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Sebring Sprite Latest News

News ~ April 2018

1071 head

FORMULA JUNIOR 1071 CYLINDER HEAD FOR SALE
ON EBAY expires 2 May
£2,700

A FEW SHORTS FROM SILVERSTONE EARLIER THIS MONTH AND TAKEN BY DENNIS WHARF
615 DHT
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Joe
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JOE ARMOUR TOOK HAN9-R-237 TO THE "Austin-Healey Owners Club of Australia National Rally this past week.  Picture credits go to Kim Aubanel.  Looks like Joe has road plates on the car, so wonder if he drove it to Bathurst for the meet.  It sure looks great". NEIL ANDERSON
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T.McIlroy

TREVOR McILROY
at CROFT (N.I.)

"some images of our first hillclimb of the year - the TSCCNI Croft Hillclimb Holywood Co Down, just outside Belfast.  Its the first round of the ANICC Championship, the next will be 5th May Craigantlet, again just on the outskirts of Belfast. 
As you probably know all hillclimbs in N.I. run on closed public roads. I will use Craigantlet as a shake down for XXC818 before heading off to St Goueno Brittney end of May".

Geoff Buggy
Lancer
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PHOTOS FROM GOODWOOD - COURTESY OF JOHN BAGGOTT
John spotted Geoff Buggy's Moto-Build constructed Sebring with flapping side-screen, plus this rather strange looking Austin Lancer. Basically it's a Riley 1.5 with re-shaped front and rear to create a more modern look for the Australian market. Hard to understand why BMC would do that to such a pretty car! [Thanks to Daniel Lackey of CCK Historic for forwarding copies]
ADO

ADO
ADO 34/50 MAKES PROGRESS
Douglas Anderson tells me that his ambitious project is beginning to take shape.

“The cold weather has hampered the work on the moulds, but now that the worst seems to be over we are getting ahead with the first lay up of the bonnet.  It is taking longer than usual for the fibre glass to cure but we are persevering. Here is a photo of my colleague Bruce who is helping me with the project.  He is an expert in glass fibre.
We are still at the design stage with our idea on an independent rear suspension set up for the ADO but things are looking very promising.  We think we will be able to offer a simple but effective set up.  I will keep everyone up to date on the progress on both fronts.
Douglas Anderson’

Qtr Lts

Michael Karrer in Southern Germany has come across these rear quarter-lights for a DHMC Mark 2 hardtop and wonders if anyone would like to buy them. He is looking for offers.
Email him if interested.

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THE ROBSON SEBRING
once again on display among the daffodils at Goodwood for the 76th Members Meeting

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2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX ~ Melbourne, Victoria
" Just a few photos of the Healeys that ran in the Historic demonstration laps at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix on the weekend. All the cars presented to a very high level and are a credit to their owners The Sprite of Bob Blaydon was great to see and the first time I have been able to view the car and take photos it. The car is a credit to Bob and the high quality of workmanship and finish achieved in his build of which he should be justly proud. Also a couple of other larger Healeys in the same  display. Regards,  Alan Mead, Kyneton, Australia".     

 

News ~ March 2018

More clips from YouTube:
51st TARGA FLORIO ~ 1967
"This was the 2nd visit to the Targa Florio, again with the Sebring Sprite, but many lessons had been learned from the previous year. Various suspension modifications ..."
and a couple more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgQY36ABPx4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB_QfXFOtQ4
melbourne
Got a message from nephew David in Melbourne yesterday to say "Drivers parade before the F1, all in Sprites. Vettel's needed a push." Seems that was the push he needed!
TEMPORARY OFFICE
is a pile of boxes in the barn attached to our cottage but at least we are back up and running, after 2 weeks, with the website!

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50th TARGA FLORIO (1966) ON YOUTUBE
The first outing to the Targa Florio with the Sprite ~ Jack Wheeler and Martin Davidson aka 'Harry Martin' made the long road trip to Sicily to compete on ... [sent in by Christoph Klamert]


rims

NIKOLAJ MORTENSEN HAS FOR SALE:
13" x 4½" Steel wheel rims.
" Since FIA wanted me to use 13 x 4½" steel rims on my Midget, I got these specially made. I had to order 5 sets or more, so I have some sets left. Of course Midget PCD 101.6mm, 4½ inches wide and 13 inches diameter. Look really good and very period. They have been used on my Midget for a full race season without any problems. Price for a set of 4 rims brand new - £550. Please email me for more info or if you would like a set."

 
YOU'RE PROBABLY ALL GETTING FED UP WITH TALK OF OUR HOUSE MOVE OOP NORTH!
However it is now imminent so from tomorrow 13th March until 21st I shall be off-air and otherwise engaged.
Please keep all the little bits of info coming and I will catch up shortly. Back soon. Martin.
FROM MIKE CURTIS: (on 2-speed wipers)
 "re: wipers - I have gone to a great deal of trouble fitting a later two speed motor (round body and to be honest I am not sure its worthwhile, I'd describe the typical speeds as very slow and not so slow! I think I'd stick with one speed...its largely guesswork seeing in the rain in a Midget at the best of times!!"

TWO-SPEED WIPER MOTORS (A reply to Ken Grasing's earlier message)
"Ken, On the subject of 2 spd wiper motors, I can't imagine that the round wiper motors were very available, even in the mid-60's. They started appearing maybe as early as 69 on street cars, but the square bodied motors were available in cars such as E-type and Lotus Elans much earlier. I would guess that's what you should fit.   Roger (Sieling)"



ANDY ACTMAN'S SPARE BONNET is for sale on ebay, currently at £80. Expires 17th March

 

A Actman bonnet



PMO auction

REMEMBER THIS?
The auction in which the rusted remains of PMO 200 were sold for the princelt sum of £15,000 enabling Paul Woolmer to restore the car to its former glory.

SS Grille
This NEW STAINLESS STEEL RADIATOR GRILLE for Sebring or Frogeye has just become available from Halls Garage, Folkingham Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0NS at £105 inc VAT
Contact Steve Hall by email
SSGrille
108 CPX - ANDY ACTMAN'S SEBRING REP
would appear to have sold at auction on Saturday (3 Mar). Anyone know who bought it? It achieved £17,360 - quite a bargain if you want a rapid race Sebring a good bit less than expected, and that included the trailer.
GARAGE CLEAROUT
I am grateful to Bob Hinchliffe for suggesting I offer some of my stuff to OUMF (Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation) who are building a Sebring Replica. I am pleased to say they took the lot which saved me the pain of putting them in the skip.

KEN GRASING: WHICH 2-SPEED WIPER MOTOR?
" I’m trying to determine what the Sebring Sprite used for a two-speed wiper motor.   I’ve seen two sets of preparation notes, attributed to John Sprinzel, and the notes from Brian Moylan’s book “Anatomy of a Works Mini”, describing changing the single-speed wiper motor for a two-speed unit.  I’m trying to figure out whether they changed to two-speed shunt-wound motor, the DR2/3 rectangular housing style, or a permanent magnet type, cylindrical housing type.  The two-speed DR2/3 type is quite expensive, relatively few were made, and most offering them want a core unit in exchange". 
Please let us know if you have the answer - via Feedback as usual

WANTED
DONOR CAR FOR SEBRING BUILDER
OR AN IDENTITY
Anybody got a basket case going cheap?

Feedback please

Warwick

WARWICK ARCHIVE
The latest bulletin from The Warwick Archive has recently been released. I had a hand in creating the captions for some of the Sprite photos. View the bulletin



Rad

ROGER FRIEND
has a radiator for sale which has had only 2 hours use having been changed for an alloy one. The outer cowling has been removed, the rad in as new condition
£50
Contact Roger by email

 

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