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Sebring Sprite Latest News

News ~ July 2017

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GLENN CASTLE FITS A 45 DCOE TO AMU

"..................VROOOOOOOOOOM !"  
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SPRIDGET 60 MEET AT ZANDVOORT 27 - 29 JULY 2018

Ian Grainger: "Had a great weekend of Healey racing at Zandvoort recently. Already organised for the last weekend in July next year,to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Sprite. An international Sprite race with a grid of 48 Sprites from around the world. The Healey Museum is providing a large camp site with facilities for the event".

FROM PHIL ZAMLYNSKI IN THE STATES:
" Yesterday was the day that I finally drove the Sebring. What an Exciting day. After weeks of things not working, broken and leaking all is operational. There are several smaller items to handle to make the car fully road worthy but it's all together and did I say what FUN, FUN to drive. The car is light on its feet and accelerates smartly in all 5 gears; shifting is very smooth too. The race type front suspension is quick to corner! Plan to followup next week with pics. Best Regards, Phil Z "   

Terry Driscoll (via Facebook) has had these Sebring badges 3D printed and is having them chromed. If anyone would like one the large one is 12cm at about £65 and the small one is 8cm at about £50. Not quite the same design as the originals but attractive nonetheless. If you would like one please let me know via Feedback and I will pass the message on to him
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THOSE 'HEALEY' ROCKER BOXES
Ian Grainger was quick to respond to my question and says: "These were copies of my rocker cover on 2341 UE, still with the car in the Healey Museum. Colin Cooper had a batch of copies made, when he owned Frogeye Spares here in Oxfordshire. Unfortunately, there was some unexpected shrinkage which caused problems with rocker clearance, I believe". However I don't recall any clearance problems when using mine.
ARCHERS' FIBREGLASS PANELS
I hear that Andrew (Forster) is working on the first of his Peel Fastbacks since closure of Archers Garage. He only has limited spare time in which to do this work as he has a full time job, and a family to enjoy, but it's good to hear the supply of these components goes on, albeit slowly.

Sven
THE FIRST OF SVEN ECKHARDT'S REPLICA DHMC HARDTOPS LEAVES THE MOULD

Sven has "made a set of holding brackets as well as sourced rear screens (perspex for the time being glass is possible at a price). The clamps fitting it to the windscreen are available from Moss or AH spares". He has made a trial fitting of the prototype hardtop to one of his cars - more soon.


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Steve Nash: "So, went for the first drive in Kermit for some 27 years. Just been for a drive around the farm. A few jobs still to do, but Kermit lives again!"
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Does anyone recall who produced the rather attractive Healey rocker covers? Might be worth getting some more. Feedback please
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WJB 707
I have now added the 'Octane' article to the list on the 'Articles' page now that you have all had a chance to buy a copy!
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BILL PROUT is offering his Sebring bonnet and rare W&P detachable hardtop for sale in the States. He is looking for 7,500.00 USD for the pair which are understood to be in good condition. Bill can be reached by email

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ONE OF A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF SUPPORTIVE EMAILS RECEIVED FROM CONTRIBUTORS (THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH) FOLLOWING PUBLICATION OF THE FACEBOOK MESSAGES SHOWN LOWER DOWN THIS PAGE:

"Hallo Martin
It surprised me that you placed the comments from Jonathon and Tom on your site. Very honest but if they can do everything better then let them do it themselves. It is and remains your site to do what you like and it does not need to be all their opinion because that is fact in their eyes. Also I think their comments were rude and disrespectful.
You started your website with your own ideas and learnt as you went along and it has continually improved. You have very many people who enjoy this site and like it the way it is and read it every day. Not everyone wants Forums, Facebook and an Interactive site. Plus what is the point there is only one set of facts which is correct. The many wrong facts on your site ’not my words’ are also a matter of opinion and not everyone agrees with the experts. Many facts have been manipulated at the time and some have changed due to new information.  Also information is not always 100% accurate as with me. I have a letter from Ian Walker when I bought his car in 1966 and he said he competed in it at the Nurburgring  500km but this is incorrect according to race results etc. I have owned the car for 51 years and I probably tell facts that I believe correct as after such a long time you remember it differently, sometimes as you hoped it would happen. I do not agree with every opinion written on your site but as I try to tell my wife  ‘ Many faults I have but being wrong is not one of them’  and unfortunately she only laughs.
There will always be people that comment on your site and it is usually the same but hundreds think otherwise but do not send you compliments every day.
Remember above everything else it is your site.
Keep up the good work and do it your way.
Cheers
Steve (Bowen)"

ANOTHER MEMBER FOR THE SEBRING SPRITE FAMILY
"Hi Martin, Would like to join the "Family". Own a 59 Sprite MK1 special (998 engine with approx. 65HP, LSD etc.) Also building an Ashley on 59 MK1 base with original 1960 fiberglass hardtop, bonnet and rear. Engine will be supercharged 1098 with CR gearbox and 3.7 LSD. Regards, Kees van Beijmerwerdt
Extra: I am quite happy with your set up of the site. If you open it like Facebook the risk of on-going arguments (true/fake) will go on forever! Just leave (it), if somebody really wants to help you he should just do it, not just commenting....."
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PIERRE LEQUEUX

has finally fitted his DHMC hardtop (No 300) to 2080 PO and just needs to find an upholsterer to refurbish the original screens...."i painted it old English white to match the car ....so much more headroom when you seat in the car...."


Bob

FROM BOB BLAYDEN DOWN UNDER:
Hi Martin, Hope all is well in the UK. Well I finally fitted my Sebring Knock ons with help from Russ who has a hoist in his garage it sure makes it easy on the body (my body) while doing the job we found a leaking rear wheel cylinder & found a front wheel bearing on the way out so the green car had a full service & when I got home I fitted 2 Lucas lamps (looks great) all good in sunny Australia.


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FROM MAARTEN KRIKKEN:
"Hi Martin, Look what I found today while on holiday in Normandy. Great to see Sebring Sprites pop up in the most unusual publications, just a shame it is described as a plastic car... All the best, Maarten"
Maybe Jonathan can tell us more about the photo.
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FROM FACEBOOK GROUP: Austin-Healey Historic Pictures (read entries in reverse order)
Martin Ingall:
In response to Tom’s, Jonathan’s and Rob’s comments and in defence of my website sebringsprite.com: It was created initially to support Brian Archer’s supply of the Sebring replica and quickly developed into a more wide-ranging site covering all sorts of “special Sprites”. Today it has around 220 individual web pages and some 6,500 photos. Some pages were created from my own knowledge or gleaned from the many Sprite books or by personal research of a particular subject but many others, as in the case of 1411 WD, came about by my receipt of information via emails over a period . I have always felt that the beauty of a website is that incorrect information can easily be corrected. (I have re-written the paragraph about 1411 WD mentioned by Tom and apologise if I omitted to do so earlier but I didn’t then quite understand where he felt it to be defective). Books and magazines once published and circulated contain their errors for all time whereas if I am told of an error I usually do my best to put it right on the website poste haste. If, Jonathan, you are aware of errors please do let me know about them as I would very much like to correct them all. On the subject of making the site more interactive I did look at creating a blog alongside it but found the task beyond my capability. The software I use is now dated and having re-written the whole site once when FrontPage disappeared I cannot now face doing that again. If someone else wishes to take on the task I would consider passing it over. At the present time I spend an hour almost every morning updating the site and feel that is the limit of the time I can or wish to spend on it. The site does seem to be of interest to quite a large group of enthusiasts on a regular basis and has been instrumental in selling many parts as well as complete cars, and in discovering all sorts of facts and information which otherwise might never have come to light. While I can see the benefits of the interactive Facebook pages I am not sure how anyone seeking information in future years would access it unless that can be achieved by ‘Googling it’, and many of the entries seem to be very incomplete with photos supplied with no caption or details. Anyone able to assist me in improving the site is very welcome to submit suggestions to me and I will certainly consider them with interest.
Rob Lad Clubbe:
That was one of the reasons of setting up the Sebring Sprite Facebook group to give a forum but it doesn't seamlessly link the two.

Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird:
Well said Tom ...the single most frustrating aspect I find, regarding the Sebring Sprite webpage, is that it's not interactive, in the way that Facebook or other internet forums are. True discussion is not possible. Once a 'statement of fact' (true or otherwise) is posted, it remains there indefinitely for all to see, and taken as gospel, by any unsuspecting reader, unless someone does take the trouble to contact Martin to correct the error; even then, as Tom has pointed out, such an appeal may go unrecognised or misunderstood. Come on Martin...find a more direct way of interacting with your audience, so that such errors (of which there are many) on your otherwise excellent site are easier to irradicate.
Tom Coultard:
It’s not often acknowledged that 1411 WD is actually the coupé version of Les Ireland’s SuperSprite design. It pains me that the Sebring Sprite webpage on 1411 WD still says that I heard “about an unidentified alloy-bodied car in a lock-up at the back of Battersea power station which WAS BEING scrapped” (my emphasis). This implies I didn’t go to see it when I could have done, when the truth is I would have walked through fire or lime to see such a car, or indeed any alloy-bodied Sprite. This calumny has stayed up for many years, despite protest from me. The fact is that I was told the story by Tony Elshof, who was clearly talking about a time 10 or 20 years before ... I had a number of phone calls with Tony, then owner of the wreck of PMO 200, in the run-up to the publication of “Spritely Years” in 1993/4. Naturally I was desperate to see PMO, but I now realise he had no intention of allowing this – he wrongly suspected the car was a fake and didn’t want me uncovering that. Our conversations ranged widely through the world of special Sprites, with me anxious to establish my credentials as a true enthusiast and him ... just stringing me along. Tony had been Comps Sec for the Healey Club: someone had contacted the club about mangled remains in a lock-up. Unfortunately, it was around a bank holiday weekend, and by the time he got to hear about it and someone was despatched to investigate, the entire site had been cleared and nothing remained of garages or contents. Now the main part of Battersea power station closed in 1975 and it was declared a heritage site and Grade II listed in 1980. Sadly it was not unknown for property developers to hear about impending listed building status and strike over a bank holiday weekend – when they knew officialdom was unlikely to respond – and remove unwanted or potentially expensive features before having to seek permission. (Indeed, the entire Art Deco facade of the Firestone factory on the Great West Road was one such loss – and that was destroyed over the August bank holiday in 1980.) Anyway, if it’s any consolation, 1411 WD must have been in a dire state by that time. Already damaged and fitted with a crude ‘bobtail’ by Mike Garton, the guy he sold it to had crashed it in a race very shortly after acquiring it, and ‘rolled it up into a ball’ as the saying went.


Paul Ivey crank
Richard Hart has for sale on ebay

a genuine Paul Ivey EN40 race crank for the 948 inline A-series – i.e. for Sebring Sprite, Midget, Austin A35 and the early production-based Formula Junior engines with standard 1.75 inch main bearings, and wet sump. The crank is brand new old stock, never used. They went out of production when Paul Ivey retired about 5 years ago, and will never be made again. Click on the link above. Expires 23 July. Asking £2,600

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TZA & JAMES THACKER AT THE RECENT CHATEAU IMPNEY HILLCLIMB

James tells me: "My ex Midget racing friend Peter Richings and his wife, Joy, came to watch me at the Chateau last weekend and Joy sent me a plethora of photos which she kindly took on Sunday. Peter went on to race F3 and clubmans [won the championship again last year] and has this year retired as a director of JLR.
When replacing a kingpin I discovered that the front O/S damper on the Sprite  was not working at all so that may explain why this year,  at the same corner I am not lifting the N/S wheel so much! In a class of 15 pre 1961 Sports and Sports racing cars up to 2200cc I managed to come 4th behind a Cooper Monaco and Cooper Bristol and a Lotus Elite"
. Well done James.

Winged
Nick Conklin still has still a few replica winged 'Supercharged' badges
at US$ 75 plus $12 p&p.
Email

 

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Paddy Greenwood has pointed out that:

"there are potential issues with headlight/ sidelight alignment with replica (Sebring) bonnets and buyers should check this alignment before accepting their noses".

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XOH

Robert Visser is nearing completion of his restoration of the ex-works rally Sprite XOH 276 seen here using its sister car's registration plate. "Touring abroad, a practical guide to Carefree Motoring" from Tommy Wisdom.

EX-WORKS SPRITES AT THE US CONCLAVE
Tuesday, 11th, after Steve Coleman and his brother, Mike, set up their display at the US Conclave in Waco, Texas. (Photos: Neil Anderson)
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Great to see more Sebrings Reps being built including this one for Keith Egar

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"I've been building a Sebring replica for the last 18 months. The car is nearing completion, and is intended for use as a race car. Most of the hard work was completed by Hall's Garage at Morton, who did a lovely job fitting the bodywork and glass. The side screens are also from Hall's. The aim is to race, later in the year. I have a 1293 engine and 1380 for the car. I went with the Speedwell Blue. The car will be road legal and MOT'd.  It’s not intended for much road use as the interior is bare and fairly stiff suspension. My aim is to race it in the Equipe/Swinging Sixties and European circuits. The shell is a semi-elliptic1965 on a 'C' plate. Registered on the same day that I was born.
Many thanks for your superb website, it brings a lot of joy. Especially when the work is challenging in the day time".

SVEN ECKHARDT on progress with reproducing DONALD HEALEY MOTOR CO HARDTOPS

"I went to my friend Martin Unzeitig day before yesterday and asked him what progress he had made as my last information was that he was getting the old hardtop ready to take the mould off. He said I couldn´t see the hardtop really because it was in the mould. Obviously I had to have a look and the mould is well on the way.
There will have to be some more layers laminated and the tool will have to come apart. Locating bolts will have to be fitted etc. But I really think it will be weeks rather than months before we can make the first hardtop.
I have made a set of holding brackets as well as sourced rear screens (perspex for the time being glass is possible at a price). The clamps fitting it to the windscreen are available from Moss or AH spares (I have got a pair ready to be fitted). We will make a trial run fitting the prototype hardtop to one of my cars to make sure everything pans out".

 
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LEW McALLAN has been concentrating on the mechanicals for his Sebring Fastback:
"Thought I should provide you an update on Replica #80 ! Have made substantial progress over the last 2 months and actually fired the car up last weekend. Car has a 1275 recent rebuild with "fast street" cam, smooth idle with 45mm Weber DCOE, Pacesetter headers and a straight pipe to Monza dual tip exhaust. Nice and throaty. Need to bleed brakes and clutch this weekend and I may sneek a drive before bonding the fastback. Decided to get the car to driver level before the bonding. A few pics attached". 
 
Anyone recognise this Frog's bonnet? Could it be an early Alexander. Andrew Vigor took the photo on TV from "Shadow of Fear" Feedback
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Steuart Crofts
has this Midget Mk 1 hardtop for sale at £500. Email him if interested

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SEAN SANDOE
is offering this pair of Armstrong Adjustable shocks (left) at £600 and a Weber carb on a Derrington manifold at £199 on ebay.
Both expire 9th July.

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PETER FELLOWES' SEBRING ROADSTER
"
Hi Martin. Love this site and check it each morning hoping for new information. I am building a  Sebring Replica and would like to be included in your list of owners please. My car is a mk11a Sprite with Archers Garage rear end and bonnet. I also have a pair of Archers Garage seats. It will still be a convertible as I love open cars. I also have a Speedwell Weston tacho and Les Leston steering wheel. Engine is a warm 1340 with straight cut close ratio box. The car is getting close to being finished. I live on the Gold Coast in Australia but was Born in Wolverhampton. We do come back to England every couple of years. I will send you some photos Soon. Keep up the good work Martin. Peter Fellows." Queensland, Australia.

 

News ~ June 2017

My sincere thanks to all of those who have contributed to this page during the month of June.

The "FOR SALE" PAGE
has been UPDATED
WJB

Bill Emerson's WSM Sanction 2 is currently on display in the BRITISH SPORTS CAR HALL of FAME in Virginia alongside a 1948 Healey Westland and 1955 Austin-Healey 100S.


BEmerson
It is worth getting the August edition of 'Octane' magazine which features Stephen Bowen's ex-Ian Walker Sebring - the one all the replicas are modelled on.
DAC
DAC 952C on the road. Enjoy this little video posted by Bruno Verstraete
20 new shots of 138 DJB at MG Live, Silverstone taken by David Morys at jacobsmidget.com
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603MUY
THE EX-STEVE NORTON, EX-SIMON DURLING REP FOR SALE
at £28,500 through Paul Matty Sportscars
See Pistonheads
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Mike Haigh

Bruce Small in Oz wanted to know the colour of Mike Haigh's car so: " ..on the paint colour for the Lenham Le Mans. It is one of the Aston Martin colours virtually, slightly amended but not much, as we were trying to match to the original paintwork we discovered under many layers of paint on the bulkhead! Please see the enclosed colour basis that was used. Good result at the Harewood Hillclimb Classic and Vintage Meeting 2 weeks ago I won the up to 2 litre class outright and had second fastest FTD overall for the meeting! All the best Mike".  


Mike Colours

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BRYN ROSSITER
has one of those MG things! and has installed my first Sebring engine in it:
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Here are a few pics of your ex-rally engine in its new home. Replacing the 1098, it is 998 now to Sebring Sprite competition spec., apart from smaller carbs for throttle response and economy on the road. Gearbox is 1275, rebuilt with heavy duty clutch and roller release bearing. I have added a mild anti-roll bar with up-rated front dampers (ex-Roger Friend). The wheels are from my Sprite Mk1, refurbished. Other than the Les Leston steering wheel and an ammeter, the remainder of the car is standard. Cheers, Bryn

Speedwell

A PAIR OF SPEEDWELL DOOR HANDLES + DOORS on ebay
at £500!!!
BUY NOW OR OFFER

BARRY SIDERY-SMITH
I was very sorry to hear that one of the real characters of MG club racing known as Barry "Sideways" has died aged 81. See MGOC report
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Barry with Sir Stirling Moss
Rod Allsworth
LENHAM LE MANS COUPE PROJECT FOR SALE
Rod Allsworth is offering his Lenham project for sale with
W & P bonnet (see full specification on PDF)
£3,500 for the kit or £12,000 for complete project.
Rod can be contacted by email
Rod Allsworth

Rallye Monte Carlo Classique 2018
Douglas Anderson sent me details of next winter's event.
Click on Monte News Flash

SU arm
ANYONE NEED SOME OF THESE?
Mark Boldry does and is thinking of getting some made. They are SU return spring mounts. If you are interested please let me know on Feedback.
The owner of this 1958 Sprite would be very interested to know who built its alloy bodywork, when and where. The car formerly resided in Lisbon, Portugal and is now in Belgium. Nothing is known of its history before 1982. Feedback please.
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MIKE THOMPSON (FORMERLY OF SPEEDWELLS) ~ WHERE ARE YOU ?

Alistair Ross says "I am trying to retrace Mike Thompson who worked for Speedwells and went with the Streamliner to Belgium. Mike has moved from his house in Norwood and the new owners don't have forwarding address"
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE REPORT BACK TO ME VIA FEEDBACK .

Jay
1963 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk II - For Sale US$ 21,000 obo
The subject of a ground-up cost-no-object professional restoration using all factory parts costing roughly $30,000. A rust-free California car, stripped to bare metal and professionally repainted. Its 1275cc engine has been lightened and balanced with all new internals giving 85 to 90 estimated horsepower. Cast aluminum valve cover with quick release cap. New SU HS2 carburetors with Les Leston air horns and foam socks. Many parts under the bonnet are powder coated. Everything on this car was either new or rebuilt. Lowered 2" and rides on new wire wheels. Stainless steel exhaust and Jet-Hot coated headers. New quarter elliptic leaf springs and shocks. Suspension and transmission completely rebuilt. This car drives and rides like new. Lucas PL headlamps, new cloth-braided wiring harness. NOS Les Leston steering wheel and shortened shifter. Robbins Everflex top and Robbins Everflex tonneau which was never installed. Custom made interior and Wilton wool carpets. Interior was professionally installed and is not a kit. Reproduction Donald Healey Motor Company baby seat. If anyone has any interest in a professionally restored Sprite MkII built to the highest standards, send me an email to discuss. Jay Fishbein, Wallingford, Connecicut, USA.
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Ollie
photo: Peter French
OLIVER FRIEND

"Picture from Silverstone MG Live - Oliver started from the back row of the grid (28th) and finished 6th overall, track temps exceeding 47 degrees !! Results sheet from race two on Sunday. Saturday's race was a disaster as he was shunted off whilst lying in 3rd place dropping down to 20th and then on the 7th lap ran out of fuel , - my fault, didn't allow enough for the hot track temperatures, Roger".

Ollie
Steve Pye
SEBRING/SPEEDWELL GT REP FOR SALE
Steve Pye Cars of Lancashire are offering this kit of parts which appears to include a fibreglass Speedwell GT top and Monza bonnet. Offered on ebay at £5,490. Interesting!!! Looks like this lot has found a buyer (23/6/17)
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EARLY MARK 2 SPRITE FOR SALE
Shaun Rainford has known this car since 1974 and remembers it being restored the first time in the 70’s by fellow Austin-Healey Club member, Ian Gowenlock who used it frequently in the 80’s. In 2005 Shaun noticed the car while clearing some others in Faversham and bought it as he didn't want to see it broken for spares. He had intended to restore the car for one of his sons but they went the route of building Lenhams. Shaun would therefore like to offer it to someone who will restore it. The body is rusty but the car is complete. CCK are happy for people to book an appointment to view the car. The asking price is £2500. (Cobwebs are extra) Call Shaun or Daniel on 01825 733060

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DAVID LOVEGROVE HAS FOR SALE:
Complete external bodywork of 1969 Mk IV Sprite painted white including front wings, rear end (in one piece), bonnet, boot lid, boot lining, luggage rack, dashboard, doors including glass and quarterlights, windscreen including glass, front grille and surround, frame for soft top, rear lights and bumbers. Surplus to requirements as re-bodying as Sebring Coupe. Would rather sell as one lot; buyer collects, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. All bits fit within my small van, Citroen Berlingo, (which is also for sale!) Email David if interested

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PADDY GREENWOOD'S ALLOY COUPE
I spent a very pleasant hour or so the other evening with Paddy Greenwood who has several Sprites including this alloy coupe built on a new Frogeye Spares chassis by Craig Chapman. Paddy says: "My body chappie is very happy with it- everything fits and door shuts are all fine". He is also building another car with a Shorrock C75 supercharger.
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Hi Martin, A question from Oz if I may thanks? Just wondering if it is possible to determine what the paint colour is that Mike Haigh used on his wonderful restoration of his Lenham LM Rego HYL 838C. The paint colour  just looks so striking on the Lenham body shape and my AH enthusiast friend here in OZ and I were debating if it was a Aston Martin colour.I look forward to your response. Kind regards, Bruce Small.

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Rob

Anyone wanting to continue following the progress of Rob Clubbe's Lenham GT Sprite build, keep an eye on either Corry Motorsport's, or the Lenham GT group's Facebook pages or Rob's own website http://robslenhamgt.weebly.com
Seen here: "Basking in the sun and now back with Will Corry for the next stage - the fitting of its roll cage".

AN APPEAL FOR PARTS - REAR MAIN CAP & LIGHTENED FLYWHEEL
Alex Robertson sent me this request: "Hi Martin, I am looking for a rear main bearing cap  and a well lightened flywheel for my spare 1275 engine.  Can anyone help out?

I have sent a photo of one of my Spridgets in action at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland a couple of weeks ago. I also drove the same car on a 5300Km trip to Victoria & back to join a Sprite tour of the eastern Victorian highlands in company with another 24 cars. (20 of them were Spridgets.) Cheers from Alex Robertson. (Sprite Car Club of Queensland.) Email him if you can help, please.


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KEN GRASING'S ALLOY SPRINZEL COUPE
Latest photos show the car fitted with its side-screens. Shortly to go back to CCK Historic for partial assembly prior to shipping across the pond. Beautiful work by Darren Welsh of Creative Classics
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Track Days with MGs ON TRACK ~ 2017 Calendar
JJO
JJO's SHUNT
on the Tulip Rally
back in 1995 (mentioned below). A rather sad sight after its shipment home from Metz in France. Partly my fault for braking suddenly when I misread a junction but largely due to the driver behind reading his map!
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4TH DECEMBER

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JJO
model
SEBRING SPRITE COUPE
model on ebay at
BUY NOW price of £83.62
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Ian Polley racing the '68 Le Mans 'works' Sprite at Brands Hatch in the late 70's
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MAARTEN KRIKKEN'S PHOTOS
from the Tulip Rally in April 1995
(22 years later I receive some great photos of our rallying efforts which I had not seen before).
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"I have just sent you the pictures I took of JJO and Stephen Bowen's blue Sebring during the Tuliprally (1994 I believe). It was the first time I saw a Sebring Sprite. I was following the rally as a 17 year old photographer aboard an Alfa Romeo 164 which was organised by the Dutch Austin Healey club as a quick support vehicle with Mark Schmidt of LB Racing driving the car.  For me it not only sparked my interested in special Sprites, but it also delivered my first publication of my pictures in a classic car magazine as I was introduced to Peter Ecury (yes, he of RTL 304) who used my pictures in his report on the rally (in Auto Motor Klassiek). As I was still learning a lot about photography at the time, these are not the greatest action shots, but nevertheless I hope you enjoy them. I have got no idea in what position both of you finished the rally..."

Well, sadly my rally, with Andy Gibson navigating, ended in quite a nasty accident when we were rammed from behind by a Jeep at a junction. The car was badly damaged and Andy spent a night in hospital. Brian Archer rebuilt the rear half of the car and it was soon as good as ever. Stephen's car was newly built at the time and had been meticulously prepared by friends. He got a special mention at the end of the event as he and his co-driver dropped down the ranks after stopping to assist another Healey competitor and fitting a new fuel pump for him.

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FROM BERNARD CARPENTER:
"You may be interested in seeing how this car (a Tifosi Rana) was produced from a dodgy MG Midget. It's quite a lengthy story, but all inspired by my ownership of a Speedwell Sprite, 1526 UE, back in the early sixties. This was my attempt to recreate that car, with limited resources, but with an ability to 'keep up with the traffic!"

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ANDREW LOWIS NEEDS A DOOR SKIN
" Where can I obtain an aluminium door skin from? I have managed to damage the driver's side door on my car and would prefer not to have the expense of buying a new complete aluminium door (are these still available)? Photos are of my completed Sebring following initial successful shakedown at Blyton Park a few weeks ago".
PLEASE CONTACT ANDREW IF YOU CAN HELP


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STAN ANNIS GUIDES SVEN ECKHARDT ON THE REBUILD OF HIS FORMER RALLY CAR, 4444 DA

"The Halda Speed Pilot looks like the Speedpilot Neuere Ausfuhrung in Black nothing to reflect light for the navigator, he also had a Magnified map reader with a plastic bottom with a miles & inches scale on it which he used on the 1 inch to a mile map. The speed pilot was used mostly on long sections so that we did not exceed the 40mph average over 20 miles on public roads. We did not use it on special stages.  Most of the rallies in the UK  were on Ordnance survey maps that were 1 inch to the mile; the navigator was given the map references of the controls & the direction to approach - he then had to plot his route, he was also given the times allowed. You were allowed 29 minutes lateness before you had a failed section so you could make up time between controls but 30min late at a control was a failed control The navigator also had a black curtain to stop reflected light on the screen so has not to effect the driver. Today it seems that it is one special stage after the other; this is because we could not average more than 30mph on the roads by law which soon became very easy. My navigator Richard Binns was the first to set a rally on Forestry roads where the 30mph did not apply  & the special stage was born; it was The Express & Star Rally. Hope this of interest  for you it has been a nostalgic trip for me."


LENHAM ARTICLE

Rob Clubbe sent me this article first published in 'Motorsport' in June 1971.
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SVEN ON THAT ANTI-ROLL BAR: "Well whatever it is I´m pretty sure it ain´t Speedwell. TRV/UYU had an ARB fitted which looked like the one on Tommy Gold´s car 642GEH and the one in the big Speedwell catalogue and it looks different to that one. I shall send a picture. You can however make it out on the first picture of TRV202´s subpage. The other 2 are AH100 and ain´t looking like that one either though".


Sven ARBs
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Rob's Lenham Day 6
Quick view of the outer arch taking shape. Some English wheel action and a LOT of hammering. Just a little dressing into the fibreglass required tomorrow.
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Rob's Lenham Day 7
It's on, aligned and all welding complete and ready for bonding. . .
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Mark also has A COMPLETE FROGEYE WINDSCREEN with glass to give away to a good home. It's in rough shape and one of the tips of the alloy frame sides has broken off but it might be useful to someone. He is in Horley, Surrey. Email him if interested.

MARK MAGUIRE'S ANTI-ROLL BAR
Fitted to his Frogeye when he bought it, he wonders if it is a Speedwell one? Can anyone identify it please? Feedback

SVEN'S LATEST NEWS
"I´ve moved my first Sprite out of the shed at long lastSven and put it next to the big Healey in another place. These are the next 2 projects after completion of DA. Work on the shell of DA has been interupted the last three months because of my various engine issues. Sven All cars are up and running at the moment. I have put together a 10CG engine out of a block and crank I had from Juergen Schaefer a while back which was on a +60 bore already. I had it bored to +80 and used the last set of +80 RE pistons Keith Calver had.
Head, front cover, and front plate from the 10CC, engine back plate from a 948, as well as the flywheel which has been modified to take a 1275 clutch and lightened. SvenMG Metro cam and a pair of H4´s. All in all a very lively engine probably around 70 brake This one has gone into the Speedwell and I am in the process of getting it road legal over here. I shall put together another big 10CC engine using the block I had from Ian Hulett for the Sebring later in the year so I can use the Warwick 998 for DA. Sven (Eckhardt)"

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GRAHAM BISH was at the Tatton Park (Cheshire) Classic Car Show on Sunday (4 June)......

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He Says: "Spent a good day at the Tatton Classic car show yesterday on the Austin Healey Club stand. My car sat next to Emryn & Pauline's Sebring. There was a suggestion that it was the first time that Sprites had out numbered their big brothers on the stand!"

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ROB'S PROGRESS
More photos of Rob's Lenham GT under construction
courtesy of Will Corry
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FOLLOWING UP ON MICHAEL BERG'S ENQUIRY ABOUT SEBRING FRONT & REAR SCREENS...
I contacted Andrew Forster who still has both and can supply him...
Alan Anstead replied: "Pilkingtons at Queensborough will make a Sebring windscreen. I had contact with them, albeit 14 years ago, and was told that it would have to be cash and collect. I have the 'part number' if needed". ...
and Sven Eckhardt: "As far as I am aware there is still supply from Archer´s supplier, a screenglass manufacturer in Birmingham I can´t remember the name I´m sure Andrew would be willing to help. If there is no luck (there): The front screen of my Archer´s replica first time round is still there. It did not get damaged in the crash. Its a very early screen and Andrew told me even though it is safety glass it might not comply with Automotive regulations which is the reason I replaced it with one from the new suppliers when we did the rebuild in 2014. Sven"
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FRONTLINE FROGEYE
An article by Simon Charlesworth published in Dep-O magazine back in 2012 but worth a read.
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EARLY ASHLEY HARDTOP FOR SALE

Michael Berg is re-offering his hardtop on ebay. It has been renovated to a high standard, has no cracks, a fresh gel coat and paint . All the trim is present, incl rear glass, aluminium gutters and hinges . Buy Now at £840 or open bidding at £600. Expires 12 June. Located Aarhus, Denmark.


Michael is also looking for Sebring Front and Rear Screens. Any suggestions please via Feedback

STEPHEN BOWEN ON STEERING RACKS:
" Re: the steering racks for Sprite and Midget, a left hand drive Sprite rack is the same as a right hand drive for Morris Minor and ditto right hand drive Sprite rack is the same as left hand drive Morris Minor. This was intersting for me in the 70's (as a dealer in parts for Belgium and the Netherlands) when people were reconditioning British Minors and Sprites and were swapping to LHD, and I always had exchange units".


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ROB CLUBBE'S LENHAM GT BUILD

Will Corry and Pete Moorland-Moore is building this Lenham GT for Rob Clubbe in Northern Ireland based on a Mk 2 Sprite and is to be completed to HRDC spec with an engine used in Will's Weslake Trophy entry at Goodwood earlier this year.  It would appear that the bonnet is an Ashley Mk 2 type. The good Mk 2 rear bodywork is up for sale.

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