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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

 

News 2014

News ~ December 2014

Lenham LM

LENHAM LE MANS PROJECT
for sale on ebay
a classified ad, at £3,900 LINK

[Bernie Higginson]

Zamlynski
Phil Zamlynski is making progress toward completion of his Sebring Coupe Replica

WJB 707
Karl Dimmock tells me that his father-in-law, Alastair McHardy, owned and raced WJB 707 in the early sixties and is mentioned as the seller in Southsea on my web page. They were reminiscing over Christmas and Karl is hoping to take him to see his old car. I hope to have some photos of Alastair racng the car shortly.

JOHN HILL
I was sorry to learn recently that John Hill had passed away back in Oct 2014. John assisted the 'works' Healey team at Le Mans in 1960. See the article he sent me about his exploits there.

Super Sprite
The SUPER SPRITE - XQHS
I recently obtained this article by Philip Young which throws a little more light on this prototype's history and restoration.
[Click on the picture left to read the article]
NEW FROGEYE BODY-SHELLS
I have recently heard from Mike Marczynski of Frogeye Spares Co who tells me that since acquiring Brian Wheeler's operation they have produced and sold several new chassis. They initially had some problems with the hydraulic press which is now working reasonably well and they have a number of new orders for chassis but are still working through the list inherited from Brian. Two new members will join the team in January to help in the workshop, and to increase the speed of production. See "Bodyshells" for prices and other details.
Dave Hewet Rep
Sebring Rep owner discovered.
Way back in the early 90's Brian Archer sold a top to a student who took it back to Australia. His name, it turns out, was Dave Hewet who has now sold the project on to someone in Melbourne.
Speedwell Ammeter
SPEEDWELL 60/60 AMMETER ON EBAY
Expires 3 Jan
Currently at £5.50
Drawing
ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF DONALD HEALEY/JENSEN HARDTOPS
Peter Seaman has sent me a pack of original drawings which include these fully detailed ones of the DHMC hardtop drawn in 1958.
We know of at least 25 of these tops but there must be more. For full size go to pdf-1 or pdf-2
Drawing

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL REGULAR VISITORS TO THIS SITE AND ESPECIALLY TO ALL THOSE WHO KINDLY CONTRIBUTE WITH INFORMATION, PHOTOS, ARTICLES & LINKS TO ITEMS/CARS FOR SALE.
Without you the site would not continue to expand and develop in the way that it has over many years - please keep at it - my grateful thanks to all of you. All best wishes for your Spriting exploits in 2015.

GTO
Lenham GTO
GTO
GTO
Rev Ctr
SPEEDWELL REV COUNTER
for sale on ebay (Buy Now) at £235
A replica created using a genuine Weston case with a modern digital movement, etc.
(spriteracer66)
AN AUSSIE LENHAM GTO (above)
Just heard from Colin Dodds, Spridget guru in NSW
with this unique round wheel arch Lenham GTO
built just 3 years ago using panels originally brought in
to Australia by Ray English in the 60s. The car is
now for sale. Colin's description.
Emerson Goodwood
GOODWOOD AGAIN
No sooner do I publish my revamped story of the Goodwood Revival meeting in 2006 than Neil Anderson comes up with another excellent slant on that occasion published in the American Austin-Healey magazine, and written by Bill Emerson. So here it is for your enjoyment.
STEVE McQUEEN
Spotted by David Scothorn on Jeff Stein's website: www.onthedash.com is this rather nice photo taken at Sebring in 1962 with a relaxed McQueen checking his steed for the event.

Steve McQueen
Note the face of Donald Healey between the bonnet and the mechanic.
[Jim Dougherty]

GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2006
It has only taken me 3 years to get around to reconstructing my report on this exciting event - on the current version of this website. You may remember there were 15 Sprites and Midgets among a big field of classic sportscars, with drivers including Sir Stirling Moss. Formers owners joined with current enthusiasts for a thrilling day's racing. Why not take another look during this gloomy winter weather.

Ashley Top

ASHLEY HARDTOP FOR SALE
apparently for a 1965 Sprite Mk3 (so will not fit either a Mk2 or a Mk4!! SOLD on ebay at £420 - 18 Dec

Shorrock
A very good-looking SHORROCK SUPERCHARGER KIT on ebay -
fetched £1,820!! - 19 Dec
SPRITELY YEARS
Perhaps an opportunity to get a copy of John Sprinzel & Tom Coulthard's excellent history of John's, and many other, Sprites. On ebay sold for £82 - 16 Dec
One we missed, sold recently on ebay was this Sebring Sprite brochure which achieved £68!!
Brochure
Hugenholtz
I have recently been updating my web page on RTL 304
which back in the 70's was owned by John Hugenholtz. On the left here he is driving his Ford GT40 and right, in the Dodge Viper at Le Mans in 1999 where he finished third in the GT1 class. [Chris Keeble]
Hugenholtz
Installation of ARCHERS' SEBRING SEATS
Can anyone help Neil Blaney (NSW) who wishes to make his replica Healey bucket seats adjustable?
If you can please email him (with a copy to me) - thank you.
BMC top

NOW SOLD

ON EBAY
at £441
JUDSON SUPERCHARGERS
I have had three responses to my query on behalf of Roderick Robinson:
Firstly, Keith Luck (My Shorrock engineer) says" George Folchi is the man to contact (in the USA: Link
Next was Neil Anderson who came up with the same linkFor G.Folchi plus another, recommended by the Judson Co: Link 2
He says he knows of no-one in the UK that rebuilds Judsons. Thirdly, Kees van Beijmerwerdt says: "Simply dismantle and replace bearings (standard and available in any good bearing shop). Vanes play should be not to excessive (max 0.4 mm). New vanes are made by George Folchi in New Milton, Conneticut (USA) and sold at reasonable prices. George also does refurbishing of Judsons. Rotors are being remade in several places but are rather expensive, since it is an alloy casting on a steel shaft. I am happy to provide information if someone wants to do the job himself"
[KEITH LUCK is going to service Rod's supercharger and would be willing to do the same for others.
He can be contacted by email and is based at Studham in Bedfordshire.]
Pedals
BRAKE/CLUTCH PEDALS FOR SEBRING PEDAL BOX
Neil Anderson has sent me this photo and sketch to show the differences between a Frogeye/Bugeye brake or clutch pedal and that used on the Sebring with Girling master cylinders. In order to achieve a longer movement in the actuating rods, the hole for the actuating rod is a greater distance from the pedal's main pivot point. See Girling.
Pedals
JUDSON SUPERCHARGERS
Roderick Robinson has bought a LHD Frogeye with one fitted. Anyone know who would service/overhaul it? Feedback please.
3 GREAT IMAGES
(below) of the replica Le Mans Ecurie Ecosse Sprite atop its transporter,
kindly sent in by Richard Tague of Peter Best Insurance. The team's cars and transporter were all sold at auction last year, only the Sprite remaining in the Skipworth family.
Ecurie Ecosse
Ecurie Ecosse
Ecurie Ecosse
Spirou
A page from the Speedwell Catalogue, courtesy of Neil Anderson - more to come.

Another charming little picture from Spirou (left) courtesy of Graham Bish
Speedwell Handles
SPEEDWELL DOOR HANDLES
Mike Wylie reports his are made of brass, and
Roger Friend's Dad actually made the first batch.
See "Your Comments"
ARMSTRONG ADJUSTABLES didn't sell so now being re-offered on ebay again at £795.
[Mike Wood]
Armstrongs
Mike Wylie tells me: "Interestingly, the main body of the handles on 505 BZ are fashioned from solid brass, perhaps an indication of the car's 'prototype' status. I do remember how many of my Sprite owning friends couldn't live without buying the handle packages from Paddy Hopkirk's accessories shop, but would not have queried what they were made from?"
9324WD
I see Simon Leeming's Mark 2 replica is for sale with MG Mecca at £19,995.
SPEEDWELL COMPONENTS
I am beginning to put together a page of Speedwell parts starting today with the sliding door handles. Access the page via "Technical" in the side column.


96 RPE
web page re-written with additions


MY SUPPLY OF
JOHN's AUTOBIOGRAPHY
ALL NOW SOLD
LJ

5435 WD
now in Canada
GIRLING BRAKES
see John Egan's entry in "Your Comments"
IAN TURNER on numerous topics,
also in "Your Comments"
Spirou
Spirou
Christoph Klamert has kindly sent in this nice little Speedwell article from the French children's magazine, Spirou. And, for we Anglophiles, Nicolas Billion-Rey helpfully translates: "The article begins with a record on a Belgian highway. The car reaches 212 km/h. He then explains that some "fanatics" have teamed up doing as Carlo Abarth did with Fiat. They were betting that they could get the car to over 200 km/h without using a compressor. They worked on the chassis, engine, suspension and transmission. He concludes by saying that the English need not be ashamed of their Italian colleagues".
M Satterfield
UNUSUAL BONNET DESIGN
Michael Satterfield is looking for a unique hardtop to combine with this very unusual front on his Mk 2 Sprite (made by a guy named J. Gedden of Manhattan Beach, California back in the 60s). He plans to use the car in a film/race in Mexico, and is thinking of copying Mark Turner's Mk 2 hybrid.
M Satterfield
96 RPE
MORE OF THE HISTORY OF 96 RPE (once PMO 200)
Michael Duffey writes to tell us that he owned this Peel bodied car (now owned by Terry Cowan) back in the 70's.
See his letter under "Your Comments".
96 RPE
SPEEDWELL DOOR HANDLES
Tony Griffiths has a pair for sale attached to rusty doors. Complete and working they could do with re-chroming. Make him an offer. Tony
Morgan Sparrow has acquired a 1963 1098cc Motobuild Ashley GT and wants FIA papers. He needs to know if anyone raced a car with a Williams & Pritchard Sebring Mk2 bonnet (called an Ashley Silverstone by Motobuild) in the 60's.
Send Feedback if you can help please.
M Sparrow
SEBRING BRAKE PEDALS
Neil Anderson has come up with the answer to my query - see "Your Comments". Many thanks to him and also to Dave Puzey who offered to loan his pedal box for measurement.
ACRYLIC HEADLAMP COVERS
Nigel Cluley has produced these for Turners and other cars and is willing to take orders. Nigel

 

News ~ November 2014

ACRYLIC HEADLAMP COVERS - an offer from Nigel Cluley - see "Your Comments" 27 Nov
BRAKE & CLUTCH PEDALS FOR SEBRING PEDAL BOX
Can one of you Sebring Replica builders kindly remind me in what way and by how much the pedals have to be extended or modified, please. I expect it's mentioned somewhere on the website. Oh, for a search facility! Feedback
HAN9-R-250
NEW WEB PAGE:
HAN9-R-250
the 4th 'works' Roadster
In 1968 (left) and 2014 (right)
HAN9-R-250
NM
Nash parts
STEVE NASH is progressing with his Sebring build - see his Facebook page. It's going to be colourful underneath!
Nash shell
Nikolaj Mortensen displays his 2014 Trophies (above) and would love to be invited to compete in the Les Leston Trophy race at Goodwood in March.
HNX
See hundreds of old photos like these on the Stanford University - Revs Library website. [David Morys]
Sebring 61
Best in Show
WANTED - HUBCAPS
Tim Halket wants a set of 4 plain hubcaps, à la Midget.
Feedback if you can help.
ALPINE RALLY 1958 on You Tube. See PMO 200 and others in action.
[Gordon Higgs]
American WSM Sanction 2 owned by Bill Emerson won best in show award, also on Facebook
[John Egan]
WSM-Emerson
HandleFtg
FITTING SPEEDWELL DOOR HANDLES
Dave Pratt wanted guidance so I drew this sketch
PEDAL BOX DIAGRAM
For those wanting to make their own Sebring pedal box assembly here is a measured drawing
Pedal box
Lenham
UP FOR SALE
Peter Warren's lovely Lenham GT was for sale on the car & classic website
at £19,500
[now withdrawn or sold]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEALEY MUSEUM
On Monday 24th it will be 2 years since Hans van de Kerkhof opened his museum in the Netherlands. Seen here with the late 'Bic' Healey at the opening.
Healey Museum 9
Bic and Hans celebrate (2012)
WSM-Robson
Graham Robson has also been invited to participate in the Les Leston cup at Goodwood with his WSM
(A date for the 2015 diary)
Lumbertubs
Ian Burford is delighted to have been invited to compete in the Les Leston Cup at the 73rd Members Meeting at Goodwood on 21/22 March 2015
The discussion between Kees and Lew about fitting a Fastback continues in "Your Comments"
Nic Callewaert
Nic Callewaert's Spridget which needs those headlamp covers. See his other cars on "Your Comments"
BMC "D" WHEELS (right)
Ed Valpey has a set on his Ferret, see "Your Comments"
BMC wheel
Armstrong
ADJUSTABLE ARMSTRONG SHOCK-ABSORBERS for sale in France - 800 Euros
(like this one)
[Laurent Derancourt]
MARK HOLLAND on those Perspex Headlamp Covers
in "Your Comments"
MORE ON FITTING FASTBACK
from Lew McAllan
in "Your Comments"
Stephen Bowen fetched WJB 707 all the way from northern Holland last weekend and says: "how enjoyable it was to speak to people and see the interest in the car at the NEC and all in all I found it an enjoyable and worthwhile trip".

Mike Prangnell's Coupe for sale at £24,000
(E.Sussex, UK)
Classic Cars For Sale
[Mike Wood]

USU 607
187 PPF sold again on ebay, this time at £4,107.90

PROBLEMS FITTING SEBRING FASTBACK
Kees van Beijmerwerdt comments on the different profiles of the Sprite Mk1 compared with later models. See "Your Comments"

Kees
ON THE SAME SUBJECT:
I think Lew needs to remove the "rear cockpit trim frame" entirely, fit his Fastback and then adapt the frame in order to refit it. MEI

ADO 34
The MG Midget Coupe mentioned last month failed to turn up at the Show. Apparently it was not sufficiently advanced.
Pierre Lequeux continues to put together the history of his car, 2080 PO. He recently received this action photo of it competing at Gaisberg in 1967.
2080 PO
REPLY TO MIKE WYLIE's MESSAGE
(lower down the page) "Mike Wylie in his comments states 'Self Interest of course but perhaps of interest to others?' From my point of view any scrap of information that can be found, verified and disseminated is of interest. After all the beauty of any tapestry is woven from many thousands of threads". David Rawsthorn.
RESPONSE TO PEDAL BOX QUERY BELOW:
Alan Anstead, Kent representative of the Midget & Sprite Club, and a pretty competent mechanic tells me that the earlier tandem master cylinder can be re-sleeved to create a hybrid unit with the correct bore and piston size for the 1275 clutch. He recommends a firm called Past Parts http://www.past-parts.co.uk/ to do the job.
PERSPEX HEADLAMP COVERS
I received an inquiry from Nicolas Callewaert who urgently needs some Perspex covers for the headlamps on his "Ashley Silverstone" bonnet. This was the name given to the W & P design Motobuild were using with their Ashley GT. They cannot supply him. It sounds as though they have now ceased production. Any ideas? Feedback
SEBRING PEDAL BOX
I had another query, this from Jan Waldburger from Switzerland, who wondered if the Sebring pedal box get him out of a difficulty: he has a Midget Mk 2 (1098) fitted with a Mk 3 (1275) engine. He needs to have the right master cylinder to match the slave cylinder. How would he best solve this problem? Feedback would be appreciated
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW - BIRMINGHAM
It was good to see so many familiar faces at the NEC including Stephen Bowen, Michael Meerlo, Alan Anstead, David Scothorn, Paul Woolmer, Bill Price, Tony Wilson-Spratt, Bob Kemp, Brian Wheeler, Stephen Griffiths - the list goes on. An enjoyable day.
NEC
NEC
NEC
NEC
I presented Stephen Bowen with the Ian Ashfield Trophy for the best Sebring on display - WJB 707 [MASC stand]
Stephen Griffiths' Fastback on the Severn Classics' stand.
Paul Woolmer chats to Bill Price on the AHC stand
NEC
NEC
NEC
NEC
Lorraine Noble-Thompson's WSM on the MGOC stand
The ex-Butch Gilbert '59 Sebring car sadly For Sale again!
Wylie
MIKE WYLIE
on Northern Irish registrations -
see 'Your Comments'
Sven's Rep has gone home to Germany from Archers' and the "Sleepng Beauty's" motor should soon bark again.
Eckhardt
Sprite Meet 12
WJB 707 TO GO UP FOR SALE - SEE IT AT THE SHOW
Stephen Bowen has decided to offer his ex-Ian Walker Sebring Sprite for sale in the new year. The car is one of the original 5 (or 6) Sprinzel cars built by Williams & Pritchard, now fully restored and ready to go. See it on the Midget & Sprite Club stand 510 at the NEC this weekend 14/16 November.
Rears
JP Nurburg
LWD in background
A CORRECTION: LNX 629E and LWD 959E
John Phillips has kindly pointed out to me that I had both these 'works' cars recorded as taking part in the 1968 1000kms in the hands of Clive Baker and John Handley, No.44. It was actually LWD (TFR 5) that they drove there. Apologies for the error.
JP Jack
Jack Wheeler/Max Mosely
PROBLEMS FITTING SEBRING FASTBACK - LEW McALLAN (USA)
"I found a problem with the fit of my Sebring fastback. My donor car is a Mk IV Sprite and I had planned to keep the rear cockpit trim frame to build a parcel shelf back to rear windscreen and to seal the boot area with a hinged Mk 4 divider panel . After removing the inner Bugeye guards and B pillars, basically back to scratch, the problem was still evident - the fastback hits on the cockpit trim rail and won't allow it to pivot forward to align flat where the B panel meets the sill/rocker panel. Wish I had used a Bugeye as the donor! Next job, cut that cockpit trim rail down by maybe 1/2 " (or remove it completely) then re-weld the inner guards, B pillars and bonding panel back in place. New welder should do a better job anyway, so not all bad. So, anyone thinking of using a Mk 3 or 4 as a donor car for a Sebring fastback, beware! Mk 2 may be a better choice if no Bugeye available, as the rear is "more" Bugeye , but I still think the rear cockpit trim rail would need to be lowered - trimmed - by 1/2" or so, if you want to keep it. Cheers, Lew"
If you can help please send me a message via Feedback and I will forward it. 
MIDGET 1500
Reg No: WHP 94S

Founder of the Frogeye Spares Co., Colin Cooper would very much like to be re-united with this car which he used to own. It is still on the road (according tothe DVLA) If you know of its whereabouts please contact me via Feedback
That FROGEYE REBUILD PROJECT is back on ebay.
Sven Eckhardt investigated its history with David Scothorn: Girling brake master cylinder & 8" rear drums, late Spridget front disc brakes; mechanical rev counter to 8000 rpm; early 1098 engine & smooth-case gearbox; LCB; based near Manchester. Some discrepancy on registration. If anyone would like more info I can forward Sven's info. Please use FeedbackSOLD at £4,107.90 - expired 18 Nov

FALCON SPRITE SET-BACK
Roger Sieling went to collect the Falcon from his local body shop where some of its aluminium panels were being repaired, and on his way home with it on his trailer he was rammed from behind: "I hit the RH guardrail, then spun the whole rig into the LH guardrail. The trailer impacted very heavily on the right rear. Both right side wheels were broken off. The Sprite is a mess. The new nose is broken on the right-front corner, the tail fibreglass is broken in two, right in the center. The RH frame rail that holds the fuel tank and back of the body is bent and proken, the RH rocker panel is badly bent and will need to be replaced and the tub inside the rocker panel (inner rocker) is bent and the floor is buckled in that area . The boot and bonnet are both bent into rolls. Each door is bent at the top corner where they are suppose to merge into the dash and even the dash (which was perfect) is now bent". A sad tail indeed but fortunately Roger was unhurt and cars can always be re-built can't they? But that must have set back his restoration quite a long way.

Speedwell Rev ctr
SPEEDWELL REV COUNTER
for sale on ebay
- SOLD £315 (17 Nov)
[but does it work?]
A write-up on the Pre War Classic website asks "Does Healey History Need Re-writing?" The text is quite a muddle!
PMO at show
Jim Dougherty won a trophy with his Bugeye at an all-British show in Fairhope, Alabama on Oct 25th - Congrats Jim
JD
Classics Monthly
Alex & Jane Postan's
Bonneville Sprite, FEY 678
appears in the December issue
of Classics Monthly
377 FHU
Sorry it's been removed
ANYONE UP FOR A CHALLENGE?
The remains of a Frogeye with identity for sale on ebay. Currently at £120, exp 9 Nov
[Kees van Beijmerwerdt]
DAVID SCOTHORN's RESEARCH ABOUT JJO
Having often wondered why my Sprite was first registered to Morris Motors it was interesting to learn from David that it was one of many bought by BMC employees using a discount scheme often enabling them to sell their cars after a year with little or no depreciation, and buy another.

 

News ~ October 2014

ADO34-50
AT THE SHOW -
will be this interesting Midget project from Scotland - 'what might have been - in 1964'
[Joe Armour] click on image
187 PPF
FROGEYE REBUILD PROJECT on ebay may have Sebring brakes!
At least it has separate brake and clutch master cylinders a la Sebring as well as disc brakes and wire wheels.
SOLD at £3,800- expires 6 November LINK
[Thanks to Simon Boardman]
187 PPF
Sprite Meet 12

CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW - BIRMINGHAM NEC- 14-16 NOV
Stephen Bowen's original Sprinzel Sebring Sprite WJB 707 will be on display on the Midget & Sprite Club Stand. Why not join a group of us there around midday on Friday 14th? Get your tickets now.
www.necclassicmotorshow.com

Classic Motor Show
FAST ROAD OR COMPETITION SPRITE FOR SALE
A very genuine and original fast road car, 1098cc 10cc engine sporting twin 1.25" SU carburettors, "Cooper S" stage 3 head, LCB Maniflow exhaust manifold with matching big bore exhaust system. Uprated front race springs matched with telescopic GAZ adjustable rear shock absorbers, lowered all round. Works style hardtop to keep the weather out and uprated HID head lights for improved vision in the dark. Various spares included. Viewings welcome. £7995 contact: Jordan Goldspink on 0771 023 3838 or email

JG
Nicolas Billion-Rey and Joe Armour both pointed me to this rather confused article about PMO 200
Zam 5
Phil Zamlynski just brought back his Sebring Rep from the paint shop. He couldn't resist putting the arrow badge on it. Will his be the first Rep to be completed in the States? At least 2 more are in the pipeline. Phil is planning completion for 2015.
Lenham
ANYONE FANCY A LENHAM LE MANS?
Currently for sale on Ebay and has only reached £68.66 so far.
(Sold for £800). Located at Banbury, Warwickshire,
bidding expires 4 Nov. Link
NICE COMMENTS on this website from Kees van Beijmerwerdt
See "Your Comments"

5435 WD web page updated

THAT RED FROGEYE: 8658 AC
My entry and photos lower down this page triggered a mass of information from Bob Kemp (Austin-Healey Club sprite Registrar), Alan Anstead and Gary Lazarus of Midget & Sprite Club, Ray English in Australia and David Scothorn (Vehicle Researcher). David recalled that we had seen this car before, when it came up on ebay in June last year. There seems to be little evidence of the car's early connection with Donald Healey though it was once owned by a Captain of the QE2. More on this one later.

STEPHEN BOWEN on TONY GIORDANO's CYLINDER HEAD:
"Re: the number on the cylinder head in your article on Tony Giordano this is probably only a number from the tuner. When I was at Nerus Engineering we put numbers on our heads and kept records so we knew what material and size valves were fitted, state of tune and valve springs guides etc and if special caps were fitted. And I think the combustion chamber volume so that we could advise re: pistons, compression ratios, etc. Stephen."

VEHICLE HISTORY RESEARCH
David Scothorn has taken on several new research projects since I mentioned his willingness to do so, last month. Living not far from BMIHT at Gaydon and the Warwickshire Records Office he offers to carry out research based on chassis, registration numbers and related details, keepers, etc  and asks for just £50 for a visit to Gaydon to cover his expenses, or £75 to include a postal search at Warwick or any other Local Motor Tax Office Archive, where such information may still exist, or £95 for a personal visit to Gaydon and Warwick and detailed report back. A full refund is made if no information is available. Whereas existing DVLA records may, by now, be incomplete the old  Local Motor Tax Archives still yield information relating to the first registered and later owners,upon which the original logbooks were based.
If anyone else could use his assistance and experience you can contact him via email .

8658AC
8658AC
8658AC
8658AC
Angus MacCurrach of Cotswold Collectors Cars Ltd is offering this Frogeye for sale and wishes to know more about its history. Thought to have been kept by the factory as a development car it has fibreglass rear bodywork and bonnet, and a later Mark 2 (1098) dashboard. Its "AC" registration comes from Warwick around August 1958. Anyone know more? Feedback please.
The car can also be seen on the company's website: http://www.cotswoldcars.com
TG
TG
TG
TG
Tony Giordano (New York) wonders if anyone can tell him the significance of the numbers (2741) stamped beneath his centre exhaust port. You will see that the mouth of the port is widened out on this Huffaker-modified 950 motor - a steel plate dividing the port to give 4 separate outlets for the exhaust gases. It also has a "red crank", +40 hemi domed pistons and head, special cam, tubular exhaust 4 to 1, matched in length, with a pair of 1½ inch SUs on a spliced MGB intake, producing approx 95-105 bhp. Any thoughts or observations welcome via Feedback please.
SEBRING GOES TOPLESS! Glenn Castle converts his ex-Dave Jeal racer into an open-topped Sebring - the top comes later.
GC
GC
GC
GC
From this......
....to this......
....to this.....
.....to this! [web page]
Eckhardt
Eckhardt
Eckhardt
Eckhardt
Our surgeon friend in Germany, SVEN ECKHARDT, has only the aluminium top to paint now on his re-built Sebring. In the meantime he acquired a sad old Frogeye formerly registered TRV 202 which has a Speedwell exhaust manifold and anti-roll bar. He thinks the car may have been rallied but has been off the road over 30 years. Anyone know its history. Feedback please.
MS
MS

'A' SERIES ENGINE FOR SALE
A-Series rally spec engine (supposedly 98bhp at rear wheels) built with A-plus block, MED race head, MED rally cam, roller rockers, single 48 DCOE Dellorto, Marina crank machined to fit Sprite flywheel, Formula Ford clutch etc. (detailed spec can be provided upon request). By all accounts a pretty special and good spec engine! Has not run for a couple of years now, so a new set of shells and piston rings would not go amiss. Mark Straker is looking for around £1200. Email him if interested. Now sold (through this site).

CARS & CAR CONVERSIONS MAGAZINE
Does anyone know where I might view issues of this magazine for the years 1968 to 1975 approx? I believe that Ken Gregory who ran the magazine acquired the 1968 Le Mans Sprite in about 1969 and anticipate there may be references to it in the mag' during the period of his ownership. I know it then went to Charles Dawkins who sold it to Ian Polley in 1976. Feedback please.
[John Poulter has kindly come up trumps on this one so will be making a trip shortly. Brilliant!]
THAT LITTLE ELECTRIC CAR (lower down this page)
Alan Cameron (Healey Club hill-climber) has the answer: "What you have is a Watsonian Kiddies D type.. built by Watsonian Sidecar Company and usually fitted with a 98cc motorcycle engine. The CC stands for Cheetah Cub. The D-type is quite common but always with a motorcycle engine. My guess is this one has been modified to an electric lawn-mower motor. Watsonian also did a big racing car based Cheetah Cub car based on a Connaught/Vanwall style and powered by a bigger 198cc BSA engine. I had one for years until Drew ran his Mum over with it!!!!!!!!!!!" Thanks, Alan. See: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/cheetahcar.htm

5435WD - more pieces of the jigsaw

2791 MP
5435WD
5435 WD
5435 WD - 7
Some time ago I was contacted by Mark Straker who wanted to find his late father's Sprite 2791 MP which he had raced in autocross and other events in the early 70's. Recently he spotted the photos of the late Frank Tiedman's 5435 WD which accompanied the auction particulars when it was sold last year. He realised that many details were identical including the tiny door handles, side bonnet scoops, an opening boot lid, flares on the rear arches, etc. Others pointed out the raked windscreen and the roll-hoop with diagonal the wrong way for a RHD car. Clearly it was the same car. Mark then discovered that the reg. no. 2791 MP was from his Dad's other car a standard Frogeye and on other occasions a GVV plate was used. It seems that Tony Straker owned the car from late 1969 until 02 Oct 1976, and probably created the boot opening, flares and bonded the hardtop to the body. Mark's mother confirms Tony bought the car from Nick Ramus, and Dave Williamson remembers sharing an autocross drive with Tony in 1972 when the GVV were displayed. He also co-drove the car in August 1975 on the Farnborough & Dist. MC Summer Sort Out stage rally but a “yump”(in Bagshot I believe) put the fan through the radiator!
5435WD
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Mark would love to be re-united with the car and its current owner so WHERE IS IT NOW? Feedback please.
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Stuart Gardner is keen to know the history of this little electric car - built in Albion Road in Birmingham. Is there any connection with the Glass Fibre Co and the Donald Healey Motor Co who had hardtops and other panels made in that area? Anyone know? Feedback please.
It transpires that the ex-Targa Florio Sprite LNX 629E was purchased at auction by none other than Paul Woolmer, to add to his collection. He plans a full restoration of the car to Targa spec in a few years time and is pleased to find that all the right parts came with it.
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Ex-RONNIE COIA SEBRING REPLICA ~ VSL 827
I was pleased to hear, earlier this week, from Adam Quilter, nephew and godson of the late Ronnie Coia (left). Adam tells me that he has taken over Ronnie's Sebring Rep and has been enjoying occasional drives in it.
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REPORT & PHOTOS OF THE SPRIDGET MEET AT THE HEALEY MUSEUM NOW ON SEPARATE WEB PAGE

Just in case anyone should wish to reads my notes prepared for the presentation I gave at the Healey Museum
you can access them by clicking on: "A Bit of Detective Work"
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Dick Groen took a whole gallery of photos at the Spridget Meet of which those above are just a very few, so if you were there you may like to purchase a picture of you and your car in action. To view the gallery go to: Link
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SIMON LEEMING's Mark 2 is now fitted with a period Warwick hardtop and his been enjoying using it on hill-climbs and sprints but has never needed its FIA papers. He says he is considering building something "more purposeful" so may sell it.
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Kees van Beijmerwerdt is recovering from an illness and had to miss the Spridget Meet. He says "In the mean time on my good days I am working on my Ashley project; as you can see a challenge because of the body state. However, with the bonnet and top being original 1960 Ashley and the body of March 1959 it will be a very nice and rather exclusive special I think. Engine and gearbox to be decided, but I will try to stay as close to 1960 as I can. Here is the question: While working on the body I am looking for information to get the battery placed behind the drivers seat, as with the Sebring Sprites. Are there any sketches available indicating dimensions and exact postion? " IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE ADVIISE VIA FEEDBACK
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The HEALEY MUSEUM is really coming into its own now with shots like these being made available to us.
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Very few photos exist showing Moss at the 1960 Sebring 3 Hours so these are pretty special. Hans van de Kerkhof has kindly agreed that I may show these examples to you here, courtesy of the museum.
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ROGER SIELING is slowly restoring the Falcon Sprite, which is currently some 40 miles from his home having its alloy panels re-fitted. He "took along a bare block, the XSP head and manifold, H4 carbs and original trumpets so we could insure proper clearance of the bonnet and air scoop over the engine components. You can see the trumpets do hang over the edge of the bonnet opening. First time in 44 years carbs and trumpets have been fitted". Clearing his workshop for some structural repairs, his Bugeye has also seen the light of day complete with its DHMC hardtop - Roger has the right sidescreens to fit later.
A COMPETITION MIDGET FOR SALE
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Nikolaj Mortensen wishes to sell his 1966 Period G racing Midget and is looking for £11,500
With National FIA papers Period G (1966-1971 GT) but could be converted to FIA Period F (1961-1966 ) by fitting a 1098cc engine.
Contact Nikolaj by email if interested. Click here for full specifcation
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Plenty of Sprites at autumn Prescott [photos: David Morys]


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CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLAJ MORTENSEN
who has had a very successful 2014 season racing his 1963 FIA 1098cc Mg Midget Mk1. He came in 3rd place after a Lotus Cortina and a Alfa Guilia Sprint, and in front of Lotus Elans, Porsche 911 , Lotus Cortinas , MGB & more. In the final race last weekend in Sweden, he won his class and 5th overall, out of 23 cars. The first time in Scandinavia that a Spridget has got an overall podium finish. The car has a 1098cc std stroke engine 98.4bhp 112NM, std size brakes with Mintex L44 pads , weighs 598kg, and Dunlop Racing 450M 13 tyres. [Not really 138 DMO]
Watch the onboard clip from the final heat where he needed a class win in front of the Alfa.


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ROGER FRIEND has sent in this photo (left) of his replica Sebring, fitted with the ex-Butch Gilbert DHMC hardtop. It also has an alloy bonnet (cost a fortune to have made and fitted) - the rest of the car has all the goodies; just waiting on an XSP engine! The other picture is his 1930 Austin Ulster, and he also has a 1939 Austin Twin-cam single seater replica, fitted with a 750 supercharged engine.

PETER FLETCHER's "first year has ended and lo and behold we came 6th overall, 1st in class up to 1400cc and 2nd in the rookies cup - hooray! We had a few problems as you would expect in your first year with a new car, including 2 head gasket failures, head had to be drilled for 11 studs; distributor fell out; fuel starvation at Olivers Mount hill necessitated standard fuel line being replaced with 2 x 8mm pipes, one to each carb; core plug blew out; and lots of oil leaks. Anyway the engine is now to be stripped and re-gasketed, and a new 4.55 diff is to be fitted.So not a bad year at all. Looking forward to next year. Pic enclosed, taking the finish bollards out at Harewood. Cheers Peter in Scarborough".

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Peter at Harewood

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GRAHAM ROBSON reports: "Both my recently-acquired WSM & the Sebring replica competed in the HRDC All Stars at Snetterton on Saturday. I drove the WSM and Richard Woolmer the Sebring replica. Unfortunately I blew a head gasket on the WSM mid race when lying 10th but Richard drove his socks off to win last class and 6th overall against some very developed Sprites/Midgets in the hands of experienced pilots. My Standard Pennant in the HRDC Touring Greats also had a good day by winning Class D, a first for the car! So at the prize giving all three cars were awarded trophies - the WSM the 'piston broke' trophy ..so it made a great shot in the paddock with trophies on all three cars".
Jim Dougherty
A NEWLY RESTORED BUGEYE IS FOR SALE IN THE STATES SOLD NOV 2014
With a fresh 1275 engine, aluminum cylinder head and new 1½ carbs. Also new is the paintwork, seats, wire wheels and tires, and the disc brakes. It has a 5 speed transmission, DHMC hardtop and a Falcon Le Mans steering wheel. Fewer than 50 miles since completion.
ASKING PRICE IS $23,000 USD (£14,200) - contact Jim Dougherty by email [Louisiana USA]
Brian Morland
ASHLEY MIDGET FOR SALE - £11,750
Brian Morland's car which underwent a nut and bolt rebuild between 2002 & 2007 is looking for a new home. MOT'd until April 2015 it comes with a large history file. If interested contact Brian by email . NOW SOLD (through this site)
Brian Morland

 

News ~ September 2014

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A FABULOUS WEEKEND AT THE HEALEY MUSEUM
Just returned last night after a really splendid Spridget Meet at the Healey Museum and at Zandvoort. Something like 30 Sprites and Midgets including 8 Sebrings attended. JJO made the 750 round trip without problems and went like a train. I will be preparing a full report with photos shortly - if you were there and would like me to include some of your photos and comments please let me know.
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BILL PROUT'S SEBRING SPRITE
Out for the first time at the Fall Festival at Lime Rock Park: "Very disappointing after I spent Eight Thousand dollars on an original Cooper Formula Three BMC engine, only to find some unevenness in the head and block, but I have a great machine shop we work with and in a few weeks should have a lovely 90 HP one liter engine back in the car. But we did get Sir Stirling to sign the dash after he was drawn to it as a fine example of a first generation Sebring Sprite.  He was very kind, and that part made us all very proud.  I will have more photos soon, and get them to you once we have the engine back in which seemed to want to do everything with water but keep it inside the engine!"
YouTube Clip

CONGRATULATIONS
TO RAY ENGLISH
ON REACHING THE
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS FIRST EDITION OF "MARQUE ONE" - HIS QUARTERLY MAGAZINE FOR SPRITE OWNERS WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTED FROM HIS HOME IN AUSTRALIA
Marque One
Contact Ray by email if you would like to subscribe.
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Southern Counties
Can anyone help Ray English of
THE SPRITE ROOM find a
Southern Counties Sprite Club badge? Feedback
The Mars Sprite (above) -
an article published in
MG Enthusiast
in November 2004
Gearbox Ailments
With 3 days till we leave for Holland my Sebring's Toyota gearbox is jammed in 5th. Ouch!
Speedwell Rev Counter
for sale on ebay at £299
- condition unknown
[Seems expensive to me]
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Another nice photo of 58 FAC courtesy of Russ Smith who took it at the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours (John whitmore in blue)
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SPEEDWELL GEAR KNOB
(supposedly a genuine original)
on ebay. Starting bid £30
Ends tomorrow 13th Sept.
[Pete Taylor] SOLD £42.99


Jonas Lindquist tells me that the gear knobs (shown left) were made by Heritage Garage, Lewes in the 90’s. Genuine, re-manufactured - not original 60's.
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Thanks Jonas
FROGEYE BODY-SHELLS
I recently enquired of Mike Marczynski of Frogeye Spares Company as to their progress with body-shells & he replied as follows:
"As regards progress on bodyshells, we have had some issues with getting the big press that Brian had, to work properly and safely, and are still trying to resolve that issue. Meanwhile, we have arranged to use a local commercial press, with Brian’s moulds, to make the various moulded panels we immediately need, e.g. boot floors. This will happen hopefully in the next couple of days. We’re taking orders for the shells in various Stages, so are very pleased with that, plus the quality of our work going forward. We will receive a large batch of the various laser-cut panels tomorrow, from the original supplier to Brian, so this will also help to get the production moving apace. 

I’ve asked Mark to contact you with the prices for Stage 1,2, and 3 bodyshells, and would be very pleased if you could put these details on your website. We’d also welcome any feedback you receive". [9 Sept 2014]

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JUERGEN SCHAEFER'S FASTBACK
(IX 332) nears completion
- his latest message is below:
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Hi Martin,
Obviously you had a wonderful holiday down under, which you definitely deserve for all your good works. However  this creates a "horror vacui" in your audience, concerning your next years vacations. Three weeks no news !!?
Meanwhile my project has progressed, much slower than indicated recently and even more slowly than promised again and again by my various suppliers/contractors/friends in England. They seem to have contracts with the ferry services and the hotel and restaurant industry in Belgium and England, I know now every stone between here and the Midlands! Finally I have  managed to wrestle my toy out of its English captors' hands and trucked it into my garage, see attachment. The upside of this move is, that every morning I can admire it, sharing with neighbors or passers-by. The downside remains, I cannot approach TUEV, as it is not really drivable, due mainly to its awful no-feedback steering rack (new manufacture due to lhd-conversion, from a major German supplier) and a number of other not yet perfected mods. Amongst others, I'm  waiting for a bespoke speedo-cable (clip-on fit to instrument and geared for 5-speed-box), which was promised "within 7 workdays", now more than 17 gone, hopefully not to exceed 70. A dreadful winter is looming, without sidecreens, ordered years ago from the monopolist expert in the Midlands!!!! So I did not have a chance to drive in style to Silverstone or the Revival and we will miss Spa 6 hrs this year. I will no more  attempt to predict any dates, but still have a dim hope to have it registered end of this year. The rear-window tailgate solution looks good and works well under more or less static conditions, but neither high-speed nor rain tests have taken place yet.  I've only driven "auto-mobile" about 40 km to and from the rolling road at the Nuremberg Bosch service, where we recorded a very healthy and comfortable "century" from the Peter-May-engine. I will keep you informed. Regards, Juergen.

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Hans van de Kerkhof of the Healey Museum came across this advert (right) placed by Mike Reid when he came to sell the ex-John Patten car. I forwarded it to John Poulter who says:

"I have seen copy of the build specification sheet when Mike Reid converted the car to full specification prior to it appearing at the 1962 Racing Car Show. It must have cost a mint even in those days as it had absolutely every modification known at the time with the exception of a dry sump XSP eng. It did have a state of the art Don Moore motor though. I have seen some reference to Reid buying it off Sprinzels stand at the show but that’s wrong as Reid bought the car in Oct 61 and did all the mods including the fitting of the Peel body.
Because of the changes to the car in the early seventies – alloy wheels etc and then the crash, much of the genuine Sebring parts have gone and would now cost a bomb to replicate, for example much of the front suspension is MK4 Sprite which includes the disc brakes, no Girling bits anymore. I asked Robin Leathhart if he could remember what he did with the original wires, hubs and brakes when he did the main changes and he couldn’t recall".
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Bill King kindly sent in this photo, from 1972, of DAC being driven by its owner Bill Brill at Virginia International Raceway. Another piece of the jigsaw.
VEHICLE RESEARCH
David Scothorn lives not far from BMIHT at Gaydon and has offered to carry out research based on registration numbers and related registration details, keepers, etc (as far as they were recorded). He would need £50 to cover expenses.
Contact him via email
Derek Stewart is looking for a bell-housing to mate a Toyota T50 gearbox to an 'A' Series engine. Email him.

47 years after 2080 PO was last at the Brighton Speed Trials, its new owner Pierre Lequeux did the standing ¼ mile in 16.28 secs.
Watch it on YouTube

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LNX 629E fetches £28,000 + comm'n at auction
The bidding started at £8,000 and rose steadily by £1k at a time to close at £28k (that's £32k after commission)! The other Baglow car a Frogeye project (354 CDV) achieved £3,200 + commission
and, disappointingly, the Healey Fiesta bidding stopped at £7,200, well below its guide price, so didn't sell.
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Ex-JOHN SPRINZEL FROGEYE
Recently acquired from John in Hawaii, new owner Brett Pruitt is restoring the car to the spec' of that which John drove in the 1958 Alpine Rally. The engine is re-built and the body stripped for repainting in the original powder blue.
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Speedwell Rep Badge
Brett Pruitt has also had copies of the original Speedwell badge, as fitted to John's '58 Alpine Rally car, reproduced and chromed.
(From 18.19 Euros each)
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David Scothorn sent me this great photo by Dr. John Gilbert taken at Le Mans in 1963, (having driven down in his 100/6 and slept in it!)
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Mark Straker cannot get over the amazing similarity between the ex-Frank Tiedeman Sprite sold last year at auction (right) and the one his late father, Tony, owned between 1970 & 75 (left). Both have slots in the doors for handles, the same side vents on their bonnets, the tiny little flares on the rear arches, the detail of the windscreen, roof and even the rear side window mounting method, and rubber flaps underneath. He thinks his Dad's car was ex-works, possibly with a GRP rear end. Could they be the same car?
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[Mike Fairclough points out that both cars also have the roll cage diagonal the wrong way round! ]
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JJO's SHORROCK SUPERCHARGER PROBLEMS
Since re-installing my supercharger in JJO I am finding she suffers from exceptionally high oil consumption - like 75 miles to a pint (compared with 850 miles to a pint in period articles). Paul Watson has suggested I may be using the wrong oil (Classic 20/50) and both Ian Grainger and Nick Conklin suggest I may have to fit a modified lubrication pin. Many thanks guys. Any other ideas? Feedback
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642 GEH - the ex-Tommy Gold Rally Car
which featured in John Baggott's book " Frogeye Sprite" p154. Richard Yapp sent in these photos of the car during his ownership between 1968 and 1971 when he used it for autotests, autocross, production car trials, sprints, hillclimbs  and the odd circuit race.
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Richard says: "It had the Sebring bonnet on it then. I'm a life member of Hagley car club and the BTRDA and used the car  with my father, pictured with me, to win the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy for best club performance at Hagley and also the BTRDA driving test, Ian Mantle Trophy, for best non-expert - both in 1970. By this time I had fitted a 998 Formula Junior engine acquired from Gordon Howie , a long time Sprite and Midget man". Sadly the car is no more having succumbed to the dreaded tin worm but the number is retained by a close friend to whom he sold the car.
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WSM 203S FOR SALE
on Car & Classic
a 1962 USA car with aluminium bonnet, believed now in Japan.

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DAN PAUL has just completed building his standard-bodied Sebring after 3 years and done 300 shakedown miles in it. http://sebringsprite.blogspot.co.uk
Steve Nash is planning to convert his Midget Mk 2 known as "Ker
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ROGER DAVIES
asks if anyone recalls Sebring Sprite reg. 9 CKT which he bought, written off, in the late 60's? Email him.
Phil Zamlynski reports from the U.S:
The body of my car is now in the paint shop, so I'm about 2/3 weeks from bringing the car home to assemble seats, wiring, and safety stuff. It's painted silver metallic as John Sprinzel's original. I recently attended a VSCDA  race weekend; there were 19 plus Sprites and MG Midgets. I also found out the there is a factory prepared  Bugeye Sprite in storage collecting dust!
NM Rep
Nikolaj Mortensen's car has been acquired by Sylvain Proyart
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354 CDV - Ex-John Baglow Frogeye to be auctioned at Bonhams, Beaulieu on Sept 6th
Paul Marlborough writes: "My late father (Brian Marlborough) was the second owner of the late John Baglow's early Frogeye 354CDV. I had for several years badgered John into selling me the car for sentimental reasons. John would occasionally visit me at home with stories of his rallying and we occasionally went to the odd show together or met up at Mini shows. I guess now my only option will be to bid at the auction". [Lot 400 - est £3,000 to £4,000]
PHILIP HARRIS-BLAND asks: " I wonder if anyone could tell me if the rear shroud of a Mk 1 Sprite has the same contours as the rear shroud/boot area of a Mk 2 Sprite? I would like to fit a Mk 2 boot lid to a Mk 1 rear and thereafter fit an Ashley hardtop WITH a bootlid. Any information would be greatly appreciated". If you can assist please contact him by email with copy to Feedback please.
SOLD ON EBAY for £2,499
to Sven Eckhardt was this restoration project with some Speedwell features incl its ½" anti-roll bar, and exhaust manifold. Reg No. was TRV 202. [Alistair Ross]
Speedwell Project

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SEBRING SPRITE REAR WHEEL CYLINDERS
The 8" rear drum brakes used on original Sebring Sprites (as well as Turners and other marques) had ⅝" bore wheel cylinders which are now virtually unobtainable. The outer units can be acquired from Powertrack Limited but they have no cylinders. I prepared the attached drawing and Andrew Moynagh in NZ had a pair made in stainless steel for about £60. Might be useful for someone.

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Speedwell Handles
SOLD on EBAY for £612!!!
As Pierre Lequeux says: "for that price you probably could hire the service of a valet to open the doors of your car"
Graham Robson has acquired the Brian Arculus WSM: 793 XPP and plans to race it in the last two rounds of the HRDC All Stars at Snetterton & Donington
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OUR TRIP DOWN UNDER - 7th to 29th August.

On 11th Aug we were in Melbourne, Australia and Tony Bennetto of the Bugeye Barn and his wife, Kerry, kindly drove us out to Eagle Point, to the home of Ray English who has created an amazing Aladdin's Cave of Sprite Memorobilia in the "Sprite Room". We spent the day looking over all the many models, badges, photographs, articles and the enormous archive of records which Ray has amassed over the years. From this room he publishes his excellent quarterly magazine "Marque One" which he circulates to subcribers around the globe. Ray also took me for a drive in his Bugeye with Sebring bonnet, which he uses daily.
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Entry to "The Sprite Room"
Just a sample of all that is on display
Ray at work
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Tony Bennetto with Ray
Enjoying his pride and joy
Down by the lake
GWS in her stable
My 2nd Sprite day out during our stay, was to Picton, south of Sydney at the home of Joe Armour who owns the 1968 'works' Le Mans Sprite. We were joined by Neil Blaney in his Bugeye, Bob Blayden in his Sebring rep, and Bob Rowntree, the local Sprite engineer, with two friends,Richard and Dennis, plus Paul Orton who, I am glad to say, is now recovered from his racing accident.
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We gathered in front of Joe and Lenore's rural abode
Bob brought along his immaculate Sebring Rep
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Neil's Bugeye
Joe's wall poster
Bob Rowntree measures the bores of the ex-Sebring 3000
'237' enjoys pride of place in the showroom
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The "Showroom"
237 leaves its lair
Joe at the wheel
The patina of an old race car
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Off for a brief run
When we ran out of fuel I took some photos.
Back at base
Joe allowed me to take the wheel for a few miles so I can now say I've driven an ex-works Le Mans car. It felt great and I would have welcomed an opportunity to open it up on a circuit somewhere. Thanks Joe.
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On the way home Bob and I visited Neil's home at Pheasants Nest to inspect his nearly finished Sebring Rep.

 

News ~ August 2014

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Steve Norton has now driven his new Sebring Coupe for the first time, and aims to have it tuned by Alan Cameron before putting 500 miles on its clock in advance of the Trip to the Healey Museum at the end of September.

Hi, folks. Well, I'm back from Australia after 3 weeks away. During that time I had the pleasure of visiting the "Sprite Room" belonging to Ray English and on another day met up with Joe Armour, Bob Blayden, Neil Blaney and others. Full report on the way, once I get over the jet-lag. Also busy removing JJO's engine and box to sort out the lack of synchro on 2nd, so am quite busy! More shortly. Best regards, Martin.
P.S. If it was you who contacted me about dimensions of the flywheel adaptor for fitting the Toyota T50 gearbox, please get back in touch as I have lost your message (and address) somehow - the wonders of the iPad!

REMINDER - AUCTION SALE OF LNX 629E 'WORKS' TEAM CAR for the Estate of the late John Baglow
BONHAMS at BEAULIEU on SEPT 6th GUIDE PRICE £6,000 to 8,000!! For catalogue phone 01872 250 170
Comp Driving
"AGAINST THE CLOCK"
a great chapter by John Sprinzel from Peter Roberts' "Competitive Driving"
[John Egan]
The 1959 ex-works Sutherland/Stiles car is now owned by Jon Savage. After 50 years in the USA Jon is sending the car over to a friend in Yorkshire.
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59 Sebring Article
"They said it couldn't be done!"
An article by Ocee Ritch who drove one of the '59 Sebring cars 3000 miles across America after the race. [John Egan]
Graham Maggs' Replica now has 5" competition wires, is lowered front and rear and fitted with a Weber. Price is £16,500. Email seller.
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The Sprite which Bill Prout is preparing for racing in Connecticut USA. RHD, I wonder what is its history.

 

News ~ July 2014

DENIS WELCH
Tragically, at the Silverstone Classic on Sunday, Denis suffered a fatal accident in his Lotus 18. A great Healey exponent for very many years he will be very much missed. Our sincere condolences go to his family, his staff and his friends in motorsport.
SShorrock Gauge
Very Rare Shorrock Supercharger Boost Gauge for sale at 250 Euros (£200)
NOW SOLD
Colin Barnett is now fixed up with an Ashley hardtop but is still after a Warwick Mk 2 one.
01329 847121
Mark2-1
SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2014 - JULY 26/27
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Spridgets gathering
[Photo: Derek Stewart]
Waiting for parade lap
[Photo: Pierre Lequeux]
Charlie Clegg's car was plagued all Sunday [John Phillips]
...but managed 1 flying lap
[John Egan]
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Chris Clegg in S221
[John Egan]
S221 had a reasonable race (I don't have result). Right, Paul Woolmer assists.
[John Phillips]
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I joined the Midget & Sprite Club at the circuit, driving JJO with supercharger and 5-speed 'box for the first time. Derek Stewart brought along his Fastback, and Gordon Higgs, his Coupe plus Pierre Lequeux seen (right) talking to John Egan.
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Chris Clegg's S221 was spotted in the pit garage but Charlie's car was missing, apparently having an engine problem.
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STEVE COLEMAN brought his 2 ex-works cars to the Silverstone Classic last weekend where they were on display.
Here HAN9-R-238 gleams in the sun - a piece of history which raced twice in the Sebring 12 Hours (1969 and 1970)
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The silver car (HAN9-R-250) was intended to be raced in the Targa Florio in 1969 but was sold by the "works" after their tie-up with BMC ended. Here owner Steve Coleman shows David Piper and Alan Anstead round the car.
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MG MIDGET MK 1 for sale.
Oselli 1098 engine, servo brakes, Speedwell handles, etc £4,250 - Email Steve Shears or phone 0208 517 4635
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JA LM 68
A great photo of the Roger Enever/Alec Poole Sprite (HAN9-R-237) at Le Mans in 1968 being hounded by one of the works Alfas [Joe Armour]
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An article by John Blunsden on the ex-Le Mans cars run by Richard Groves Racing
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This hardtop came with a restoration project recently purchased by John Pearce. He wants to know the maker. If you can help please let me know via Feedback
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An extract from Tom Cotter's book: "Cobra in the Barn"
Part of the history of Sebring/Le Mans car HNX 455D (kindly supplied by Joe Armour)
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Midget 1
Gordon Higgs put me on to the Mark 1 Midget with wire wheels and 1098cc engine - must be one of the last as it wasn't registered until 1964. It's on ebay currently showing £545 and the auction expires on Friday 25th.
IT SEEMS THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD PRIVATELY
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XYJ 352
Spotted by David Morys at Shelsey Walsh, this Sebring Rep which (Paul Baker of AHC tells me) belongs to Les Proctor of Cleckheaton. It lacks roof gutters (suggesting it is not an Archers') and has added wheel arch extensions.
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Alan (Anstead) is a dab hand at making up bracketry to fit Ford Type 9 5-speed gearboxes in Spridgets, this set going to Bob Heppel (Sebring Rep No.17)


Ford Type 9

Alan Anstead spotted this Lenham (? Peter Warren's) at the Pollhill Classic Car Show last week, and Gary Lazarus has kindly supplied a photo of the car in a previous life. See Lenham GT

LATEST NEWS ON THE TRIP TO THE HEALEY MUSEUM IN SEPTEMBER
Latest News Flash & WJB 707 at the Museum

Andrew Moynagh from New Zealand
has a Turner Climax with the same brakes as a Sebring. He is looking for 2 no. 5/8" pistons for the wheel cylinders of his 8" rear brakes. If you can help please send him an email
SILVERSTONE CLASSIC this coming weekend 25/26/27 July..
Charlie Clegg tells me "..both S221 (my father and Martin McGlone) and 184 FGJ (myself and my sister) will be racing in the Pre-63 GT race at the Silverstone Classic next weekend. S221 has just had an engine rebuild and my car has had quite a lot of work done to it at Archers so we are hoping for a good weekend! As ever would be good to see the Sebring Sprite contingent".
I hope to be there (on Sat) in JJO with her new engine and 'box, as will Derek Stewart and Pierre Lequeux so why not join us in the Midget & Sprite Club display area. Also present will be Steve Coleman's 2 ex-works Sprite prototypes. Charlie will soon be: "off to Bonneville to try to beat the land speed record for a 1960s Ford Mustang! 1,200hp and aiming for around 240mph! See below, right.
CB
WANTED - ASHLEY FASTBACK & WARWICK HARDTOPS
Colin Barnett inadvertently bought the wrong model of Ashley top for his Midget Mk 1. He is looking for the right one and is also after a Warwick Mk 2 top. If you can assist, please contact him by email or on 01329 847121.
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Giorgio Taglietti has been enjoying his Sprite once again - this time in the "Cesana - Sestriere, 2014", his 3rd race this season.

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Michael Meerlo took these atmospheric shots of Stephen Bowen's ex-Ian Walker Sebring WJB 707 prior to her going to the Healey Museum - alongside his own red-nosed Sebring Fastback replica

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Harvey Woods' Sebring Race Car is for Sale
As preparing and racing their Austin-Healey 100M is taking up most of Harvey's and his father's spare time they have decided to part with the Sebring. See "Car & Classic" £19,300.
WGJ

I have been enjoying some correspondence with Jim Proffitt, one-time owner of UUV 398. Below is his latest message. A bit of a change from Sprites!
" Hello Martin, Did you know Stan (Huntley*)? He was a lot of fun. Sad to see him die like that. I got to speak with him a few days before his death. He would have been happy to see the car done, and raced. 2002 was a year of a lot of changes. My soon-to-be wife and I finally got together and I sold my 328 BMW coupe back to BMW AG. The funds from that sale allowed my retirement. I started collecting pre-war BMWs about the same time as I got the Sprite. Still have several. Motorbikes too but I no longer ride. I hope we will build an 800 meter warehouse soon to house all our junk. Did you know my wife ran at Bonneville? 2008 she went 280.5 mile per hour on petrol. She is a brave lady - AND not just for marrying me. I think there are a few race cars left in me but I've slowed a lot. Here's a photo of Goodwood 2002. Last time I drove the BMW in anger. Just coming back down the hill, and one outside Rome just warming the oil to temp at a few miles the other side of 120mph! About to acquire the "Red Mist". So many things to remember . So many memories to make still. Way East, Jimski.
P.S. [RH photo] This is Jesse Alexander's portrait of me at maybe 3am about a month, no more than 6 weeks, before the 50th anniversary of it's win at the 1940 Mille Miglia. We took the car to Italy for that race with Joel Naive as my co-pilot. I ran that event five times. You don't have to look too close to see I've had little sleep for many weeks".
[* Stan Huntley owned HNX 455D prior to Tom Cotter who sold it on to Jim Prentice]
Rick Neville has kindly sent me this link to a fine gallery of photos of the 1959 Stiles/Sutherland Sebring Sprite.
JIM PROFFITT, one-time owner of UUV 398 has corrected a few points about the car and its history - see "Your Comments"
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These images kindly supplied by David Baglow of his father, John, rallying LNX in the 80's.
HNX 455D
HNX 455D
The 1966 Sebring'Le Mans Sprite
These photos were included in former owner Tom Cotter's book "Cobra in the Barn" and show the car during its rebuild by Stan Huntley and later by Tom Cotter.
[Thanks to Joe Armour & Rick Neville]
HNX 455D
Nikolaj Mortensen's Race-prepared Sebring Rep is now reduced to £23,500 as he has bought a Ford Falcon and a Cooper S so is keen to sell.
NM Rep
Rick Neville & Joe Armour have sent me a link to a US forum in which this "original Sebring Sprite" is shown. It turns out it is Bill Prout's car.
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THE EX-WORKS SEBRING/TARGA SPRITE LNX 629E IS TO GO TO BONHAMS AUCTION AT BEAULIEU ON SEPTEMBER 6TH
While the late John Baglow's car is now a rather sad site having been damaged in a racing accident many years ago, I suspect there will be considerable interest from buyers. One of very few "square-bodied" Spridgets raced by DHMC in international events this car took part in the Sebring 12 Hours, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring 1000kms and the Mugello GP in 1968. It was fitted with an XSP 1293cc engine and one of the few 5 speed gearboxes specially built for racing at the time. Bonhams.

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PETE TAYLOR is gradually finding all the right bits for his Streamliner Replica: to reproduce the 1293 XSP engine he now has a Cooper S 1275 Block, a 649 Cam with the extra skew drive, scavenge pump and a replica dry-sump reservoir to go in the passenger footwell. Slow progress so far, but he is hoping the project will speed up this year.
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David Baglow tells me that his late father's Sebring/Targa Sprite, LNX 629E has emerged from its garage for the first time in 27 years. David is considering the options but it seems likely that the car will now go to auction with Bonhams at Beaulieu in September (this to be confirmed).

Hardtop
Pierre is still finding me hardtops on ebay (he has 3 already). This curious one ends on 18 July, starts at £15 (SOLD for £102)
CORRECTION:
Both Ray English and Kees van Beijmewerdt have pointed out that the number stamped on a Frogeye bodyshell near the master cylinder (below) is the Thompson number while the official Body No. which can be used in a Heritage trace can be found on a plate inside the RH "A" post (assuming it's there).
Clifford top
Clifford hardtop on ebay
Clifford top
SOLD £69.99 - 13 July
Body No
Greg Heacock has found the Body No. on his Bugeye so we have now ordered a Heritage Certificate to try to discover its early history.
Paul Taylor has come up with another photo of the ex-works 693 LAC after it had its coupe top added for Richard Groves
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ASHLEY HARDTOP
This looks in amazing condition but may only suit a Mark 2 Sprite (check). Bought by Phil Harris-Bland - 5th July
Ashley Top
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4.55 DIFF
Ideal for hill-climbs - on ebay at £49.99 start
UNSOLD 5th July
WJB 707
WJB 707 - Stephen Bowen's ex-Ian Walker Sebring
is now on display at the Healey Museum in Holland. Stephen says this is not necessarily a permanent arrangement . See the Museum's Facebook page.
[John Egan]
WJB
A message from Greg Heacock (see below) reveals that Louise is in fact his wife. They found the Sprite in a barn on the farm of his father's friend in Salem Oregon where it had been since 1968. So we still need to find out where it came from before '68.
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More on Greg Heacock's Sprite
From Ray English's amazing AUS archive we learn that the car was raced in West Coast USA by Louise Culham
RE
but who took this RHD car to America, and when?
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News ~ June 2014

Pat Cooper
Pat Cooper's Ashley bonneted 1293cc Frogeye at the recent Prescott Hill Climb
[Photo: David Morys]
TREVOR McILROY IN XXC 818
was pleased with 2nd in the Historic class at the (oldest in the world) Cultra Hill-Climb. Well done, & great photo.
TM
Ashley top
Rob Clubbe is offering this Ashley hardtop with Kamm tail on ebay. SOLD £330. July 5th
ANOTHER PAIR OF ARMSTRONGS ON EBAY
SOLD AT £466.56
Expired 1st July
Armstrongs
LNX 629E - I've had 5 enquiries about the sale of this historic car to date (& some for the Frogeye) but John Baglow's family feel they should consult Bonhams, auctioneers, so I suspect they may go to auction, but let's wait and see. Photos coming.
Speedwell
ANOTHER PUZZLER FOR YOU - PLEASE HELP NAME THE DRIVER
Alistair Ross has came across this photo of an early (W & P) Speedwell GT taking part in an Autocross Championship. It appears to have a GRP Monza bonnet rather than an aluminium one fitted to early cars. Rear arches are enlarged and it's probably 1968/71.
Feedback please.
Pierre
Pierre Lequeux' Sprite 2080 PO has been on display at the Wimbledon Village Fair. While nursing his broken arm Pierre has been delighted to learn that he has an entry for the Brighton Speed Trials where the car competed many years ago.
PL

LNX 629E - Ex-Works Sebring/Targa Florio Sprite - property of the late John Baglow

John Baglow's son, David, has asked me to enquire if, among my contacts, there may be a potential purchaser for this important race/rally car which is currently partially dismantled following a racing accident some years ago. I am told that the chassis is straight but that front and rear wings were damaged. There are more than ample parts available to complete the car's repair and these include the very rare and special 5-speed gearbox. Whether the car's XSP engine is among the several in John's Aladdin's Cave of spares is currently unclear. There are 8 knock-on Minilite wheels and a sets of wires. Should you wish to know more or put your name forward as an interested party please let me know via Feedback.
The car's history can be viewed on my web page. Among other cars to be sold is John's Frogeye, see below right:

Lenham
LENHAM/ASHLEY PROJECT
Bidding now ended - did not sell. Back on ebay at £750 +
UNSOLD - NO BIDS 3 July
[Neil Anderson]
FROGEYE SPRITE FOR RESTORATION
Also among John Baglow's effects is his earlier car a Frogeye laid-up for some 30 years currently with its engine and gearbox removed. Steel, fibreglass or Sebring bonnets are an option, and the car is understood to be otherwise complete. Please contact me if you are interested. Feedback
MG 90 YEAR CELEBRATION AT SILVERSTONE (Photos kindly supplied by David Morys, Dennis Wharf and John Egan)
Ashley GT
DMO
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Alan Cameron's Ashley GT [DM]
Lorraine Noble-Thompson's WSM Sanction 2 [DM]
Andy Actman's Sebring [DW]
Cameron's Ashley again [DW]
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JE
Lenham GT now owned by John Hilberry [DW]
Dominic Mooney in action [DW]
Tony Wilson-Spratt in the WSM BGT [JE]
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Ian Hulett's Sanction 2 [JE]
Clive Cocks' WSM [JE]
BXN driven by Paul and Richard Woolmer [JE]
FISC entry list [JE]
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THOSE SPEEDWELL GTs - 728H and 37 CLX
A letter from Peter Jackson pretty well confirms these 2 cars were one and the same. See "Your Comments"
and more from Richard Melville.
37 CRX
Shorrock
SHORROCK C75B
A near-complete kit for a Sprite is for sale on ebay
No crank pulley - SOLD for £1,021 on 25th June
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[photo: Dave Matthews]
JOHN BAGLOW
I have only just heard that John Baglow passed away in April at the age of 75. John was the owner of the ex-works Targa/Sebring LNX 629E
RICK tells us more about the Bugeye below:
"The Bugeye was one of the fabled 'barn finds'. It is owned by Greg Heacock and runs here in the north-west with my vintage racing group SOVREN. The car has been left as original as possible.  My attempt is only to help discover new information.  It is a wonderful little racer, and the owner loves it just like it is!! I DID see the Sebring bodied Sprites as the competition entries but had heard of another baby blue colored Bugeye in California with the same claim to fame of Le Mans as Greg's car........"
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The above pictures were sent in by Rick Larner of Spokane, Washington in north-west USA. They seem to come from a book or magazine and show a stadard-bodied Frogeye or Bugeye with hardtop and wire wheels. It's RHD and seen here racing with No.13. There is a Le Mans plaque on the dash and an identification lamp on the roof. Anyone know who Jerry and Allen Automotive are, or were? I've asked Rick whether the article is recent and where the car is now. Your Feedback is invited.
Barry McCann's Warwick hardtop (shown lower down this page) sold on ebay for £271.66
Mark2-1
Meredith Hutchins' Sebring Replica project was bought by Lubbert Mussche's brother who plans to build an aluminium body using it as a 'mould'. [Michael Meerlo]
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RS Falcon
RS Falcon
RS Falcon
RS Falcon
ANTONIO BERTINI
Sadly I have to report that Antonio Bertini was killed in Italy on Saturday whilst competing in a Marcos. In the same car was Adam Cunnington who was unhurt. Antonio had owned and raced the Speedwell GT, 585 MY, which he campaigned across events in Europe including the Fordwater trophy at Goodwood in 2006 and 2010. [Report, Paul Webb]
AN UPDATE ON THE FALCON SPRITE FROM ROGER SIELING
RS FalconRoger has now fitted the Falcon's doors in order to trim its new nose section. He is unsure of the purpose of a pin shown circled (above right). Note the modified Sprite chassis beneath the Falcon bodywork.
THE SPEEDWELL GT RESEARCH CONTINUES:
Alistair Ross came up with these 2 photos, that on left showing a GT with massive fuel tank testing at Brands Hatch with trade plates 728 H, the same no. used on the Sebring '61 entry for Richard Melville/Graham Hill. Could this be the same car raced by "Archer" (Brian Archer) of Jamaica Racing (Aug '61) and rolled by Melville or Jackson in practice for the Nurburgring 500 ?
Warwick top

RARE WARWICK MK 2 HARDTOP FOR SALE ON EBAY, SOLD at £271.66
(Peterborough, Cambs)

WANTED - 1275 GEARBOX
Having been let down on a gearbox which turned out to be a 1098, Bryn Rossiter is in need of a good 1275 ribbed case. NOW SORTED THANKS
Ian Turner promptly identified the Speedwell GT (2 rows below right) as that of Richard Melville which he raced at Sebring in 1961 with Graham Hill. He says: "He also raced it at Clement Ferrand in July '61 where it overheated.  This would explain the modified nose to improve cooling. It was raced with Peter Jackson, hence Jamaica Racing, but I don't know where the Archer pseudonym came from". But where is it now?
INDIGNANT OF BROADWAY:
David Morys was a little put out by Geoff Healey's caption, below, saying: "How dismissive - this was the works MGC GT light -weight driven by Paddy Hopkirk &  Andrew Hedges to 10th place overall, and 3rd in class - the best result  for an MG at the event. I am only joshing but a more expansive description by the author would have been nice".
Joe Armour confirms the photo left below as 1964 - He says "the 3000 should be the ex-Ted Worswick KNX 767 that raced at Sebing in 1964. Ted then entered the Targa Florio in it in 1966 after the car was driven to Sicily".
KNX prep
FROM GEOFF HEALEY'S BOOK "Austin Healey" come these 2 interesting photos. On the left is one of the 2 KNX (770 or 776) cars being prepared for 1964 Sebring (not 1961 as captioned) and on the right is one of LWD 959E at Sebring in 1968.
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Bill Prout has again decided to offer his Williams & Pritchard hardtop for sale as advertised during May. See News 2014
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Graham Maggs Rep (left) which is currently for sale, now has a 1275 motor in place of its original 1098cc.
37 CRX
Frog For sale
Paul Bos noticed this sad Frogeye for sale in Bonhams Auction in Oxford Sold for £2,300 inc. premium on Saturday 7th June.
PHOTO NEGATIVES FOR SALE ON EBAY
Speedwell GT gurus Alistair Ross and John Baggott have been unable to identify the car above, 37 CLX, here racing at the Nurburgring in 1961. The driver used the pseudonym "Archer" and ran under the Jamaica Racing banner. Result unknown. Anyone recognise the car? Feedback
When Phil Zamlynski was at the INDIANAPOLIS 500 recently he met up with Julian Tordoff and his sister Adrinne who used to run a garage in England before emigrating to New Zealand. They did panel beating and race preparation including some cars for John Sprinzel. Small World!
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SEBRING HATCHBACK
Mike Curtis is making good progress with his opening rear window to gain access to the spare wheel, etc.
ARMSTRONG ADJUSTABLES
look like a good pair but starting at £500, on ebay.
In UK. Ended 8th June - NO BIDS. [Mark Matthews]
Armstrongs
JS has met up with his old Bugeye at the British Car Club's Annual Show at a Brew Pub in Honolulu where he gave a talk. I bet he regailed them with many of his old rallying stories.
JS Bugeye
NM Rep
Nikolaj Mortensen's Race-prepared Sebring Rep FOR SALE
This 1960 Sprite has been re-built to Homologation 47 spec and has done just one race. Currently LHD but parts to convert (based in Copenhagen) £28,500 - FULL DETAILS
On-board footage at Knutstorp Revival 2014

NM Rep

 

News ~ May 2014

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GRAHAM MAGGS' SEBRING FASTBACK IS FOR SALE
Just completed and using a 1963 Mark 2 Sprite as a basis, the car has its original 1098cc engine and is fitted with chrome wire wheels. More photos on ebay. MOT'd and ready to go. The asking price is: £17,950
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SPRIDGET HEALEY MEET - Sorry, I have just realised the link lower down this page was not working. If you would like to come, go to www.healeymuseum.nl for the details and the registration form, and book the ferry with DFDS Dover - Dunkirk, Friday 8 a.m.
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New Web Page
for the 1963 "works" Le Mans entry, 58 FAC
S 221
Steve Nash came up with this photo of S221 in the early 90's before its Coupe body was refitted. Steve is currently planning on building a replica.
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ASHLEY GT FOR SALE IN BELGIUM - 1972 MG Midget owned by Dirk Verslype. Ashley hardtop, W & P bonnet, centre-lock alloy wheels. "In perfect condition"
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NEW PHOTOS OF ENX 416C
- the car driven by Rauno Aaltonen and Clive Baker at Le Mans in 1965 where it failed to finish. Owned by Kazuo Maruyama in Japan these photos were sent in by his son, Kotaro, for which many thanks.
ENX
Lew McAllan
6 BUGEYES ARRIVE IN AUS
Mark McAllan has now received these from his brother Lew in the USA. If you'd like one send him an email. (Mark is near Gosford, Central Coast - 75 mins from Sydney)
Pierre Lequeux has unfortunately broken his arm and won't be able to drive 2080 PO for 5 or 6 weeks meaning he will miss his second sprint at Goodwood though he hopes to be at the Silverstone Classic.
STAN ANNIS, former owner of Paul Webb's 4444 DA has been in touch to offer more info about the mods he made to the car in period. I hope to hear more on these shortly.
WANTED: AQUAPLANE, DERRINGTON, ALEXANDER
or similar, after-market inlet manifold for paor of 1¼" SUs.
If you can help, please contact Roy McKnight
Geoff Hill's WSM Sanction II, number 405, is now up and running and achieved 2nd in class at the Manx Classic. He will also be out at Harewood hill on the 8th of June
GHill
Luxurious interior
GHill
"The car is certainly very quick"
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Nick's bracket
BMC HARDTOP REAR MOUNTINGS
My enquiry on behalf of Nick Conklin regarding how the rear of the BMC accessory hardtop fixes at the rear, produced replies from Paul Bos and Sven Eckhardt. It appears there are 2 long folded mild steel brackets with a small flange through which a bolt passes down the hood frame tube.
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From ebay

HELP FIND THE CHEEKI RAFIKI
I just signed the petition ".@USCG Restart the search for the missing #CheekiRafiki crew #dontstopsearching" on Change.org. It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link. Thanks! Martin.

Coleman Coupe
STEVE COLEMAN tells me that his 2 ex-works Sprites are now on their way (from Texas) to the UK and will be displayed on the BRDC lawn at the Silverstone Classic as well as attending the Spridget Meet at the Healey Museum in September.
HAN 9-R-250
Meerlo
Michael Meerlo enjoying a slalom in Holland at the weekend.
MM
Meerlo
CCK dopg box
CCK HISTORIC are now offering QUAIFE Dog Engagement Straight Cut Close Ratio 4 Speed Gear Kits (for minimal power loss, closer ratios for maximum performance). Ratios are: 2.573, 1.66, 1.195 &1:1 - Kit complete £1,625
Link to CCK website
CCK dog box
Mark Turner gave Doug Chipperfield the answer to mating a Triumph gearbox to an 'A' Series motor: Chris Groves can supply a bespoke alloy bell housing and Canley Classics can build them with Marina, or with GT6 closer, ratios. The Groves kit includes release bearing, hoses, gearbox, clutch plate, gear lever, gaiter, and prop shaft. Chris can be contacted on 07963 658296.
STILL TIME to book your place on the weekend trip to the Healey Museum in September - just got to the website www.healeymuseum.nl
Healey Museum
W & P top
RARE WILLIAMS & PRITCHARD HARDTOP FOR SALE
Bill Prout is offering his Bugeye hardtop for sale in the USA at 4,000 USD, the buyer to pay the shipping though he will meet the packing costs. DECIDED NOT TO SELL
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RB 6
BP Tacho
BP tacho
Bp tacho
RENE BLOEMEN'S COPY
of RTL 304 (above) is showing signs of progress. Here he shows the rear axle before painting, the chassis, now in almond green and the dark green wheels. Now the assembly begins.
Bill Prout wishes to sell his Speedwell Weston rev counter which comes with 8000 face for Speedwell Sprite and an alternative 12000 face (as used on a F1 BRM). Bill says: "In excellent working condition, I am asking $750.00 (USD) and I will cover shipping cost". NOW SOLD
BMC HARDTOP QUERY
Nick Conklin has asked me:
"Do you have pics of the rear hardware for the BMC hardtop?"
If you can help please get in touch
[Sven Ekhardt has promised to forward hardtop photos, and Paul Bos tells me there is a hardtop on eBay. He also has a top and may meet up with Nick at a show in CA]
ADAPTOR FOR FITTING TRIUMPH GEARBOX TO MIDGET?
Doug Chipperfield has a 1969 Midget he uses in hill-climbs. He wants to fit a Triumph Single-rail gearbox to his 'A' Series engine. Can anyone tell him where to obtain the necessary adaptor kit or bell-housing, preferably without the need to employ a Marina clutch, flywheel and back plate? Feedback 
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A SELECTION OF PHOTOS FROM DENNIS WHARF
taken at Brands Hatch on 4th May. Amazing how many Frogeyes continue to race and in a variety of guises
- with Ashley, W & P and Frog fronts and assorted tops.
347 RAL
The 5" tacho (below) is also reproduced by Nisonger in the US. The price is around 500 USD. Please check here: http://www.nisonger.com/whats-new.htm [Thomas Willig]

WANTED
A set of knock on alloy wheels for a Sprite
4½ to 5 inch
Contact: Simon Leeming

GEAR LEVERS
A problem with gear selection can occur if the wrong one is fitted. See "Your Comments"
[Roger Friend]
347 RAL (above)
It turns out Julian Booty had it wrong - Peter Ecury's car is not RAL which lies abandoned on Ashdown Forest. See Tony Pay's letter in "Your Comments"
Faringdon Tacho

ANOTHER TACHO OPTION
Roger Friend tells me: "Farringdon instruments make a copy of the original Smiths chronometric rev counter, including tell-tale needle, but the good bit is they are electronic so the readings are much more accurate, and the tell-tale needle has a reset button. Contact name is Andrew on tel no: 01420 541591. PS they are not cheap".

MIKE COCKAYNE
I was very sorry to learn this morning (9th) of the death of Mike Cockayne who was building a Sebring Fastback replica. We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family.
Handles
SPEEDWELL HANDLES on ebay at a crazy starting price of £400 (double what 2 new ones made recently) Exp 13 May NO BIDS
[Neil Anderson/Pierre Lequeux]
"A rather nice looking standard bodied Sebring replica" is for sale with Car & Classic in Germany for £15,700
[Thanks to Mike Wood]
Sebring 4 sale
Shelby Frog
David Morys brings more of the Carroll Shelby/Bugeye story in "Your Comments"
Shorrock
Shorrock Supercharger kit on ebay (in the States), 8 May. NO BIDS [Neil Anderson has kindly offered to take delivery and dispatch to UK if you win]
Fletcher
PFletcher
Fletcher
Peter Fletcher did his 1st hillclimb over the weekend finishing 3rd in the up to 2 litre class. Next round is at Teeside Autodrome Sprint, 26th May.
See him on YouTube
Sprinzel's
further comments

on rallying his Mini
977 ARX
Slangen
Slangen
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2080 PO
A LAP OF GOODWOOD
with Pierre and PO!
YouTube
PAUL SLANGEN (Netherlands) & THE JOYS OF OWNING A SEBRING:
" I finished my Sebring for 1½ months and have enjoyed it driving some rallies. The car is very quick and handles very well. It feels very good due to the fiberglass parts and alu doors which gives enormous weight reduction. Amazing what this influence the handling of this car. I can easily compete much faster and stronger cars. On one event someone asked me if this car could only drive fast ?! Indeed the car gives so much fun, that I am speeding it full time on a rally.
Great car, great concept. Best regards, Paul."
IG W & P
IG W & P
JE Actman
JE Actman
Ian Grainger's pretty Williams & Pritchard-bodied
hill-climb Sprite
Actman heading into Druids
- lovely photos provided by John Egan
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A Chaffey
ALSO AT BRANDS HATCH:
Andy Chaffey with his Coupe, and Andy Actman racing his. He tells me that Lenham Sportscars is back in business at Harrietsham (07860744715)
A Actman
Aqua Rev Ctr
RAY ENGLISH asks:
"On the subject of Mechanical driven Rev Counters --- have you ever come across an AQUAPLANE unit fitted to a Sprite? (left).
On another subject - when I bought GWS 211 it was fitted with a C40 RV 20R Generator - see specifications sheet (right). I have never come across another one of these in all my years of Spriteing".
Comments welcome.
Generator
Gary Wilson Lenham
SPOTTED AT BRANDS HATCH (4th May)
Gil Duffy had this Lenham bodywork (left) in his trailer
which once adorned Gary Wilson's very sophisticated
modsports Lenham Sprite/Midget (shown right in Dave Matthews' WWAH calendar). The regs changed making the body illegal but the chassis is still racing in a more standard Midget shape.
Gary Wilson Lenham
Higgs
Higgs on Tour!
Gordon on the Milton Keynes [photos by bkbphotography]
SUPERCHARGED SPRITE
road test
[courtesy of "Motor Racing"
Road Test
Higgs
Higgs
NOT CARROLL SHELBY
but one of his mechanics!
[Thanks to Peter van Naarden of
AHC Nederland] see below
Shelby
603 MUY
"The Rebuilding of MUeY"
or
"How many parts in a Frogeye?"
603 MUY
"In 1961 Carroll Shelby founded the School for High Performance Driving at Riverside Raceway near Los Angeles using Bugeyes for their students. Apparently this led to regular issues with the clutch. Picture shows one of the mechanics working on the clutch".

 

News ~ April 2014

WANTED - FROGEYE FRONT BUMPER WITH IRONS
Bob Heppell, who owns the ex-Mike Sutton Sebring rep, also has a Frogeye and is looking for a front bumper and brackets.
[AUGUST- He has now bought a new one]
Shelby
Pete Taylor sent in this super shot of Carroll Shelby with Frog (sorry Bugeye!)
(Ctsy the Healey Museum)
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL, DONINGTON PARK - SATURDAY 3rd MAY
CHARLIE CLEGG and his sister, India, will be racing 184 FGJ in the Pre-63 race this coming weekend (on the Saturday).
"We will be up against some great, albeit slightly more powerful cars, such as Ferrari 250 SWBs, Aston DB4GTs, Elites and even an AC Cobra, and as ever would be delighted to see any of the Sebring Sprite contingent! S221 is having an engine rebuild so will not be racing sadly".
THOMAS WILLIG reports: "I visited the Stiles/Sutherland car when it was up for sale in California in 2012.  I looked intensively at the rev counter and its drive. On this car the rev counter was not driven from the camshaft as stated by Tom Coulthard, but from the back of the dynamo. The dynamo on that car was not the type usually used on production cars,  but a unit with the drive gearbox build into the rear cover of the dynamo. Please check also the picture on your Butch Gilbert page. I am attaching a picture of the rev counter (below right) in the restored car, that shows also a tell tale on it. The picture you have just published does not show a tell tale on the rev counter. I wonder if the rev counter on the restored Sutherland car might not be the original". JOHN SPRINZEL adds: "Geoff also fitted another rev counter under the bonnet, one with a telltale to show who used what revs....." 
977 ARX
Gordon Higgs met up with Sprinzel's former rally Mini, 977 ARX on the Milton Keynes Classic Tour. John says: "Was white in my day, and Willy has navigated for the owner for some years - they even won an Alpine in it...The owner writes for the Mini magazine - nice guy."
Rev Counter

Chrono Tacho
A couple of weeks ago Ken Grasing asked me whether the Sprites at Sebring would have carried a 6" dia Rev Counter, so I passed the query on to Tom Coulthard, who replies:
"Soz not to have got back to you before on this – attached is a pic of one of the 1959 Sebring cars showing the chronometric rev counter the Healeys used, said to be a nominal 5 inches. Surely anything bigger would be difficult to accommodate (ooh, Matron)? I don’t know what the Smiths model number for these tachos were – pleased to hear if any of your correspondents may know. Smiths maybe didn’t publish a catalogue for the expensive (car) chronometric rev counters as opposed to the scores of (usu. smaller and often calibrated to 10K) bike ones they produced. Interestingly, as you may know, these rev counters were not driven from the dynamo – and therefore subject to the vagaries of the fan belt – but directly from the extra skew drive that XSP camshafts had instead of the fuel pump eccentric. This was serious motorsport!
"

CASTROL ACHIEVEMENTS 1968

237
HAN9-237
Gabriel Konig
John Britten
Le Mans 1968 - a 3rd visit for HAN9-R-237.
I'm not sure what Geoff Healey is up to in the lefthand shot but he seems to have his eye on the "Lady in Red"
Gabriel Konig
checking her tyres
John Britten (on left) with SS1800, towed by his Midget pick-up
DHMC HARDTOP
Sven Eckhardt has acquired a DHMC hardtop on ebay, a 25th for our register but it's another with no number.
2080 PO -74
While at the Goodwood Sprint Pierre took his 82 yr old Dad for 4 demo laps around the track. A great day out for both of them.
2080 PO 75
Neil Blaney
Neil Blaney
Neil Blaney
Neil Blaney
N Blaney

I have had an email from Neil Blaney in Australia telling me that his Sebring Coupe is
"all but finished, engine running, a few fiddly things to finish, as you can see from the attached photos. Speedwell Weston Tacho and a 120 MPH speedometer from a 100/6 Healey to go in. Carpets??? "
The colour scheme replicates that of the ex-Andrew Hedges 410 EAO

JOHN SPRINZEL'S BOOKS

Sleepless Knights
Modified Motoring
Spritely Years
LJ
"Sleepless Knights"
a copy currently on ebay
at £95
"Modified Motoring"
a copy currently
on ebay at £49.99
"Spritely Years"
Several copies currently
on ebay from £99.75
"Lucky John"
I have 2 signed copies left - £53 incl UK p + p Feedback
We should be kicking ourselves. No-one bid for those Midget parts (below) and now the shocks are being haggled over at around £600. Someone could have picked up the lot for £50!! Sorry I had the expiry date wrong - but Ithink no-one wanted to drive to Lincolnshire to collect.
Pierre Lequeux has been sprinting at Goodwood in PO for the first time. His best was 130.83 secs for the standing lap.
[photo: John Baggott]
2080 PO
ALAN ANSTEAD
on 5-speed boxes
and
PETE TAYLOR
HAN8-R-202
More from
Rick Neville
SPEEDWELL CATALOGUE
on ebay, SOLD at £158
on 28 April
[Pete Taylor]
Speedwell Cat
Armstrongs
Dave Pratt spotted there are a pair of adjustable Armstrongs among this job lot on ebay. Currently at £50 expired 22 April. UNSOLD
Sven Eckhardt comments on 5-speed gearbox options.
See Your Comments
Rick Neville
on his experience of driving
HAN8-R-202
Lew McAllan
Lew McAllan (USA) has not had time to progress his Sebring Fastback replica in recent months as he has been buying up 6 x LHD Bugeyes to ship from California to Sydney, Australia. We could do with a few of those back in their country of origin!
Lew McAllan
 
GM 14
GM 16
GM 22
GM 23
GRAHAM MAGGS' FASTBACK (above) is now virtually ready for the road and will soon be up for sale. Price and details shortly.
I am pleased to say that Bill Prout is recovering well from his stem cell surgery and is preparing his Speedwell Sprite for an event. He has, surplus to requirements, a rare Speedwell electric Rev-Counter (8000 rpm) and also a dial for 12000rpm, as used by a BRM vintage Formula 1 car. He has $750 tied up in it. Contact him by email if you are interested.
9253WD
WANTED by Jeffrey Daigle
an original Sprite Tachometer blanking plate (see photo left). These must be extremely rare. If you can help please email him.
Lenham Cafe
LENHAM ROADHOUSE CAFE
This looks interesting and it's not far away from my home so I must investigate
- seen in the current issue
of "Classic & Sportscar"
TOYOTA 5-SPEED Conversion
I am currently installing one of these in JJO and already have 2 so think I'd better let someone else have a go at this one. It's a complete kit, probably worth around £1k and SOLD on ebay at £727 - expireds on Tues 22 Apr
Toyota box
I am preparing a web page about the installation - but lots more to do yet
Mike Cockayne Rep
MIKE COCKAYNE'S FASTBACK
is now on its wheels and partially painted so it won't be long now before it's mobile.
Mike Cockayne rep
Miuke Cockayne Rep
Spridget MeetVISIT TO THE HEALEY MUSEUM - SEPTEMBER 26 to 29th, 2014 [Click left for latest briefing]
We now have some 14 cars registered from the UK for the trip tothe Healey Museum visit in Holland but more would be very welcome. BOOK BEFORE MAY 1ST to be included in the 20 mins. free driving session at the Zandvoort circuit on the Sunday.
If you would like to come, run off a registration form from: http://www.healeymuseum.nl/en/nieuws/evenementen/ complete the form, email it to the organisers, and transfer 175 euros to them for 2 people to take part. Hotel accommodation is available at a special rate at the Van der Valk Hotel or you have the option of camping at a nearby recreation centre. You can email Albert Voogd or Claudia Hendriks for more information or contact Alan Anstead of Midget & Sprite Club who is co-ordinating the tour. We will all be meeting at Dover for the DFDS ferry to Dunkirk at 11 a.m on 26 Sept so book your crossing too.

347 RAL
New web page for this special Lenham GT
[N.B Having mentioned this car to John Baggott he tells me that when researching his book "Mighty Midgets" in the early 90's he saw Tony Pay's car, still in its blue/green paint - this suggesting that the red car of Peter Ecury is not in fact the same one.]

WANTED URGENTLY
Engine back-plate for 10CC (big mains) 1098cc engine, part no. 12G 453.
Many thanks - I've now been offered 3 !!

PORTUGUESE SPRITE
It's rebuild and track outing can be seen
on
YOUTUBE
[Maarten Krikken]

Anyone looking for a W & P Sebring hardtop? If so, there is one for sale on leboncoin (France) at 1200 Euros
[Laurent Derancourt]
David Bruzas tell me that diecastlegends are planning to produce models of the 2 'works' Le Mans Sprites which will be numbered SPK 4126 & SPK 4127. David is also looking for a 1961 Sprite donor vehicle or identity. Please let him know if you can help.
347 RAL ~ Lenham GT
This is the 3rd (or perhaps 4th) reference to this special version of the Lenham GT, now owned by Peter Ecury in Holland. It currently awaits restoration - see News 2012 (Dec). [This clip courtesy of Ray English]
347 RAL
I Watts Rep
David Morys spotted Ian Watts' Sebring Rep at the Malvern classic car show. He says: "Tucked away in one of the halls was this lovely apparently age-worn Sebring Sprite complete with a boot to boot! Faded carpet inside gave one the impression it was done some while ago. The simplicity of this understated car rather typifies how diverse these conversions can be".
I Watts Rep
BRIAN (BIC) HEALEY's FUNERAL
will take place this Wednesday 16th April at 3 p.m. at the Parish Church in St Piran, Perranzabuloe, Penhallow, CORNWALL. The Church is situated on the A3075 between Goonhavern and Chiverton roundabout, and abt 2 miles outside the village of Perranporth. For those using Satnav, the postcode is TR49LQ. The family looks forward to seeing Bic's many friends on 16th April, and to celebrate Bic’s life. No black ties are required, please.
SPEEDWELL TACHO
(not orig Weston type)
for sale at £150
Contact seller by email
[Alan Anstead]
5506 AR
Graham Robson has been out with his new Sebring - 1stly at the gates of Goodwood for the Members Meeting & on 5 Apr in the HRDC All Stars at Silverstone - 3rd in class.
5506 AR
5506 AR
Unseen Le Mans
Neil Anderson has kindly sent me this article from "Classic Cars" which includes a great photo of the '63 Le Mans Sprite, 58 FAC.
PAIR REPRO SPEEDWELL DOOR HANDLES ON EBAY
SOLD at £201.75
on 20th April
[Mark Matthews]
Speedwell Handles
ANYONE GOT ONE OF THESE?
Ray English has been after one for 50 years for his "Sprite Room" in Australia. Feedback
Scottish Sprite Club
BADGE FOUND
Within a few hours of publishing the photo (left) of the Scottish Sprite Club badge I had a message from Bill Thomson, one of that Club's former members, offering me a badge and more. Such is the value of our little "grapevine". Many thanks Bill.
IRS
INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION FOR YOUR FROGEYE?
John Reidy (South Africa) has just acquired this amazing set-up supposedly built in the 60's or 70's. It uses a purpose built tubular frame with a Spitfire diff and front wishbones, Mini Cooper uprights and drive shafts and bolts on in place of the quarter elliptic springs and to the check strap brackets. Just hope it doesn't make the car handle like a Spitfire!!
Spitfire IRS
SAD NEWS
I was sorry to hear yesterday that Brian (Bic) Healey has passed away following a fall. The last of Donald Healey's sons he had often represented the Healey family at events in recent years.
EARLY ASHLEY HARDTOP FOR SALE
Laurent Derancourt tells me there is one of these
for sale on lebancoin at 1250 Euros
Amazing what these things fetch nowadays.

We can rely on TOM COULTHARD to give us the answer: "The French Monte photos are all of Douglas – someone must have been quite a fan. The 1959 pic is of his original very early Sprite, VBM 7, now works-assisted and fitted with the ‘works’ high-sidescreen hardtop – see attached pic (right) of the car going onto the Channel Air Bridge service at Lydd (DWS usually started from Paris – not for him the British Railways food aboard the Lord Warden). The 1960 photo is of 90 HBH – which I believe duly became the first DWS 97. This was the only Sprite on the 1960 Monte – for my initial research on WER in the 1980s I had to identify all the Monte Sprites ... which was rather more difficult in the days before t’internet". [Many thanks Tom.] [In '59 & '60 Douglas's co-driver was John Bayliss - Tony Wilson-Spratt]

DWS 61
DWS 61
DWS 62
DWS 62
Douglas Wilson-Spratt on the 1961 Monte
Douglas again in 1962
DWS 63

These 7 photos come from a French blog courtesy of "yellowcitron" and were kindly mentioned to me by Mike Wood
Monte 59
Monte 60
Douglas's car as a WSM for '63
Unknown Frogeye 1959
and another, in 1960
EE-02-86
NEW PHOTOS OF 1961 SPEEDWELL/ASHLEY SPRITE MK2
still offered for sale by Angelo van der Rijt in Belgium.
An original 60's conversion restored to a high standard.
Offers sought in the region of 15,000 Euros (about £12,400 UK)
EE-02-86
DHMC top
Tom Coulthard has acquired another DHMC hardtop - No.17 and also a neat little model of his rally car WER 354
WER model
XNBXNB 712 at Oulton Park, 1987
Cyril
LC
[Ray English]
347 RAL
LNX 629E
It wasn't only Lotus Elites that became marooned on the sandbanks at Sebring - here is Cyril Simson trying to dig out S221 in 1961. [Ray English]
Peter Ecury's one-off Mk 1 Sprite Fastback 347 RAL which I believe he still has (un-restored)
[Ray English]
LNX 629E at International Healey Weekend in 1986 in the hands of John Baglow.
[Dave Matthews]

 

News ~ March 2014

We now have 55 Sebring replicas pictured in the Replica Gallery
GM 7
GM 11
GM 10
GM 12
Graeme Maggs' Sebring Fastback is making rapid progress having just returned from the paint shop, and is now to be fitted up over the next couple of weeks before final polishing. The car will then go on the market for sale. Graeme's website can be viewed at: http://www.sebring-classics.co.uk/
Sstone Cl 14
LAST CHANCE TO GET CHEAPER TICKETS FOR THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC (25/26/27 JULY) ENDS MONDAY, MARCH 31ST
Join us in the Midget & Sprite Club area at lunchtime on the Saturday for a get-together of Sebring and other Special Sprites. Use MASC Code C14044 to buy your ticket.
Steve Coleman's 1969 ex-works Sebring/Le Mans car and Targa Florio cars will be on show at the circuit coming all the way from Texas..
202
202
202
202
4 new photos of HAN8-R-202 kindly supplied by Dr. Rick Moses of the Austin-Healey Sprite Registry of the USA.
Believed taken during the period 1983 to 85 by then owner Bill Wood they show the "display" car pretty much as it is today.
Marathon
2 NEW ARTICLES SUPPLIED BY JOE ARMOUR
Firstly "The amazing marathon MG Midget" - about John Sprinzel's marathon drive with Roy Fidler, and, right, an article from CCC when their team built a Lenham Le Mans Coupe.
Lenham article
Ital Sebring
[Spotted by Mike Wood on the Car & Classic website]
This very unusual Sprite hails originally from Portugal and apparently has a race history. Now in Belgium it is for sale at 55,000 Euros. View Advert
Ital Sebring
AWD Fastback
Newly completed Sebring Fastback For Sale £21,995
It certainly appears to be finished to a very high standard - pity about the late-type dashboard, but I'm being picky now.
This is the Steve Griffiths, Severn Classics car DTA 949C.
[Spotted by John Egan, Pete Fletcher & Tim Halket, on ebay]
AWD
HAN 202
Bob Kemp has also supplied this record of the ex-works HAN8-R-202 showing that Lynn (& Bill) Wood acquired the car in 1983 and possibly from Royston.
soubirac
Laurent Soubirac's alloy-bodied replica (#3) is for sale at €56k having raced it in the “Dix Milles Tours du Castellet”,the “Pau Ville” and other races.
RTL

RTL 304
Bob Kemp (Austin-Healey Club UK Sprite Registrar) kindly sent in these photos given to him in the early 80's by a former owner of this lovely Sebring, Peter Ecury.

RTL
BP

BP

Brett Pruitt has acquired John Sprinzel's Hawaii-based Frogeye and has decided to convert it to the spec of John's 1958 Alpine Rally car. Consequently he is looking for:
i) Delaney Gallay oil cooler (see photo)
ii) A 'Universal'  hardtop
iii) RKN Swedish seat belts, full harness, which Speedwell imported
iv) Ferodo VG95/1 brake linings (shoes)
v) Side hood vents from a 1950-54 Austin A70 Hereford
vi) Speedwell Badge (see Photo)
vii) Replica 24 hour RAF/Smiths type clock with the second hand on a button.
He also needs a code number for BMC Iris Blue, a Speedwell rocker box badge/label, and wants to identify a decal in the lower left of the windscreen (I think it is in fact an electrical demister strip).
If you can help please contact Brett by email. Thanks.

PH 13
BUILDING A SEBRING FASTBACK by Patrick Harris
119 UXK
Philip Zamlynski's Sebring Coupe is finally heading for the spray shop and he hopes to complete its final assembly in the coming months.
Chris
Chris
GR 33
GR 37
The ex-David Jamouillie Fastback seen at Angouleme in 2009 is now owned by Patrick MISTOU. Chris of Nostalgic British Cars, Toulouse, France is currently seeking a new windscreen for it.
Graham Robson has already been out at Goodwood with his new Fastback. It is featured in some of the publicity for the 72nd Members Meeting. [Photos by Andy Craig]

Tom Coulthard helps out with an answer to the B & W photo of PMO (see below right).
See "Your Comments"

Tom Coulthard has also, I suspect, come up with the answer to my query below: "The only Elite in the 1965 12 Hours of Sebring was apparently a US entry by Crespi Motors (No. 64) which retired with broken steering. It does look implausibly high on the sandbank (? at Webster's or at the hairpin?) in the shot with the streamliner, but this pic looks much less dramatic: http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/1965/Sebring-1965-03-27-064.jpg "
Many thank, Tom.
RECENT SALES PAGE
I was pleased to discover this may be useful when confirming values for insurance purposes.
65 Sebring
1965 Sebring photo in Henry Camicasca Collection.
I have long been mystified by this photo which appears to show a car airborne behind DAC 952C at Sebring. Looks a bit like a Lotus Elite? Feedback me if you can help.
MK XNB712
Maarten Krikken came across this advert in a copy C&SC from 1994. XNB 712 was offered for sale by Porters of Kensington (now in Japan)
200 PMO ??
Ivo Cappon sent this interesting photo of PMO with reg no. reversed! See Ivo's Facebook page for his new project.
PMO
photo: ctsy of Ton Blankespoor

MEREDITH HUTCHINS' VERY UNUSUAL RACE CAR PROJECT IS FOR SALE

MH race car
MH
MH
MH
After considerable development by Mike Youles, Meredith is reluctantly offering for sale his race car project which includes the modified Fastback body with opening boot, Rolls Royce rear lights, lightweight doors, and a rare bonnet which takes 5" headlights. It comes complete with the 1962 donor shell, engine and gearbox, period registration and documents.

Having spent over £6,000 in its development he is looking for offers over that figure. Email him

Healey Fiesta
HEALEY FIESTA & ESCORT
Did you know there were a Healey Fiesta and Escort? Well David Matthews has just published a 24 page article about these cars - see the flyer on left. To obtain a copy priced at £5 go to www.wwah.org
DMatthews
!979 Silverstone Test Day
Dave Matthews (on far right) tells me there was also an open ex-works Sprite (metallic blue) in the pits. What car can that have been? Feedback
HT
Hiroshi Takemori has sent me this photo of the CCK, ex-Paul Johnson, Rep (99) now owned by Katsuhiro Sugimoto who lives near Yokohama in Japan
R Rooks
Richard Rooks kindly sent in this photo to show how the screen of the W & P Speedwell GT (furthest away) has a different inclination to that of the CMC car (foreground)
Healeys 65
Joe Armour (from Australia) kindly sent in this article from the American "Healey Marque" featuring the 3 Healeys which raced at Sebring in 1965. He owns the Healey 3000 today.
Maggs
Maggs
Graham Maggs' Fastback being prepped for painting - fully restored seats are ready and waiting to go in.
Maggs
BMC wheels
RARE BMC mag wheels
Set of 4 sold on ebay
in the USA at $2175 (approx £1,300) [Paul Webb]
Speedwell GT page has now been re-designed and largely completed. Other Speedwell pages will be up-dated soon.
JOHN BAGGOTT has for sale a special 'A' Series inlet manifold to fit HS4 1½" SUs. He wants £40 incl p + p SOLD
Steve Norton of Cape International has taken over the Dave Grove replica, #37, 603 MUY pictured right.
603 MOY
T 50
Toyota T50 5 speed gearbox on ebay would suit Sprite.
SOLD at £199
16th March
DW - 693LAC
In this month's "Safety Fast" magazine, Dennis Wharf interviews Alan Goodwin, the "Al" in Aldon including his ownership of the ex-works Sprite 693 LAC back in 19666/7. I have added extracts from the article to my web page
693 LAC
Jap GTO
Dave Matthews sent me these 2 photos of a Mk 1 Sprite fitted with one of the original Lenham GTO rear ends, and now owned by Azuma Murayama who lives near Yokohama in Japan. [Photos were supplied to him by John Shepherd who runs the Lenham Register in Australia]
Jap GTO
PT eng bay
Pete Taylor kindly drew my attentiuon to this photo, now withdrawn from ebay, of the 'works' Targa Sprite TFR 7 engine bay (HAN9-R-250)
Pierre Lequeux directed me to this very unusual bonnet on Gumtree - it looks very like Gerry Coker's original design for the Frogeye! GONE
Bonnet

MG & Triumph Spares Day at Stoneleigh Sunday 2nd March

1413 WD
1413 WD
1413 WD
1413 WD
It was a hectic day at Stoneleigh taking me 3/4 hour just to get into the car park. Masses of stalls with new or old spares and lots of display cars. The latter included several Sprites masquerading as MGs including the Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse car, Geoff Hill with his now fully upholstered WSM Sanction 2, plus another on the MGOC stand, and the Tifosi Sebring (can it call itself a Sebring Sprite with standard Frog wheels?). The Gilbern had a bit of a meltdown on the way home so more work to do now!! Above, left, Ian Hulett is, in his words: "propped against the open front of the Ecosse Sprite re-creation talking to Arthur Appleby. I scrapped the original shell for that car in the early 70's and Arthur raced it during the 60's. We were discussing the detail on the car in his ownership which confirmed that - as far as either of us could recall after more than 40 years - that we were talking about the same car. He stripped it out and sold it as a bare shell. I bought it several years later as a race car rolling shell with fibreglass Mk2 bodywork, less engine and wheels. Comparing notes it handled just as badly in my ownership as it did in his!" Great stuff - wish I had realised they were both there at the time so we could have had a chat.
MGS
MG Spares
MG Spares
MGSpares
LENHAM GT IN GERMANY
Kvb Lenham
KvB Lenham
KvB Lenham
KvB Lenham
KvB Lenham
Kees Van Beijmerwerdt of the Netherlands was chasing Ashley parts when he ran into this Lenham in Germany. It had just been sold to a chap in Hamburg. No registration, no ID, but certainly worth taking some pictures. Tuning is by a German company and he points to the interesting engine stay as well! I think that is from a Morris Minor 1000.
KvB Lenham
Meredith
Paul Webb has pointed out that Meredith Hutchins' project (see Feb news) is now on ebay at £2,950.
DID NOT REACH RESERVE
Rear Shroud
Anyone re-building a Frogeye? This rear shroud with boot lid could be just the thing. It's on ebay . 9 Mar - fetched £104
SEBRING TAILGATES!
Having seen Mike Curtis's attempt (Jan News) to make his Coupe's rear window open for access Juergen Schaefer writes to confirm that Dominic Mooney is doing a similar 'mod' on his car: See Your Comments. I was amused by his: "I had a 'test sitting' at Dominics shop and start to realize how old I am! Cutting my toe nails will help, but still I have to take yoga lessons! "

HEALEY MUSEUM SPRIDGET MEET
The announcement and registration form for the Healey Museum Spridget Meet are now on the museum website: http://www.healeymuseum.nl/en/nieuws/evenementen/
The provisional time schedule for the weekend can be found here, more details will follow in the next weeks. Please note that the Van der Valk Hotel is offering a special rate for the participants. [Click the Union Jack for English]

Pat Harris Rep
PAT HARRIS's MONZA FASTBACK is now on the road. Intended for competition it turned out "too good to race"
[Photo: Pete Taylor]
ALEC POOLE'S article in the January "Motorsport" tells of the Le Mans spoiler and using 'last year's tyres!' See Joe Armour in Your Comments
Joe Armour 10

 

News ~ February 2014       



M Curtis
MIKE CURTIS'S COUPE MAKES PROGRESS

Now virtually ready for the paint shop so should be finished in the summer! Mike is going through final fitting of the doors which continue to be a frustration – changing shape daily! He wishes he had gone for all alloy versions, but they came with the abandoned package he bought. Note the modified front – he wanted to get a better bonnet fit with less wobble!. He has also decided to make the rear window open with a frame as his FIA seats don’t make access to rear easy. Nearly there ..



M Curtis
GR 1
GR 2
GR 26
GR 27
WHO KISSED THE INJURED FROG & TURNED IT INTO A HANDSOME PRINCE (above) ? The answer seems to be Graham Robson aided by Daryl Davis of Motobuild. See the new web page for 5506 AR The car is destined for this year's Healeysport Championship.
Dave Dickinson's current Frogeye (rt) with wire wheels
(see lower down the page)
He wants to find a DHMC top
Use Feedback if U can help
Dickinson
TM
TM
TM
TM
Paddy signs Trevor McIlroy's Sebring roof
XXC 818 and 2222 AZ
Swamped by Minis

Trevor McIlroy attended the Paddy Hopkirk Gala on 22nd February to celebrate the 50th Golden Anniversary of the Rally Monte-Carlo Victory 1964, in Belfast. He tells me: "There was a cavalcade from Stormont to the Belfast City Hall, then on to the Titanic Centre with a displayed of 180 minis, old & new, an array of cars Paddy had driven over the years, VW Beetle, Sunbeams, MG’s & Sebring Sprite. As Paddy drove a Sebring Sprite in the early sixty’s I was asked to bring along XXC818. You can see in one of the pictures the rear of 2222AZ, Paddy’s own Sebring Sprite as recorded in Spritely Years, now owned by Con Williamson a keen classic car collector, Insurance Broker in N.Ireland who specializes in Classic Car insurance. Paddy kindly signed the roof of XXC818 on the steps of Stormont. A very special day in the history of  Motor Sport in N.Ireland. Chris Meek with his 3rd place Citroen from this years Monte-Carlo Rally, Jimmy McRea with his VX Chevette & Ari Vatanen in an ex works Ford Fiesta was in attendance & joined the cavalcade. A number of famous  drivers from N. Ireland, from F1 John Watson, Ladies rally champion from the 60 -70 period Rosemary Smith, Ari Vatanen’s works Peugeot navigator Terry HarrymanRobert Woodside also attended."

WJJ
At Silverstone on 22 Feb
WJJ 998 was bid up to £13,800 plus 15% commission but failed to reach reserve. It is now back on the market with Bill Postins at £19,995.
DAVID DICKINSON tells me that back around 1963 he bought a very smart replica hardtop from a small company in Birmingham called  Perks and  Dolman for his Frog, YWN 373. They came in black and had the usual over centre clips on the windscreen. His current car 523 CLF was featured in CSC August 2000, now in great condition with Classic Revival power unit and some Speedwell bits.
IDENTIFYING HARDTOPS - PAUL WEBB
Unidentified
PW
Clifford

Clifford badge
The unidentified hardtop (left) is not a Clifford Engineering one as I first thought. I have one the same but it has no maker's markings. The photos of the red hardtop show the Clifford Engineering one as it has the outline of the maker's badge on the rear and I have the badge for it at home. Sorry for the confusion. Paul Webb. [Many thanks, Paul]
Mooney
Dominic Mooney of Midland Classic Restorations's Sebring Rep and, far right, his extensively modified Lenham Le Mans
Mooney
Mooney Lenham
Moss Sebring 60
SEBRING 1960
Roger Sieling has sent me these photos and is interested to identify the bearded guy and the tall man in white brimmed hat (left) with Moss and Roger Menadue (in bobble hat). Feedback Roger's full message is on Your Comments
Falcon

I AM SURE FELLOW ENTHUSIASTS WILL JOIN ME IN WISHING BILL PROUT LUCK WITH HIS STEM CELL SURGERY THIS MARCH
Bill is a 68 year old flying instructor and life-long horseman and professional race car driver in Connecticut USA. He approached me last October as he wanted to get several Sprite books having fallen for a little SCCA Sprite which he has re-built with many Speedwell parts. At Christmas he put in a request for a rare Speedwell hardtop and, amazingly, through the website, one turned up in Holland. Having nearly completed his project Bill now has to go into hospital for a stem cell transplant and will be out of action for several months. We send him and his wife Mandy our very best wishes.

THE FALCON SPRITE
more of the story from Roger Sieling - see "Your Comments"
Mike Wood tells of this BMC hardtop for a Mark 1. In good condition & complete with new rear window. Located in Belgium - 250€ Contact
BMC top
CORRECTION
Paul Webb tells me the hardtop (left below) is by Clifford Engineering of West Drayton in Middlesex
Dan Paul comments on these hardtops and Thomas Willig on Wolseley brakes - see "Your Comments"
Hardtop
HARDTOP FOR SALE on ebay
Currently at £114
SOLD £310
[Thanks to Tim Halket]
and right, another one, this belonging to Ron Edwards - can anyone identify its maker please - Feedback
Rons top

ASHLEY FASTBACK HARDTOP FOR MARK 1 SPRITE
Lew McAllan has now acquired the Ashley hardtop shown lower down this page. He is coming over from the USA shortly and will crate it up for dispatch home, but if anyone wants to take a mould from it in the meantime he would be willing to arrange it. Email him if you are keen.

Tom Coulthard on 4444 DA and E 700
"at the time of Spritely Years John (Sprinzel) was equally certain the Cat’s Eyes car was Jack Clarfelt’s Sprite that was undergoing transformation at the Mews at the time (p. 210). These two Sprites could conceivably have been one and the same, though the red coupe subsequently being offered in one of his display ads in Autosport (issue 9 Mar 62) is described as being the Clarfelt car".
[See "Your Comments" for Tom's full message.]

Pete Farmer
DHMC tall side-screens
Pete Farmer has 2 remaining newly-made pairs for sale at £500 plus £40 for bag + VAT
Email him if interested
Pete Farmer
DHMC HARDTOP
Butch Gilbert has now sold his car but has a spare tall side-screen hardtop he wants to sell. Email him.
Sprite Identity For Sale
would suit Replica builder ~ 1965 Sprite 3 ~ "C" reg documents & chassis plate
£200 from Pat Hobbs
Wolseley (Lockheed) 8" rear brakes Sold £245 on ebay
[Dave Pratt]
Wolseley brakes
HEALEY WHEELS
Simon Bilbie tells how the Healey wheels were designed by his father, Barry.
(See "Your Comments")
Former owner of JAX 12 (791 NAR) Paul Rogers has found his receipt from 1971 and a label showing the car was originally Old English White and LHD
JAX 12
Meredith Hutchins
Meredith Hutchins' one-off Rep is For Sale with RR rear lights, boot opening and rare bonnet. £12,000 on Car & Classic [Maarten Krikken]
Shocks
Roger Valler is also offering a pair of adjustable rear shocks which have Ford Anglia arms so would need swapping over. Offers over £500 to Roger
New web pages now completed for
E 700
and
4444 DA
Bournemouth
LM
LM
LM
LM
Lubert Mussche from the Netherlands is currently building an ultra-lightweight Sprite with the help of Ton

Blankespoor using one of his aluminium bodies and bonnets. The engine is a Cooper S Formule Junior 1071 with H4 SU carbs. The 8" rear brakes are from a Riley 1.5.

"Lucky John" - 3 copies currently in stock. £53 each incl UK p + p. Order via Feedback
LJ
Front view
The Healey Museum have just announced that they have acquired, from Ian Grainger, his ex-John Baker Sebring Sprite 2341 UE.
Healey Plaque
ALAN ANSTEAD OF MIDGET & SPRITE CLUB
is kindly organising a tour to the Netherlands for the visit to the Healey Museum over the weekend 26 - 29 Sept.
Visit www.masckent.org shortly for full details
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Lew McAllan from USA is interested in buying the hardtop shown right. Is there anyone who could collect it from the York area and crate it up/dispatch it for him should he make a successful bid? Please contact via Feedback
Mike Wood has drawn my attention to a Frogeye Ashley hardtop currently available on ebay. SOLD £281
Ashley top
GM Rep
Graeme Maggs' Fastback Sebring Replica
Based on a '63 Sprite exported to Hong Kong and with a military background previously owned by several serving RAF personnel. Graeme started building the car in 2012 and it is now being prepared for painting. It will be a road car with a Weber carb chrome-plated wire wheels, and Monza bonnet.
GM Rep
ANNOUNCING A SPRITE VISIT TO THE HEALEY MUSEUM IN HOLLAND
which will take place over the weekend 27/28 September by kind invitation. More details are to follow and the weekend
may include taking in a race meeting in the Netherlands.
It promises to be "a real cracker" of a weekend so let me know if you are interested in joining the Sprite convoy.

PMO 200 with a boot lid. I recently asked John Sprinzel how it was that in this photo (left) PMO 200 had a boot lid. His reply: "I am pretty sure – but not certain, that this was the 62 Monte version. I was at a traffic light in the main road near the Mews – next to Bill Cotton in his Jag XK120 I think, when some idiot ran in the back of me. As it was Monte week, there was some urgency for the repair, and I think they took the opportunity to put in a boot lid.  It might well have been earlier, but that is when I think it was done. Same car though. In spite of the odd short use of another car for PMO (Race Car Show, Cat’s Eyes, and the LH Drive car for the Alpine). There really was only one Sebring PMO – the ex beige, then black Bugeye, which Bob Domey crashed on the Acropolis and which was rebuilt into the RAC and then full Sebring car. There was also really only one Speedwell PMO from the Abingdon loaner speedwell blue which morphed into the GT. Cheers. J "


Ashley top
ASHLEY FASTBACK HARDTOPS FOR FROGEYES
John Reidy has commenced re-manufacturing the very pretty fastback Ashley hardtop for the Frogeye now rarely found in the UK or in Europe. He is based in South Africa so there will be a hefty freight cost but this may be the only opportunity to buy one now. Windows will be in laminated glass. Prices and other details to follow.

Ashley top
S221
These 2 great "new" photos of S221 were sent in by Joe Armour to whom they were given by Paul Hawkins' brother. Left one shows Cyril Simson and Paul Hawkins in May 1960 at the Nurburgring 1000kms and the right one is in Sept that year, again at Nurburgring, for the 500kms.
S221
58 FAC

A page from Autosport in March 1963 shows the 'works' Le Mans car, 58 FAC, in the process of being sprayed, as well as the Sebring Mark 2s and one of the Big Healeys.
[Supplied by Joe Armour whose '65 Healey looks near identical]

Some confusion has arisen from John Sprinzel's message to me about his drive in the Cat's Eyes Rally (Your Comments). The car he drove then was Eric Davis's new un-finished coupe which became E 700. His old car, also E 700, became 4444 DA in Stan Annis's ownership.
E 700
Eric Davis's Peel-bodied car at Prescott in 1965. Gabriel Konig later destroyed this car in an accident at Castle Combe [Paul Webb]
New messages from John Sprinzel about 4444 DA and from Stephen Bowen who may sell WJB 707 this year
in "Your Comments"
WJB For Sale
Stephen once put WJB up for sale in the past
I continue to be asked for Fly-off Handbrake kits despite my supply being exhausted. The drawing (right) will enable those who require them to make their own.
Fly-off

Sven Eckhardt's rebuild of his Sebring Coupe replica following his accident in Nov 2012 now includes the fitting of an alloy top and an application for FIA HTPapers

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Sven's car is now at Archers Garage for various works prior to its final re-assembly. See Sven's message including his views on Paul Tarry's use of a Midget 1500 shell and Craig Chapman alloy bodywork in his re-build of 4646 UE: Your Comments
Hubs
FRONT HUBS
These are originals for Sprite 2 or Midget Mk1 having a fine thread for the spinner. On ebay - unsold (1 Feb)
Caliper Kit
Girling Caliper Seal Kit
(SP2507) for Type 10 calipers.
I purchased this kit on ebay in case anyone needed one. Use Feedback if you can use it.

 

News ~ January 2014

"Lucky John" - 4 copies currently in stock. £53 each incl UK p + p. Order via Feedback
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IV 6
IV 7
IV 5

Above and below are photos of the Hill Climb Special now owned by Ivo Visser which in its early life was known as an Abarth Sprite having a very Abarth-like bonnet shape. It was later fitted with the A.G.Thorpe bonnet and its tail shortened, the car was fitted with a number of Speedwell and BMC competition parts for hill-climbing. In the 1964 shot (top left) it had a BMC hardtop. Ivo tells its story:
"As an SPRITE ABARTH it had a very rare bonnet, which indeed looks like an ABARTH creation featuring some italian details.  On the third picture (above) you'll see at the rear a Speedwell and Abarth badge. Some interesting instruments made a "living" dashboard together with the rare steering wheel. In 1966 the Sprite was bought by Peter Loderer who traded it against a 1954 Porsche paying an extra 3000DM. He used it for several slaloms and rallies before he changed it in 1968 into a Hill-climb special for class up to 1150cc, using the Sebring-Sprite Homologation for the 2 seater race car ONS-wagenpass. (ONS= Oberste Nationale Sportkommission fur den Automobilsport in Deutschland.) Several race and tuning parts were bought at the BMC-competition department and also from Speedwell. Peter Loderer became a member of the Hediri-Racing-Team and the Sprite was, during 1969-1970, entered in 2 races and 2 hill-climbs being referred to in the entry-list as a Sebring Sprite. During the last race at the Airport Kaufbeuren it dropped out with engine damage caused by the short-differential. Taking the Sprite home it was stored until 1990 before it was sold to Gerhard Hutzler for 20.000DM. With best regards from Holland, Ivo."

IV 4
IV 3
IV 2
IV 2
WJJ
SEBRING REPLICA
going to auction at Silverstone on 22nd Feb Guide Price £15/18,000

Shorrock Supercharger Badge
currently for sale on ebay
SOLD for £180!!
[Pete Taylor]

S-C badge
A good photo of 585 MY Speedwell GT at Mugello in 1966 in the hands of Graham White & Terry Hunter.
[supplied by David Morys]
585 MY
Shocks
Another pair of adjustable Armstrongs on ebay
at £500 - Unsold - no bids
[Pete Taylor]
RV-Hardtop
Robert Visser has 2 DHMC hardtops. One, with his ex-works rally car XOH 276 (left) has no number, is lighter in weight, with 3mm Perspex window and narrow gutters - perhaps a prototype or competition model? We now know of nearly 20 tops with numbers ranging from 41 to 322 giving some idea of the numbers made.
Albert Voogd suggests compiling a list of the rare W & P fastback hardtops. Anyone know of any? Feedback
LWD Sebring 69
4444 DA
4444 DA number
1411Wd
Photo of LWD at Sebring in 1969 now on ebay
[Paul Webb]
The ex-Stan Annis Sebring 4444 DA (now owned by Paul Webb) seen here on the 1961 London Rally "where she finished 3rd overall beating a certain John Sprinzel who came 5th". The car has DHMC hardtop No.322.
A photo of 1411 WD in the paddock at Brands Hatch is for sale on ebay by RaceBears.com
[David Morys]
Uew Quack Sebring
Uwe Quack Sebring
Uwe Quack
Uwe Quack
From rusty Californian import to 2-tone Tulip Rally car (2009) built by Uwe Quack (No.14) - uses Mazda MX5 seats.
DHMC HARDTOP WANTED
Roger Friend has recently bought a Frogeye and is turning it into a standard-bodied Sebring. He is keen to obtain one of the 'works' "tall side-screen" hardtops. If you know of one available please email him.
DHMC TALL SIDE-SCREEN HARDTOPS
At the suggestion of Jim Dougherty, I am compiling a list of those who own DHMC hardtops and the numbers stamped on a plate inside the left-hand door opening. In this way we may gradually get an idea as to how many were made. Please let me know if you have one. Feedback The list is shown in the left-hand column of the DHMC hardtops page.
STREAMLINERS TO VISIT UK IN 2014 (after 46 years away!)
Steve Coleman is planning to bring the last 2 wind-tunnel 'works' Sprites from Texas to the UK this summer. He plans to display them at the Silverstone Classic (25/26/27 July) and hopes there will be a good showing of Sebring and Special Sprites there. So owners, please put the date in your diary. (More information to follow)
AVDR
AVDR
AVDR
AVDR
FULLY RESTORED NOW RARE 1961 MARK 2 SPRITE FOR SALE IN HOLLAND
Modified in the 1960's with Speedwell Monza bonnet and an Ashley Fastback hardtop, this car was fully restored to almost perfect condition just a few years ago. It is available with either Minilite wheels, as show, or a set of wires. The car has been dry-stored for some time and is in running order. Its owner, Angelo Van de Rijt is looking for
Offers in the region of 15,000 Euros (about £12,400 UK) He can be contacted by email.

A message from Pat Slade, after he received his copy of "Lucky John"
See "Your Comments"

SHORROCK SUPERCHARGER PAGE
IS COMING TOGETHER - CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME

BMC Competition Catalogue 1961

(published in the USA)
This is something new to me - anyone seen it before?
Pages 7 & 8 relate to Sprites
[Thanks to Karsten Stelk]

BMC cat

JOHN SPRINZEL ON BONNEVILLE SPRITES

Bonneville Sprite – sorry – me again. We did quite a few Bonnevilles, with the Shorrocks blower, wire wheels and Girling disks with 8” rear drums. The four wheel Dunlop Disk brakes were not used by us, either at Grosvenor Street nor at the Mews, as they were not homologated, and I certainly cannot ever recall suffering with a lack of brakes. Geoff used them on earlier '59 and '60 Sprites, and I am not at all sure how this was possible with the FIA rules, but then there was not nearly as much ‘inspection’ as in later years, though I seem to remember the ‘Dunlop’ cars were often entered in the Sports Car (group 4) category, which allowed a lot more latitude. One of the best results was Paul Hawkins in Cyril’s S221, which was turned into a Bonneville for the Goodwood TT, which didn’t accept cars under 1000cc, so the blower put it into the next higher class. Paul finished 20th overall in front of three Lotus Elites, Chris Lawrence’s Morgan Plus 4, John Bekaert’s A.Healey 3000 and an Elva – not bad going for a steel bodied Sprite.

More on EAC 90C
In conversation with Dave Groves I discovered that his cousin was married to Dudley Lucas who raced EAC with Arthur Appleby. It seems that after the Mugello crash in 1970 the car was broken up and its remains buried beneath a new entrance drive. The dry-sump motor, Healey wheels and other mechanicals were built into another racing Sprite which had a Sebring bonnet and DHMC Mk2 hardtop. Never registered for the road this car was eventually dismantled and the parts sold off.

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HAN9-R-237
HAN9-R-237
HAN9-R-237

JOE ARMOUR ASSEMBLES THE FUEL INJECTION FOR HAN9-R-237
"Here is my head and short inlet manifolds being refurbished in Victoria. I also have a cam, fuel pump and Lucas fuel distributor.  But no inlet trumpets. We can cast some as the base and butterflys are standard S.U. Carb items.  What I need is the length and dia at the bell mouth. Also I would like to get the cast in numbers on the trumpet. Interesting the fuel injection appears to have been removed when the car was sold to the publishing house of 'CAR AND CAR CONVERSIONS' when they purchased it from Healeys. What is most interesting is that the Chairman/director of the company was Donald Healeys Promotions Manager, Ken Gregory who had been Stirling Moss's manager.  Previously Ken had suggested and pre-arranged a buyer of the 1958 ?  London Show car 100/6 with gold metalwork trim and unique upholstery. The fuel injection has not been fitted from that time, the reason being I believe was due to easier maintenance and tuning.
Regards Joe Armour" (NSW Australia).

FEY 678

MORE ON BONNEVILLE SPRITES FROM ALEX POSTAN
My Bonnie has rear drums – as does the FIA homologation form.  I doubt that the darn thing ever goes fast enough to warrant rear discs and I surmise that it was extremely unlikely to have been done back in the days of Lancaster Mews.

FEY 678
MORE HISTORY OF RTL 304
From Meico Koudstaal of the Netherlands comes this message: "I bought the car from Peter Ecury and raced it at Zandvoort, Montlhery, Zolder and Croix enternoix in the North of France for two years. As the engine was 1300 cc I bought a Formula 3 1098 cc engine from Alain Bailey. I drove the car once and then sold it to Mr van Hulsenbeek in Holland as I bought an OSCA FJ to race. I must have some historical documentation which I am glad to send to the current owner if interested. M.K."
M Cockayne Rep
M Cockayne Rep
M Cockayne Rep


ALAN ANSTEAD tells of his experiences with a Shorrock supercharger on his Frogeye - See "Your Comments"

Mike Cockayne's Fastback is coming together well, with its rear bodywork fitted including a sturdy roll-cage, competition halfshafts and even an instruction book!

BONNEVILLE SPRITES & SHORROCK SUPERCHARGERS

I am planning to bring my Shorrock C75B back into service on JJO this summer which reminds me I must put together a web page on the subject. Originating from the record attempts made by the Healeys at the Bonneville Salt Flats using a supercharged Sprite engine, Sprites fitted with the Shorrock supercharger were often referred to as Bonneville Sprites. Ken Grasing (USA) is planning to build one and asks: "It will be a standard bodied Sebring, probably along the lines of FEY 678, homologation 87, as I’ve acquired a Shorrock’s blower.  I do need a bit more help on research.  Were all the Bonneville, supercharged, standard-bodied cars fitted with four-wheel discs, as FEY 678, or were some fitted with the Girling type 10 up front and the Girling 8” drums in the rear?" I cannot imagine many cars had 4 wheel discs, and I don't think Alex Postan has them on FEY but will check - anyone know about this?

Ecurie Ecosse
Those who are not members of the Midget & Sprite Club, so
have not had the opportunity to read Gary Lazarus's excellent article on the Ecurie Ecosse Sprite and itys recent sale may like
to view a similar one now available on Bonhams' website at: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20934/lot/4/
Thanks to Pete Taylor and Peter Fletcher for this reference. [You will have to copy & paste it into your web browser]
The 'works' Targa Florio entry for 1965, TFR 3, registered EAC 90C
KS 13
sidebar image
and as TFR 4 in 1966 with Coupe top.
[photos courtesy of
Karsten Stelk]
Armstrongs
A pair of Armstrong adjustable rear shockers now SOLD on ebay at £610 - 20th Jan, 2014
"Mighty Midgets & Special Sprites" by John Baggott - a copy
now sold on ebay at £11.51.
Expired: 19th Jan, 2014
Mighty Midgets
Many thanks to Paul Webb, Neil Anderson, Pete Taylor and Mark Matthews for informing me of the above.
1961-5
Steve Coleman's
HAN9-R-238
web page
is now complete
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NEW FROGEYE BODYSHELLS ~ An announcement from Mike Marczynski of Frogeye Spares/ClassicCarCo

I’d like to formally advise you that as of late December 2013, we have acquired the Wheeler and Davies business of Brian Wheeler re: the manufacture of Frogeye Sprite bodyshells and repair panels, and are delighted to have made this purchase! Production is continuing at Wolvey for the time being, as we are having our workshop roof at Manchester renewed, and hopefully this will be completed by the end of January/early February. Brian is continuing to work with us for as long as possible, and our  guys are currently learning all his skills at Wolvey, prior to the move. We’ll continue to use all the same equipment and suppliers as Brian used, to ensure continuity and quality. We will be adding a section to our existing website www.frogeyespares.co.uk , but temporarily have added a couple of lines within the body panels’ section.  Our web techie, Trevor Ashley, is working on various additions to encompass the new service. Frogeye Spares is part of our www.classicarco.com business, thus anyone wanting a bodyshell or any servicing or repair/restoration of the Sprite or Midget, or to buy any parts, has come to the right place!
[Mike is holding to the prices which Brian put out in October last year and is honouring previous prices if a client placed a formal order with Brian prior to his acquisition.
Current bodyshell prices, excluding VAT, are Stage 1 £3018.04; Stage 2 £4884.04; and Stage 3 £7139.04 ]

WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY SPRITING IN 2014

LJ
I have received (27 Jan) a further batch of signed copies of John's excellent autobiography. Price including UK post and package is £53. Contact me via Feedback
4646 UE
Paul Tarry's body specialist Barry Carter, has now completed the re-working of his aluminium bodyshell and his full report and photos are now on the car's web page.

4646 UE


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