away from the top of the kingpin, and for very little static negative camber it induced more as the car rolled and kept the wheel nearer the upright. My racer has about 2.5 degs which I think compromises straight line braking in the wet especially".
If you would like a pair please let me know via Feedback

 

MIKE WOOD HAS BEEN TRACKING DOWN A 9-SPRING CLUTCH FOR HIS 948CC ENGINE, AS WAS THE USUAL UPGRADE FROM THE STANDARD 6-SPRING ONE, BACK IN THE DAY.


Pictured right is a new old- stock Spitfire Mk1 clutch cover, Quinton Hazel Q51007/16
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and here (right) is the new clutch kit for Hillman Imp MkII, Borg & Beck HK5708 (cover [HE3354], plate [HB9721] and release bearing)

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and here are: Quinton Hazel new old stock, Spitfire Mk1 (left) and new Borg & Beck (right) Hillman Imp MkII

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These 6¼" clutch covers are all a direct replacement for the original 6-spring cover.

 

HILL-CLIMB SPEEDWELL GT REPLICA (SEBRING FASTBACK WITH MONZA BONNET) FOR SALE

Peter Fletcher
Peter Fletcher
Peter Fletcher
Peter Fletcher
Engine Bay

Peter Fletcher's Speedwell comes with a standard 1340 bottom end with a gas flowed head on HS4s and 3-branch manifold on stainless exhaust system. It has a straight-cut gearbox from Hardy Engineering and 4.55 diff. The suspension is standard but lowered. There are a few negotiable spares. Offers sought in region of £25,000
Contact Peter by email or on 07742 220083 or 01723 360244

 
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Jeff Lehmann
FITTED WITH A SPEEDWELL MONZA BONNET - JEFF LEHMANN CALLS HIS FASTBACK A SPEEDWELL GT AND VERY FINE IT LOOKS. HE HAS MADE A TEMPORARY SIDESCREEN FOR THE DHMC HARDTOP ON HIS OTHER SPRITE, THE RED ONE
The nose and GT Fiberglass rear section is from Archers Garage purchased in 2008 and completed by the owner in the Netherlands. Jeff took the car back to the US in early 2020 and has been bringing it up to US vintage racing specs since then. He has also made the rear window detachable for easy access to the boot area.
 

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NEWS FROM ALEXANDER SCHMITT
IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

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Hello Martin, I hope you are doing well besides the whole Covid situation. First of all, I want to thank you for all your effort on the Sebring Sprite Website. It is really nice to have such a platform for those special cars. The reason for my E-Mail is that I wanted to introduce you to the project of my Dad (Jochen Schmitt) and myself. In 2018 we acquired one of the three aluminum fastbacks (similar to the Fastback of RTL304, so a copy of the Peel Fastbacks) from Marcus Fellows which have been made by Brian Wheeler. As Sven Eckhardt is a good friend of ours, we restored with his help an old Mk1 bodyshell on his jig. Therefore, we did several trips from Hamburg to Sven's place in Rosenheim. A huge thank you to Sven again for all his help!!!! On our last trip, besides working on the car, we visited the Oldtimer Galerie Rosenau with Sven, our friend Franz Josef and three of Sven`s Cars. We had a look at WJB 707, the Speedwell GT 585MY (see photos left) and had a nice and interesting chat with the owner Günther Lainer. I want to point out that both cars are indeed very nice, and I want to thank Günther Lainer for his warm welcome and the interesting visit. On the same visit at Sven`s place we finished the work on the chassis and the fitment of the roll cage. We have got the chassis epoxy primed and sealed already. At the moment we are working on a solution to get rid of some cracks in the aluminum fastback. The next steps will be that the underneath of the chassis and the inside of the fastback will be painted and afterwards the fastback will be rivetted on to the chassis. Furthermore, we will be finalizing the fitment of the bonnet and then the outside will be painted. Our plan with the car is to build a track car with all the correct parts to gain the necessary FIA Papers to go racing in Europe. I started some days ago to fill out the application. I have already collected several questions as the application is somewhat complicated. If you have some tips regarding the application or if you know a guy who could help, I would be more than happy. I am especially interested in any advice whether to apply for Period E or F as the Peel Fastback was firstly introduced in 1962 but in period everything had to be as homologated except the bodywork. Therefore, a scan or copy of the HTP Papers/Application Form of 184FGJ would be very interesting for us or maybe some help of an FIA HTP expert. Please find attached some photos of the build process. We will inform you about the development of the Project. Greetings from Hamburg.
Alexander Schmitt

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SVEN ECKHARDT MAKES PROGRESS ON TWO ALUMINIUM FASTBACK SEBRING SPRITES

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"Our fastback is coming along as well as Jochen Schmitt's (see above). When we were over last August we paid Paddy Greenwood a visit. For one we checked the fit of my sidescreens to his car - it was so good he took them on the spot but I think I've told you about it already. He also expressed the need for another set of Vauxhall Carlton brakes. I did have a set of brackets suitable for Spridget hubs with me but he wanted a full set-up for Girling-hubs. When I got home to take stock l realised that my supply of bits had somewhat dwindled. I had only brackets with the offset suitable for Spridget hubs left. I had 4 machined Spitfire brake discs. I had a pair of reconditioned /new ATE calipers and a pair of second hand ones. Two sets of brake pads to complete the set-up. Getting new brackets made took until Christmas and I put the set together for Paddy which he has received today. I have been searching for Vauxhall calipers for the last fortnight and there are no new left hand units to be had and prices have climbed. I have bought a set and two second hand left hand units to refurbish. I have also bought one new right hand unit and I am going to order another one. It certainly looks like supplies may be drying up. During my search I stumbled across a remark that Mercedes W116 calipers fitted to the Opel Senator B which has the same calipers as the Carlton/Omega A. I had a look at them: 38mm pistons, same pattern pads similar casting, a bit meatier and longer from what I could make out on the pictures hole pattern and offset at least very close - with a bit of luck identical. Loads of them about and half the price of the Vauxhall units. Will they fit? Will they clear? The answer is yes and yes. I bought one. Everything fits. They clear the wheel hub and rim of both the 4 and 5 inch wire wheels. The pads are the same as the Vauxhall. Actually they look a bit more like the (Girling) Type 10 caliper.
Would the FIA accept them? I have contacted John Hopwood (Eligibility Scrutineer) and he suggested to apply via the German equivalalent to the ASN the DMSB for approval by th FIA which I have done". Sven Eckhardt.

P.S. Mercedes/Omega part numbers are 1234200583 and1234200683 for left and right respectively

sven


ALTERNATIVE CALIPERS AS SUBSTITUTES FOR THE OBSOLETE GIRLING TYPE 10 REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH FIA REGS

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Girling Type 10 castings
Mercedes caliper fits well
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ATE and Merc units
The Merc caliper compared with the ATE one
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More comparison shots
Comparing Merc with Girling
 

FEEDBACK FOR RICHARD ROOKS SPEEDWELL GT ALBUM
"Hello Richard (Rooks) Great effort and lots of info. You might be aware that I am the current keeper of 7140 RO after Brian Kenyan passed away 4 or 5 years ago. It appears that he had dismantled the car and after his death the chassis with suspension bits and pieces and a 1098 engine were sold to Tony Shirtcliffe while  the Speedwell body parts went to my good friend Bill McDonough. My involvement with the project of resurrecting 7140 RO started with me agreeing to build a new chassis for the body parts that Bill had. I had already commenced sourcing parts etc when I was asked if I was interested to take over the project which I eagerly did.The body parts were collected from the McDonough's a few days before Christmas 2019 together with a lot of information and pictures and some bits. By early February of 2020 I had put together a chassis. Parallel to this I have dug into the convoluted history of the the car and looked at the available information. Suffice to say that I have been convinced that the Shirtcliffe chassis is genuine. I therefore acquired that too and it has been moved to Germany. The plan is a sympathetic restoration over the next couple of years to the former race specs and a preservation for the future. Sven Eckhardt".

 

Amendments to Richard Rooks' Speedwell Album (below):

JOHN SPRINZELpoints out: "Your Speedwell story says John Venner Pack's VP7 was the first Speedwell GT. Actually my PMO200 was the first, which I sold back to them when I left the company. PMO was on display with all the other "winners" at the Racing Car show as the RAC Rally Champion's car".
AND SVEN ECKHARDT ADDS:
"Hello Richard, Great effort and lots of info. You might be aware that I am the current keeper of 7140RO Brian Kenyan passed away 4 or 5 years ago. It appears that he had dismantled the car and after his passing away the chassis with suspension bits and pieces and a 1098 engine were sold to Tony Shirtcliffe while  the body parts went to my good friend Bill McDonough. My involvement with the project of resurrecting 7140RO started with me agreeing to build a new chassis for the body parts that Bill had. I had already commenced sourcing parts etc when I was asked if I was interested to take over the project which I eagerly did.The body parts were collected from the McDonough's afew days before Christmas 2019 together with a lot of information and pictures and some bits. By early February of 2020 I had put together a chassis. Parallel to this I have dug into the convoluted history of the the car and looked at the available information. Suffice to say that I have been convinced that the Shirtcliffe chassis is genuine. It has been moved to Germany. The plan is a sympathetic restoration over the next couple of years to the former race specs and a preservation for the future".

 
R Rooks

Richard Rooks has compiled this comprehensive album of Speedwell GTs and would welcome any updates as to current ownerships and locations of these rare cars. Feedback please and enjoy.

KEN GRASING very kindly sent me a copy of the AHC of America's 2021 calendar which includes this great photo of 3 of his 4 Sprites. Neil Anderson also sent me a copy of the picture. Thanks to you both.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU SPRITE ENTHUSIASTS. LET US HOPE WE CAN HAVE GREATER FREEDOM THIS YEAR TO GET OUT AND ENJOY OUR CARS. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE KINDLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE WEBSITE DURING 2020.

 

Earlier items can be found at News 2020, 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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