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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

 

News 2018

News ~ February 2018

GARAGE CLEAROUT
If anyone living in the SE of England needs any spares please get in touch as I'm clearing my garage/workshop before our move. I have a pair of wire wheel front corners (wishbone, kingpins, stub axles, discs, hubs, spinners, calipers, etc) and a rear axle casing with splined hubs on nitrided EN40b shafts with spinners, a couple of 1275 cranks and an early 1098 one, front and rear hubs, stub axles, & masses of other smaller parts. Try me: Martin Ingall All must go in the next 2 weeks.

ARTICLE FEATURING TWO WSMs COMING OUT IN OCTANE MAGAZINE
Issue 788 [Lorraine Noble-Thompson, Facebook]

I see Moto-Build are now offering a Speedwell GT top as well as the Monza bonnet. The roof is not an accurate copy as it uses the Sebring windscreen. I imagine this is copied from that of the late Keith Hopwood who built his RAM 35 replica around it. Side windows?? £600 for a top. Link to ebay

Speedwell Roof
Sebring kit
ARCHERS COUPE TOP
sold on ebay
last month
for £600
SUCCESSFUL RACING LENHAM GT (Richard Perry/John Hillberry) for sale on ebay
Asking price £20,000
Ends 7th March
313 htr
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NIKOLAJ MORTENSEN PURCHASES BRIDGEHAMPTON SPRITE
from Tony Giordano and transports it from the USA to Denmark.
Hence the following two items are now for sale.

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NIKOLAJ MORTENSEN'S RACE ENGINE FOR SALE

Small bore block bored out and fitted with liners, 1275 stroke makes it a short stroke engine.
Special steel main caps and pockets for the valves.
1275 Crankshaft balanced with flywheel and pulley.
1275 Pulley, 1275 Flywheel lightened
Sump reinforced and with thread for oil temp sensor
Con Rods polished.
12G940 head,
engine backplate, front plate, and front cover all sandblasted and coated.
Full Race 649 Camshaft, Alloy valve cover, Rocker assembly, Side covers with breathers, Water pump pulley, Fan blades reinforced.
£1200 for the lot.

Contact Nikolaj via email


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FOR SALE IN DENMARK - NICOLAJ MORTENSEN'S
Austin Healey Sprite Mk1 1961.
Very good condition, 1275cc engine, refurbished gearbox ( Ribcase) New front disc brakes, new rear dampers, new dynamo, new master cylinder and much more. Very good and solid body, Royal blue with red interior in also good condition. Original and rare steering wheel, steel bonnet in mint condition,
This Healey sprite is one of the best Sprites avaliable for the price. Comes with new hood, Tonneau cover and sidescreens. Original gearbox and wheels included.
Danish V5 and Heritage certificate.
Worldwide delivery possible.

Price - £18.000
Contact Nikolaj via email

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Shorrock Gauge
RARE SHORROCK BOOST GAUGE FOR SALE
in good working condition - £300
Contact Mark Maguire by email NOW SOLD
Shorrock Gauge
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XOH 276 - WORKS DAY VIDEO
on YouTube

[To save time you may wish to start 8 minutes in]
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I am pleased to welcome RON GORDON to the Sebring Sprite Family. He tells me:

"My car is finally off the rotisserie after many hours to repair racing incidents and hasty bondo repairs.  No panels were replaced.  The underside is final painted.  The top is ready for final primer and block before paint.
Pictures attached". See also Ron Gordon Sebring.

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The 1st of the Archers Sebrings (that of Andy Actman) goes up for auction on March 8th (Guide Price: 19/23,000)
Found this great article by Geoff Healey among Brian Archer's old papers
Super Tuning

BRAKES FOUND ON KEN GRASING'S '58 BUGEYE

The following are a few pictures of the rear brake arrangement found during our recent automotive archeology session with the 1958 Sprite:.

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Right: Brake backplates, showing E-Brake arrangement and wheel cylinder.

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Rear drum brakes, exterior with bolt-on wire wheel hub.  8” x 1-1/2” drums

View from left rear, noting width of hub outboard of body line

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Left: Brake Adjuster

Right: Wheel cylinder
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The final set of pictures (below) are of the pedal box arrangement which uses the original two Girling master cylinders with an extension to the pedal box, and adds a third master cylinder, splitting the front and rear circuits.  An equalizer bar was then added between the front and rear brake master cylinders.   
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LEFT: Overhead view of pedal box.   An extension, to the left on photo, is bolted and tack welded to main portion of pedal box.  Brake pedal was moved from normal siting, straight ahead of brake master cylinder push rod, to position between the 2 brake master cylinders.  Upper end of brake pedal, where return spring attachment hole would be sited, has been cut off and heim joint (rod end) welded in place.  Pin forks have been removed from the ends of both brake master cylinders and replaced with heim joints (rod ends).  Balance bar or equalizer bar extends right and left from brake pedal to master cylinder push rods.  Return spring now attached to 2A5573 retainer-return spring, rather than the extended Sebring pedal.
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Pedal box arrangement, LHD car.  Note large size of cutout in top of footwell box and wiper motor swapped to opposite side.  

 2 views of underside of modified pedal box,  with detail of brake pedal modifications

Revised brake line plumbing, right hand inner fender.  New line, running from second brake master cylinder, passes across bulkhead and then traces original line to new 4-way connection, located just aft of original 4-way connection.  Brake line to rear brakes now plumbed to be fed from second brake master cylinder, isolating front and rear brake circuits.   

FRONT BRAKES
"Gentlemen,  I’ve finally had an opportunity to begin a bit of automotive archeology on the 1958 Sprite purchased in 2016.   A former race car it had been campaigned in southern California under the Mini-Tech banner, a Santa Barbara, California firm.   Following are a few photos of the front disc arrangement. More on the rear brakes and pedal box in next post. Regards, Ken Grasing"

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R/F brake- caliper, disc and hub

R/F Brake – Spindle and adaptor (note ARB, behind)

R/F brake – Caliper

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1.0 litre BMC A-series Short Stroke Inline

Bonneville Salt Flats record-holding engine.  Featured in MG Enthusiast magazine, February, 2015.
This engine holds the current Bonneville I/GT record in a stock bodied MG Midget with a two-run average of 122.539 MPH. Full Spec pdf

For Sale at £2250 (the crank alone would cost more!)

The You tube video of the successful run is here
(Note, 123...Mph in a standard bodied (steel) Midget with a very substantial roll cage , (725Kg estimated weight)

Contact Peter Bower by email if interested.

TREVOR McILROY'S PLANS FOR THE 2018 SEASON
"We have just had our entry confirmed for June at St Goueno France, - ferries and gite booked. We will be keeping the Sebring for the prestige events this year.   I will be contesting  the Northern Ireland Hill & Sprint championship in our Lotus 7.  The Frogeye will be driven by my sister Fel in a few events here at home. I intend to take the Sebring & Frogeye to Bo'ness Scotland in September  for the two-day hillclimb event, and we will be over for the Silverstone Classic in July". 

5 SPEED A SERIES GEARBOX?

FROM ALISTAIR ROSS:
"This is something I have been trying to find out for some time and have quizzed Speedwellians about it. John Venner Pack thought that VP was fitted with a FIAT 5 speed box (did they exist at that time?) for its trip to the Belgium speed records. 5447 HX was fitted with FIAT engine and possibly a FIAT gearbox? certainly something went on at the gearbox end as the chassis rails were cut back to get a bigger bell housing into the space, Derek Surrey who worked at Speedwells at the time remembers this being done. I have never got to the bottom of the 5 speed box story for sure"

FROM KEN GRASING:
 "Just a quick note in response to your recent posting on 5 Speed gear boxes.   While recognition form 26, page 5, shows “No. of gearbox ratios …5” and then lists 5 ratios in the chart I believe this include reverse gear.   If you look at the ratio shown for 5th gear in the alternate ratio column you’ll see this is the reverse gear ratio for the standard frogeye gear box.  Regards, Ken"

5-SPEED GEARBOXES - FROM PETER BOWER
" Not strictly Sprite but related I think.  I have a new build 3 synchro SCCR 'B' series box for sale right now.  It is a five speed, with the 5th gear as the lowest ratio and in the reverse gear plane..  The point is it gears a sharper get away or longer legs if you use a higher diff ratio.  I note the Speedwell GT uses a similar describer system in its Homologation description (No26).  I guess BMC Comps must have done the same for the A series box, in much the same way.  I would like to know more about the sprite application if anybody can shed any light? Cheers, Peter". Feedback please.
[I know DHMC used a 5-speed MGB box in the Sprites which ran at Le Mans but don't know of an A series 5 speed box?]
 

 

News ~ January 2018

FROM ROGER SIELING:
"In addition to my Falcon Sprite running at Nassau, there was a Formula Junior race in Dec 1961. Perhaps other years too, but my concern is w/ this race Dec 1961. I also own one of the two Lotus 20 cars entered by Team Rosebud from Texas. I am wondering if David's book shows any serial numbers of these cars since they were being shipped from the USA to the islands. Somehow, over the years, my car has lost its ID plate. The other Rosebud Lotus 20 is known, so finding numbers of both cars would be quite beneficial. I know its not Sprite related, but it is another project in my stable.     Roger" Please use Feedback if you can assist

MARK SHORTEN
missed out on that Sebring project so is looking for one. If you know of one please let me know. Feedback
SHORROCK C75b

Michael Lehre is looking for a kit for his Sprite Mk 1. If you can help please email him


Latest edition of the Warwick Healey Motor Co archive is now available here
Warwick
EAO
EAO FOR SALE
I see Jim Lowry is looking for a 6-figure sum for the ex-Andrew Hedges car
AS WJB HEADS OFF
to her new home
with Guenther Lainer
in Germany
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Thank you to all those who have agreed to buy various of my spares and my apologies to those who were disappointed.
MY BIG GARAGE CLEAROUT
As we are moving house in March the big garage clearout has commenced. Here are just a few of the many parts for which I need to find new homes. If you are interested in any of them please send me a message via Feedback. Martin
Parts
Parts
Parts
Parts
Smiths Oil Temperature gauge with oil cooler hose take-off £20 SOLD
Pair new repro Spridget 7" brake drums (unused) £10
SOLD
12" Moto-Lita leather covered steering wheel (unused) no boss. £35 guide SOLD
Set of 4 Champion N9Y sparking plugs at original price of 5 shillings each, i.e. £1 the set SOLD
Parts
Parts
Parts
Parts
1275 cast iron exhaust manifold ~ offers
Pair new headlamp bowls, with inner and outer chrome bezels, rubber seals and fittings. £15 SOLD
Pair little used Peter May lowered, stiffened competition quarter-elliptic rear springs £30 pair SOLD
9/16" and 5/8"
anti-roll bars with some fittings
£25 the lot SOLD
Parts
Parts
Parts
Parts
4.22 to 1 diff assembly with rebuilt/recalibrated speedo.
£120 the pair SOLD
3.9 to 1 diff assembly with Mark 2 speedo.
£150 the pair SOLD
4.55 to 1 diff assembly with rebuilt/recalibrated speedo.
£200 the pair SOLD
Pair 400 lb competition front springs £15 pair SOLD
 
Project
SEBRING PROJECT FOR SALE ON EBAY
This restored bodyshell with Sebring bonnet, aluminium doors, K-Series motor and Ford Typoe 9 gearbox is offered at £2750. Apparently no rear body/top with it though. SOLD
Sebring Project

Newcastle

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The McIlroy Sebring Frogeye on display last weekend, "Where the Mountains  of Mourne sweep down to the sea" ~  Newcastle Co Down. 
In very good company with no less than four Works Mini Cooper S cars. 


Moss retires
Photo: Oli Ver

SIR STIRLING MOSS RETIRES FROM PUBLIC LIFE AT 88
A message from Stirling's son, Elliot: "To all of his many friends and fans around the world, who use his website for regular updates, my father would like to announce that he will be closing it down. Following his severe infections at the end of 2016 and his subsequent slow and arduous recovery, the decision has been made that, at the age of 88, the indefatigable man will finally retire, so that he and my mother can have some much deserved rest and spend more time with each other and the rest of the family.
The entire and extended Moss clan thank everyone for all their love and support over the years and we wish you all a happy and prosperous 2018".

Ebay
More interesting "stuff" on ebay if you have money left over from Christmas!

ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE A FLY-OFF HANDBRAKE CONVERSION for your Sprite (brought to my attention by Nick Conklin)
Try the link
Falcon

2 articles from the US magazine 'CHATTER' back in 1997 are this one (left) about Roger Sieling's rebuild of the Falcon Sprite, and (below) the Speedwell Streamliner which took several speed records

Safety Fast
Neil Anderson kindly
sent in this lovely cover of Safety Fast from Dec 1967 after the 'works' Sprite finished 15th overall at Le Mans and took the "Motor" trophy. The car was used to advertise the production Sprite soon after.
Sprite 4 ad

StreamlinerThe Speedwell Streamliner

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Adam Quilter's ex-Ronnie Coia Sebring - I recall seeing it at Goodwood way back in 2008.
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TONY GIORDANO
has now sold his Bridgehampton Sprite. The new owner lives in Denmark
NASSAU (BAHAMAS) SPEED WEEKS, THE FALCON SPRITE & MORE ON BATTERY LOCATION & ENGINE STABILISERS:
(read entries from bottom upwards to have them in the right order)

AND FROM ROGER SIELING, this time on battery position and engine stabiliers: "Martin,
One other item which may assist a couple of posters on the site re: Battery relocation and engine brace. The "Motor Trend" Falcon Sprite article was documenting the December 1959 Nassau Speed weeks. There is an engine shot from behind on page 2 and it clearly shows the engine end of the engine brace. I still have the original brace which was still fitted in 1971 when I rescued the car from the farm field. Since the body height is lower than a standard Sprite, there is no room for a battery in the standard Sprite location above the gearbox. In the case of the Falcon Sprite, it was mounted in the passenger footwell. The normal battery position for a standard Sprite was filled w/ a pair of ignition coils. Only one was connected into the ignition system, the 2nd one partially wired in but carried as a quick connect spare. I have begged anyone who was a contemporary of John Christy as to what might have happened to his photo archive with no luck at all. I can't even find anyone who could tell me when he died, but I can't imagine he is still with us. I did correspond w/ John while he was alive and asked about additional photos he would have taken in preparation for the article, he told me that it was too much bother to dig them out. I do have a series of 3 photos of the Falcon during an extended pitstop at Sebring 1960. I thought I had made duplicate copies to have here in Florida, but I can't seem to find them. I do remember one of the photos is from the front w/ the bonnet open and one can see that the head is off the engine. If I could find it, I believe it would also show the engine brace and dual coils.    Regards, Roger Sieling"

AND FURTHER FROM DAVID (MORYS):

"Dear Martin, I meant to say one new name as we have Leo Picard from your website. As John Colegate raced the car later on when in Picard's ownership I wondered if it was actually him driving the Falcon at Nassau however he was entered in another Sprite with a different race number 101 that weekend. Of the four races I mentioned both cars were entered in three of them the only exception being the 5-lap GT race when the only Falcon ran with Leo Picard.
I think this is maximum I can extract from the book and I think if anybody is interested "The Bahamas Speed Weeks" by Terry O'Neil may be available second hand. They sell for around £90.00 so our researcher informs me. Our copy was a donation from Alan Cameron's family to be sold for funds to support the Bugatti Trust. I have been tempted but another book... no! Best wishes, David".

David then replied: "A bit more information for you this time for 1960 and 1961. From your webpage:
"The car later returned to the US where it was raced as a 'works' entry for the 4th and final time, at Nassau, in the hands of John Colgate ~ once again winning its class. He was placed 18th in the Governors Trophy and 20th in the Nassau Trophy. After the race, in December 1960, the Healeys sold the car, in the States, to Leo Picard who subsequently had John Colgate race it for him at Thompson Raceway. Other local owners included Jake Kaplin and Bernie Symonds in Rhode Island and Kit Kettering in Brockton Massachussetts, before passing into the hands of Tom Bratten who ran a firm called Auto Technia in West Palm Beach Florida. The business went broke and Tom returned to Dayton Ohio and his engineering job with GM Delco. Tom's son believes the Sprite was sold to buy his mother's wedding ring and that person is probably responsible for the car's eventual abandonment in an Ohio farm field. This all had to have happened in the period of 1961-1965, since the car still had its GM class markings from racing during the period before SCCA changed the class to DSR".
My information from the book:
"The 25 lap Governor's Trophy race was held on the 3rd December and as mentioned in your blurb above finished 18th overall but again it achieved 1st in class G. For the 54 lap Nassau Trophy race, 4th December the car finished 20th overall and was 1st in class G again. Interestingly 1961 brings up a few results and names FalconI haven't seen before. In the 5 lap GT cars under 1500cc heat on the 3rd December the car was placed 5th overall and 5th in class G. The picture attached shows the car driven by L. Picard and the distinctive bonnet hump and screen plus the race number 57 are clear to see on the grid. Then in the 21 lap Nassau Trophy race on the 3rd December the car was placed 18th overall and 8 in class G. Again driven by L. Picard. The car was out with L. Picard for the 23 lap Governor's Trophy race on the 8th December and was classified 38th but not running at the finish having retired on lap 7. The 56 lap Nassau Trophy race on the 10th December was contested the car finishing 23rd overall and 3rd in class G. On this occasion the driver listed is F. Darling.
Looking at the results sheets the cars appear to have worn the same racing number for the entire duration of the Speed Week so we have two new names Mr. Picard and Mr. Darling. Best Wishes, David"

Following on from DAVID MORYS's excellent contribution earlier in the month, I received this FROM ROGER SIELING:
" Interested in David Morys's book on Nassau Speed Weeks. Aren't there any photos or lap charts from the 1959 and 1960 when my Falcon Sprite was competing? I'm always looking for additional photos and written knowledge on the car."
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Robert Visser's restroration of ex-works rally car XOH 276 is now complete.

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LATEST COMMENT ON CHANGES AT THE DVLA

have been published in "Classic Car Weekly"
and "Enjoying MG"
and these copies were kindly supplied
to me by John Baggott.
Enjoying MG
Ken Grasing spotted this TJ Fuel Injection for Weslake 8 port head - on ebay at £3,999 that is if you are lucky enough to own the rest of it. Located in Denmark.
There will no doubt be numerous events this year to celebrate 60 years of the Sprite. The Midget & Sprite Club's event is at Wroxhall Manor on 26th August. Tell us about others please.
Spridget 60th
STABILISER BAR & BATTERY BOX ON SPRINZEL SEBRING COUPES (see also higher up this month's page).
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JONATHAN (WHITEHOUSE-BIRD) ENLIGHTENS US:
" Contemporary evidence would appear to indicate that 410 EAO, S 221 and WJB 707 had both items in question, although sadly, no period interior photographic evidence has yet surfaced to prove, irrefutably, that the battery was relocated to a position behind the passenger seat on all three cars.
I've attached a number of period b/w photos of the ex-Andrew Hedges, W&P, alloy coupe - 410 EAO.  The first shows the engine compartment (viewed from the rear) of the car taken at the August Bank Holiday meeting, at Brands Hatch, during 1961. The second and third show EAO's engine compartment, during Les Arnold's ownership, in 1962.
All three shots clearly show the presence of an engine steady bar, while the 1962 images reveal that the lack of a battery, sitting in the original mounting point, in front of the windscreen, 'proves' that it was fitted elsewhere.The colour shots show the original details reinstated on a restored 410 EAO during 2008. Kind Regards, Jonathan".
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AND AGAIN, FROM KAI ERIKSEN:

"Thank you for Chris Clegg's and John Hopwood's pronouncements. I think they are correct when they says the car was competing as a GTP in the period so there was a lot of freedom with modifications. But I have found an article about Sebring Sprite S-221 in Autocar, dated 25. August 1961, with a photo from the engine bay and in the text there is commented that: “The battery shifted from under the bonnet to a position just forward of the rear axle”.Anyway, I do not want to argue with FIA about this and will relocate the battery and remove the engine stabiliser bar. Best regards, Kai"

FROM CHRIS CLEGG:

"As you may know, I have not renewed S221's 2008 HTP papers since the introduction of the new regime a few years ago, and so they may not be representative of the FiA's current thinking. Also, those papers classify the car as a GTP !, not a GTS car. That said, S221 has an engine stabiliser bar attached to the rear nearside of the cylinder block and the battery has always been located under the rear decking in front of the axle. I have never seen a period photo of S221's battery box and I can't find a good photo of S221's engine bay in period, but there is a photo in Spritely Years on page 157 of what I believe is S221's engine bay in 1960, but the supercharger blow-off valve obscures the position at the rear of the engine where the stabiliser bar would have been mounted. This photo does, however, show that no battery was positioned in front of the bulkhead, so presumably it had been relocated to its current position in the rear of the car. 
I think that Jonathan W-B might be able to help you more, because when he wrote a series of articles in Revcounter in 1997 on his restoration of 410 EAO, he included a photo of his car's engine bay in 1961 which clearly shows a stabiliser bar.The photo was on page 7 of the July 1997 Revcounter, but I have only a poor photocopy of the article. I expect that Jonathan will have the original which should scan OK. I hope all this is helpful and do please pass it on to Kai Eriksen and wish him the best of luck from me". [I have forwarded a copy of this to Jonathan for his observations. MEI]

FROM JOHN HOPWOOD:
" I presume the application is for a GTS (competition Grand Touring car) which is what I have as would any Frogeye prepared to homologation 47. There was nothing in the period rules that permitted the battery to be moved from it’s original location and Appendix K App VIII say it must remain where it was unless it was in the passenger compartment in which case, for safety reasons, it may be moved (see below) . Anything like a stabiliser bar would have to standard or a homologated option. I fitted a stabiliser bar when I first built the car for Austin Healey Club races and then removed it when I changed the car to full Sebring homologation 47 specification and with the 1000 engine couldn’t tell the difference! We kid ourselves sometime that things work! If that is all he got pulled up on I would say that he has a very correct car and he should change it the two things, both very easy. The weight saving by moving the battery back and throwing away a fair bit of battery cable will help! The only cases in period when modifications not permitted in Appendix J of the period were done was when the cars were competing as either a GT Prototype or a  “Sports Car” ( Period Appendix J Group 4, same category as D Type Jaguars etc, Sports Racing Cars !), such as Sebring 1959, when amongst other things brakes were different to anything ever homologated. Sebring accepted manufacturer’s Prototype GT cars and Healey took full advantage of the rules. If he can show that a Sprite competed in period with the battery in the boot and the steady bar then he could get approval in GTP category but that is not as useful as GTS. He should avoid anything from 1962, that would put him in the later period and photos from out of period are treated with much suspicion!"

I forwarded Kai's message to John Hopwood who is an appointed MSA reistrar for the 1962 to 65 period, and also to Chris Clegg owner of the original S221 - see their responses above.

A QUESTION FROM KAI ERIKSEN ABOUT FIA HTPapers:
"Last season I raced my S-221 a lot (4 weekends, 8 races) in Sweden, where there are some more Spridgets in the class. And I finished all of the races with respectable results. Now, in 2018, I have to renew my FIA HTP papers. I have sent FIA the new application form and they have replied that: (i) the battery must be in the original position in the engine
compartment, and asking (ii) Is there evidence for the use in period of the engine stabiliser bar?
I have the battery inside, at the rear, in front of the rear axle like the originals: S-221, 410EAO and WJB707.
K EriksenThe battery box is clearly to be seen in photos from their K Eriksenrestorations. I also have a photo where an engine stabiliser bar is mounted in the engine compartment of S-221, dated 2005 in Archers Garage. Is it possible to prove that the alternative battery position and an engine stabiliser bar were used in 1961 – 1962? Maybe you or Jonathan W-B have some old photos where it could be seen? Otherwise I have to move the battery to the original position and remove the engine stabiliser bar. Best regards Kai Roger Eriksen Oslo, Norway".

 

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Sandringham Estate plays host to Norfolk Riviera MG Run
The 15th Norfolk Riviera MG Run, starting and finishing at Sandringham, and organised by the Mid Norfolk Anglia Centre MGCC included Stephen and Michael Nash with their 1965 Sebring Sprite Replica. Link
Youles bonnet
PETER MAY ENGINEERING PANELS
It looks like the moulds created by Mike Youles for a customer have ended up with Peter May Engineering. They are now offering the Alexander-derived bonnet and variation of the Peel Fastback which uses Rolls Royce/bentley rear lights. It was also intended to have an opening bootlid.
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NASSAU SPEED WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS ~ 1960s
David Morys says: "I was looking through a book we have at work the subject of which is the Bahama Speed week over the 9253wdyears.The first entry of interest was the 1962 event and there is a picture of the Mk 2 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite (reg. 9253 WD) driven by John Colgate in the 56 Lap Nassau Trophy race on the 9th December. The race number was 42 and there is an abbreviation in the last column Nraf L20. I guess that it means Not running at finish and the L20 may be retired on Lap 20. I have attached a picture (right) that is attributed thus (J. Owen. Terry O'Neill collection). Is the latter the guy associated with the MG Car Club?DAC
The second picture is 1966 but this is an Austin-Healey Sprite works prototype driven by Ray Cuomo [DAC 952C] in the Nassau Trophy Race to 19th place overall and 1st in class 7. The photo attribution on this picture, also attached is the same as for the previous picture."

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ROB CLUBBE'S NEW LENHAM GT NOW HAS ITS COLOUR ON ~ IN WILL CORRY'S WORKSHOP
Rob is planning to bring the car to various of the 60th anniversary celebrations.

TZA AT CHATEAU IMPNEY 2017 (YOUTUBE)
James Thacker: "I have recently been made aware of this on the internet  from my fellow hill climb driver, Mike Gallery.  If  you fast forward to 2mins and 8 seconds on  YouTube you will see 46 seconds of TZA at the Chateau last July. John has already told me where he thinks i am probably losing  time in the tighter bends !"

Lenham Article
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DHMC SEBRING FOR SALE ON EBAY
at £21,995
fitted with many of the right parts (though NOT a DHMC hardtop and lacks its original Girling calipers) I recall we saw this car being offered before. It seems a modest price for such a car if as good as it is described.
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ADO

Douglas Anderson announces:
ADO 34/50 is to be launched in 2018
He is now at the stage of taking moulds from the buck and hopes to trial fit them to the tub early in the New Year.  Then he will be sorting out the details e.g. side windows, windscreen etc. 

ADO
Lenham
LENHAM LE MANS FOR SALE ON EBAY
Formerly registered FUY 539C this 1965 Midget-based car has an 1150cc engine and is being offered at £19,995
Lenham

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2018 ~ MARKING 60 YEARS OF THE SPRITE