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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 2017

News ~ April 2017


RONNIE WHITE
in 52 LPH on the
Circuit of Ireland
in 1963
[With thanks to Edward Fitzgerald]
Ronnie
EAC 90C ~ EX-WORKS SPRITE
I heard recently that former owner of this car, Dudley Lucas considered my web page had numerous errors. I have since been able to contact him and below is his reply, which will enable me to make corrections:

"Being home again, having dealt with the first needs, I can now update the post-works life of EAC 90C. I bought the car as raced but fitted with Dunlop SP tyres on a very good-looking set of magnesium alloy wheels from which the much less attractive Healey wheels were copied. It was fitted with the 1293cc dry sump engine and 4 speed gearbox,  ~ at no time in its career did it have a 5 speed box. Nor did I ever fit a 997cc unit although I did have an ex-works dry sump engine of that capacity several years earlier that went into my Mk.II Sprite in which I did many club events. EAC did many UK club events, being part of the winning Sprite team in the 1967 6 Hour Relay and 1968 4 Hour Relay. It was also used on at least one occasion before it came into​ my possession because I was recently shown a photo of the car in pole position, next to John Willets in the Sebring car, at Oulton Park and I have no recollection of this event at all - it would be nice to find out more. The 1970 Mugello race crash was preceded by an attempt to sabotage the car. The day before the event Arthur was invited to move lodgings by some people attending the event, which he did. Then on the first lap he noticed the water temperature rise alarmingly, which had never happened before, and stopped t the pits to investigate. The radiator was empty, further scrutiny revealed that the Jubilee clip securing the bottom hose to it had been undone and was now hanging loose. The Sprite was hardly a threat to the big cars but would have stood a good chance in the class. Anyway the Abarth driver put paid to that. The car was broken up and​ the undamaged parts sold off although the unfortunate new owner of the gearbox had trouble with it as the force of the accident had distorted one or more of the shafts. The body went to a local scrapyard and I doubt it ever got buried! To the best of my knowledge l have never met a Dave Groves, a Richard Groves certainly, and my wife never​ had a cousin of that name. I would love to know how these things start. I have in my possession numerous photos of the car, also the Healey works specifications, several sheets op of details, which Geoff Healey gave me when I collected it. If you want anything I can scan and email to you, or if there is any other information​ you would like I will do my best to supply same. Hope this provides a more accurate history of EAC, had it not been for that Italian moron I would still have the car today...
Dudley."

EEcosse
EEcosse
EEcosse
EEcosse

THE ECURIE ECOSSE SPRITE ~ WESLAKE CUP ACCIDENT
" Great coverage of the 2017 Westlake cup in the news letter/webpage. Always difficult to dissect any accident.
Jims side of the story is that he was in the process of overtaking 2 cars on the outside at Madgwick. From Madgwick down through Fordwater and St Mary’s is flat out in the Sprite.  He had no opportunity to tighten his line as he had traffic inside. As he washed out to the outer edge of the corner he was collected by Richard Woolmer in BXN who was trying to rejoin the race at 10mph. The bonnet is quite badly damaged but Duncan Ricketts has very kindly offered to tap it out and reform it. The front end of the car is also badly damaged and will need putting on the jig and straightening. The rebuild does provide an opportunity to develop the car a little and get it back to how it looked in period". Nick Skipworth

2214 UE

2214 UE

Re: PANHARD RODS.
"Hi all. Mike Reid ran 2214UE with a panhard rod when he converted it into a full alloy bodied Sebring in 1962. Howard Steel took it off when he had the car in 63 as he found the car too twitchy. I believe there was one on the car when the present owner John Tizard bought it in 1972. I took a photo of the original axle bent in the later accident in 2010 which clearly shows the mounting bracket welded to the axle tube.  John Poulter.
P.S. My photos of the original axle fitted to 2214 taken in 2010 - now a bent piece of scrap but the extra panhard rod bracket is visible. I have nothing on the attachment to to the body".

Zagato
Zagato
Zagato
Zagato
Zagato


GREAT PROGRESS
ON THE MUSSSCHE BROTHERS'
ZAGATO SPRITE

DID ANY 1/4 ELLIPTIC SPRITES RACE WITH PANHARD RODS IN PERIOD?
Ian Grainger: "One of the many topics discussed at the first round of the Healeysport Hillclimb and Sprint season at Gurston last Sunday was that of Panhard Rods. Did any 1/4 elliptic Sprites race with Panhard Rods in period? Hopefully someone with knowledge can help. A period photo would be even better. FEEDBACK please.

slangen
slangen
slangen
mould
Paul Slangen can finally sayhis "car is 100% finished and ready for the rally season 2017. The sidescreens are fitted as well are the wider wirewheels and Michelin 175 / 70 series.
Due to these new “shoes”, the car looks much more powerful, but is also  a bit faster and runs beautiful and stable. I am quite happy now with the Green Sebring Sprite". Looks great, Paul.
Bonnet Mould
For Sale on ebay
£1560
Expires 1st May


M Curtis tyre

FROM MIKE CURTIS:
" I recall there was a dialogue / discussion some time ago on wheel / tyre combination incl brands for Sebrings – am I right / have you a link? I am considering what tyres to go for. I have a spare set of Mminator 5 x13 rims already with 20mm offset. 165/ 70 X 13 fit (which I have run on other spridgets to good effect) but that combo is very close to the top link bracket on the ¼ elliptic / tyre sidewall area and may I think need spacing out a little to allow for any axle movement (see attached). Any advice, albeit I know you are running wires? Mike". Feedback please.
I have Uniroyal RainExpert 175/60s on my Sebring on 5.5" rims but when I was competing with the car I did find the tyres could rub on the inside. I turned the bolts in the spring clamps round so the heads were nearest the tyre. I also modified the brackets on which the trailing arms pivot so they are slightly narrower and used countersunk head Allen screws in place of the hexagonal head bolts. Anyone any other ideas?

Zandvoort
ZANDVOORT BRITISH RACING FESTIVAL 2018
In the summer of 2018 we will be celebrating 60 years since the Austin-Healey Sprite was launched on the market. A big event is due to take place in the Netherlands, at the Zandvoort race circuit, on the 8/9 July.
Click here for the Provisional Timetable.
Albert Voogd of the Healey Museum describes below the full details of this prestigious event:
Zandvoort

"Last week registration started for the Zandvoort British Race Festival on July 8/9th. I’ve attached some information about the event. The organizing committee from the Dutch Healey Club (AHOCN) has asked me to enquire if Spridget enthusiasts from the UK might be interested in visiting the event.

The AHOCN has made a special “Healey Meets Zandvoort” arrangement for Dutch and UK Healey Club members (including members of Midget & Sprite Club). This arrangement costs € 75.00 for 1 car and two persons, and includes entrance to the track and parking at the Healey Plaza in the paddock on Saturday as well as Sunday, with coffee or tea with cake in the Healey tents and 20 min. track time on Saturday. Also included on Saturday is a concours for “Best Everyday Big Healey and Spridget” and a “longest Healey parade”, to be held on the track and around the village centre of Zandvoort. From 1:00 PM on Saturday the beach pavilion Club Nautique near the circuit entrance will be opened for Healey participants, including use of the private terrace and (a limited number of) deck chairs. From 18:30 PM a barbecue will take place at the pavillion, at extra cost of € 25.00 p.p..  On the menu are shish kebab skewer, Irish Angus beef burger and bass filet. During the evening the cars can stay parked in the paddock (15 min. walking distance from pavillion to paddock).

On both days the qualifying and races can be seen from the dunes as well as from all stands and the paddock area. The Donald Healey Memorial Trophy Racing programme is organised by Healey Driver International and Dutch Healey Competitions. Some 25 participants from the UK, Holland, Sweden, Germany and the Philippines have registered by now. Among these, according to the information that I now have, are  historic Spridgets who will compete for the  John Sprinzel Trophy. I believe that Paul Woolmer is closely involved with this part of the racing programme.

Registration for “Healey Meets Zandvoort” can be done my means of a form on the Dutch Healey Club (AHOCN) website (www.healey.nl). However, this is only available in Dutch language, which might be a little problematic to those in the UK. Any UK AH /Sprite / Midget club member who is interested in visiting the event can get into contact with me by email and I will then help to make further arrangements.

A  group of Austin Healey club members from the UK with Big Healeys are already planning a visit to the event, with a stay at the Van der Valk Hotel in Breukelen and a visit to the Healey Museum on Friday. This is being coordinated by Rob Hudson. Rob has let us know that he may be able to accomodate a (small) group of Spridgets from the UK. If this sounds like an interesting option, I can arrange contact with Rob."

So, How about it guys? Let me know if you are interested in making the trip and maybe we can set up a convoy from the UK. Feedback

NM carbs
NM carbs
NM carbs

A complete set of H4 1½" SU carbs removed from 1961 Sebring Sprite. Nice and clean, with modified manifold. These carbs are rare these days, and very attractive for APP.K racing in Minis, Spridgets etc. Worldwide shipping possible. Price - £550
Contact Nikolaj Mortensen via email

Spr Yrs


A REASONABLY PRICED COPY OF "SPRITELY YEARS" IS CURRENTLY FOR SALE ON EBAY AT £70

PARTS FOR SALE

Complete quarter elliptic wire conversion (rear axle,front suspension etc) SOLD
1275 engine with Toyota 5 speed gear box and all parts to fit it.
Late Mk2 Sprite dashboard with instruments (SOLD) and very rare steering wheel bezel.
Contact Tony Griffiths by email.


DAN'S GOODWOOD PHOTOS
I've started processing some 40 great shots from the Weslake Cup sent in by Dan Paul, with more to come shortly.
SPEEDWELL REV COUNTER
Mark Wilson has now developed a 10K RPM Speedwell gauge and has one available now, built up with an original Weston case.
£245
more
Weslake Cup Report nears completion but a large gallery of photos still to add.
Ecosse
Part of the unfortunate result of James Dean's collision with Richard Woolmer's BXN at Goodwood. See YouTube
Corry
Peter May Eng
are also now offering copies of Will Corry's special bonnet.


TEAM RAINFORD

Team Rainford
OLLY FRIEND'S first race, at Donnington, - rotor arm broke after 6 laps due to the dizzy touching the steering column.
RF
CAN ANYONE ASSIST TONY HEYWORTH WITH THE RESTORATION OF HIS W & P HARDTOP?

Hi Martin, Great website and very interesting to read that William & Pritchard were more involved in the Sebring Sprites than I thought. I acquired a William & Pritchard Sebring Hardtop to replace my works hardtop on a MKIV Austin Healey Sprite. It needs restoring and I've been looking for a restored example to act as a reference or a knowledgeable owner to share experiences and pictures. Sometime ago I met an owner of an MG Midget with W&P hardtop, Damien Saunders and he was the inspiration to find a W&P hardtop. I saw that you helped out another interested party with an introduction to Tim Saunders (not sure if they are related...) It would be great if you could put me in touch. I'm also looking for someone who could potentially help with the hardtop restoration. Many thanks, Tony (Wokingham, Berkshire, UK).
Email Tony if you can assist, please.

LM
LE MANS START 1968
The Roger Enever/Alec Poole Sprite No.50 about to get under way.
[Karsten Stelk]
YAD 835
James Colburn's WINNING LENHAM GT IS ALSO UP FOR SALE
Link
SS1800


FOLLOWING THEIR OUTINGS IN THE WESLAKE CUP
both Shaun Rainford's SS 1800 (link) and Daryl Davis's new Sebring Rep are on the market, the latter at £35,000

Weslake 4

SPRINZEL IN ACTION IN THE 60'S

JS
JS
JS
JS
"Start of the 1958 Liege, sadly a broken stub axle put us out when very well placed" JS
"Stuart and I on the top of the lonely Vivionne Pass heading for a class win on the 1959 Liege" JS
2214 UE Liege - 1960.
JS with the car's owner John Patten. They came 3rd overall and won their class.
JS with Willy Cave and the TR RAC Rally 1962, 15th overall, 4th in class. [Photos kindly sent in by Pierre Lequeux]

A SUBSEQUENT EMAIL FROM MIKE CURTIS reads: "Martin, I have now made contact with Peter Caldwell, by email, who was most helpful. Anyone wanting information / prices, make contact direct as per your original web site contact information".

ADJUSTABLE LEVER ARM SHOCK ABSORBERS
Mike Curtis writes: "I was looking into the availability of these, due to the (in my view) high price for ‘new’ standard units. It seems Peter May is not the UK agent. One needs to contact ‘World Wide etc’ in the USA direct. I have tried to get in touch, but no joy thus far. It occurs to me that there must be scope for someone in the UK to produce similar, for a variety of Classic marques, particularly bearing in mind the premium prices charged by the likes of Frontline for upgrades, which in my experience are not that much of an improvement!"
Any suggestions will be forwarded.
I pointed out the Peter Caldwell items but Mike has had difficulty contacting Peter in USA.

McIlroy
McIlroy
C Carlisle
This new book by Pablo Raybould tells of CHRISTABEL CARLISLE's motor racing career £23.50 incl UK post. He can be contacted by email

Trevor McIlroy sent in these great images (above) of the first round of the N.I. Hill climb championship held at Croft, Holywood Co Down N.I. on 1st April. This is their standard bodied Sebring, on its first outing in the 2017 season. 

Paul Garside's Sebring Rep which he bought last year from Richard Sands looking very smart.

Garside

.I hear there is to be a "Spridget 60 Meet at Zandvoort 27-29 July 2018". (I am trying to find out more).

PME fastback

PETER MAY ENGINEERING
are now producing a Sebring fastback top with opening boot lid and modified to take Rolls/Bentley rear lights. They also mention (on Facebook) that they are expecting a first batch of Alexander bonnets soon.

1293cc FAST ROAD ENGINE FOR SALE
Having built himself a 1071cc motor, Nikolaj Moertensen is now offering his 1293 for sale. With 11:1 c/r; std journals; fully balanced; ARP bolts and Mahle bearings; lightened/balanced S con rods; centre main strap; 29/33 valves; 11 stud 12G940 head; baffled sump, etc it is to a pretty high spec. Asking price is £4,950. Email him.

Goodwood Weslake Cup 2017 ~ I have started to put together a page about the race

STILL FOR SALE IN FRANCE - SYLVAIN PROYART'S SEBRING SPRITE REPLICA

Sylvain
(1960), LHD. Complete with FIA HTP papers, 2016. Ready to race. and based in France (near Paris). Offers on £32,000. For more information and photos, etc please contact Sylvain by Email
Sylvain

Bill Prout's standard-bodied Sebring For Sale in the USA

Prout
Prout
Prout
Prout
Finished with the exception of some interior and engine details and presently fitted with a W & P Sebring bonnet and hardtop. The car recently ran at the Lime Rock Park Vintage Fall Festival finishing 2nd in class to an Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ. Just about everything on the car is new or rebuilt  and it has both a Frogeye and Sebring bonnets. Bill has recently spent 30,000 USD on new parts and labor. A short video is on YouTube. The car is now for sale at US $ 60,000. Contact Bill by email if interested.
Speedwell
Just 4 hours left as I write if you want a set of Speedwell door handles offered on ebay at 'Buy Now' price of £500
Corry
Will Corry's Sebring in preparation for the Weslake Cup ~ what happened to him in the race?
Bob Hinchliffe
recently received his opening left hand side-screen and reports he is delighted with it.
Hinch
AdamsBrown
Rare ADAMS & BROWN bonnet for sale on Gumtree
in Australia
at Aus$1195

Orson spinner
Dave Wood of Orson Equipment reports:

"We have finally finished the (latest batch of Sebring) front hubs – and have also made the “special" (Sebring) spinners. We have a couple of pairs of front (hub)s left if anyone is interested. Contact Dave by email or phone: (UK) 01902 906290"
www.orsonequipment.co.uk

Back at the desk this morning (Apr 5th) after 2+ weeks away so lots of catching up to do, not least my report on the Weslake Cup though it must all be old news by this time. Any photos and stories of the event to complete the 'picture' appreciated. While away my email was hacked so the PC has to go to our local geek for attention leaving me without it for a day or 2.

 

News ~ March 2017

DON'T FORGET GOODWOOD LIVE ONLINE SUNDAY MORNING 9 O'CLOCK (UK TIME)

I will be away for 2 weeks after Goodwood on 19th March, back at the beginning of April. Until then please keep all the photos, articles and other info coming in so that I can update the website on my return. Thank you.
Use Feedback which I will acknowledge and respond to from the Ipad while I am away.

S Wheel

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

Roller Rockers

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

Inlet
Ivo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOM COULTHARD'S REPLY TO RON GORDON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  For future reference:

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

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

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

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

Ian Walker


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

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

Ron Gordon

Ron Gordon

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

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

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

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

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



OULTON PARK
18th March
1961

Oulton
Oulton
Oulton

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

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


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


J Poulter

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


2214 UE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WG

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

WG

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

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



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


59 Works ARB
Armstrongs

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

Sebring hubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oulton

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

A SALE HAS NOW BEEN AGREED

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

Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation Sebring ready for Race Retro

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

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

 

News ~ February 2017

Tribute
Described as a Sebring Sprite Tribute this Frog in Southern California was recently on ebay at $12,600. It has a forward-opening bonnet, 1275 power unit and Healey-style grille being a 'tribute' to the Healey 100S.
Tribute
184 FGJ
CHARLIE CLEGG'S ALLOY FASTBACK 184 FGJ
appears to have a new paint job with a brighter yellow nose.
184 FGJ

DTA
facebook
If you are a member of Facebook you may like to join the Facebook Sebring Sprite Group - but please keeping visiting and contributing to this website too.
DTA 949C
seems to struggle to find a permanent home. Up for sale at £19,995 on
car and classic
Motobuild
Now finished and for sale is MotoBuild's "1958 Austin Healey Sebring Sprite with Monza front. Very fast race car with Neil Slark race engine and sccr gearbox, LSD plus full safety equipment and race suspension to correct historic spec. Available after the Goodwood Members Meeting for £35k. Visit the Ashley website for more info.
THAT ADO 34/50 PROJECT:

Douglas Anderson explains: "We have now finished the 1/5 scale model of the project and are very happy with the final result.  This model will be scanned up to full size and a buck prepared for the production of moulds.  It has been designed to fit a standard Midget tub. There is still a lot of work to do but we are very pleased with the way it is going.  Our aim is to have a finished car by the end of the year.  I would be very interested to hear comments from the Sebring community". Feedback please


Doug Anderson
D Wharf Rad
"In the midst of sorting my garage before moving house, have found a MkII Midget radiator, complete with shroud and drain tap.  From memory I think the top tank has a small weep, so although usable in an emergency, could do with some attention". NOW SOLD
D Wharf Rad

JOHN SPRINZEL points out that "Ian's car is not really as original as all that. Ian and I delivered it to the new owner​, and he crashed it badly at a Brands Hatch open day  - on the first go around Paddock I believe.  Rob Walker's garage did the rebuild. I think S221 is the nearest to original of the first Sebrings". [See WJB 707 below]

RF Shocks
Roger Friend offers this pair of uprated front shocks for sale 800 miles only ideal for fast road use £100 the pair.
Email him NOW SOLD
Burford
"This photo was taken at a recent Brands Hatch test day when Ian Burford was testing in readiness for Goodwood with CCK in attendance. No.46 is his new Cheetah fitted with an enormous V8. The very tricky conditions with sleet and rain meant they only had time to do some shake downs on the Cheetah, and the Lumbertubs - No. 31 - did not get out. John Baggott, (who took the picture) had an enjoyable morning watching, but it was very, very cold"

WJB
John Egan has posted on Facebook these 2 great photos of the ex-Ian Walker Sebring WJB 707, which he took at the NEC in 2014 - which reminds me that Octane magazine were due to do an article on the car which is still for sale at CCK Historic. I'm surprised someone hasn't snapped it up, being the most original of the 4 remaining Sprinzel cars.

WJB
GOODWOOD MEMBERS MEETING - WESLAKE CUP, SUNDAY 19TH MARCH
I gather the Sprites will practice on Saturday 18th and the race will be the opener on Sunday at 9 o'clock so it will be an early start for spectators too. Graham Robson tells me his son Asher now has an entry for his pale blue Sebring replica so that will be 3 father/son duos competing: Chris and Charles Clegg, Shaun and Charlie Rainford, and Graham and Asher Robson. I thought the Woolmers might have made a 4th ? Looks like a great grid. Unfortunately I think all tickets are sold out.
There are now 65 Members of the Sebring Sprite Family

ARCHER'S SIDE-SCREENS
I am pleased to report that the new batch of side-screens are now ready for despatch and Andrew is collecting payments before delivery. A couple more pairs will be supplied later to complete the current list. These 14 pairs have worked out at £435 a pair which is about 20% up on the 1990's price which had never been increased. The future price is expected to be about £500 per pair which is still only the same as was charged for DHMC side-screens several years ago. Our thanks to our friend (who shall be nameless) who has put in a lot of effort to make these for us, and to Andrew as well, of course..

PHIL ZAMLYNSKI'S STORY

"Yes please add me to the Sebring Sprite Family. Address is Allegan, Michigan, USA.
Martin, Here are some words about my interests and a brief history of some of my car related activities. Use any or as much of this as you feel appropriate and/or reasonable. My interest started in or about 1960 with the purchase of a 1957 MGA Coupe for $750 that I drove the wheels off of until 1964. I drove this MGA 1500 at speed many times on all kinds US roads. What fun. I was hooked!!! Then while in the US Army came a 1964 Porsche Coupe purchased in Germany. It was driven across Europe. On my first trip to England in 1965 I saw Jim Clark at Silverstone in a Lotus Cortina and Lotus Formula car.  Many years later I educated myself on Jim Clark and Colin Chapman..   Years passed in a flash without a sports car but in 1985 my wife Marian financed a 1962 Lotus Super 7. We restored the 7 and fitted it with a upgraded non-cross flow engine in phase 3 tune. The 7 has a Silverstone Club Placard on its right hand driver side panel. Jim Clark became my favorite driver and in 1985 I also joined the Lotus Corps car club in Chicago Illinois. The 7 was sold in 2005.  While at a locale Fun Fair, visions of sugar plums overcame me and a 1960 Sprite was purchased, I freely admit an impulse buy. The Sprite came home in boxes and boxes of parts with several boxes of 948 engine bits. But then there was a series of articles in the Austin Healey Magazine on the Sebring Sprite. For the second time in my life, I was hooked. The parts were purchased from Archer’s Garage, shipped to the US and the Sprite conversion project started. As usual many life experiences got in the way of getting things done including other diversions: restoring and racing a Formula VW in vintage events and races for several years, building ¼ mile drag front engine rail car and some auto-crossing too.
While the Sebring is being assembled, a 1960 MGA 1600 Coupe was purchased in 2013 as a daily driver. So I’m starting over with the same English car I got hooked with. What fun. Recently, while re-evaluating what I really like to do, it’s clear looking around my work shop that I like to build all kinds of things including many car related items. I’ve built many exhaust headers, mostly for British race cars and loads of other specialty car related parts. Our 1960 Sebring will be on the road this year and my 1960 MGA Coupe, it was discovered recently has a very sick engine. The MGA will be getting a new phase 2 upgrade engine soon. Lastly, there is a home built H-Mod race car, circa late 1950s, in my garage. The H-Mod car was brought home in boxes, bags and handfuls of parts. The H-Mod is Morris Minor based on 1948/51 parts including a side-valve/flat-head engine with an ALTA overhead conversion kit. In parallel many parts are being fabricated for the H-Mod phase 3 engine, disk brakes, … and chassis safety updated. Regards, Phil."

Mike Curtis

MikeCurtis's car 1367 VU is coming along nicely.

WIPER ARMS & BLADES FOR THE SPRINZEL SEBRING SPRITE (COUPE & FASTBACK)
Mike Curtis has sourced suitable arms and blades for his replica and believes MGB Hive are the cheapest. He says "In case other builders are interested details are as follows:
Arm – MGB ROADSTER & GT TEX S/S WIPER ARM ADJUSTABLE 5.2MM
Tex Part No. U70300 (10 deg crank) Adjusts form 235 – 300 mm
[mine are set at approx. 260 mm / 10 ¼ inch ~ MEI]
Blade - MGB ROADSTER 10" S/S WIPER BLADE 5.2MM Tex Part No. B05110
Fitment to suit original 9/16th boss via Tex branded “wedge lock” (14.8 mm clamps down to 9/16th boss, allowing for fitment if splines are worn) Regards Mike Curtis."

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EAO - JONATHAN WHITEHOUSE-BIRD RELATES THE RESTORATION STORY ON FACEBOOK
Many of you will be members of the Sebring Sprite group on Facebook where Jonathan is currently telling the story of his discovery and restoration of 410 EAO. If you use Facebook and want to join the group go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/SebringSprite/
The photo, by John Egan, shows EAO in the company of 46 BXN, and 2 Speedwells.
The 4 pictures below were sent to me (with no message) by Jan Mussche. They depict his "Zagato-Sprite" which is under construction. I recall his brother Lubbert telling me they had bought the fibreglass body created by Mike Youles for a customer whose name escapes me (I will find it later) from which this alloy body has now been made.
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From IVO CAPPON
" Firstly I would like to thank you for the post you did, in the "Latest News" area on your website. Naoki Suganu most certainly did a very nice job with the drawing of my RTL304 Replica project. As it (is) still is a ongoing project, I am collecting the bits needed for the FIA approved Fastback Ton Blankespoor is making me. Progress is slow but hopeful. The aluminium fastback body will be finished this spring. Allthough the body of the car nbeds a lot of work done still. I will keep you updated on any news.
I also found this ad of an Ashley bonnet offered for sale here in Holland. Maybe someone is interested". Asking price is 500 Euros.
http://www.speurders.nl/166952710
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A QUESTION FROM BRYAN WELLS who is building a Sebring Replica in Australia:
"I intend to spray my coupe in Speedwell Blue colour and have seen several photos of cars where they have a dark blue across the nose. Do you know the name of that blue or can you point me in the right direction?" Email him if you can help please.

GRAHAM BISH has just joined the "Family" and his story is worth recording here:

"Martin, I thought I would send you my application to the Sebring family from my other email address! [austin-healey-sprite@........... ] John Sprinzel commented on it when I bought his book "Lucky John". As you probably can tell, I am very interested in all things "Spridget".  A little about me: I bought my 1966 Mk3 Sprite in 1993 and it was my first classic car. The following year I bought an accident damaged Mk2 with a Lenham bonnet intending to make a replica of the Sebring 1961 cars with their fiberglass fronts and rears. I had become aware of Archers Garage through the Austin Healey Club and approached them for one of their fiberglass rears. When I collected it from the garage, Brian spent the whole morning showing me around. S221 was in the workshop at the time and he was only too happy to discuss all things Spritely. Great memories. Unfortunately the body on the MK2 was just too badly damaged and the project was put on hold. The salvageable parts, the rear and panels I'd ordered from Wheeler and Davies came out of storage in 1998 when I decided to restore the MK3. By this point the bodywork was very tired and my desire for the replica had not gone away.  With the help of my friend I restored the shell and slowly it morphed into my standard-bodied Sebring homarge. I got married in June 1999 and the finished shell was put in my mother's garage. A new house, family and then another move to Harrogate took priority until 2011 when I finally had time to go back to Liverpool from time to time and build it back up. It's now MOT'd but there is still work to do! My other classic is a 1967 Austin A40 Farina Mk2. My desire for this car came from the fact that Pat Moss rallied one and John Sprinzel used a  supercharged one for his company van. My friend calls it the Sprite with the roof! You can see some pictures of the two using this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/37212640@N03/albums So after all that, I would be very happy if you could include me within the 'family'. Austin Healey Sprite Mk3 standard-bodied Sebring replica. GRZ1264 (formerly GFL232D) - Harrogate, N.Yorks, UK.

ANYONE GOT A TICKET FOR GOODWOOD ? I seem to have left it too late, so if anyone has a spare & will sell it me I should be pleased to hear. Martin
NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY THE 'OPPOSITION' (at Woolmer Engineering):
CCK Historic tell me they also have 5 cars entered in the Weslake Cup at the Goodwood Members' Meeting in March: boss, Shaun Rainford will be out in his Lenham GT SS1800, son, Charles will be in his Lenham LM; Mike Haigh, Lenham LM, Ian Burford, Lumbertubs; and the Ashley GT of Larry Tucker. Nothing like a bit of friendly rivalry to make for a good race! I make that 14 Sprites on the grid that we know about, perhaps there are more?
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2 nice period photos of Donald Healey Motor Co's 5983 AC,
as displayed on Facebook
by Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird and Karsten Stelk
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Graham Robson's WSM Midget race car, 793 XPP, is up for sale. Priced at £74,950 see it in detail on this link.

And Geoff Hill's luxuriously appointed road/hillclimb WSM 405 is also available (at around £50k) due to Geoff's neck injury. Make him an offer by email.

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GRAHAM BISH enjoys collecting Sprite and Midget models and has a bit of a collection. He has kindly shared these pictures of the new "Spark" model of 1413WD which he has just received in the post. He says "It's a great model and captures the details of this historic Le Mans entry". Priced (according to Classic & Sportscar) mag at ££51.99
FROM KARSTEN STELK, on FACEBOOK
(Caption on the reverse of the photo reads:)

BRITISH MOTOR CORPORATION RECORD ATTEMPTS UTAH 1959
Attempts on existing Class E, F and G records will be made by the British Motor Corporation at Utah in September in special experimental cars using a team of international drivers headed by Stirling Moss, Great Britain, and Phil Hill, USA. The cars were recently shown to members of the press at the BMC sports car works at Abingdon-on-Thames, before being crated to go to Utah.
O.P.S. The cockpit and instruments of EX 219 (Austin-Healey Sprite).


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David Morys tracked down this photo (not one I've seen before) of the two ex-Dick Jacobs Midgets before the 1965 Sebring 12 Hours race. No.68 was piloted by Andrew Hedges and Roger Mac to a class win. The sister car No.82 was driven by Chuck (Charles) Tannlund and John Wagstaff who retired after a con rod failure.

 

News ~ January 2017

Spotted on Facebook: OXFORD UNIVERSITIES MOTORSPORT FOUNDATION (OUMF)
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"Today was a momentous day in the build of the Sprite. Steve Hall came down to visit from Halls Garage with a brand new 'Tifosi SS' Sebring body kit! Along with one of his colleagues, he talked us through the whole conversion and answered all our questions - they both know a huge amount about these cars and imparted some incredibly valuable knowledge. We'll have as much as we can fitted by the Race Retro show, so you can come and see the body kit and the car on our stand!"
Great to see a new generation taking such a keen interest in 'our' cars.

The coming GOODWOOD MEMBERS MEETING (on March 18/19) and the WESLAKE CUP in particular sounds like being quite something. Paul Woolmer tells me he is preparing 5 cars for the event so our cars should have quite a showing. He tells me these include 46 BXN (Richard Woolmer), S 221, 184 FGJ, WSM 202, WSM 207, WSM 208, WSM 401, 1413 WD, 505 BZ and MEG 199.

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Anyone recognise this number or know the owner of the Mk2 Sprite - whose last MOT was issued in 2014. The car is now black (originally blue) and the first 5 registered owners (until 1967) were all based in Surrey. Sven bought this old log book on ebay.

SEBRING SPRITE FAMILY

now has 48 members. It has already put two Americans in touch with each other. Neil Anderson has suggested we might make it a discussion forum (or is Facebook doing that already) and Bruno Verstraete suggested "Stuffstory" which could put our details in a closed circle on a world map. Any other suggestions? Feedback
I'm happy to just put 2 members in touch leaving you to communicate confidentially if desired.

SVEN STARTS THE YEAR BY LAUNCHING INTO HIS RESTORATION OF THE EX-STAN ANNIS HISTORIC RALLY SPRITE, 4444DA

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He explains "I have started work on 4444DA at last. You have seen the pictures - The drivers side outer sill outer footwell panel and A-post, missing floor and reinforcement panel in good condition (note original pic date of the floor section November 1996 - Andrew reckoned Brian Archer fitted that one). Sills, A-post and footwell panel have been fitted and the rear bulkhead tidied up. I have removed the complete  passenger side floor section having welded in  a new floor strengthener and repaired the inner rear bulkhead. All the repair sections were pop rivetted in. I am going to tidy up the rear outer bulkhead today and start fitting the floor section. Felt a bit bad about chopping up your old bonnet to make it fit but then again there was no other way and its the result that counts ey? Maybe I shall be finished in time to exhibit the complete car at the NEC this year". [The old Sebring bonnet with my racing decals from 1981 was secondhand when I bought it. After a few races on my Frog 5123 YG I replaced it with a Frog one. It then went to Tony Ellshof for his restoration of PMO - ended up with Paul Woolmer following Tony's death, then to Paul Webb and now to Sven!!]

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THE PARTS BELOW OFFERED FOR SALE BY ROGER FRIEND - EMAIL HIM IF INTERESTED
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backplates
RF-coil
Rear frogeye axle casing for wire wheels £100 SOLD
Rear back plates with new cylinders £30
New screw in type coil £10
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rocker cover
stub axles

Part brake kit for FIA spec £200 SOLD

Oil cooler to fit next to SOLD radiator with pipes and bkt £75
Rocker cover with breather pipes £15
Refurbished front stub axles for FIA brakes £75 SOLD
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RICHARD HART
recently offered this Aquaplane alloy head for sale on ebay, achieving £677. [Unfortunately when he told me I was away.]
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ZANDVOORT RACING FESTIVAL
in the Netherlands is on 8/9th July and includes
The John Sprinzel Trophy for "works, period and special-bodied Sprites".
Get your entries in Guys!
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Any one need a bonnet hinge for a race fibreglass one piece bonnet/hood/front?
If you do this brand new Peter May hinge is on offer by John Egan. He paid £60 - yours for £50 + p&p ovno Email him
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Naoki Suganuma drew up this image for Ivo Cappon for his Austin-Healey 1000GT web page

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PETER FLETCHER'S SPEEDWELL/FASTBACK
see this link
[the car may soon be for sale]
Peter Fletcher tells me he is "very busy with 3 cars on the go at the same time". Building a new Sebring Coupe and a Midget for racing he also has his Speedwell/Fastback (above) and a Porsche on his drive. The coupe is just going for paint.
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If anyone might be interested in buying Pete's well-sorted hil--climb Speedwell please email him direct.
Pinched/borrowed from Facebook (Sebring Sprite Group) - below.

Pablo Raybould: "A nice little gathering at Gaydon today (14 Jan) at the HRCR open day. Paddy presented an award to Willy Cave before he sets off for another Monte Carlo Historique. A few other ex BMC drivers around PMO200 too - can you name them?" [Paddy Hopkirk, Bill Price, Wiily Cave - can't do those on the right] [Barrie 'Whizzo' Wiiliams, on extreme right(John Egan)]


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PAUL SLANGEN'S SOLUTION FOR HIS DAMAGED MONZA BONNET

"Due to driving rallies, the bonnet of the Sebring is bumping on the studs of the radiator.
The bonnet has been mounted in the right way, not too low, but due to driving rallies, it occurred that my bonnet got bulges from the inside. ( Maybe also caused by the heat of the engine bay) Looked not nice. So I made teardrops to cover the damage and placed them over the bulges. Looks a bit special and for sure will give reactions of the crowds !!"

NOW 40 MEMBERS IN THE
SEBRING SPRITE FAMILY
Send in your details now: Home town and reason for interest.
Sebring Family Feedback
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GENUINE ORIGINAL CHURCHILL SPRITE REAR AXLE SPANNER FOR SALE - asking price £100
Contact John Poulter via email
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MICHAEL BERG FROM DENMARK has acquired Kai Eriksen's Sebring Rep panels so is now offering for sale his early Ashley hardtop fully restored and complete with glass and fittings. He is looking for 1200 US Dollars. If interested please contact him by email.
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PETER MAY & DOMINIC MOONEY JOIN FORCES


[See extract from this month's Classic & Sportscar Magazine]


EMRYS & PAULINE JONES
and 381 SYB posing with the Brian Archer/Ian Ashfield Trophy presented to them following their appearance at the NEC last November.

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KEN GRASING'S DUMMY BUILD OF HIS BONNEVILLE SPRITE:

"LHD steering column will fit with Shorrock blower.  Carb linkage is a bit close, and still need to fabricate cold air box and blower inlet. Engine fits in the hole!"

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SEBRING FAMILY is now up to 32 members. Please send me your details for inclusion.

INFORMATION FROM PAUL SLANGEN TO GUIDE DAN PAUL IN FITTING DHMC SEATS:
I used the DHMC seats from Archers. I fitted the seats on the original Sprite seat runners, using the metal strip inside of the polyester seatfloor. Needs to be adjusted a bit - shortening - to fit into the seat. ( Check drilling holes with original seat runners ). You need these in the seat, otherwise the fibreglass will break at the connection. ( Metal strip makes it stronger ). I contacted John Sprinzel, how he sat in the car. ( He is even taller than me ) He informed me that they adjusted the rear bulkhead panel  behind the seat, by just beating it backwards to create more space for the back of the seat. (gaining a  few centimeters ) Problem with the Sprite is the space for the seat that is limited. I didn't do that, due to the car was already painted. ( For my Lenham Sprite I will change the rear bulkhead panel for sure ). For the driver seat - I am 186 CM height - I used a special wooden triangle shaped piece of wood, that I fitted on front of the seat, between  of the seat runners and the Sprite floor. My Sprite is a MK3, so with a flat floor.  ( If you have a MK1 or MK2 floor, you can take out the inside floor strengthener  and weld it under the car for stiffness, then you have inside of the car a flat floorpan ). By this triangle piece putting on front ( A wooden wig ) , the seat is coming up at front and gives more space to the arms and legs. ( Originally the seat gives a bit the feeling of slipping to the front when seated ). I also took out the bottom seat, which is placed on a piece of wooden floor. I took out the wood and used a softer rubber for the cushion, leaving the wood out. The cushion is now direct on the polyester floor of the seat. ( Looks good, can make picture if you like ). It is quite comfortable and when a small person is driving the car, you swab the seat cushions. ( Co-pilote has original DHMC cushion with wood ). This gives at least 7 Cm more headroom. Needed for tall people. Please make sure you place the seat as far to the back as possible on the seatrunners. Some measuring is needed here. ( My driver seat cannot go further back, it sticks to the rear bulkhead carpet ).If you use the car only for yourself, you can even leave out the seatrunners and mount directly on the floor, but still using the wooden wig. ( I did with my MINI Marcos : "sitting as a king now !!" ). My car has no seatbelts. I have an Archers  roll cage, but had to leave out the side protectioners, due to the handbrake. Now my seats are functional, they  fit in the car, they sits very good and the seats are mounted as in an original car. It took me some time to developed all above, due to I didn't want to break the fresh sprayed car. If you need more info, please let me know. Best regards, Paul.

SEBRING SPRITE FAMILY IS "GO". (23 listed so far including JS as "Head of the Family")
All regular visitors to the website with a genuine interest in our special Sprites are invited to join.

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SEEKS ADVICE
ON FITTING
DHMC-STYLE SEATS
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"Was wondering if you or the wider crowd knew the best way to mount the Archers fibreglass replica DHMC seats? Having to do some adjusting now have a ROPS in the car and discovered that people sometimes take the strengthening fillet out and put it under the car (bit late for us!). Interested in how people mount the seat: plates/bolts/angle of fillet to take the seat etc Also has anyone mounted them with 4 or 5 point harnesses? Considering if you'd need to cut holes in the sides for the lap belts. Had a custom ROPs built by caged laser in Somerset,  can only recommend them to any owners in the southwest (not many fabricators for ROPs down here) Best wishes, Dan". PLEASE EMAIL DAN PAUL IF YOU CAN HELP.

SOME INTERESTING SNIPPETS FROM RAY ENGLISH'S ARCHIVE (ON PAUL HAWKINS)
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CAMS Licence

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Paul Hawkins (Right) & Owen Holmes on the first step of their British adventure
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Oct 12th, 1937 - May 26th, 1969
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WANTED - BY ROGER FRIEND
4 Frogeye standard steel wheels
Email him if you can help, please

SEBRING REP FOR SALE
(ex-Andy Chaffey) £26,990
Only 785 miles on the clock. Located at the 911 Box, Keston 0208 402 7911 Link
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ULRICH BOECKMANN'S REPLICA OF YDF 140

Ulrich lives in the Baden-Wurttemberg of Germany and built this replica of Don Balm Sebring Sprite YDF140 (Ecurie Wild Goose) some 25 years ago, on the base of a 1962 Sprite Mk 2. He was inspired by some old documentaries about racing in the fifties and early sixties (Alpine rally, 12 hours of Sebring and some more..) He lists the technical data as : "1275 ccm engine with 4 speed gearbox (ribbed case), freeflow exhaust system, Twin 1 1/2 inch SU carburettors, Mallory Distributor (double contact), electric fan, oil cooler etc. The colour I chose was Aston Martin's "Silver Lightning" (AST1111)..
Since then I had  (and have still) much fun with it ... with hardtop (WP ?), soft top, tonneau and Brookland screens there are much variations possible - only with one car".

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John Willetts
John Willetts with 9253 WD

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I was very sorry to learn from Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird that John Willetts has recently died. Jonathan relates:

"I thought I would pass on the sad news that John Willetts, who purchased 9253 WD (one of the four alloy bodied Mk.II Sprites built for Sebring in 1962) from Healey 'works' driver John Harris in 1965, and then subsequently raced the car over 3 consecutive seasons, died suddenly over the Christmas period. John Willetts put the Sprite into storage at the end of the 1968 racing season, after which it sat untouched and unmolested for another 46 years before being restored, and then reunited, with Stirling Moss in 2014 as part of Channel 4's 'Car SOS' series. Thanks to John Willetts' foresight, 9253 WD is now one of the most original Healey 'works' cars extant; without him the world would undoubtedly be minus another racing Sprite.  A quiet, genuine, yet straightforward, man with a mischievous wit, John was always willing to recount his days racing with the Sprite and remained interested in the car's 'works' history up until the end of his life. I was fortunate to spend a wonderful day with him at Castle Combe's "Autumn Classic" during the first week of October in 2016.  It was a special occasion, as it was the first time John had been in 9253 WD since its restoration, and also the first time he'd been back to Castle Combe since last racing there in 1966 - some 50 years previously. Driving round the circuit with John beside me, recounting how he achieved the Castle Combe lap record, for his class (1966 season) with the Sprite, will be a memory that I will forever treasure. The attached photographs show John Willetts with 9253 WD during 2015 - soon after its restoration in 2014. Also, John revisiting his youth - this time in the passenger seat of 9253 WD - at the "Autumn Classic", Castle Combe in 2016".

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and passengering Jonathan around Castle Combe last year

14 Listed as members of the Sebring Sprite Family to date - still in the trial stage as yet.
I am advised "if people agree to your having their email addresses and town/city where they live and agree to these being passed to anyone who may like them for the purposes of the Sebring family then you are not breaching any data protection act rules.   It is up to the individuals as to whether or not they wish you to have/use this information." N.B. I am not in fact even proposing to pass on email addresses, merely to forward messages.

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Clay Reggazoni with Silvio Moser and Clay's first competition car - a Sprite. [Sent in by Roger Friend]
Bill Postins has this Sebring Rep for sale at a modest £17,750. Bob Hinchliffe thinks it is WJJ 998 originally owned by Brian Mulcare? Link
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AN IDEA ~ FORMATION OF "THE SEBRING SPRITE FAMILY" ?
It seems that I am often putting one person in touch with another, that is of you regular visitors to our website. How would it be if I created a list of members of the Sebring Family just with name, home town, country and car owned or interest. I would then keep a separate record of all your email addresses and, on request, forward messages between you? Please let me knoiw if you think this would be of use/interest, via Feedback.

Alan Anstead points out: "Paul Hawkins is one of only two GP drivers who has managed to put a GP car in the harbour at Monaco. The other was twice World Champion Alberto Ascari".

"Joe, here's a similar shot to the one you posted earlier. Paul Hawkins standing by S 221 alone, while Cyril Simson takes the photograph. [ Photo is from Cyril Simson's wonderful collection of colour photos taken during the 1960 and 1961 race seasons.]
[Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird - Facebook]
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Australia's Paul Hawkins with S.221. Paul owned a Healey 100 in Melbourne and had driven a 100.S at Albert Park against the internationals. He went to Uk, worked with John Sprinzel and then Healey Motor Co. Later drove 'works' Porsche and GT.40 cars as well as a privateer with his Lola T.70, GT.40 lightweight and a P.4 Ferrari. ' From little things big things grow'. [Joe Armour - Facebook]

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The ex-Andrew Hedges, Williams and Pritchard Ltd., alloy-bodied, Sprinzel Sebring Sprite registered 410 EAO; seen (left) at the 500 Km. race at the Nurburgring in 1961, and on display (right) at 'Midget 50' in 2011. The car was rebuilt to exacting standards and to it's original 1961 spec' over a 19 year period between 1990 and 2009. The car is currently owned by Jim Lowry. [Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird - Facebook]
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STEVE CODIANNI
asks if anyone knows the origin of his unusual inlet manifold. Reply by Feedback please
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