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News 2019

News ~ February 2019

Sven
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That Sven is an amzing guy. Already his original Sprite is back in one piece - see last month's photos of the car in 2 halves.
Wheels

WHEELS FOR SALE

"Could I offer these wheels on the site: They are in excellent condition and come with good hubs and pair of discs. I am reverting to wires on my car. I am asking £200 the lot.
NOW SOLD
David Dickinson

 
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LEW McALLAN's BARCHETTA BUILD

It was going to be a Sebring Fastback but Lew changed his mind.
For his full story with 28 photos ~
Click HERE

 

PIERRE'S JOURNEY TO MONTE CARLO ~ HE MADE IT - JUST!

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"I thought I would update you on my  journey to Monte-Carlo. As you know I had to find a last moment co-driver which meant also that I had to relocate my start to Reims instead of Glasgow. This was not all bad as it meant a shorter drive  and therefore was a more sympathetic drive to the car. There was a great atmosphere at the start and  in true French style they also plied us with champagne prior (to) letting us loose on the road at around 8:30 in the evening. Despite recurring electric problems Thanos and I  managed to make it to Monte Carlo after a long drive through fog, rain and snowy conditions. On the way down I had an electric fire behind the dashboard following one of the locals hitting the back of the car and shorting my rear lights, which meant I lost my alternator and had a long drive with nearly no lights in the snowy mountain roads…. When we arrived  in Monaco the car broke down (flat battery ) just at the entrance of the F1 tunnel in Monaco and we decided to push it all the way to the podium and made it in time against all odds to join the formal dinner at the Automobile Club of Monaco with the ACM officials, Douglas Anderson and the Scottish crew.. We then went on to smoke cigars looking at the yachts  and  won some money at the black jack table  at the Casino… Though we managed to get  the car in Monaco I subsequently  broke down in the middle of France on my  way back and got rescued by a very kind local farmer… The car is now making its way back on a lorry (I hope) … what an epic journey ! Can't wait for next  year’s Monte … Pierre Lequeux"

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Mould

Sebring Bonnet Mould For Sale
Asking price: £800
Contact Mike Authers on 07703 465224 (Abingdon).

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Mould

ROB CLUBBE'S NEW LENHAM GT WHICH IS BEING BUILT BY WILL CORRY

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I will shortly be creating a web page fror Rob's new car but in the meantime take a look at his web page

SHORROCK SUPERCHARGER PARTS FOR SALE ON EBAY (expire 15th Feb)

pulley
Blow-off
s-c outlet
Inlet pipe
Supercharger bottom pulley £99 on ebay
S-C Blow-off valve also
on ebay at £39
S-C Outlet Pipe
on ebay at £39
S-C Inlet Pipe
on ebay at £99
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RICHARD PUGH'S KERMIE (FASTBACK HILLCLIMBER) IS GOING TO AUCTION
AT RACE RETRO. GUIDE PRICE £16,000 to £19,000
Here is the link

Side screens

£380 ~ NEW SEBRING SIDE-SCREENS FOR SALE ON EBAY

Rick Dupuy has a new set of Archers side screens for sale which are not required any more, He has advertised them on ebay at £380 but is open to offers.
SORRY, NOW SOLD

WOLSELEY 1500 REAR BRAKES FOR SALE

Ian Hulett has this pair of of Wolseley 1500 rear brake back plates for sale which may be of use for fitment to a Sebring Sprite. They are in good condition but need cleaning and painting. One has brake linings and a wheel cylinder, the other is bare. He is looking for £50 and can post at cost. SORRY, NOW SOLD

THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS - TO WHOM I SEND MY GRATEFUL THANKS:
Ian Hulett; Rick Dupuy;

 

News ~ January 2019

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Mark Turner tells me his Dad (Ian)'s Healey-modified Mk 2 is (back) on the road and has sent me these pictures. He tells me that: "The next job is to tidy it up; Adrian at Finishing Touch bodyshop (near Locking in Weston Super Mare) who races his own Sebring, is sorting the bonnet out, so (the car) will get better gradually.  It would be good to find out about its first owner, but I fear we never will.  Both Dad and Jonathan Whitehouse Bird used to see it around Stourbridge and Wordsley (where the owner lived ) in the 70s. It still has a lot of the Healey mods which is great (it was supplied to Healeys from BMC)". See 6699 WD


Hulett

WOLSELEY 1500 REAR BRAKES FOR SALE

Ian Hulett has this pair of of Wolseley 1500 rear brake back plates for sale which may be of use for fitment to a Sebring Sprite. They are in good condition but need cleaning and painting. One has brake linings and a wheel cylinder, the other is bare.
He is looking for £50 and can post at cost.
Email him if interested


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AND HERE'S THE ANSWER

kindly supplied by Christoph Klamert

DEREK STEWART'S CLIMAX FASTBACK (above)

Derek has been working for quite sometime now on this installation: a Coventry Climax engine mated to his Toyota T50 5-speed gearbox. It should go like stink, as they say!


EAO

REVERSE LOCKOUT - PHOTOS WANTED

Ken Grasing has asked me: "You had previously posted a picture of the reverse lockout fitted to a shift cowl in one of the Sebrings.  This was the lockout made from a bonnet safety latch.  Could you find the photo for me?  I don’t seem to find it now".
I wonder whether this was that of 410 EAO shown left but if anyone has a better picture it would be most useful. Feedback please.

Jag

LONDON MOTOR SHOW ~ AUTUMN 1967

David Matthews is currently working on a new book and wonders: "Does anyone have a photo of the Jaguar/Coventry Climax Trophy alongside the Le Mans Sprite at Earls Court in 1967? It was presented to Jim Cashmore that year (and to Roger Menadue in '68).
FEEDBACK please


Motor Show

Earls Court 1968

SVEN'S LATEST PROJECT

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Sven
Having rebuilt his Sebring after its major accident, and restored 4444DA to its former glory Sven is now on to the reconstruction of his first Frogeye. Sorry for the pun but Sven doesn't do things by halves, or does he?

URGENT ~ MONTE CARLO DRIVER NEEDED! [NOW FOUND]

Pierre Lequeux is due to take part in the 2019 Classique Monte Carlo Rally leaving from Glasgow for to Monaco on 30th January. Unfortunately his co-driver Marc is seriously  ill and won't be able to take part .  Pierre says:
"I can t do the rally on my own as per the regulation. I am on the lookout for a last minute co-driver to hopefully drive from  Glasgow to Monaco. We would be leaving on the 30th from Glasgow (there is an evening (reception) that can be attended on the 29th and free accommodation at the Clydenbank Hotel) . Scrutineering is also on the 30th and kick-off is in the  evening at 18:00  direction Monaco via the snowy Alps. The aim is to reach Monaco for Sunday 3rd of February  and attend the FIA evening with 500 other teams … the hotel  in Monaco is included.  To participate the co driver needs a regularity  licence + a medical certifying that he or she is fit to drive else a FIA / Motorsport license would suffice. I would just ask for a share of the gasoline cost, Eurotunnel, plus I think there is 2 nights in a cheap hotel (one is the Holiday Inn in Calais, the other somewhere on the way between Reims and Monaco)….the entry  which is  about £1600 is already paid so  I would not expect any contribution towards this.  The event is the Classique and not the Historique so  there is no time-keeping…we are just following the road of the Historique and going through the same check points…there is no winner, it is just about enjoying the ride and getting there. So I am not after Fangio but rather a sensible driver who would be sympathetic to the car. After the event I will drive the car back to London. So the co-driver could either join me and take the ferry back to England from Dieppe (I will stay with my folks for a few days) or I could leave him at Nice Airport or any other airport on my  way back.  Anyway if you or one of your acquaintances  is interested do let me know.
Kind regards Pierre
PS:  There will also be need for a dinner Jacket to attend the Gala dinner in Monaco …."

[A DRIVER HAS NOW BEEN LOCATED, THANK YOU]

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4444da
I may have been hasty in saying that the ex-Stephen Bowen Sebring Rep had been sold. It is still on the market at 33,500 Euros through Carosso NL
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A couple of new photos of 4444 DA (Sven Eckhardt)
Ian West

Ian West

FROM IAN WEST:
Please find attached a picture of my DHMC hardtop on my 1963 Mk 1 GAN 2 Midget. The car is currently being restored and will run on wire wheels without bumpers. We have altered the front valance to resemble the standard-bodied Sebring cars. The second picture (with hardtop removed) shows the car now part way through restoration. It has had new driver's side inner and outer cills, new floor pan, new rear bulkhead (part), new A post skins (both sides), rear wings (part) etc etc. The passenger side was much sounder than the drivers side which had been poorly repaired in the past. The body work has been carried out by Lance McCormack (ex Mulliner Park Ward) at Romance of Rust in Brentford, West London to a very high standard.It now has very nice door clearances! I have owned the car for 37 years and hope to get it back on the road this spring...

JB

JOHN BAGGOTT
has recently come by this interesting advert from early Sprite days. Anyone ever come across either of the items being offered here?
Feedback

ALLOY-BODIED SEBRING UP FOR SALE
This is the car recently completedM Fellowes by Marcus Fellowes using one of the Tom Blankespoor fabricated bodies copied from RTL 304. Priced at £29,500 full details can be found on the racecarsdirect website

Hub

Dave Wood of Orson Equipment has been approached by a guy in Germany seeking a pair of front Sebring splined hubs. Dave has none in stock but would consider making a further batch if we can get a minimum order of 5. Price each is £165. He can also supply Sebring engraved spinners to go alongside these. If anyone is interested please contact me via Feedback or contact Dave direct at: Orson Equipment, Camco House, Dale Street, Bilston
WV14 7JY Tel : 01902 906290
www.orsonequipment.co.uk

BMC Factory/DHMC hardtop wing nuts:

Ian West :

"I would be very interested in getting a pair of these wing nuts made for my DHMC hardtop. I did make a drawing as I was trying to see if I could get someone to make them for me but I'm not sure how accurate my version was i estimated sizes from photos etc. Would happily share the drawing I made if that helps".

Ian West

GRAHAM BISH replies:

"SC Parts (Group Ltd) list wing nuts for the BMC factory Hardtop. I know they look different to the ones shown on the site though - Link". Item 16: part no.16252

ALAN JONES asks:

"Hi, on the works hard tops, the hard top to bodyshell fixing uses an aluminium wingnut. I understand that a quantity of replicas were made but sold out. Is there a drawing of them please  - as shown in the parts list as ref. Nr 18  on the pdf drawing ESQ165.B If you can help please come back to me via Feedback.

May I start the new year by wishing all my friends in the world of Sprites and all those who kindly contribute to this website a Very Happy New Year.

THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS - TO WHOM I SEND MY GRATEFUL THANKS:
Alan Jones; Graham Bish; Ian West; Dave Wood; Derek Stewart; Pierre Lequeux; Sven Eckhardt; Christoph Klamert; David Matthews; Ken Grasing; Ian Hulett; Mark Turner.