Early in March (2010) Michael Meerlo finally collected his partly assembled Fastback Sebring Replica from Archers Garage where it had been awaiting, for some time, the formation and fitting of its roll-cage. The body panels could then be fitted and the entire body-chassis unit painted in its distinctive gun-metal grey with red-dipped nose, just as some of the original cars had been. Then it was back to his home in Holland for the rest of the car's assembly before it could be displayed at a show in Rosmalen ~ where it attracted considerable interest.
Michael later drove the car across for the Goodwood Revival in September where it looked very smart in the company of Stephen Bowen's original Sebring, WJB 707 in the Classic car park. However, soon afterwards his new engine developed a number of problems and Michael had to bring the car back across the Channel so that he and Andrew (Forster) could strip it down and sort it out. As he didn't want to get winter salt on the fresh paint Michael shrink-wrapped the entire car for the journey - see bottom right. I hasten to add this was not an engine which Archers had built for him. Michael and the Fast-back were at Midget 50 in June, 2011 and took part in the "7 Uren Van Emmeloord" rally in Holland the following weekend.
Michael and navigator on the "7 Uren Van Emmeloord" Rally in the Netherlands, June 2011