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Sebring Sprite Latest News

News ~ March 2017

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I will be away for 2 weeks after Goodwood on 19th March, back at the beginning of April. Until then please keep all the photos, articles and other info coming in so that I can update the website on my return. Thank you.
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S Wheel

RICHARD HART OFFERS FOR SALE ON EBAY:
A Frogeye Steering Wheel,
and (providing you are not thinking of racing at Goodwood!) a set of Roller Rockers
both at £200 and both expiring on 26 March.

Roller Rockers

THAT INLET MANIFOLD (see below)
I recall now that Hans van der Kerkhof, of the Healey Museum NL, was, early last year, offered a similar manifold (but with bolt-on balance pipe), and asked me if I could identify it. Ivo Cappon later offered it (or one the same) for sale on ebay (in July) and it sold for £475. At the time none of us knew quite what it was.

Inlet
Ivo

FROM ROGER SIELING:         re: RON'S QUESTIONS ON 1½" CARBS (& INLET MANIFOLD).
"I don't remember the exact number, but its prefix is AEA, which was a common enough BMC number series. I've never seen another manifold or cylinder head like these. The valves in the head are large enough that the top of the block had to be "eye-browed". The manifold surface where it meets the carbs has a pair of studs to accept the pair of H4 carbs, but there are another pair of drillings for a pair of studs that would have all 4 studs (for the 2 carbs) in line horizontally.I believe there is a photo of the manifold sitting on the fuel tank on the Falcon page. The manifold is a one piece casting, encompassing both throats in one casting w/ the plugs in the ends so that part looks stock. The H4 carbs are of fixed jet type w/ no provisions to drop the jet down for enriching the mixture for cold starting. The jets are mounted in threaded collars to allow them to be adjusted for running mixture. Some of these parts were missing but those parts were found to be used on Jag XK-120 etc so I have a complete kit. From sitting out in the open for those years during the 60's until I rescued it, one carb is still corroded together, despite them sitting in ATF for 30 years. I did buy a niFalcon-13ce set of MGA carbs 20 years ago in case I have to abandon the original, and that is what is on the mock-up right now.      Roger.
PS: I am handicapped by not having access to the car and its pieces during winter season, but that will change in about 6 weeks".

SECOND MESSAGE FROM ROGER: "The photo on the Falcon page of this website is not of the fuel tank, but rather the engine block, [see photo above right] rocker cover and the manifold. Sorry for the poor photo quality, but this was taken many years ago, possibly with natural light in my basement with Tri-X 400 film and digitized to the form you see. If you look closely, you can make out the cruciform shape of the carb flange".

THERE ALL CONVERGING ON GOODWOOD FOR THE BIG RACE - THE WESLAKE CUP

Brian Small
Brian Small
Brian Small
Brian Small's Ashley GT gets on its trailer. Fitted with Peter May engine and gear box and prepared by Midland Classic Restorations. [Graham Walden]
Will
Will
Will
Will

Will Corry said on 11th March: "It's been a journey to get this car ready for Goodwood Members Meeting 75MM. It is finally ready to test ahead of packing up and heading over next week. Too many people to thank but we will update next week once we land into Goodwood race circuit"

Original press photo of both record breakers
Austin Healey Sprite and the MG one [karsten Stelk]
Record cars
SS 1800
off to Goodwood
SS 1800
RG

AND MORE FROM RON GORDON
"Sorry about Q vs O on the part number.  I disassembled the balance pipe from the manifold for Tom.  Picture attached of the gasket and orifice plate.  The plate is fairly well made but whether original or not ?  The center hole is 7 mm.  There was .06 mm (1/16")gasket material on both sides of the orifice plate which I reproduced". 

TOM COULTHARD'S REPLY TO RON GORDON

"I don’t think we know the ‘as-cast’ internal diameter of the Healey inlets, do we? (That’s ‘Q 2344’, BTW, not ‘O 2344’ as Ron has it – all DH MoCo parts had Q numbers.) It would make sense to cast them fairly narrow so they could be machined out to either size – there must have been a larger market for use on road cars than for track use. Also I gather the problems of shrinkage with alloy casting can be considerable.

We know the 1959 works Sprites had 1 1/4 inch carbs on their ‘XSP 1165’ units. There is an engine pic on p 149 of “Spritely Years” (OK, OK, the caption is a very rare typo – you can see they’re 1 1/4”!!). But by 1960 I think all the serious racers had 1 1/2 inch H4s: this carb/size seemed to hit a particularly sweet spot which may have been due to inlet tract length improving torque – the H4 is noticeably long in the body.

I am particularly interested in the photo Ron has sent you of his Healey inlets: there appears to be a stamped steel washer between the alloy manifold and the steel flange of the (steel) balance pipe. This does not survive on the original Q 2344s I have – what does it look like dismantled (please)? Does it look original? How does it seal? I have always thought they might have used a shaped fibre washer/gasket – the one that goes between the block and the brass heater tap seemed a likely candidate, though I’ve never actually got round to comparing the sizes. The sealing must be critical: no race engine wants to lose the slightest gasp of inlet vacuum".

FROGEYE SPRITE WANTED
A new member of Midget & Sprite Club is seeking to buy a Frogeye in the region of£12,000. Information leading to the purchase of same can be forwarded:
enquiries@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk
S221
S221 & 184 FGJ safely arrived at Goodwood and all set for this weekend's Members Meeting! First time both cars have been out racing together for a couple of years...

NO ROLLER ROCKERS OR SPLIT WEBERS IN WESLAKE CUP AT GOODWOOD!!

I was interested to learn that these instructions have been sent out to all those competing in the Weslake Cup:

"It has come to our attention that a number of competitors may be running roller-rockers on their engines for the Weslake Cup. This is not allowed under the technical regulations set out by us. The regulations state that the cars must adhere to Appendix K, which prohibits the use of roller-rockers. Our regulations go on to make further, more specific, clarifications. We appreciate that our regulations do not explicitly state that these are illegal, but as no specific reference to them is made, and they are prohibited under Appendix K, they are similarly illegal under our own regulations.
As we are so close to the event we are in a difficult situation and making last minute technical amendments is not practical. Therefore would like to clarify our intended actions at the 75th Members’ Meeting:

  1. Cars running roller-rockers will not be disqualified from the Meeting, however they will be issued with a penalty.
  2. All competitors must declare whether they are using roller-rockers before qualifying, anyone found to be using roller-rockers who did not declare it beforehand will be disqualified.
  3. Practice/qualifying will happen as normal on Saturday.
  4. Qualifying positions for cars running roller-rockers will be in accordance with their qualifying times, but with the fastest roller-rocker car starting behind the slowest ‘legal’ car – i.e. the grid will be separated into two classes (those with roller-rockers and those without).
  5. To avoid any further confusion, split Weber carburettors are not permitted – a single twin-choke Weber is permitted as per the regulations.

  For future reference:

  1. Goodwood does not allow the use of modern or out-of-period modifications unless specifically stated in the race regulations – we do not expect to see roller-rockers on these cars in the future
  2. Any competitor found to be running their car in a specification that contravenes the regulations will be penalised. The severity of the penalty will be appropriate to the degree to which the regulations have been ignored
  3. Goodwood aspires to be at the forefront of historic motorsport, and, therefore, want to set the standard for safe and fair competition. We expect your full and continued support in achieving this.

 Many thanks, Matt Hearn, Motorsport Competitions Secretary,
Tony Gaze Building, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PH)

WATCH GOODWOOD LIVE THIS WEEKEND (18/19 MARCH) JUST CLICK HERE

The Weslake Cup (aAt 9am Sunday 19th) - Entry List
which includes 26 Spridgets, 2 Turners a Rochdale Olympic and an Ogle SX1000

Ian Walker


A GREAT PHOTO
of WJB 707 being driven on the ragged edge by Ian Walker back in '61

MY OWN THOUGHTS ON RON GORDON'S NOTE BELOW: "I would imagine the Healey inlets were made specifically for use with the 1½" SUs as that was a standard tuning modification on Sebring Sprites, but others may correct me? I think a hole appearing in the head casting was not that rare - my first Midget Mk 1 had just such a hole when I bought it and I had to get it repaired, but it would be great if on could prove this was from the Moss car/engine. MEI"

Ron Gordon

Ron Gordon

FROM RON GORDON:
"Martin, I hope all is well with you.   I have been following the discussion of XSP engines with interest and Roger noted that his Falcon Sprite had 1.5" carbs.  In the parts that came with my car was a set of 1.5" carbs and intake manifolds (Healey 02344, pic attached) which accept the 1.5" carbs.  Judging by the quality of modification work on other components with the car I would say this was done professionally if in fact modified. Were these intakes originally made to accept 1.25" carbs? The head with the manifold has casting number 90152.  This head has a lump of weld in the #3 port (pic attached).  On page 126 of 'More Healeys' it was mentioned that the Moss car cracked the head warming up for the 1960 Sebring 4hr and it was repaired with a lump of weld. The intake manifold and head are port matched at 1.25".  Whether the head I have is the head from 1960 is a coincidence or in fact the same but I feel this set was together at some point".
COMMENTS PLEASE via FEEDBACK

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SEBRING SPRITE FOR SALE ON EBAY
This appears to have all the right bits to make it a standard-bodied Sebring and in nice condition. Looks like an age related plate and possibly re-imported from USA, expires 23rd March
Buy Now price is £19,495
XSC
Alex ARB
Alex ARB
AlexARB
Alex ARB
Alex ARB
ALEXANDER ANTI-ROLL BAR
Pierre Lequeux has kindly supplied these photos of his anti-rollbar which has incredibly long arms and as he points out "the diameter of the bar is 16.21 millimetres (about 5/8 of an inch after Brexit I guess..)
Alex ARB
793 XPP
BXN
WSM
5506AR
The Woolmer Classic Engineering cars have been out practicing at Goodwood. Good to see Ian Hulett's black and yellow WSM restored to good health after its accident.
SS 1800
Along with 6 other cars being prepped for the 75th Members Meeting at Goodwood is Shaun Rainford’s Lenham GT “SS1800”. The car has not been raced in a couple of years so they’ve been through every nut and bolt, the engine has been rebuilt, and yesterday it spent some time on the rolling road. Shaun will be competing in it in the Weslake Cup. [CCK Historic].
SS 1800
PMO 15
Does it still exist? Ray English found this in an Australian magazine: Modern Motor. Feedback please if you know.
PMO 15
PHOTO FOR SALE ON ebay
Taken by Guy Griffiths of Jim Kennard at Bugatti OC Prescott on 12/7/64 when he won his class. 1 bid at £9.99 exp 19 Mar
E700
FROM SPRINZEL:
" While BMC Canada did indeed pay for most of Abingdon and Healey entries at Sebring, Hambros was actually the US Importer for BMC Products; Canada provided a lot of the mechanics, and several drivers and 'Dusty' Miller did the publicity. I seem to remember that they also prepared the MG's that competed. I don't recall the US folks being very concerned with Sebring. J"
Stu
Another pair of ARMSTRONG ADJUSTABLES being offered by Steuart Crofts on ebay - at the 'Buy Now' price of £500
and a 40 DCOE Weber being offered by John Poulter on ebay auction at £42 - expires 15 March
Weber
Respray
ALAN ANSTEAD'S SEBRING REP - 577 DNX
now not only sports its new side-screens but has had a complete re-spray after he fitted a flexible seal between the coupe top and the bodyshell. Very smart Alan - and talking of patience - you got your side-screens eventually!
Anstead Sidescreen
AND, FROM ROGER SIELING (Owner of the Falcon Sprite):

"When I visited Geoffrey (Healey), March 1990, he pulled out his little note book and gave me some tidbits of information. ST401 had two different XSP motors, I believe an earlier one used for Nassau '59 and Sebring, then a new unit for Le Mans and retained for Nassau '60. The later engine is the one I have and the one listed in the book. GH informed me of the number and I wrote it down. That info is in my file cabinet in Ohio and I will let you know the number when I return.
In the John Christy Nassau article, he mentions in a photo caption that the engine was fitted with 1¼" carbs. The XSP engine I have has a unique manifold and 1½" carbs. The manifold has cast into it an AEA BMC part number, one or two numbers off the unique head casting number, so I'm pretty sure it is correct and original.
The late XSP engine is mocked up in the Falcon and the air horns of the carbs do extend out over the bonnet edge. The later carb bonnet bulge does extend over the edge of the bonnet opening and is first seen on the car for LeMans. When they installed this bulge and cut away the edge of the bonnet, severely weakened the bonnet and this is part of the reason the bonnet has been re-made and re-inforced the way it has been done. The bulge is the original that has been nicely repaired, then damaged in THE accident.  Roger".

TOM COULTHARD'S HELPFUL WORDS ON XSP ENGINE NUMBERS:
"Just noticed that there are some XSP numbers in Spritely Years (pages 224-5) that aren’t on your very excellent XSP page. However, I see I didn’t give the individual number, so these are from ‘The Register’:
581-1        Original engine in 5983 AC when registered as a road car and tested by the mags ...
Geoff’s log of the works cars says it became the “first SuperSprite prototype, code XSS1, with engine no. XSP 1156/5”. This seems odd in that the point about the SuperSprite was that it had a Climax engine ... and 364 EAC (which, according to Paul has a pre-production bodyshell, possibly Q2) was recorded as having “1100 cc Climax engine” when registered on 12.09.62.
1156        The spec of the 1959 Sebring cars – I think this must be from Geoff’s log, since none of the Sprites were registered (173 AC was of course a trade plate).
1361        Spec of the engines in ‘7080 AC’ and the Falcon-Sprite 5893 AC at Sebring in 1960 (I’m fairly sure that Geoff’s log gives the chassis number of the Falcon-Sprite as ‘AN5 401’ – he said to imply it was a production Sprite, though I don’t think it ever competed as a homologated GT car.)
Incidentally, I’m pretty sure there were three 7080 ACs, as the original ‘TFR 1’ was said to have been written off by a journalist; ‘ST 400’ the 1960 Moss Sebring car is stated in Geoff’s log as being built up by the Canadian distributor Hambro (who largely bankrolled the whole Sebring operation); and Jack Wheeler says there never was any red paint on the shell of the 7080 AC he was sold – it was a blue car.
It is sad that the John Thompson number (49270) that Ron Gordon quoted to you is far too late for it to be the 1960 Moss car. One other thing – I’ve got a note in my ‘Healey Works Cars’ file of a phone conversation with David Pratley which gives the XSP number of TFR 5 (LWD) when he had it – which he presumed to be the engine it had in it on its last works outing: this is 3063-25".
[I'll add these numbers to the XSP page shortly - thanks Tom]

XSP ENGINE NUMBERS
For those fascinated by numbers I have been amending my web page of XSP engines/numbers after Pete Taylor sent me a list published in an American magazine called 'Flash' and prepared by the secretary of  the Healey Sports and Touring Club, Del Border, based he thinks in Philadelphia. The article was written in 2010 and can be found on the internet at   http://en.calameo.com/read/000075539f07ea94e00bb (pages 18 to 21). It's impossible to know how accurate the list now is, especially as engines probably got swapped from car to car, even at the time they were first raced.



OULTON PARK
18th March
1961

Oulton
Oulton
Oulton

Maarten Krikken has recently received the above programme copies and lap chart "from Robert Pennington who is researching the race history of TVR Granturas and saw my website dedicated to the early Marcos cars. It is interesting to read a CMM Williams is competing in a Sebring Sprite at Oulton Park in March 1961 - probably Chris Williams in 52 LPH in standard body form, I would guess? I would also be curious to know who C McLaren was who drove a Sprite. Could he be the same Chris McLaren who drove a Marcos Gullwing and Fastback?"Feedback if you can help please.

VP7
VP7
VP7
VP7
FROM ALISTAIR ROSS: Your picture of the back end of VP7 reminded me that I have number of photo's of VP7 that JVP gave me showing VP7 metamorphosing into a Speedwell GT. Attached are 4 photos showing the main changes. The photo of the finished GT at full chat is at Goodwood.
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728 H - SPEEDWELL GT
This car belonged to Richard Melville and was entered, by Peter Jackson, in the Sebring 3 hour race in 61. It was to be driven by Graham Hill and Richard. Graham did the first stint in the race and it suffered with too high oil temperature and was soon retired. It was returned to England and Richard drove it at La Chartre when he was 2nd behind Peter in BXN; he then drove it at Clermont Ferrand in the 6 hour race when it again retired with overheating, and BXN was 3rd in class behind a couple of Abarths. At the '61 Nurburgring 500kms Richard wrote off 728 H in practice and its special Eddy Mayer engine was taken out and transferred into BXN. [Peter Jackson]


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Sebring Sprite Family now stands at 72. To join send me your home town and your interest in the marque.


J Poulter

MORE ON EARLY ANTI-ROLL BARS
"Just for information I have attached a pic of a 1960 Sprite fitted with a period a-roll bar. I presume this is a Speedwell one being mounted quite near to the king pins and the shape being more of the dog leg. For comparison there is a pic of the one on 2214UE (right) with the connecting links mounted upside down to keep the bar away from rocks when rallying. I'm sure there is a comment from JS about doing this. Cheers John (Poulter)".


2214 UE

REMEMBER THAT COLOUR PHOTO I SHOWED LAST YEAR OF AN EARLY SPRITE GRID AT GOODWOOD?
TOM COULTHARD ENLIGHTENS US: With regard to the rare colour photo (left) of a grid assembly at Goodwood (the 38th Members GdwdMeeting in September 1959) which Peter Higgins sent you late last year, attached are two enlargements – lightened in Photoshop – of the the right (front) and left of the line-up. On the extreme right are the tails of RAM 35 Gdwd 59and VP 7 – both still open cars. The red Sprite is VDD 680 driven by Henry Elwes, of whom more below. The white Sprite is that of D. Watts, about whom I currently know nothing. (I don’t suppose he’s the David Watts that Ray Davies wrote a song about, lamenting that he wished he could be like him ...).

The left-hand photo of the grid line-up shows (from the top down) John Gyde Walker’s yellow Sprite and Simon Scrimgeour’s red one being push-started. (At first I thought the shape at the back of his car was a dog – but that of course would have caused major ructions – it’s the moving feet of one of the pushers.) The blue car is a Tornado Typhoon and the yellow Sprite in front of Gdwd 59it is Lord Strathcarron’s S 29. He was a mad-keen motorbicyclist and quite a character: his Daily Telegraph obituary described him as “an engaging amalgam of Mr Punch, Bertie Wooster and Mr Toad”. He later became the Hon. Pres. of the Guild of Muttering Rotters, a position he held for many years.

Lord Strathcarron himself is the tall guy facing the camera in the Arran sweater. To his left is the driver of the dark green frogeye (888 HPA) with its bonnet open, George Naylor. Then there is someone who looks like a race official (he is wearing what is perhaps a GRRC armband and is carrying a sheaf of papers). The woman with her back to us is Mrs Beatrice Naylor, who tuned the engine that they appear to be discussing – a remarkable lady, Mrs N.

888 HPA is the only Sprite in this photograph that we know survives. 6 TMT, Wing Commander Ken Mackenzie’s Alexander Team car is just out of shot on the right hand side, having qualified fastest of the Sprites – I believe this car survives though may have been restored as a standard frogeye. Sadly the DVLA website has no entry for VDD 680, either as an Austin or an A-H.

MORE ON HENRY ELWES
From Tom Coulthard: "You ask what became of Henry Elwes – well the answer appears to be that he did pretty well for himself, now being Sir Henry, and achieving the position of Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire"

Has anyone got a copy of the article shown right entitled "Living the Life", about XWW2?
Feedback
XWW2
XWW 2 - SPEEDWELL GT
Another period shot from Maarten Krikken shows the car owned for most of its life by Peter Smith and still used by him in competition. Venue is Harewood, 16th September 1962. Nikk Aveyard adds "that was the first ever Harewood Hillclimb. Several friends of my parents were in attendance (sadly all now deceased). XWW2 was entered by PJ Smith and states 996cc.
He won the class with a time of 55.48 (the track was more or less cinder at that date)... a Lotus 11 Le Mans was only half a second quicker and FTD was Tony Lanfanci in an Elva Mk6 racing car only 4 seconds quicker". See results {Thanks also to Tom Coulthard & Mike Curtis on this]
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THE 1959 WORKS SEBRING CAR DRIVEN BY STILES & SUTHERLAND which was restored by the late Butch Gilbert in the USA is now owned by Jon Curtis (UK) and is registered UWD 97. I have renamed the webpage "sutherland59car" . Watch out for it in the Hertfordshire countryside.

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WG

FROM GUILLAUME GAGNARD of WG British Racing
"Hello, About the black fastback spotted at Epoqu Auto last year in France.  We built this car from a 'corpse' using Archer fibreglass panels. Most of steel panels of the chassis are new, some from Moss and others recreated by ourselves. The engine is a 1293cc with steel crank, forged pistons, H Beam conrods...etc  We have MED dog box. 
I add some pictures of the engine bay. Best regards.
Guillaume (Gangnard) WG RACING "
P.S. I forgot to mention that we have a second Sebring replica here (not fastback).

WG

WG
Snetterton 60
ANOTHER ONE from Maarten Krikken shows a Monza bonneted Sprite leading one of the Dick Jacobs team MGAs.
Looks like the Autosport 3 Hours 1960 with Henry Elwes in VDD 680 - another shot (right) from Nicolas Billion-Rey. I wonder what became of car and driver?
VDD680
AND MORE:
Tom Coulthard points out: "it’s not the Autosport Three Hours and I believe the Marcos is being driven not by Jackie Oliver, but by Ian Walker, WJB 707 by then being sold (or having been sold) from Lancaster Mews. It is the Autosport Three Hours meeting, but as the big race started at 5.30 pm and went on into the darkness – justifying its ‘mini Le Mans’ moniker – there were supporting races for saloon cars, Formula Juniors and the Molyslip Trophy race for GT cars. (This is actually as given in “Spritely Years” page 193!!) Peter Jackson told me he was “trying everything he knew” (which, as we know, as a racer was quite a lot) to keep ahead of Ian Walker in the works Marcos ... which I gather Peter managed for many laps, though neither of them got ‘onto the podium’ in class".
[So, is it Peter or is it Melville? More later perhaps.]

THAT SNETTERTON PHOTO (3 rows down)
Former owner of 46 BXN, Peter Jackson tels me: "Thanks for photo, it is not one that I have seen before. In fact it is Richard Melville driving BXN. He borrowed it from me to do that race at Snetterton, I think using the engine which we had used for the 500 ks at the Ring,where we had finished 3rd overall. I cannot remember how he got on, though I was pleased to get it back in one piece!!. I am in constant E mail contact with Richard so I will ask him if he can remember, and let you know if I get any info. Hope your supercharger is working ok. Cheers P.J."



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RESPONSES FROM TOM COULTHARD ON ANTI-ROLL BARS
"One potential disadvantage of the Healey arrangement was that the drop link reduced the ground clearance under the wishbone pan. The Speedwell ARB was a different animal entirely, having a cranked or 'cowhorn' configuration - this pic is of Graham Hill at Sebring in 1961. (Note that the big Speedwell catalogue didn't appear until 1963.)
It's not the Speedwell ARB but the Healey Speed Equipment one which is the same as the A-H 100 bar. The shape and fitting was different to the later production ARB as this pic of one of the 59 Sebring works cars (right) shows:"


59 Works ARB
Armstrongs

SEAN SANDOE
is offering these Sebring items for sale on ebay.
The Armstrong shocks are at £599 sold £620 11 Mar
and the Hubs are at £299 unsold 11 March

Sebring hubs

MG Mecca www.mgmecca.co.uk are advertising that they can manufacture 2/3 Sebring Sprites per year from £27,995.

BXN
Kindly sent in by Maarten Krikken this photo of 46 BXN in its original standard-bodied style is captioned "Snetterton 3 Hours 1961 - Jackie Oliver". Looking at the excellent "racingsportscars" website I can't see Jackie in the race, only Andrew Hedges and a D.Randall in Sprites apparently finishing 5th & 6th.
Sebring
SEBRING PAMPHLETS & CIRCUIT MAP now scanned to a higher resolution. [Pete Taylor]
Click on each to open.
Sebring
Circuit

VAUXHALL VENTORA DISCS
This is the Dave Richards from projectShop.tv., late Editor of Classic Car Weekly who knows all about Vauxhall and Eastern European cars in response to John Baggott's request: "With 30 Ventoras left? He'd need to buy a complete car to take them off it. And the last scrapper that sold on ebay made £3900. What he needs to do is get a new pair machined from billet".

"Talking of Alfa engines, apparently Halls Garage (Tifosi Rana) are looking to fit Suzuki engines & boxes.
I have started to fit my new sidescreens. Alan Anstead".

SVEN HAS SOME ANSWERS: ALFA ENGINE/BOX & SPEEDWELL v HEALEY 100 ANTI-ROLL BARS

About fitting an Alfa engine and gearbox: There was for sale a MkIII on ebay recently with a Sebring front with an Alfa engine and gearbox in it - seemed to fit nicely. It looked like the battery tray had to be modified or removed. I could not make out whether anything had to be done to the cross-member to make the gearbox fit. But it looked like similar problems to installing a Kent block based engine or a K-series. All of these have 5 main bearings and are a bit longer than the good old A-series.
The second bit is about the Speedwell and the Austin Healey 100 anti-roll bars: I believe there was an original Speedwell anti-roll bar on TRV202. It  can be viewed on the first photograph on TRV´s sub-page. Like the Austin Healey 100 bar the eyelet is horizontal, albeit a bit smaller. It is longer and has a somewhat more complex shape. The links are mounted further out on the wishbone. The links are not available anymore. I have modified rear shock absorber links to do the job.
If you are interested I shall send photographs.

LM Model
DUPLICATE MODEL BOUGHT IN ERROR
Exem EX RLM 008
"Austin-Healey Sprite No.48 Le Mans 1965 Aaltonen/Baker" £29.99 box unopened. Contact John Baggott SOLD
R Friend
EQUIPE GTS TEST DAY ~ GOODWOOD 28 FEBRUARY
'This smart Frog bearing the legend "Friend Racing Developments" looked good through the chicane and had an aluminium bonnet, [Roger Friend's son, Oliver] and Shaun Rainford shakes down son, Charles', Lenham Le Mans'.
(Photos/text: John Baggott)
Shaun
Air scoop
Airscoop

KEN GRASING'S DEVELOPMENTS
For his supercharged car, this newly fitted air scoop replicates that on 7080 AC in the early days, the airbox (not shown) similar to the one seen in pictures of FEY 678. (this work carried out by Skunk River Restorations of Ames, Iowa).   The airbox is made of aluminum and designed to fit a new K&N cone filter, the scoop blending in with the headlamp shape.
Ken is also building a 10CG 1098 for his Innocenti S which uses a well worked on 12G295 head, fast road cam, plus .040 overbore and a bit of compression boost to be mated to a Datsun 5-speed gearbox.
His naturally aspirated 948cc engine is also just about completed - built to FIA Appendix K, bored to 998cc and fitted with FIA correct size valves, correct rockers, and correct head.

SPEEDWELL GT - 585 MY
Still looking for a new home at 115000 Euros
Link
585 MY
SPOTTED AT LAKE TAHOE in 2002 (Genuine 1959 Sebring team car or a copy?)
[Pete Taylor]
173 AC
hnx
HNX 456D ~ A photo from Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird of the Baker/Hedges car at Le Mans in 1967
EAO
and EAO in the SNETTERTON 3 HOURS in 1961 - Andrew Hedges at the wheel
Zagato

MORE PHOTOS OF JAN MUSSCHE'S "ZAGATO SPRITE" PROJECT
Zagato
Zagato

JOHN BAGGOTT
is looking for a pair of Vauxhall Ventora brake discs (a regular mod in bygone days for Modified Midgets)
Feedback please if you can help.

OULTON PARK ~ 30 Sept 1967 (right)
Dudley Lucas in EAC 90C (special bodied Healey 'works' Sprite far left) alongside John Willetts in 9253 WD (Healey 'works' Mk.II Sprite) on the grid at an MGCC event. John Willetts scored a 1st in class, 5th overall, but was penalised 1 minute for a push start! Therefore not placed! He also recorded the fastest lap in class with 9253 WD at a speed of 80.81 m.p.h. [JWB - Facebook]


Oulton

MG MIDGET GT (JACOBS REPLICA) PROJECT
Some of you are probably aware that over the last 8 years, since the death of Brian ReplicaArcher, I have been working on a project to produce a replica of the GT Midget often referred to as the Dick Jacobs Midget. This is something Brian always planned to do though when the opportunity arose to build a copy of the Sprinzel Sebring Sprite he went down that route, initially, instead. When Brian was ill his partner Andrew Forster made a start on making a buck of the front end and I took on the job of building one for the main body. This has proved to be long and time-consuming work and at the age of 71, and having begun the renovation of a cottage 300 miles from our current home, the car project has had to be set aside. I have therefore decided to dispose of the partially completed buck if I can find someone interested in taking it over. For more details please take a look at my web page: www.jacobsmidget.com/replica.html which tells the story so far.
I am now offering for sale:
* The sound Midget bodyshell with modified rear arches, dummy windscreen (aluminium) fitted with a central spine profile (MDF) together with a shortened bonnet, tatty front wings, a pair of doors and a boot lid.
* Ready-bent aluminium extrusions and curved polycarbonate sheet to complete the wind-up windows with winding mechanisms and chrome handles.
* Chassis stand supports with castors.
* Assorted working drawings - and photos of the original cars.
* Aluminium former for production of further polycarbonate windows.
* Plywood former for working on door/window frames.
* 3 newly manufactured Pilkington Glass laminated windscreens and all rights to the tooling. (These alone cost £2,400)
* The original 1969 car's identity, V5 etc documents
* An alternative 5-digit 1969 registration on retention certificate: NVJ 6G (New Version Jacobs)

A SALE HAS NOW BEEN AGREED

ANYONE ANY EXPERIENCE OF FITTING AN ALFA 105 TYPE (1300 or 1600) ENGINE AND GEARBOX IN A SPRIDGET?
Apparently they are dimensionally similar. Feedback would be appreciated (by David Bruzas, for a friend)(.
Mike Haigh
On 20th Feb CCK were at Brands hatch with Mike Haigh testing his Lenham Le Mans. "The car has been prepped for the Weslake Cup at Goodwood’s 75th Members Meeting, and is performing well with only a couple of jobs to do before Goodwood.
Mike Haigh
Archer
JUST TO PROVE THOSE ILLUSIVE SIDE-SCREENS
ARE FINALLY ARRIVING
THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM
ALAN ANSTEAD & DAVE MARRIOTT
Archer
Sebring
PETE TAYLOR kindly sent in these copies of a leaflet about the SEBRING RACE CIRCUIT in FLORIDA
Unfortunately the resolution is not very high so I will see if I can get a better copy for display later.
Sebring
AGThorpe
AG Thorpe front and rear bodywork for sale - very rare.
On ebay expires today 1 Mar
Asking £500
Oxford

Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation Sebring ready for Race Retro

John Moon
JOHN MOON appeals on Facebook: "This is an appeal for a Spridget enthusiast to give me a hand with my racing Lenham GT. The car is very competitive and has been raced at circuits all over Europe. I have a schedule of about 6 races planned for this year, including a trip to Zandvoort. I live near Chipping Sodbury and have excellent workshop facilities including a 2 post ramp. But not enough time! I am currently fitting the rebuilt engine. The ideal person will have racing experience and a thorough knowledge of Spridgets. Modest beer money for the right person but mainly great fun and memorable experiences. PM me or call 07813 084046. John"
Ken Grasing's Sebring Coupe makes progress at Creative Classics now that its side-screens have arrived.
KG Alloy
JONAS LINDQUIST (SWEDEN) joins the 'Family' and asks: "What's the difference between a genuine Speedwell front anti roll bar and a A-H 100 anti roll bar? How do you verify which is which?
Are there any advantages in using a genuine Speedwell front anti roll bar compare to an original/OEM used on later cars?
Thanks! Feedback please. Homepage: speedwell.se
Dan Dare
DAN DARE HARDTOP
FOR SALE ON EBAY
offered by Pierre Lequeux
currently at £102
expires 5th March
LWD 959E
A new photo, kindly supplied by Steve Nash of the 1967 Targa Florio car, on display somewhere?
LWD

THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS - TO WHOM I SEND MY GRATEFUL THANKS:
Pierre Lequeux; Steve Nash; Ken Grasing; Jonas Lindquist; John Moon; Pete Taylor; Alan Anstead; Dave Marriott; CCK Historic; David Bruzas; John Baggott; Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird; Jan Mussche; Pete Taylor, John Baggott; Sven Eckhardt; Alan Anstead; Sean Sandoe; David Scothorn; Nicolas Billion-Rey; Peter Jackson; Guillaume Gagnard; Jon Curtis; Tom Coulthard; Nik Aveyard; Mike Curtis.

 

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