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Dedicated to the memory of the late Brian Archer who fulfilled his dream to re-create John Sprinzel's Sebring Sprite Coupé

 

7140 RO ~ Speedwell GT


Back in July 2015, Alistair Ross informed me that 7140 RO had, some 10 years ago been owned by Brian Kenyon who lived near Sheffield and who was involved in running the Harewood Hill Climb. "The car itself had a tough life having been rebuilt a number of times and had been owned by Jack Mathe (see photo below where the car is black and yellow), T Pick and I think Gerry Marshall. It was Bill Graham who got me on to the trail of this car as he had also owned it along with 137 VMX and raced it under his Flintstone Racing name. I 7140 ROunderstood he still has the side screens for the car although these may have by now been reunited with it. Attached (top right) is, I believe, a picture of 7140 RO in one of its racing incarnations later in its life when its livery was a striking purple and gold, with Bill Graham at the wheel".

Then, in December 2016 I learned that "The Speedwell GT owned by the late Brian Kenyon has now been sold by his widow Pat and went to its new owner, Bill McDonnough of Hardy Engineering, just last week. The car is believed to have one of the 6 alloy bonnets made, as well as the usual alloy hardtop".

I understand that Bill is now employing Paul Woolmer of Woolmer Classic Engineering Ltd to restore the car for him. Mrs Kenyon recently found the driver's door which has now been re-united with the rest of the car's components.

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Repainted but still with its yellow wires


Any further information about the car's history would be welcome
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7140RO
Bill Graham at the wheel
Mathe
This shot of 7140 RO was
sent in by Alistair Ross and shows the Speedwell with Jack Mathe, of Waypass Garage at the wheel.
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Mike Wylie passed me these pictures (above and below) featuring Mike Reid's 2214 UE and a Speedwell GT (7140 RO) at Castle Combe in 1962. He thinks 7140 RO was driven by either Matthews or Fielden.
[By kind permission of Ted Walker © Ferret Fotographics]
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