New WSM Sprites from WSM Cars
The original WSM company was set up by Douglas Wilson-Spratt and his colleague Jum McManus in 1963, and now a new company of the same name has been established by Douglas's son, Tony Wilson-Spratt and Paul Woolmer. The two got to know each other in 1995 when Paul was racing BXN, the fore-runner of the WSM Sprite, and encouraged Tony to return WSM 301 to racing. The subsequent friendship was established around an appreciation of historic cars and the enjoyment that can be attained from their use on road and track.
"One of the few things Douglas insisted on in 2008 When we asked for his approval to build more WSMs, was that we would stick to his original mantra not to supply 'kits' for enthusiasts to build their own. This is exactly how he worked in period, and in that way he kept control of the build quality of each car bearing his name".
The new company plans to build a short run of new cars in both GT and Sprint format. Their brochure states:
"A WSM S2 can be supplied as a complete turn key car, or the bodyshell fitted to a chassis the customer provides. The donor car will be either quarter or semi-elliptically sprung - for the ultimate 'WSM Sprint' soecification only a quater elliptic chassis can be used. The minimum specification is a finished rolling shell with all the items listed fitted. WSM Cars LLP are currently in contact with the FIA regarding the S2 Sprints eligibility for HTP papers - the discussions are very promising with a conclusion expected soon".