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News 2020

News ~ March 2020

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THIS WONDERFUL PHOTO IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN 1960 AT BRANDS HATCH WITH PAUL HAWKINS AT THE WHEEL OF S221
(Courtesy of the Healey Museum)

 
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RELUCTANTLY FOR SALE - SEBRING FASTBACK

For full spec see the FOR SALE page
OFFERS SOUGHT IN THE REGION OF £15,000

The car can be viewed in Essex by contacting Mark by email.

 

 


HALLS GARAGE TO MAKE PEEL FASTBACK BODYWORK

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HALLS GARAGE are pleased to announced that they are now going to be producing the Peel (Sebring) Fastback.
"We are building this for a customer on one of the last Brian Wheeler, Wheeler and Davis, shells .
If anyone is interested in one please get in touch".

HALLS GARAGE
Folkingham Road, Morton, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0NS
Tel. 01778 570286 Email: steve@hallsgarage.co.uk Website: http://www.hallsgarage.co.uk
 
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MIKE WOOD ON AVAILABILITY OF BRAKE/CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDER SEALS

"The Girling 3/4 inch master cylinder repair kit (SP1967) as well as the 5/8inch repair kit (SP1963) and 7/8 inch repair kit (SP2029) are widely available from motorsport suppliers, such as Merlin Motorsport as seen via the above links,
or through Raceparts or Burton Power . It's also worth trying Powertrack Brakes Ltd too as they stock original AP Caparo (Lockheed)".

 

SEBRING MASTER CYLINDER SEAL KITS

Professor Malcolm McCrae recently acquired the green standard-bodied Sebring, XSC 500, and found it had a fluid leak beneath the brake/clutch master cylinders. He needed both master cylinder seal kits SP1963 and SP 1967 and was able to source them from the Moss Group. He tells me: "Interestingly SP1963 (Moss part number GRK 1029) is described as  a Repair Kit, clutch master cylinder and priced at £7.50 and SP1967 (Moss part number GRK1027) is described as Repair Kit, brake master cylinder and priced at £7.00. Interestingly the Sprite is not  listed as a car to which either part is applicable, it being the 100-6 and 3000 listed as the Austin Healeys they are suitable for. SP1963 is described as 5/8” but there is no size mentioned in the much sparser description for SP1967". Thanks Malcolm for this useful current info.

 
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DAVE MARRIOTT'S
Sebring was collected this week by Jason and Michael from Halls Garage for the body/chassis to be completed and painted. Seems like a good time to make some progress on a new project.

MIKE AUTHERS
has obtained another photo of his very early Sprite (812 UYS) soon after its arrival in South Africa. Unusually it has a separate pair of front sidelights, and what are those brackets beneath the front valance?

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PETE SCHUMANN TAKES DELIVERY

of the ex-Bill Prout standard-bodied Sebring complete with its W & P/Speedwell hardtop. Very nice!

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Ashley

ASHLEY FASTBACK HARDTOP FOR SALE

[TO FIT ONLY AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE MK.2 or MIDGET MK.1]
"It has all the plastic windows in it which are in good condition. The headlining needs replacing and it requires painting. Looking for offers around £450". Contact:
ALDON AUTOMOTIVE on 01384 572553 or email


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FROM JOHN BAGGOTT:

"Following recent posts regarding Speedwell badges, does anyone have similar information regarding Sebring badges? Having established that my Speedwell example is indeed genuine, I wonder about the provenance of this Sebring badge bought at an autojumble last year. Photos of front and reverse (without any markings) are shown here".
Please send Feedback if you can assist him.


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cuckoo patrol
Alistair Ross spotted this Spridget with what looks like a Sebring style bonnet,
on an old black and white film called "Cuckoo Patrol" filmed in 1967
The location is Well End, Borehamwood. Registration looks to be YPX ???
Anyone know if it's still around? Feedback please.

 

News ~ February 2020

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NEW SPEEDWELL GT FROM MOTO-BUILD

Interesting to see that Moto-Build Racing have assembled a race car using one of the late Keith Hopwood's roof panels (created for RAM 35).
Now on ebay at £32,000.

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776 KNX was recently on display at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA)
 
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ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE '67 'WORKS' LE MANS SPRITE EMERGES

Although I have a few pictures showing the accident damage caused by an accident in the Esses at Le Mans in 1967 this is one I hadn't seen. Clive Baker and Andrew Hedges still managed to come in 15th overall despite a delay for temporary repairs. See more

 

PETE SCHUMANN'S CARS

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"Attached are some pic's of my 1960 AH Bugeye, Frogeye to you!  It's got a newly rebuilt 1275, stainless steel headers & exhaust a Bugeye guy twin-tip muffler, a spare spark plug holder, a Ford T-9, 5 speed, a 3.9 diff, new Timken bearings all round, new Armstrong Lever shocks all round, new Frontline disc brakes both front and rear, a front sway bar and rear Panhard rod, a front forward tilt bonnet, leather hold down straps, drilled aluminum pedals, a new Lucas alt /gen to neg ground, all LED's including fog-lamps and hardtop 3rd brake light, lower signal lights converted to running and signals, new Kumho 175/70/13 tires on new black powder-coated MiniLite wheels, a flip top gas cap, new Raydot side mirrors with SS mounts, a 14" wood trim steering wheel, a rally stop watch, a Russian WWII vintage 5 day wind tank clock, drilled wiper blades etc, etc. Most of the modifications done in 2018 were done by Jack Merryman of Merryman Modifications in Hanover Pennsylvania about 90 miles from me in VA. Recently it won the local annual Hunt Country British Car show in Middleburg, Virginia for it's class and took 2nd in a MD British car show in 2018. It's a real hoot to drive and folks love it wherever I go. 
I also have a Beck reproduction 57 Porsche Speedster and 55 Porsche 550 Spyder. My friend Mark Gagnon has Peter White's Sebring Sprite here in Virginia - it's a very cool car".

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WANTED: A PAIR OF GIRLING TYPE 10 BRAKE CALIPERS

"You will be please to hear that I finally finished rebuilding the Ecurie Ecosse Sprite after its little bump at the Goodwood members meeting. Although the aluminium bonnet was folded up like a crisp packet we were able to save it. I was invited to show the car at this year’s Salon Prive. Unfortunately I was away but my son Robert & his sister Rebecca did take the car along to hang out with some very fancy machinery. It didn’t win a prize but the kids did drink a lot of champagne and eat a few lobsters. I am of a mind to try and get the car some FIA papers so I can run it in some historic events. With that in mind I am trying to track down a set of Girling 10 brake callipers. Do you or any of the readers know where I can find a set. Nick Skipworth".

We all know these things are now like hen's teeth but if you can help please contact Nick by email.


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SPEEDWELL REPLY TO CHUCK'S QUESTION BELOW:

JONAS LINDQUIST reports: "Saw your question regarding Speedwell badges on “sebringsprite.com”,
there is a very good site showing the difference between an original and a reproduction badge:
http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk/spot_a_fake.htm
and how the rocker cover badge looks like in original:
  http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk/speedwell-tuning-products.html
There are quite a lot of fake products on E-bay and elsewhere so one have to be careful.
Some more reading:
http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk/pdf/spd-cat-71.pdf
http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk/speedwell_cat_64.htm
and my own homepage with a few Speedwell related pictures etc:  www.speedwell.se
I have a small collection of Speedwell parts myself for my BMC Mini Cooper Mk2 and my Austin Healey Sprite Mk1,
and if you have any questions regarding speedwell, I just might help you".
Many thanks Jonas

 

SPEEDWELL MONZA BONNET FACTS FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

Message received from John Sprinzel:

"Hi there - Didn't make the Speedwell Monza front until 1959 so he (Tommy Rougeux, see lower down the page) wouldn't have had one fitted immediately after he bought his Bug Eye in 1958. I seem to remember that Stuart Turner and I took the prototype bonnet on the Liege in September of 1959 and the prototype complete Speedwell GT was on show on the Speedwell Stand at the BRSCC Race Car Show in 1960 at the Royal Agricultural Hall. Cheers. J

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Curborough ~ April 2019

PAT COOPER'S RACING FROGEYE FOR SALE

606NEV or ‘Tango’ is bright orange with a massive spec (134bhp). Pat says: "I ran her at St Gueno last season and Joe Mackrell and I have campaigned her on the hills, Joe looks after her for me. Although currently set up for hill climbs she is a race car – though road legal".
If interested contact Pat by email.


Pat Cooper

ST. Gueno, Brittany
June 2019
 

SPEEDWELL HELP WANTED

"My late friend and I collected Speedwell bits for our Sprites. I have 3 Speedwell badges.   One I'm pretty certain is either a horribly rechromed original or a counterfeit.  The other 2 (1 with a black background & 1 with a yellow background) look to be originals.  
When Speedwell attached a badge , where were they attached on a sprite bodywork? Also I'm seeking any fellow Speedwell enthusiasts , I would like to locate a second Speedwell SU carb velocity stack (rampipe we usually call them in the UK) to complete a set for my own car" If you can assist Chuck please contact him via email.
I am not sure there is any particular place on a Sprite where a Speedwell badge would have been located - I have seen them on bonnets, boots, hardtops,etc. The lowest of these badges is, I believe, one which would have replaced the AUSTIN badge on the rocker cover. My old Speedwell catalogue does not illustrate any rampipes, merely the small bell-shaped items so maybe this was a later addition by a firm using the Speedwell name. If you can assist further please get in touch. Feedback.

 
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THESE 5 PHOTOS COME COURTESY OF BONHAMS.
The car was sold at their recent auction at Scottsdale (Arizona, USA) and I was interested to see a Facebook post on 23rd Jan from Bob Fisher who worked for Royston Distributors from 1972 until they closed in 1980. He says::

"This Le Mans Sprite just sold at Scottsdale. It was (once) owned by Royston Distributors. I worked for Royston until they were bought out in 1980. I would often eat my lunch on the 3rd floor where Mr Royston kept his car collection.... I've had lunch in this car....." He probably imagined what it would be like to drive the car down the Mulsanne Straight at 150 mph - while eating his sandwiches!
 
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FOR SALE
Well known Hill Climb and Sprint Austin Healey Sprite with rare Williams and Pritchard 'Sebring GT' body. Ready to compete for the new season, complete with trailer.
Contact Ian Grainger by email

STILL AVAILABLE 2 FEB 2020

 
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ALLOY WHEEL WANTED

Glenn Clarke is looking for a 13inch Twin Fin Minilite alloy wheel (quite rare) 5 inches wide as in the photos, for a Sprite - 4 inch PCD. [they did make them in magnesium also]   On the photos you can make out the fins. On the inside of the wheel they also have small ribs. On Glenn's 2 have this and 2 don’t.   He is not bothered which. Contact him by email if you can help please.

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Jack Groves

ENGINE FOR SALE
1380 A+
Ported and polished 11 stud Longman big valve head
Payan head gasket 
73.5mm forged Omega pistons
Stock rods 
Stick crank
Duplex timing chain
276 Kent cam
Aldon distributor
Rear Oil seal conversion 
45DCOE Webber carb that was rebuilt before I bought it and was used for one event, fitted with:
Choke 40; Emulation tube F9; Main jet 190; Main air 170
and Idle 50F9
Tinavo intake manifold; K&N air filter,used for one event 
2x small trumpets; 2x large trumpets 
Motor plate for a Morris gearbox or Ford type 9 gearbox
Bell housing for a type 9 box for the motor plate 
Flywheel for a Ford or Morris clutch
Ford 7.5inch Sierra clutch
LCB 3 into One manifold 

OFFERS TO JACK GROVES
who can be contacted by email

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News ~ January 2020

I was interested to hear that SVEN ECKHARDT is building another Sebring in aluminium using one of the Marcus Fellows's Fastback tops.
JOE ARMOUR tells me he recently drove his Le Mans/Sebring Sprite
on the public roads to get it inspected by Colin Dodds for
street use in Australia.
 

NEWS OF A SPEEDWELL SPRITE FROM TOMMY ROUGEUX:

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The car in times past.......
.......and as it is today

"I live just outside Washington, DC. I inherited a project vehicle from my uncle before he passed away a few years ago and am now getting around to figuring out exactly what I have. From what I was told before he passed:
1958 Speedwell Sprite - purchased new while he was stationed in Germany. He took it directly to Speedwell after purchasing it to have some modifications completed on the vehicle. He had the original 948 fitted with a Jensen supercharger as well as an aluminum Speedwell front clip (bonnet), aluminum doors, different side curtains, and a different top. Somewhere around 1975 the top was stolen off the vehicle while he was on vacation when it was parked along side his house in Maryland. The doors were damaged while racing the car as well and had been removed and steel door re-installed. Also somewhere in its lifetime the 948 was removed and replaced with a 1275. I have been collecting parts for the last 10 years (slowly) because the condition I received the car in was basically a body-in-white. The only thing I have from the original car is the chassis and this aluminum forward tilt nose assembly. I reached out to Tom Colby at Speedwell Engineering in California to help identify the nose but he said that it looks like a Monza nose but with slightly different headlamp flaring and the Monza nose was made from fiberglass not aluminum like mine. I'm hoping you can help identify this so I can document my progress so far. I have attached a couple pictures for you to review and tell me what you think. Tommy Rougeux."

[I have confirmed to Tommy that he does have a Speedwell Monza bonnet as they made (I believe) six in that material. I have also put him in touch with Speedwell guru Alistair Ross who, no doubt, will supply a lot more info than I can. MEI. ]

 
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XSC 500 FINDS A NEW OWNER
Back in October 2017 I showed details of this standard-bodied Sebring on the News page after Ben Tyer acquired it. Since then it moved on to an owner in France but is now returning to the UK as it has been bought by Malcolm McCrae. Malcolm is keen to find out more of its earlier history so if you can assist please contact me via Feedback.
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LEW McALLAN MOVES FROM THE USA TO AUSTRALIA

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Lew McAllan has finally relocated from Chicago to Australia, and is now living in the Lake Macquarie area, North of Sydney. He shipped his Sebring, a Bugeye and 2 x MGC's in a 40 ft container from New Jersey to Sydney and picked up all 4 cars a few days ago. To his pleasant surprise, the Sebring fired up with a bit of extra juice as well as the driver green MGC. The other two were non runners but are now tucked away in the garage. No asbestos import issues - having had all brakes removed just in case, they then shipped the brakes wrapped in plastic wrap with the cars ! Lew is now waiting for his tools and parts to arrive. Before leaving the States Lew traded with Neil Anderson for his Sebring front mould, which is currently in transit with his household goods. The plan is to make a few Sebring fronts for the Australian/NZ market, albeit perhaps a small market.

 

THE SPRITE ROOM
Back in early December Hans van der Kerkhof of the Healey Museum in the Netherlands posted the announcement that the entire collection of memorabilia previously held by Ray English in Australia had been purchased by, and transferred to, the museum. A Sprite weekend is planned for later this year.
(I note that the Midget & Sprite Club have a trip planned for 16th to 19th April 2020)

 

LAUNCH OF DOUGLAS ANDERSON'S NEW ADO COUPE

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On Saturday 14th December, Douglas Anderson launched his new ADO Coupe based on a Sprite/Midget floorpan. Held at the DockStreet Studios in Dundee, the event went well and the car was well received. Douglas now has to productionise the moulds and hopes to be 'in business' by early summer. Here are some images from the paint shop and the official launch. For more information you can contact Douglas by email.
 
ANOTHER LENHAM LE MANS TO GRACE OUR GALLERY
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A couple of old photos of the car.
At Creg-Ny-Barr, Isle of Man
- late 70's
The car today

Roger Hewitt built this Lenham Le Mans in 1971 around a 1967 MG Midget donor and then ran it on the road for a number of years. He then modified it to compete in sprints, hill-climbs and races through to the early 1990s. At present the car is on a SORN (needing some much loved attention when he has the time!). Stored at his brother's place for the moment they pushed it out of the garage for the photo shown above right.

 
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MIKE AUTHERS' SOUTH AFRICAN SEBRING

Built from a CKD (Complete Knock Down) Kit in 1958 this standard-bodied Sebring has a number of interesting features. See web page

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NIGEL DILNOT-SMITH:

owns this lovely standard-bodied Sebring which was registered in 1959 and Warwickshire Council archives confirm that it was first sold to Donald Healey Motor Co. It is presumed that was where the Girling disc front brakes, 8" rears and wire wheels were added. Nigel has recently fitted a 3.9 ratio diff.

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EX-WORKS STREAMLINED SPRITE UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION

HAN8-R-202 which I call 'the Display car' was sold last year by Jeff Brenner to Emilio Cruz in Mexico. Now it is up for sale again on 16th January through Bonhams with a guide price of US$100,000 to 140,000 (£76,000 to £100,000). Here's the link.
Sold for US$ 123,200 (£ 93,827) inc. premium

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SEBRING SPRITE ENTHUSIASTS WORLDWIDE