6 Hour Relay Race 1961
6 Hour Relay 1961
Peter Jackson with laurels...
...1961 500kms Nurburgring
6 Hour Relay Race 1963
with stablemate PMO
From Peter Jackson to Paul Woolmer
BXN started life as a dealer's demonstrator out in Kingston, Jamaica. Peter Jackson was working there at the time and purchased the car in March, 1960. He has produced an excellent little book about the car's early life in his hands and a few copies are still available, (see left column). Peter enjoyed racing the car in a number of early events in Jamaica and at the Nassau Speed Week before bringing BXN back to the UK at the end of 1960.
Back in England Peter began taking part in Club racing here and got to know many of the other Sprite exponents of that period including those of John Sprinzel's operation. He drove the car to and from every meeting including several on the continent such as the Great Race at La Chartre which he won, on the way down to Clermont Ferrand where he finished 12th in the Six Hours. BXN was one of the cars in the winning Team Sebring in the 1961 6-Hour Relay Race at Silverstone, and at the Nurburgring 500 kms in 1961 he and Richard Melville brought BXN home in 3rd place.
After meeting the famous rally navigator John Brown, Peter was persuaded to enter BXN in the 1961 Gold Leaf Rally in North Wales. Unfortunately during that event a petrol leak in the boot set the car ablaze and almost destroyed it. Early the following year Peter went to work for Douglas Wilson-Spratt and under his guidance the remains of BXN were sent down to Peel Coackworks at Kingston where its beautiful aluminium body was created. Proprietors Alec Goldie and Fred Faulkner operated the business, with Fred having previous experience with AC cars and both men worked at Brooklands for Hawkers during WW2. With design input from Douglas, the car was fitted with a Speedwell 'Monza' bonnet and may be considered the forerunner of the WSM series. Peter continued to race BXN until the engine finally expired and, being short of cash, he sold it to Frank Williams. It then passed into the hands of Adrian Faudington before being sold in June 1972 to Richard Higgins who raced it in HSCC events during the 1970's and 80's, using a 110bhp wet sump Formula Junior 1098cc engine, and he repainted the car in red. He sold BXN to Stuart Radnofsky in 1986, who competed with it in the 1990 Coys Historic race at Silverstone. A serious engine failure shortly after the Coys event prompted him to have Andrew Haywood-Smith carry out a major rebuild. During this work, it was decided to change the colour of the car to yellow. Collector Mick Darcey purchased the car in 1994 and it joined his valuable collection of Healey's and MG's. Mick was generous in allowing the car to race in the UK but rarely found time to drive the car himself. Paul Woolmer and Malcolm Gammons were both given opportunities to drive it, in particular in the FISC Sprite race series of 1995 which Paul won, the 1995 Coys Historic, the WSM Re-Union in 2001 and the 2003 Goodwood Revival. In September 2004 Paul achieved a long term ambition to buy the car, and was rewarded with further invitations to the Goodwood Revival meetings in 2006, and 2010.