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Sebring Sprite Latest News

News ~ November 2017

NEWS ON THAT PETROL TANK OF RICHARD ROOKS ~ FROM TOM COULTHARD:
"I have a match for Richard Rooks’s fuel tank and, no, I don’t think it’s from a farm tractor and it may be the ’12 gallon’ fuel tank supplied by Healey Speed Equipment in 1960/61. We know that earlier (in 1958/59) the Healeys used two bottom halves of a standard Sprite tank welded together, but we also know that wasn’t very satisfactory: as John Sprinzel remembers, it took an age to get the last two gallons into it because of the shape and it required a large hole to be cut in the boot floor, reducing boot space and making spare wheel access even more difficult. It seems highly likely that the DH MoCo would have come up with an improved version. WER 354 needed a long-distance tank for its participation in the inaugural Nűrburgring 500 km race in September 1960, and owner William Franklin was a good customer at Grosvenor Street, as John also remembers and is confirmed by the “Motoring News” road test, although WER still had a standard tank then. This (right) is a detail shot of WER up on a ramp at Clifton’s ServWER tankice Station, Sidcup on the 1961 Monte:
And here (left) is a pic of the tank as it is today:

WER tank
You cansee from the shape of the filler that it is frogeye-specific: it looks like Richard’s tank dates from 1961 as it uses the Mk II Sprite filler arrangement, which must have made handling a lot easier. I suggest Richard’s cut-out is to give clearance for the Panhard rod assembly which was fitted to so many Speedwells – the tank leaves very little room behind the axle. One disadvantage is that, as the tank is full-width there is no space for a rear silencer, which requires the use of a side-exit exhaust. Also it is no lightweight – WER’s weighs in at something over 13 kg, which may explain why others do not seem to have survived: racers were having alloy tanks fabricated like the one Andrew Hedges fitted to 410 EAO".

184 FGJ
CHARLES CLEGG
says, on Facebook: "
184 FGJ at Goodwood chicane in 1963 vs 2017...54 years later!" Just to get the facts straight:
Not actually the same car except for the alloy fastback bodywork which adorned S221 for a time (S221 lost its reg no. and used JT 51 and 184 FGJ with the fastback body before the original no. was recovered and new coupe bodywork created)
JT 51
The bodywork when sttached to JT 51 (S221)
EAO
Andrew Hedges trying hard to keep EAO on the island at Aintree during 1961.
[Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird]
Paul Slangen has a Sprite for every kind of weather in his stable.
[Facebook]
Slangen

WROXHALL ABBEY - MASC SPRITE 60TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND ~ AUGUST 24 to 26TH 2018

Wroxall Abbey


The MIDGET & SPRITE CLUB Committee are keen to attract some significant Sprites to their 60th anniversary celebration event at Wroxall Abbey on Sunday 26th August 2018. If you would like to bring your car along please get in touch with Alan Anstead by email

Marathon
While chucking out some old copies of "Old Stager" I found an article written by John Sprinzel about his outing in the 1991 Classic Marathon with Willy Cave. The car was converted from a Sprite Mk 2 re-imported by Dave Matthews. The PMO registration no. was borrowed from John's sister's Volvo!
Marathon

CYNTHIA LONGHURST: "Thanks for the update.  I saw the pics of Peter and Paul's replica on your website and agree Ian would have loved it too.   I agree with you that  they should be the very worthy winners of the trophy for this year.  Thanks once again for everything you do to help with Ian's legacy - The Brian Archer Shield".

FROM ALAN ANSTEAD OF MIDGET & SPRITE CLUB:
"The Oxford Motorsport Sebring has a 1500 floorpan. The students are converting it from semi to quarter elliptic but have yet to fit the internal bracing. They are in need of much support and parts and their supervisor is to send me a list of parts required for me to circulate.
Mascot Editor Neil Thomas also spoke with them at NEC and we are hoping that they will provide updates on their efforts for Mascot magazine. One mod they have already made is to add a sill jacking point at the front of the doorsill..

STEPHEN BOWEN: "What about Pete Taylor's Le Mans Replica. He started with the Gibson Brothers' body and then years at Archers untill eventually Brian Wheeler and Colin Sandwell basically started again. This has taken a lot of time, cost a lot of money but the result looks fantastic".
Tank
RICHARD ROOKS: "I have a new project, finding the source of this gas tank that was installed on my car in 1961. I have no idea, but because the corner has such an indent and the car has no need for this shape. It could be from a truck or farm tractor. Here are some photos that maybe someone is very good at identifing gas tanks". Anyone know: Feedback please.
Ollie

ROGER FRIEND REPORTS:
Oliver did very well for his first season, we will be fitting a 1293 engine for next season, and see if we can get up with [the] Lotus Elites !!

Ollie
OUMF
OXFORD UNIVERSITIES MOTORSPORT FOUNDATION
display their partly finished Sebring at the NEC
I understand the bodyshell was donated by British Heritage (how come it has quarter-elliptic floor mountings?) and the body kit by Halls Garage. Let's see it finished guys.
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Hulett
Hulett
Hulett
Hulett

IAN HULETT OFFERS PARTS perhaps for use by a builder of a Sebring Sprite:
948cc A series cylinder block for sale, bored plus 60 (995cc). The head face has been drilled to accept an 11 stud head (from a 1275 engine) and it has cut-outs machined to clear the valves. It also has a centre main strap.
Also included are a some pistons although these are not in prime condition and are not a matched set and a set of polished rods, again not a matched set - three have clamp bolt little ends, one has a floating pin. All are fitted good quality big end bolts.  A set of 998 Cooper type floating rods is included. Looking for £75 for the lot.
Collect from Luton or may be able to arrange courier to UK locations.
Contact Ian by email or phone 07785 906062

Stu
EARLY MIDGET HARDTOP
for sale. Contact Steuart Crofts by email or

Mobile: 07966 25678
Home: 01622 685215

ANY SUGGESTIONS AS THIS YEAR's WINNER OF THE BRIAN ARCHER SHIELD ?
As I didn't manage to get to the NEC this year I'm not sure which cars were on display and who might be the appropriate holder for the forthcoming period? Feedback please
ALISTAIR ROSS found these early photos of the then new MK 1 Austin Healey Sprite in the "Sheet Metal Industry" journal of 1960 and thought they might be of general interest to the Sprite clan. [Cambridge University Library]
AH

LWD
Spridget 60 Meet Zandvoort 2018 - Shigeru TANAKA from Japan is the 2nd official entrant for the Spridget 60 Meet and will be bringing the original LWD 959E Works Targa Florio 1967 car.
W and P
£850 incl front hinges and Herald side fasteners.SOLD
Also Midget Mk 1 hardtop £500
'ASHLEY BONNET' FOR SALE Steuart Crofts has this NEW bonnet with fittings. Contact him by email or

Mobile: 07966 25678
Home: 01622 685215
[Being pedantic I have to point out it is of course a W & P Sebring 2 bonnet]

.....AND THEN THERE WERE ELEVEN !!
PETE TAYLOR'S LEMANS SPRITE REPLICA ARRIVES FOR THIS WEEKEND'S SHOW AT THE NEC

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WARWICK COUNTY RECORD OFFICE HEALEY ARCHIVE
Rob Eyre reports: "As many of you may be aware Warwickshire County Record Office has acquired archive material relating to the Donald Healey Motor Company. The collection has now been catalogued and this is available to view via our website. More information can be found about this on the record office home page:  
http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/category/warwick-healey-motor-company/
In order to continue to publicise the collection and to provide glimpses of the content we have agreed to a monthly bulletin being made available via the website Car Scene International.  If you would like to receive regular bulletins promoting the content in the Warwick Healey Motor Company Archive please follow the link below to subscribe: 
http://www.carsceneinternational.com/warwick-healey-motor-company-archive-bulletin/

EAC
Carmelo Oliva's post on Facebook showing the Aaaltonen/Baker entry for the Targa Florio in 1965...
...and the Hopkirk/Wisdom car 693 LAC at the previous year's event
693 LAC

7080 AC in the hands of Jack Wheeler and Martin Davidson at the Targa in 1968
7080 AC
693


and 693 LAC again in the same race
AVAILABILITY OF SEBRING FASTBACK BODYWORK
Marcus Fellowes who is a good friend of Andrew Forster tells me "I have begun the production of Ali-bodied fastback Peel based Sprites with Andrew's help. I currently have one in full build in prep to be raced in the 2018 season both internationally and Nationally. Two more bodies have been completed and await donor chassis for building or sale. More bodies are planned after Christmas. So, in short, the fast back bodies are available through either myself or Andrew in either fiberglass or Aluminium".
Contact Marcus or Andrew via email.

DIMENSION WANTED PLEASE
Dave Marriott asks: "I'm hoping yourself or one of the site followers can tell the distance between the top of the rocker box and the bonnet (Sebring style ) on a Sebring rep, I need to know how much room there is for an idea I have". Contact Dave by email

NEC CLASSIC CAR SHOW
For those visiting the show this coming weekend don't miss Pete Taylor's newly completed and quite stunning replica of a Healey Sprite Le Mans.

Calendar
SPRITE CALENDAR 2018
Just released by the Healey Museum at €14.95

whose address is:
"Groot Kantwijk”, Bergseweg 28q, 3633 AK Vreeland, The Netherlands.
See website

THE HEALEY ROADSTER
(8426 UE) is now owned by Mads Nielsen. He is planning to make a copy of the car for international long distance Racing, so will need to get his new car FIA approved.



roadster

Petition: "Stop Classic modified vehicles losing their original registration number"

A quote from the petition's creator: "I have been a classic car enthusiast for a long time and have built, maintained and modified cars to a very high standard. I think to lose the vehicle's original registration would be a shame . But I agree that the build quality needs to be kept a check on" .

So, PLEASE SIGN NOW (6,556 have done so to date (3 Nov 2017)

Femi

Femi

Femi


Sebring Sprite (Unfinished Project)
for sale
Archers Fastback and Monza Bonnet
Mg Midget 1974 shell repairs completed by Severn Classic Cars. Front damper top link arm; Peter may competition wire wheel half shafts; 6 x 5.5 Wire wheel with Toyo tyres; New set of ETB classic gauges; 1.8 K-series engine; Type 9 gearbox (2.98 first gear ratio); Modified Frogeye doors; painted in LandRover Evoque red; New front shock absorbers; Full rollcage; New stainless 4-1 exhausts manifold and silencer; Upholstered interior seats and door cards; Alloy fuel tank; Willwood front brake calipers; New balanced propshaft; New girling master cylinders; Modified Sprite doors for Perspex screens; New side mirrors; Rebuilt rear brake drums; Premier wiring loom.
£16,500
Contact: FEMI ODUTOLU via email if interested

Femi

Femi also has these spares for sale:
Sebring bonnet; a pair of Frogeye doors complete with Speedwell door handles; semi-elliptic axle casing; wishbone pans with spring supports; spring shackles and base plates; door latches, etc as photos. He is looking for £800 for the lot. Contact him by email.

THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS - TO WHOM I SEND MY GRATEFUL THANKS:
Femi Odutolu; Hans van der Kerkhof; Mads Nielsen; Marcus Fellowes; Dave Marriott; Carmelo Oliva; Rob Eyre; John Egan; Shigeru Tanaka; Steuart Crofts; Alistair Ross; Ian Hulett; Roger Friend; Richard Rooks; Alan Anstead; Cynthia Longhurst; Stephen Bowen

 

Earlier items at News 2017, News 2016, News 2015, News 2014, News 2013, News 2012, News 2011 or News 2010

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