After a number of years in build this Sebring Sprite is finally off to be with it’s owner in the USA. It started out as a rusty Frogeye Sprite body shell which we restored and advertised for sale. It was bought by a lovely chap in the USA with a passion for British sports cars. He wanted to build a proper aluminium bodied FIA Sebring Sprite here in the UK and have it shipped back to the USA. Most of the parts were sourced through Martin Ingall and the car was assembled here at CCK. We also made a roll cage for it and the Sebring bonnet. Right now it is in a container somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean.
We are very fortunate to be able to offer for sale the original Sebring Sprite WJB 707. The car started life as a BMC Works rally car in Frogeye form with Pat Moss in the drivers seat for 1960 Tour de Corse. The car was purchased and campaigned successfully by Ian Walker for the 1961 season with Sebring aluminium body work by Williams & Pritchard. In 1966 WJB 707 was sold to Stephen Bowen who still owns the car to this day. The car is presented in restored condition with a 1 litre engine. With little effort this very original sports car could be prepared for today’s historic racing grids. The addition of a roll cage and other current safety equipment would be needed. FIA HTP papers can be applied for and given the cars history their is no shortage of prestigious events for which it would be eligible. For UK club racing a hot 1380cc engine would make this car very competitive. Please get in touch if you have any questions or you wish to view the car. £SOLD.
Now sold and on it’s way to a new home at Oldtimer Galarie Rosenau in Germany.
This aluminium bodied Austin-Healey Sprite was built in 1966 for that seasons big endurance races. It competed in the Sebring 12hour race with Timo Makinen and Paul Hawkins and later at Le Mans with Andrew Hedges and Paddy Hopkirk at the wheel. In 1970 the car competed in the Daytona 24hr with a privateer. Currently running a wet sump 1293cc engine the car still has its original dry sump unit in storage. It is seen here sitting on its original magnesium racing wheels which are too fragile for racing today but a set of Minilites suitable for racing are included. In recent years the car has competed at premier historic events including Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and at Sebring. The car has full current HTP papers and has it’s original UK registration number. Please inquire for more details.
Just one week until the racing season kicks off with Goodwood’s 73rd Members Meeting, and if last years event is anything to go by I expect it will be superb. The group 1 cars really stole the show last year but there is a lot more to look forward to. This year we will be running four cars. Dave Griffiths in the Triumph TR4 and Ian Burford in the Sebring Sprite will be running in the Les Leston Cup for pre-66 production sports cars. Mike Haigh with the Ford Falcon and our very own Shaun Rainford in the Nash Metropolitan will be running in the Sopwith Cup for 1950’s saloon cars. So come down and cheer us on and if you spot us in the paddock feel free to come and say hello. #73MM
Last week we were at Goodwood with Ian Burford getting some seat time in “Lumbertubs” ahead of the 73rd Members Meeting. It will be the first time they have raced at Goodwood so wanted to get in some practice. Ian will be competing for the Les Leston Trophy along with Dave Griffith’s at the 73rd next week. #73MM
Over the Winter we are carrying out the necessary work to ensure that Lumbertubs conforms to FIA spec and apply for HTP papers. The decision was taken by Ian Burford to expand the little Healey’s eligibility. An aluminium roof is mandatory for an FIA Sebring Sprite and as Lumbertubs was built in period with an aluminium roof we thought that FIA papers would be most beneficial. The conversion involves changing out the rear axle for the narrower wire wheel axle and changing the front discs. This requires some custom machining and fabrication as well as new hubs and Spitfire discs. The engine is restricted to 1000cc but we haven’t yet gotten that far. The new axle is in place now and the fabrication work for the front discs is underway. You can also see the recently fitted and very rare copper coloured adjustable lever arm dampers.