(Previously registered WLY 154 and then E 700)
The ex-Eric Davis/Stan Annis Sebring 4444 DA (now owned by Paul Webb) seen (top right) on the 1961 London Rally "where she finished 3rd overall beating a certain John Sprinzel who came 5th". The car currently (Feb 2014) awaits restoration but still has its tall-sidescreen DHMC hardtop No.322.
Its owner today, Paul Webb, tells me: "Eric Davis's registration E700 was on his Sprite which had a Ashley bonnet and a tall sidescreen DHMC hardtop at the time he sold it to Stan Annis. Stan Annis bought the car from Eric around July/August 1961 and ran the car with the E700 reg for a short while until he transferred his own registration of 4444DA onto the car. The E700 number was then transferred on to Eric's new car which was coupé bodied which I assume was built for Eric by John as John says Eric was his storekeeper. Soon after acquiring the car Eric replaced the Ashley bonnet with a W & P Sebring one. I'm unsure whether the the 8" rear brakes and Lockheed PL (Thin Disc) front brakes were fitted when Eric had the car or were subsequently fitted by Stan Annis".
According to Tom Coulthard in "Spritely Years" the car was originally registered WLY 154 and was "Cherry Red, then later light blue, then cerise and light blue, then cerise". Eric Davis was from Bromley in Kent and belonged to the Sevenoaks & District Motor Club. He won the Bexley Light Car Club's Capricorn Rally (Jan '61), came 3rd in the Regent Rally (Feb '61) and gained a 1st in class on the Moss Trophy Rally in May. "Over 6 feet tall and heavily built, Stan Annis was 32 in 1961". He ran a garage business in Wolverhampton (called Raymond Stanley Cars) with Ray Gibbon another keen rally competitor.
1961 Rally Reports
25 May 2014: In a message received from Stan Annis, he offers to tell Paul about all the modifications he did to the Sprite, and his belief that the car was damaged in an accident after he sold it.
[My thanks to Paul Webb and to Tom Coulthard]
2017 ~ and the car is now owned by Sven Eckhardt of Rosenheim, Bavaria and a full restoration commences:
On Liverpool MC Rally '61
Bournemouth Rally '61
Crossing the Elan Bridge on the 1961 London Rally
The Elan Bridge today