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News 2020

News ~ August 2020


TZA

JAMES THACKER AND TZA 238

"Last week it was 50 years since my cousin, Edward and I bought TZA 238 on 23 Aug 1970. After taking part in several of the excellent end of season two lap Silvestone sprints in Oct/Nov 1970; the following year we did 28 events [3 of them sprints] between us; in by far the busiest motor sport year for both of us. The most prolific were 7 each at  at Oulton and Silverstone including the GP circuit."
CONGRATULATIONS GUYS

 
FROM ALISTAIR ROSS:

"In answer to Peter Westcott's question about the height of the horn boss on the Speedwell steering wheel. The height is 1" - this is the same as the height between the top face (where the horn push mounts) and clamping face (that the 27mm nut tightens against) as the original BMC steering wheels. This allows enough gap between the nut and the wire connection on the horn push. The fixing nut should be level with the top face of the steering column when its tightened.Hope this makes sense....Alistair"

Hello Peter, You might be aware that I have recently aquired the remains of (Speedwell GT) 7140 RO. Prior to this maybe this was pre-adaptation I bought a Speedwell steering wheel. It looks very simimilar both pattern and condition to yours. Interesting enough (of) the plastic has suffered the same sort of distorsion to yours. Maybe it was Down Under as well. I have been thinking of making  a horn push boss on the lathe like I did  with the Les Leston in DA. I would certainly be interested in your 3D printer job. I could put a ruler or a caliper to mine if it would help. Sven (Eckhardt).

Hi Peter, I don't know if it's of any use to you but I have just had a look at my Les Leston wheel and attach photos and dimensions (below). regards Martin.

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CAN YOU HELP WITH DIMENSIONS OF A SPEEDWELL STEERING WHEEL BOSS?

Peter Westcott has a problem: "I yesterday unearthed this steering wheel from the crypt.  I think it’s a Speedwell and I need to have the horn boss re-made because the plastic has suffered from the Australian sun. If anyone could help me verify dimensions I’d greatly appreciate it.  The plastic behind the wheel is not so bad and is a good pattern, but the front plastic that holds the horn button is severely deformed. The critical dimension I need is the height of the front plastic, my man is confident that the horn button and the wheel itself will provide the diameters.  I’m having the parts reproduced in ABS by 3D printing, along with the cowl that screws to the dash (that I dropped and broke).  I’m happy to have a few extra wheel parts printed up if there’s a need? I did some more digging elsewhere and discovered the Speedwell wheels were supplied by Formula and I’m confident that’s what I have". Feedback please.

 

AND MORE ON THE FITTING OF A DHMC/JENSEN HARDTOP
Hi Martin, The door seal and clips pictured in the article on the hardtop is the same as the original seal and clips on the Morris Minor, just in case the person who wrote the article didn’t know. Available in numerous colours from Morris Minor spares supplies. Regards Keith (Luck)

 
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MORE USEFUL STUFF, (FROM DAN PAUL THIS TIME), ON FITTING A DHMC/JENSEN HARDTOP

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From Daniel Paul: "Pulled my DHMC down from the rafters to start looking at refurbishing it this winter. I seem to have the original seals on. The funny shaped seal that goes around the door lips and along the back is interesting. From the engineering photos on your website I thought the rubber groove would clip on. Instead they're held on the other lip by a fabric coated door seal with internal metal clips. Small brackets hold this at the rear end. The front seal to the screen is a simple packing seal. I haven't yet removed the rear windscreen seal but looks like a simple 'H' type glass seal. I've had good luck with Phoenix Trim before. Once I have it all apart this winter I will investigate further to see if can find direct replacements. The cross sections on the engineering diagrams look correct though. Best wishes Dan".

 

1961 Austin Healey Sprite converted to Sebring Fastback with Speedwell Monza bonnet.

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The car was professionally rebuilt in the period 2008-2010 when it was fitted with a Peter May race engine of 1330cc capacity and a 7.5" Rally clutch to handle the extra power. Sadly it dropped a valve seat and now has a Swiftune Track Rocket head Cometic head gasket and new piston. The engine is balanced and runs nicely, starting promptly and settling to a tick-over. It is quite road friendly but has the performance and power for competition use. It has a straight cut gearbox using a Jack Knight gear set; Peter May rear springs and Panhard rod, Peter May competition half shafts, negative camber trunnions, and a Peter May top link on the front suspension; front discs. The body has aluminium inner wing tops and edges, aluminium footwell sides and centre console and aluminium door skins. The car is fitted with a full roll cage, 4 point harness and has a fire extinguisher for MSA compliance. Cooling is taken care of by a reconditioned radiator and electric cooling fan, and 10 row oil cooler. Electrics are negative earth with an alternator. A high Torque starter is fitted. A new Bailey Morris prop shaft was fitted in 2019. All bills are available from the build and mods, exceeding £32000.00. Tyres are Yokohama Blue Earth 175/70 x13 fitted 2016, with very little wear. The engine oil has just been changed along with the filter. Colour is Mazda Arctic blue.
ASKING PRICE IS £25,000

NOW SOLD

 

SEBRING FUEL FILLER PIPES IN COMPETITION

Jeff Lehmann says: "I love the design of the Sebring Fastback I bought but getting it to meet US racing regulations is a challenge. The open rear design does not allow the fuel cell and filler neck to be walled off from the driver as required. I was thinking that I could do a flush mount fuel cell and delete the filler neck with the rear window opening to fill the tank. If you have seen other options please let me know".
I sent him the accompanying photo showing the aluminium enclosure I made for my Sebring Coupe but does anyone else have alternatives ideas?


JJO Fuel filler
 

FITTING YOUR DHMC/JENSEN HARDTOP

I asked SVEN ECKHARDT for help with this one and here is his reply:
" I think the technical drawings on the DHMC hardtop on your Sebringsprite website are very helpful. Drawing 1 - Drawing 2 The clips and brackets to fix the hardtop to the car are the same as for the BMC hardtop. The clips are available from AH Spares part number XHOD153 (£33.75 each). The correct brackets are not available new. I did find a set at the Sprite 60 Autojumble at Wroxall Abbey. I have started making them myself and could supply them for £50 a pair. Going by the technical drawing on your site these brackets are fixed to the hoodstick bracket by a 4" X 5/16" UNF hexagonal headed bolt and special winged nuts. The bolts are easy enough to get but the nuts I hadn´t been able to find. However Jochen Schmitt got me onto this: The winged nuts used to fit the sidescreens to the BN4 look very similar and have the correct thread. They are available from AH Spares part number SID117 at £4.50 each. The other possibility is to use 10cm M8 bolts. I have been able to find winged nuts with an M8 thread meant to tension drums and have ordered them from an ebay supplier - they are a good bit cheaper though at £4.50 for the ones from AH Spares aren´t really too dear - you can take your pick. For the rubber in the channel for the windscreen I have used 15X8 self adhesive foam rubber. So far I have been using a good dimension draught excluder as the hardtop to body seal as well as on the apertures for the sidescreens. Going by the drawings on your website it should be a complex foam rubber profile and we found the remnants of this profile on an original BMC hardtop we bought for Franz Josef 2 years ago. So far I had not been able to find this profile anywhere; however one of the seal kits for a Big Healey Hardtop AH Spares offer a seal which looks uncannily like the profile on the drawing on your website. AH Spares have agreed to supply me with a section of this seal and I might be on to something here and I shall keep you posted. Sven".
[I am sure this will be very helpful and if Sven sends me more I will add it here. If you want to get in touch with Sven I can also put you in touch. Martin]

 
"Dear Martin, Interesting to see the feedback so far. I don't know if you want to carry on with this but I spoke to Chris (Keeble) about the drilled centres. He said that he drilled the 3-eared spinners on his race MGC GT and didn't suffer loosening or weakness. Ditto with them on the Sebring, on which he fitted 14inch 72 spoke wires. Chris also said there was also a theory regarding reducing unsprung weight - however marginal it might be! Now I am not completely sure about this but I did a bit of thinking and... I have just thought of something from my Mallock U2 hill climb sprint days (1978-1983). Didn’t the RAC Rule book of the time say something about the removal of shiny chrome hub caps this so the scrutineers had access to the grease caps to enable them to flick them off to see if the retaining nuts were secure. It follows if the centre of the wheel spinner (or hex nut) was solid they wouldn't be able check (rear half shaft or front hub) to see if the retaining nuts were tight and correctly split pinned or even in place! This has been known in the heat of things! I do have doubts over my memory on this it may simply have been to see if the wheel nuts were on tight. Anyway signing off. Best wishes, David (Morys"

"Dear Martin, They bored the centres out of the knock off nuts on the MGC GTS Lightweights and then when they arrived at the Nurburgring for the Marathon de la Route in 1968 for the 84 hour marathon event they soon found out in practice that the nuts were coming loose! The remedy was to shrink on an ugly, weighty metal ring in EN strength steel to keep them tight and from distorting. The other problem was they needed an extended long handled box spanner to get them off after they had been tightened. I remember talking to Doug Smith of MG Motorsport years ago and he was asked by customers for this tweak. Not for any weight reduction though just cosmetic. I always wondered if the the relatively thin cap in the centre added much but it obviously does so my advice is don't mess with nature if you are intent on the look perhaps you could get some slightly stronger spinners made with more meat around the centre. Turinno Wheels make bespoke spinners but as with all quality products the price reflects this. Best wishes. David (Morys)"

"Hi Martin, concerning the centerless knock offs I am using them for years now on my racing car. They work just as they are intended, the weight saving is minimal but they look really great. They were originally fitted by Rae Davis (now RDR) back in the last century and now sold by his brother Daryl at £189 a set:-) regards Christoph Klamert"

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A QUESTION ABOUT HUB SPINNERS
Pete Schumann says "I have seen a few Sprites, Midgets etc. with what appears to be the center of the eared knock-off hubs removed as in the attached silver blue Speedhunter web site Sprite picture. Do you know how this was done, ever see one up close? Did they just use a hole saw to take the center out?  I wonder if that weakens the knock off? I love the look and was considering it". Feedback please
 
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LENHAM LE MANS COUPE FOR SALE

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This car is immaculate in every area.  New build to highest standards.  Photographic history available.  Eligible for many historic championships.  Chassis (1972 MkII MG Midget) was stripped, dipped, coated and given full respray.  Engine prepared by Smirthwaite (build spec available) with zero race miles.  1293cc.   New gearbox.  New clutch.   Suspension rebuilt.   Full roll cage.  Plumbed extinguisher.  Foam filled racing tank.  All new pipes and hoses.  Fully re-wired.  Lightweight race seat.  Currently on Avon tyres but equally happy on Dunlops.  Every part on this car is either fully refurbished or brand new.  Large file of bills with the car.  Too much to list.  Currently on SORN but could be road registered if race series requires.  (i.e. HSCC 70’s Roadsports.)   This car is “on the button” and ready to go and provides the perfect entry into the world of classic racing.  Sensible offers considered.  In addition, a new, painted but unfitted Lenham front end is available by separate negotiation.  £29,750
Call Bob on 01737 224175 (Car is located near Dorking in Surrey). 

 

INFORMATION RELATING TO DHMC/JENSEN HARDTOPS REQUIRED PLEASE

Several owners have original DHMC/Jensen (tall side-screen) hardtops and lack fittings and seals. Can one of you guys who have fitted one recently come up with what fittings and seals are required and the source from which they can be obtained, please Then I can publish that info on the website. Feedback please. Many thanks.

 
DHMC TALL SIDE-SCREENS
For a long time it has been difficult to obtain side-screens for the DHMC/Jensen hardtops which are taller than the standard BMC ones. I learned recently that Pete Farmer still had 5 sets of reproduction side-screens in stock and I am pleased to say I have placed all of those. There will be no more from that source but Sven Eckhardt has made some and so, if asked nicely, I expect he will be able to produce some more.
PF
 

TRAILER FOR SALE:
Brian James 'Minno Max', two axle trailer with manual winch. Bought new by me. Very good condition. £1,800 o.n.o. Email Ian Grainger

 

SPEEDWELL GT - 7140 RO RECOVERY

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The history of this car is complex to say the least in that a former owner with two Speedwells swapped their identities. Then more recently the car subsequently having number 7140 RO was dismantled and following the death of its owner parts were sold off in different directions. Sven Eckhardt has been busy bringing these back together in order to rebuild the car in its former glory. Despite the long delay due to Covid 19 he was finally able to make a trip over to the UK from Germany to collect various items last week. When rebuilt he plans to take the car to the European Healey Meeting in Norway in 2022, and tells me:
"I got the aluminium front, top and one door as well as the original fibreglass back from Bill McDonough. I got the body tub with various suspension bits partially restored with a new fibreglass front and back with new aluminium doors and a 1098 engine plus an original Weston Speedwell rev-counter from Tony Shirtcliffe. This lot was inspected by Alistair Ross who verified that they bore the signs of a Speedwell modified chassis as well as suspension. The rain channel shows marks of two different tops being fitted. I got the original sidescreen frames from
(a former owner of the car) Bill Graham who I paid a visit back in March. I took photographs of all the period shots he had in his albums - what a nice guy he is. I am  going to fit an aluminium back to the tub as well, so collected an aluminium rear shroud and wings from A HEAD4 Healeys on my trip last week".
I look forward to seeing the restored car before very longf. Sven doesn't usually waste any time.

 

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!

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Daren
Daren
[photos courtesy of Bonhams, auctioneers]

You will recall that Jack Wheeler and Martin Davidson campaigned Jack's Sebring Sprite 7080 AC in numerous races including several Targa Florios and races at the Nurburgring. David Morys has drawn my attention to:
"I see the Daren MK 3 BRM that Jack Wheeler/Martin Davidson raced at the 1972 Targa Florio was unearthed after 47 years and sold at Goodwood Member's meeting by Bonham's 29/03/20 (must have been online). It was a rolling chassis and achieved £18,400 including premium I think this was cheap. The FG400 gearbox for the car sold separately for £5750. The BRM Tasman V8 2-litre engine in need of rebuild didn't sell. It had been partially restored by Hall & Hall who suggested to complete would cost within £40,000 - bear in mind a brand new one would be £125,000 + vat. Got to be the cheapest 2-litre sports racer when completed. The Daren BRM and Nomad BRM's and drivers, mechanics that trailed all the way to the Targa Florio along with the Austin Healey Sprites, MG's and other privateers have my admiration what an adventure. The Nomad BRM has thankfully also been reunited with the correct BRM V8 after running with a V6 Ford and Porsche Flat six in more recent years. In V6 form the car was hillclimbed and I saw it compete at Prescott on several occasions - what a truly wonderful shape in open form with cut off Kamm tail. Sorry to ramble on but I hope the Daren will be seen out again soon and that common sense dictates a BRM being installed as without it how can it be raced in Historic's with a conscience - however other Mk 3's were built with other engines so... Still got to be the cheapest 2-litre sports racer when completed".

I knew that John Phillips would be interested in this as he was part of the Wheeler/Davidson team on the Targas back then, so forwarded David's message to him.He relied: "Yes, Martin D did finally sell the Daren, which was what I thought he would do, despite the original intention to restore the car himself after I moved it from Goudhurst to the farm in Oxfordshire some years ago.  Despite the rolling chassis being complete, it was in need of a total strip down and refurbishment. I just hope that whoever bought the car will do a good job and get it running again and as David says, "preferably with the BRM engine".  As for the BRM engine, this is where it gets a bit confused, as Jack took the engine to Hall & Fowler (as it was then) and 'gave' another engine in bits as a payment for them to do a complete rebuild on the first lump. Unfortunately, over time, Jack and Martin stopped racing, their situations changed, discussions were never confirmed in writing, Fowler left Rick Hall, things got forgotten etc etc".

 

XSP ENGINES
Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird has given me some more engine numbers enabling me to make some addition/corrections to the web page

 
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ALISTAIR ROSS'S SPEEDWELL GT - 5447 HX (455 EVE)

Having retired from Cambs University at Xmas, Alistair had little excuse not to progress his Speedwell GT during the lockdown: "I have rebuilt and fitted the engine and running gear into my car; I ran the engine out of the car just to make sure I have all the bits in the correct place and I'm pleased to say this went well. I used a Weber 40 rather than the twin Amals as it was a lot easier to control. It remains to be seen if the Amals ever go back into the car!!, but I have attached pictures of these 'in situ' on the engine. They have been fitted with float chamber extensions - I think this was an Amal accessory of the day, I suspect because the float chambers could run 'dry' with a standard carburettor? So the engine is in the car and most of the pipework is in place, along with a new petrol tank. I have fitted the rear leaf springs as Speedwell's fitted them to the later cars, that is, beneath the spring socket, Speedwells had the springs re-set to suit this fitting, and according to Peter Eva this set up worked well, so I have run with this modification to keep the spirit of Speedwells."


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An old shot of the car parked up.
 
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HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A RAPID FROGEYE!
Fully restored, this RHD Frogeye has been implanted with a 160bhp Yamaha R1 engine and 6 speed sequential gearbox ! Gordon Elwell, who will shortly be offering it for sale says: "I am used to rapid Frogeyes but this is staggeringly quick! The engine installation has been done remarkably well, with virtually no disturbance to the car's original shell. It is currently being checked over/serviced and then I will put her up for sale".
If interested, contact Gordon at Classic Revival on 0115 9663762 or see his website

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Simon Hutch


PROJECT FOR SALE

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Simon Hutch

1974 RWA MG Midget ORG 178M (needing) Full Restoration

I’ve owned this 1974 RWA project since 2008. She came to me when I was serving at RAF Wyton and I’d noticed the sorry sight of her parked up near the Officers' Mess with barely any weather protection. As the winter of 2007 progressed the thin tarp had disintegrated and she was left open to the elements. I eventually tracked the owner down and rescued her in 2008. I basically cleaned the accumulated leaf mulch from her now very rusty footwells and managed to get her back under cover, renting a spare Officers Mess Garage from where she’d been ejected in the first place. Well, out of sight out of mind and the years rolled on. As you can see she had no front wings so I hatched a plan to make her a Streamliner. I found her an original Williams & Pritchard Sebring Mk2 front and an Ashley hardtop. Both need work on the gel coat to bring them up to standard and the odd fibreglass repair. I made an error with the hardtop as I think it’s for the earlier flat rear deck Midgets and requires trimming to mount, the N/S rear quarter Perspex window is missing (the fittings are there) and it didn’t come with the boot section (the mounting holes need rebuilding). These and all the fittings are available as you all know from Motobuild. The shell was last on the road in 1983 and had some welding work carried out, new inner/outer sills and A pillars and a few footwell patches. I can’t say what the quality of the welding was like. The floors including the rear spring hangers are shot. The front inner wings are patched. I think the boot floor looks pretty good and the RWA wings are in fair order. One of the front chassis legs has a small hole between the towing eye mounts.
Also the Midget 1275 engine was replaced with a Marina 1275 unit using a lightened flywheel and brand new clutch according to the previous owner (the Marina crank flange has only one dowel and is slightly larger in diameter). Amazingly after all this time the engine turns easily by hand. Given the price of second hand units you could sell/swap or if the car is receiving a K Series or Zetec heart transplant sell the engine and box for decent money. Marina cranks are often used in Stroked out 1430 cc engines using S journal rods so there’s scope there. The dashboard is complete and all the loom looks there as well. There was no glass in the frame, good time to stick a laminated screen in. There is a soft top and frame and the original seats. Also, the heater, pedal box and a set of 1¼" SUs with manifold are somewhere in my loft along with a few other bits'n'bobs. I believe the steering lock was broken when they ejected it from the garage.
The previous owner eventually admitted he’d lost the V5, wings and glass during various house moves. I applied for and received the V5 last year. I have e-mails from him confirming my ownership of the car. The keener eyed amongst you may notice the registration no ORG 174M could easily be spaced to spell ORG1 78M for a giggle and we’ve always called her Orgy. Previous owner said he’d been quoted over a £1000 for the plate alone! Unfortunately, I was eventually booted out of the garage at the end of last year and although I could continue to store her, she is so far down my to-do list she would be better off with a new owner. I’d hoped she might end up a race/track car as is the fashion. I don’t want to break the fiberglass bits separately yet, I’d rather she had a chance as a complete package. The asking price is ,
£1500 or very near offer
Will definitely need trailering away and a car cover to tie all the bits down. No Export Enquiries and can supply a few more pics of the troubled zones but if you know Sprites then they’re not going to frighten you.

Email – Simon Hutchinson STILL FOR SALE 8TH SEPT

 

With many thanks to all those who have contributed to the website this month including: Simon Hutchinson; Gordon Elwell; Alistair Ross; Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird; Mike Wood; David Morys; Sven Eckhardt; Ian Grainger; Peter Westcott; Bob; Pete Schumann; Christoph Klamert; Larence Maudsley; Dan Paul; and James Thacker.

 

News~ July 2020

1964 Welsh

1964 WELSH RALLY RESULTS

James Thacker has pointed out that his Sprite, TZA 238 actually came 9th, not 12th in the International Welsh Rally of 1964 in the hands of Alec Poole and John Bilton. I have amended the web page accordingly. Not a bad result for a Sprite. Note familiar names like John Sprinzel among those entered.

 
Midget sidescreen

RARE MG MIDGET Mk1 HARDTOP SIDESCREENS FOR SALE ON EBAY
AT £400
As Mike Wood says:"These really need uniting with the sidescreen-less hardtop that pops up for sale periodically".

 
 

1963  SPRITE MARK 2 PROJECT FOR SALE ~ £3,000 o.n.o. [NOW SOLD]
[Donor car with chassis jig and engine stand.]

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  [N.B. Third and fourth photos above are of Martin's new shell on the jig]

Purchased in 2008 and used as his everyday car Martin Hull replaced the original 1098 engine with a rebuilt early 1275 with EN40 B crank in 2009.  He had intended to rebuild it as a Sebring but his plans have now changed. It comes with the jig he constructed in order to build a complete new shell for his now-completed Mk II ‘Twin-Cam Special'; and also with a bare-shell roll-over jig and the stand on which he ran the engine.  The shell is rotten but the bulkhead and transmission tunnel would make a good start, and a shell could relatively easily be built up on the jig using new Heritage panels. The car has a  V5, is currently SORNed and there is a Heritage Certificate.

The cylinder head was overhauled with hardened valve seats, but not fully ported; the crank was reground and balanced and it had a 60 thou rebore; this work being carried out by SRD Ltd of Launceston.  I fitted a Kent 256 cam with new pushrods and 1.3:1 roller rockers.  It has a 1 1/2” SU on an Oselli Torquemaster manifold with a LCB exhaust manifold.  The intention was a flexible, torquey motor, which it was.   Later MartinI decided to convert to Specialist Components injection, and to this end fitted their Ignition Management Kit, which included crankshaft trigger wheel and ECU. He intended to go on to fit the 5 Port Injection System later.  The Management Kit is included, as are the bills for the above.  At present it is back on distributor ignition.  The new engine subsequently did a happy 9000 miles but when the rot became terminal the car was laid up, in 2013.  The engine was last run about 18 months ago and it smoked a little on starting so it maybe it could now do with new valve stem oil seals.  

The car comes with steel bonnet, front wings, boot lid, doors, original seats and steering wheel, and a Frogeye dash and Mk II instruments.   Full details with explanation of the jig/s with photos by email or call

MARTIN HULL [NOW SOLD - 27 Aug 2020]

[N.B.Third and fourth photos above are of Martin's new shell on the jig.]    
   

 

BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM, GAYDON

COMBINED MINI/METRO & BMC/BL DAY ON SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER.

David Scothorn has asked me to mention that
"having had to cancel most of their activities this year, the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, have announced that they will hold a COMBINED MINI/METRO & BMC/BL DAY ON SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER.  For details click this link
The all-singing, all-dancing Abingdon Works Motorsports Celebration that was due to be part of the BMC/BL day has been shelved until 2021.  However, we are pleased to announce that we will present a display of BMC, BL and associated Works competition cars as part of Gaydon’s event on 6th September. The Historic Marathon Rally Group will also be present with a fascinating and varied collection of other makes of Works and privateer- entered cars.
BMM are constantly reviewing how to make best use of their facilities during the current situation and updates can be found on their website   Whilst access to the inside of the Museum may be restricted by numbers on 6th September, they will provide toilets and refreshments outside too. Admission will only be allowed with a pre-issued ticket which is £8 per car, though there may be a small number of complimentary passes, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
BMM need an indication of numbers of drivers, volunteers, and 'special guests'.  If you’d like to be part of what could turn out to be the highlight of 2020’s classic car scene, please email 'davidscothorn@hotmail.co.uk', giving details of the car, name and address for a pass, and a mobile number.
For advice on accommodation we suggest you visit the Warwick Tourist Board website". 

 

Mike Garton
[photo courtesy of BRDC]

MIKE GARTON ~ 1936 to 2020
I was very sorry to learn of the recent death of Mike Garton one of the early and most successful racers of Sprites who competed at Nurburgring, Spa, Sebring and in other prestigious events through the 60's and into the 1970's. I only met him once just last year when he and his wife Lyn joined us for the Frogs and Friends weekend tour in the dales of County Durham. I recall reading his little tuning book on Sprites many years ago and finding it incredibly useful. Our sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends. Mike will be much missed in many club activities. See the BRDC's obituary for details of his illustrious career.

 
Austin Healey Sprite – Competition Car For Sale - £17,500
Paul Baker
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Originally built in 1966 and registered in 1967, this Mk 3 Sprite has undergone a full nut and bolt rebuild by a marque specialist Alan Haste.  It has the sought after Williams & Pritchard Sebring GT front with an Ashley hardtop, polycarbonate side and rear windows and finished in Tartan red throughout. 
It has a rare 1293cc engine completely rebuilt by Allan Cameron to race spec with only 250 road miles.  All new parts used where possible and a huge list of modifications. 
This car would be ideal for Circuit Race, Sprint and Hill Climb or Rally use and eligible for the Healeysport Sprint and hill climb championship, the Equipe GTS series and numerous other race and rally series.
Engine spec: 1293cc A series block with 11 stud Oselli Stage 3 large valve head, Weber DCOE45, Omega cast pistons, Piper 285 billet camshaft with venier, Roller Rockers, ARP bolts, Lightened flywheel, Maniflow 2” race exhaust and manifold, Aldon distributor with Ignitor electronic ignition, alternator, FIA Cut Off and an Electric fan.
Transmission: Rib cased gearbox with HD AP Racing Clutch with remote bleed and a 4.2 diff
Suspension: All new front suspension with ¾” anti-roll bar.  Completely restored rear axle and rear suspension with Peter May Panhard Rod.
Brakes: New calipers/drums, Mintex 11/44 pads.
Interior: Sparco race seat, 6 point TRS seat belts, rear Roll cage and Odyssey Gel Battery.
Wheels and tyres:  MWS wires wheels with Avon CR6ZZ tyres.
Contact: Paul Baker by email or on 07802 608529 for more details and pictures.
 

With many thanks to all those who have contributed to the website this month including:
Paul Baker; the BRDC; David Scothorn; Martin Hull; Phil Zamlynski; Mike Wood; James Thacker.

 

News ~ June 2020

Alex
ALEX HAZLEWOOD
has recently purchased this rather unusual hardtop to compliment his A.G.Thorpe bonnet and tail. Can anyone help with the name of the manufacturer of this hardtop?
Feedback please
Alex
 
Bob Kemp

Bob Kemp recently sent me these photos taken in 1995 at Silverstone, UK. Left to right are the late Brian Archer, Ray English over from Australia, Brian Wheeler and Tom Coulthard, pictured with the Archers Garage demonstrator, fitted with its K-Series engine. Where have those 15 years gone to? [Whoops - I should say 25 years] The car is now in Japan.

Bob Kemp
 
4 HAC

David Morys recently sent me this old photo (left) of 4 HAC taken at Silverstone. The car was then owned by the Late Richard Budd and is now with his son, Charlie. James Thacker remenisces below about his past racing scraps with Richard:-
TZA

"Richard Budd came back to spectate at quite a few MG May Silverstone meetings and would always come and have a chat  so i guess it was one of those events.. I think his last  race in the  5 lap Midget /Sprite scratch race was at MG Silverstone in 1974 according to my records. Our cars were very similar in lap time and we had some great close races in 1973 and 4. I had the wider wheels/ tyres  7" to his probably 5" or maybe  51/2"]  but he had a bit more bhp with the 1293    over my  XSP 1071.   Richard was much quicker than me in the wet in 1972 when it poured  just after the start. on the first lap and Malcolm Beer won. . I remember Richard's one outright win in the scratch Midget race in 1968 not long after he had bought the car and changed from racing his MGB. I recall that he had a cine camera; 8mm or 16mm with which Corrine or someone else took a film of this. Richard had gone well in practice and was probably on pole and I recall him modestly giving the camera to someone to use as he said he might with a bit of luck do quite well .  I wonder where this footage is and if it could  be put on YouTube?" [See MGCC May Results 1968 to 78]

 

CARS FOR SALE (28.6.2020)

This "Works advertising car" (right) was originally owned by Donald Healey Motor Company to advertise their special tuning parts. With a consecutive number from the race cars, it is a nice bit of Warwick History.

9255 WD
dta949c

603 MUY

9255 WD - £20,000
DTA 949C - £18,950
603 MUY - £22,000
 

WANTED ~ MARK 2 DHMC SEBRING HARDTOP

Michael Lehre and Mike Wood are both looking for one of these hardtops. If you have one for sale or know the whereabouts of such an item please let me know: Feedback
Jeff Lehmann also wants one should there be one in the States.
Another interested party is Douglas Anderson: “Like Michael, Mike and Jeff I too would like a Mark 11 Sebring hard top.  Perhaps there is room for a reproduction hard top.  If there was a demand I could have them made, if someone could lend an original from which to take a mould.  Get back to me by email.“

 
Pedal Box

SEBRING PEDAL BOXES

Mike Wood has pointed out to me that Pete Moreland-Moore of BrookFab is offering pedal boxes for Sebring Sprites to order. You can choose either the basic box for £175, and new pedals for £50, spacers, mastercylinders, etc or buy the complete unit for £450. A link to their website is: LINK

 
Vince

THAT SEBRING BONNET ON EBAY

....was purchased by Vince Gillin of the West Midlands. He believes it is an original W & P bonnet rather than a later replica and is keen to know of its origins. Anybody recognise BTJ 674J ? Send feedback if you can help please.

Vince
 

GREETINGS

Although the lockdown appears to be easing a little there still seem to be few, if any, opportunities to take part in any events this summer. I imagine many of you are making little improvements to your cars while things are quiet, probably sneaking out to your workshops whenever possible. I send you all my good wishes and hope that when things return to some form of normality we will get to see lots of completed projects in all their finery. Martin

 
Pete Farmer

SIDE-SCREENS FOR DHMC/JENSEN HARDTOPS

Some time ago Pete Farmer produced a number of sets of the taller side-screens for use with the DHMC/Jensen hardtop. The supply got used up and, to my knowledge, no-one else has produced any more. I have recently heard from Jeff Lehmann in the USA who has acquired such a hardtop and is now looking for side windows. Can anyone recommend a possible fabricator or supplier to whom Jeff can apply? Feedback please.

Since preparing the above I have remembered that Sven Eckhardt has produced some sidescreens for these hardtops having also produced several replica hardtops. So it looks like we now have a source for both hardtops and sidescreens.

 

News ~ May 2020

More replies and advice on fitting "rally" seats:

JOHN SPRINZEL:

"In order to fit our Sprinzel seats  we used to get the bodyshop to bang a dent to the corner of the interior bodywork just behind the seat back, two or three inches there gave a huge extra amount of space for those as tall as me. I'd draw it if I had the vaguest idea of how to do that in an e-mail. Cheers J"

PAUL SLANGEN:

"Yes, I installed those seats. I made wooden wedges to have the seat lean more backwards and give more space. Besides, I changed the seat cushion. Took out the wooden frame and bought special foam which I covered with the original seat vinyl. By that I could sit into the car very good. Otherwise it is too cramped. The cushion can be changed for the passenger seat, then smaller people can drive the car. Seat runners are installed too".

 
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HAS ANYONE FITTED SEBRING BUCKET SEATS TO A STANDARD-BODIED SPRITE?

Malcolm McCrae is trying to fit a pair to his Sebring XSC 500 and to gain access to the boot area it will be necessary for the seats to tilt forward. They also need to be mounted with a slight backward rake for comfort. Malcolm would welcome suggestions/experiences of this problem please - feedback

 
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DAVE MARRIOTT'S SEBRING FASTBACK MAKES BIG PROGRESS DURING LOCKDOWN.

The body kit has been fitted by Jason Elliott of Halls Garage and they have done a very nice paint job. Now the fun starts!

 
Stan Huntley
This photo appeared on Facebook recently, showing HNX 455D when owned by Stan Huntley around 1981 - possibly at Riverside
Bonnet
ANYONE WANT A TATTY SEBRING BONNET? - only hours to go on ebay SOLD for £50
 
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Gary Lazarus recently sent me these two photos of the alloy bodywork which came from Douglas Wilson-Spratt's Sebring DWS 97 and was then fitted on to Peter Skellern's Sprite where it remains. Peter has kindly updated the car's web page.
 
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600FPP
Mike Authers is now the proud owner of this supercharged Sprite!  It’s been stored, used, stored, used, etc, etc, and has covered a verifiable 15,000 miles from new. It has a Healey hardtop number 19 and one of the original 'Supercharged' bonnet badges.
600FPP
 
The Ex-Ian Ashfield Sebring Fastback 5116 HN has recently been sold by Mark Petersen and the new owner is Lawrence Maudsley.
 

APRIL 1958 FROGEYES
Having recently spoken to the owner of a Sprite with a very early chassis number, JOHN BAGGOTT wonders what other examples built in April 1958 are still out there, either in use or under restoration. Current information he has is as follows:
AN5L 501 Kerry Bennetto Australia
AN5 503 Under restoration UK
AN5L 505 Under restoration USA
AN5 507 Reeves UK
"If you own one of the very early Sprites (built during April 1958) would you kindly get in touch as it would be really good to know just how many survive" Feedback

 

WILL AN ASHLEY HARDTOP FIT OVER A SAFETY DEVICES ROLL-CAGE?
Jonnie Westell asks: "Hi guys.  I’m currently trying to build a racing midget.  I’m quite along way into the build and being in the uk I’d quite like to put an Ashley roof on it.   Any ideas if the safety devices full cage I have installed will fit inside the fibreglass roof? Ta very much Jonnie". Email him

 
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SVEN'S BEEN OUT PLAYING WITH HIS TOYS!

"I am at the moment building a new shell for one of Bill (McDonough)'s Sprites as well as one for Jochen´s Fastback. Our own (aluminium) Fastback has been painted inside and underneath (and) we are in the process of rivetting the top to the body. Enclosed are some pikkies of my roadworthy cars coming out of the winter hibernation we took two of them for a semi-legal spin in the Alps (Sudelfeld). Cheers from over here and stay healthy. Sven"

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ALEX HAZLEWOOD sent in these photos of his A.G.Thorpe front and rear body panels as purchased on ebay and fitted to his car. Unfortunately the original boot lid was missing so he is making a replacement using a 3d printer. Once he has completed a full rebuild he plans to enter the car for hillclimb events. [See also under 'bonnets']

 

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
 
ADO Coupe
 
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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?

812 UYS
 
P Schumann

PETE SCHUMANN TAKES DELIVERY

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

P Schumann
 

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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Badge

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

Speedwell

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

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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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1413 WD

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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.


1413 WD

1413 WD
 

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!
 
Grainger

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

 
G Clarke

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.

G Clarke
 
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.

NDS
 
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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