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Contact Rick & Cindy Moses at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  Our office 717-534-2222, Cell 717-379-5752

1421 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA  17033-1165

Updated  9-11-14

 


 

Dear Sprite Enthusiasts,

SPRITE has been around since the early 1980’s as SPRITE Newsletters and recently as SPRITE email Newsletters and Updates plus every five year Sprite anniversary parties.  Since our beginnings we have maintained the same worldwide address and worldwide telephone numbers for continuity and ease in contacting us.     

You do not have to own a Sprite to enjoy SPRITE, and of course all Spridget and Midget owners are welcome.  The main function of SPRITE is to have some fun with our little cars and to honor the Sprite in as many ways as possible.  We welcome enthusiasts that enjoy any Mark Sprite or have racing Sprites, special Sprites, re-bodied Sprites and any mixture of Spridget imaginable! 

Thank you for your past support and we look forward to having you visit with us here frequently.

Keep smiling,

Rick Moses

PS    What happens at SPRITE stays with SPRITE.

 


 

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Telephone:  (717) 534-2222 

Mobile phone:  (717) 379-5752

Address:  SPRITE, 1421 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033-1165  USA

 



SALE / WANTED / TRADE / MISCELLANEOUS 

UPDATED 9-11-14

Please let us know when you sell, obtain or trade for what you want so we can note it in our advertisements. Thanks!

 

9-11-14 Bugeye Parts:  I have some parts from a 1961 Bugeye which was parted out some years ago.  Mainly engine and suspension pieces.   You can see them at http://www.bentley-consultants.com/BugEye/BugEye_ForSale_7.html The parts are located in the near west suburbs of Chicago. Lance Borvansky email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

8-14-14 WANTED:  Does anyone have a horn push for a 1964 Sprite?  Please call Russell Cox at 570-722-3753 in Pennsylvania.  Thanks!

7-30-14 FOR SALE:  62 Sprite Mk2 former SCCA racer. I bought tub in 1973 and built into HP racer. SCCA logbook 74-92, fresh engine assembled 1994, has never left the garage  Runs, but clutch hydraulics locked up.  948 competition engine-lightened and balanced, block shaved, pop up pistons, head & carb work, BMC 649 cam, oil cooler and dual remote filters, MSD ignition, 1275 clutch, ribbed case trans. Full roll cage w low front hoop, door bars, connects to front & rear suspension points. Disc front brakes, urethane bushings, SS brake lines, center link rear suspension w offset leaf springs & Spax tube shocks. (5) American Racing Libre 13x5 wheels, spares from 18 years of racing plus 2 parts cars-Bugeye and 66 Mk3. (3) 950 blocks, (4) heads, 4 or 5 rear end pumpkins, (2) rear end housings, 1100 assembled short block w 66K miles.  Lots of rods, pistons, pushrods, lifters, valve gear, starters, carbs. No VIN or title.

PLUS: trailer, garage skates, engine stand.  $6000 TAKES ALL. Email for details, questions, or more pics - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - Central New York area

 SOLD … Aug 21, 2014 07:35:03 PM Dr. Moses  Want to thank you for listing the bonnet we had for the Austin Healey Sprite.  We have sold it. Thanks  Dianne Bott  7-28-14 Bugeye Bonnet… We have an original bonnet for an Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite.  It also includes the frame, although bent, for the grille.  We are in Ontario just north of Toronto and are interested in moving this, otherwise we will be scrapping it. We will except low offers for this, and then just come & get it and take it away. Dianne Bott  905-508-8241 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   ( PLEASE NOTE …Dianne has three photos of this bonnet not shown on this website.  She can send them to you from her email.

4-11-14  SALE    Rick,  I just registered, on your site, how can I place a post for AH parts for sale on the site? I have a 1048 motor complete except distributor, two additional blocks, a windshield (frame and glass) and a number of other parts. I no longer have my sprite and somebody with one should have these parts. Parts also listed on Baltimore Craigslist. I am located in Manchester, MD which is only about 12 miles from Hanover, PA. Any assistance you can provide will be appreciated.   Regards

Richard Buchanan | Construction Manager.    Mobile: 443-340-2838 | email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it    TAI Engineers, Managers, Technical Services    11155 Dolfield Boulevard, Suite 210, Owings Mills, MD 21117 | www.taiengineering.com

 3-27-14 Check out http://www.sebringsprite.com

3-27-14  Mar 26, 2014 06:43:02 PM, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it wrote:  Hi Rick,  You don’t know me but my name is Martin Ingall and I run a website: http://www.sebringsprite.com. I have been carrying out some research into the Sebring, Le Mans and Targa Florio Sprites. One of these 10 cars built between 1965 and 69 has proved to be something of a mystery. However this evening I received, from Robert Kemp, Sprite Registrar with the Austin-Healey Club in the UK, a copy of a registration for this car with your Sprite Registry back in 1985 (copy attached). The car is now owned by Jeff Brenner and remains in the USA. I wonder if you may hold the original copy of the registration which give us clearer photos of the car. I am still not entirely sure from whom Bill Wood bought the car, though he has promised to look out that information for me. Perhaps you may have information on some of the other cars. I would love to know what happened to the Sebring/Le Mans car registered in the UK: 770 KNX which seems to have disappeared on your side of the “pond”.  Regards  Martin Ingall

Martin Ingall,   You’re in luck.  Here are the original black and white photos scanned for you from the GAHSR in 1985.  Keep smiling, Rick Moses

 3-20-14 Netherlands HEALEY MUSEUM - Hi,   I just wanted to inform you that the Healey Museum will be organizing a big Sprite event on September 27 and 28, 2014 in the Netherlands.     Because of that we are putting a lot of effort in publications about Sprites on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HealeyMuseum) and our website (http://www.healeymuseum.nl/en/nieuws/evenementen/), including options to participate in a great 2-day program.     Maybe you want to inform your followers about this event, and where they can find more information ? Thank you for your cooperation!  regards,  Wim Kievits  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 3-5-14 WANTED:  Mark 3 Sprite body.  Please contact Edward Wall at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   cell phone is 301-525-3918.

 2-19-14 WANTED:  Steve Bell from New England and Tony Bonito from Australia will once again be at the Carlisle Import Show in Pennsylvania this May 16 – 18, 2014.  See details of this show at   http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-import-kit-nationals/default.aspx      Tony’s trips from Australia are funded by being able to find 1275 cc engines, late model gearboxes, differentials, front brake setups at reasonable costs.  He uses them in his business, Bugeye Barn, in Australia to keep the Sprites running Down-Under.  This makes his trip here financially sound.  SOooooo if anybody can direct Steve or Tony in any direction to help locate any of this, please let them know.  Email Steve Bell  at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and I believe email Tony Bonito at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Thanks for your help!

 1-17-14 Searching for a fresh Sprite restoration for a 50 car all British display during the National Meet.  Only 50 cars are to be shown indoors during May 29-31 in the Hot Springs Convention Center.  One spot is reserved for a box Sprite.  Any help appreciated.  Barret Harrison .... This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

1-8-2014 WANTED: Bugeye.  Contact Reid at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


 
Fun Places to Visit

 

3-20-14 Healey Museum Netherlands http://www.healeymuseum.nl/en/nieuws/evenementen/

3-27-14  Sebring Sprites  http://www.sebringsprite.com

 

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 SpriteCruise is now History!

 

Update: 5-19-2013 Sunday 10:36 AM.  SpriteCruise 2013 is now history.  The total Cruise miles were 238.5 as recorded by my red Bugeye.  The weather was beautiful and got into the 80s.  No one had any major mechanical problems with their 55 year old Sprites and all the Square bodies faired well too.  Our thanks to Jack Merryman, David Doiron, Dean Hedin, Del Border for the excellent presentations all the evenings of our Cruise.  AND, of course all who helped to run the show.  PLUS, those that traveled thousands of miles to make SpriteCruise 2013 a smashing success. More soon about SpriteCruise 2013 upcoming in our SPRITE Newsletters.  All is well that ends well! Keep smiling, Rick & Cindy Moses 

We are definately looking forward to May 2018 and the 60th anniversary of the Austin-Healey Sprite.   It was so much fun and quite relaxing that there is a good chance SPRITE will sponsor another gathering in between the every 5 years Meets and before the 2018 May gathering.

Update: 5-16-2013 Wednesday evening 5:10 PM.  Come Join all of us on the SpriteCruise.  There is still time to enjoy much of the Cruise and all the Sprites!  See the Schedule below as to where we are at in the Cruise and jump-in.  All are welcome!   Rick & Cindy Moses

 

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SpriteCruise  Schedule

4-12-13 please note about getting your motel rooms … “The Carlisle night clerk was funny.   He quoted me four or five different rates; I kept telling him I wanted the Sprite rate, he then gave up and asked me what rate I wanted. He ended up quoting me 69.95 and took my credit card info. “

 

SpriteCruise Registration Form 

It is FREE to register for SpriteCruise.  Click on the red ‘SpriteCruise Registration Form’ above.  Print it.  Fill it out.  Email it back to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

SpriteCruise Overview  

What are you doing this May 2013?

Join us  in Central Pennsylvania, May 15 – 19 for SPRITE Cruise 2013. It is our once every 5 year gathering!   Everyone is invited to celebrate the 1958 announcement of the Austin-Healey Sprite.

55 years will have passed since that momentous announcement.  We have faithfully gathered 5 times since the 30th anniversary, Spritefest 1988.   Our next gathering will be May 2018, Lord willing.

Contact Rick & Cindy Moses for more information, registration, tentative schedule and volunteer to help.

See all your friends again at SPRITE Cruise 2013!

Rick   

 


  

RICHARD 'BIFF' JONES      My good friend and faithful friend to many SPRITE events .... 

 Jun 8, 2014 09:16:02 AM, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it wrote:

Richard,

Biff Jones passed away Wednesday and word is not getting out because of server problems. Therefore please share with his friends. Biff was a sweet man who was very patient with my many many Spridget questions. He will be missed. 

http://public.fotki.com/BiffJ/Frogarri/froggari-8.html

 Info below.

Our family is deeply saddened to inform everyone that Biff passed away Wednesday, after a brief battle with lung cancer. We are relived to say that his passing was peaceful.
The viewing will be held Sunday June 8th 3-5 and 7-9. And his Funeral Monday 9th at 11am..
McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home 
3204 Mountain Road Pasadena Md. Immediately following the service Biff will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife MJ at Glen Haven Cemetery.

Regards,

Linda,  62 California Sprite MKII 




 

FRANK CLARICI       

 

4/11/11    My friend and long time Sprite enthusiast has passed away unexpectedly at fifty six years of age.  He is well known to many for his energetic kind personality and can do it spirit.  He will be sorely missed!  Frank and his family were instrumental in making all of our SPRITE every five year anniversary's a big success since Spritefest back in 1988.
 

 2-26-13 Help requested:  Please send us any thing that you may have of interst concerning Frank and Spridgets.  Any drawn/written page or pages describing something fun Frank has done with Spridgets would be great.  Perhaps you have a practical 'Frank' style Spridget repair of note that you could relay to SPRITE.  Please include the stories and any drawings and interesting pictures you might have or can make-up.   We will honor Frank on the SPRITE website with all of the items you send.

Thank you!
 

        


 

 Also:  Both websites www.spritejubilee .org and www.spritejubilee .com have been discontinued.  Spritejubilee.org takes you nowhere and Spritejubilee.com appears to be run by another company and NOT being run by us the originators of Sprite Jubilee.  These two links on this website will take you to these discontinued sites with the results as noted above. 

 You can see what was at these websites right now and in its entirety.  Here on the home page go to:  ‘Main Menu” (the top left gray colored area.)  Click on 'Past SPRITE Events.'  Under the 'Item Title' click on 'Past SPRITE Events.'  Now click '2008 Sprite Jubilee.' This will take you to everything that was on these old websites.   Most of the links still work on the old website examples.  ENJOY!

 


 

OLD ... SALE / WANTED / TRADE / MISCELLANEOUS 

 

Please let us know when you sell, obtain or trade for what you want so we can note it in our advertisements. Thanks!

 12-8-2011  Frank,  VERY nice to talk with you!!!  Thanks for the telephone call.  It seems it is always a pleasure to talk with Sprite enthusiasts Down Under! I will do my best to place your information on the website today.  I get time in between my dental patients to work on fun stuff.  Recently the site has been giving me trouble when I try to update it BUT if I persist it will get done.  If I can be of any further help please do not hesitate to ask. Keep smiling, Rick Moses Does anybody have access to any Austin Sprite boot (trunk) badges?  If so send Frank Cohn an email.  Yes he is in Australia.  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  12-4-2011  Hello, my name is Rocky D. and I live in New York.  A friend from New Zealand gave me this link.  I am restoring a 1960 Bugeye absolutely as new and am in need of some minor parts as well as some help with the thought process (and the needed parts) of changing from drum to disc brakes for safety.  Please e mail me with how I can chat with other Sprite site members and/or others that can help with parts and technical advice.  I have restored several show winning  TD's TF's and MGA's also a concourse 1930 Model A Ford rumble seat roadster most recently.  So cars are my passion.  I had a Bugeye when I was 14 years old, that was 45 years ago!!  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

11-14-11 SALE:  Fiberglass hardtop for the MK II sprite.  It is a “Denis Ferranti Lamination LTD"  hardtop.  The fiberglass double shell is intact and structurally sound as well as all the glass.  The top is in need of cosmetic restoration, paint, weather stripping, and latches will need to be re-chromed, plus some other items.   I want this to go to a good home and would like to negotiate a price with any interested member as shipping to your part of the country would be very expensive ($100.00 to $300.00) and I do not want to gouge a fellow gear head.  I contacted the manufacturer in the United Kingdom and received documentation regarding, as he stated, that "these hardtops were the only authorized hardtop sold as an accessory to MG Abingdon and distributed through Unipart for Spridgets." He also stated that "it was the only hardtop made at the time that passed our federal DOT roll over standards as well as the stricter California standards"   I will supply this documentation to any member that asks for it. Sincerely  Jaime Saldivar, San jose , California.  408-251-8785  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

11-16-11 Subject: Hardtops     From: "BRIAN OSBORNE" < This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it >  Date: November 10, 2011 11:27:34 AM PST To: Jaime Saldivar, San José , California.  < This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it >      Hi, your email passed to me as the manager of Denis Ferranti Laminations Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Denis Ferranti Meters Ltd --- a Ferranti Group company (DFL).  

     DFL manufactured to MG Abingdon design & order hardtops for MGB, Midget & Sprite [latter two identical tops & in house known as Spridget]   they were supplied from our N Wales Factories directly to Abingdon. Generally supplied finished in gloss cellulose paint, white or black.   MG Abindon then sold either fitted onto cars, or through their spares business known as UNIPART.  These hardtops were the ONLY hardtop design authorized by MG for use on their cars [MG, MG Midget, and Austin Healey Sprite] & were sold around the world. They were also the only hardtops for these models that were test approved for sale & use in USA especially California [who had strict safety standards --- the reason the hardtops had inner and outer GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) skins & steel reinforcement fittings.]    When Abingdon closed, DFL manufactured around 500 more for a couple of U.K. firms [Sprite & Midget Centre, etc] who had them molded in white GRP & were not painted at the DFL factory.  The moulds were then destroyed.HOWEVER, after a fire at DFL, MG arranged Watsonian, a well known U.K. maker of motorcycle sidecars, to enter production of the MG hardtop [not Spridget] & when DFL got back into production again, Watsonian continued making about a quarter of the total build runs of the MG unit.

     Hardtops were never very profitable, making around 2% gross margin, due to MG being very tight on spec & cost control.  NO SPARES are available from original sources of complete tops or parts [e.g. glass & rubbers] but it is possible someone may have made copies --- I've no knowledge of such.  Note in a crash situation, only the DFL / MG hardtops met the Californian standards........ large numbers of "aftermarket" hardtops  produced by others in U.K. & possibly elsewhere did not meet these standards [most were single skin construction]. DFL have not made anything in GRP for around14 years & the company is currently not trading on the open market. Trust this is of help.

     Obviously, I caught the sportscar bug myself in these years, but being so close to MG's & often at Abingdon, I bought an MG ?????   no.    far better !!   I run a Triumph Spitfire IV & two Triumph Stags ....... the latter has a Steel hardtop. Regards         Brian Osborne    DFL consultant,  Denis Ferranti Group


 

SPRITE STUFF of INTEREST

Black Sprinzel Smiling Sprite Pin

Black John Sprinzel Lapel Pin

Sprite Boot/Trunk Badge

Sprite Arrow 50th Anniversary Boot/Trunk Badge

   

Gold Spridget Boot/Trunk Badge

 Gold Spridget Boot/Trunk Badge

Silver Spridget Boot/Trunk Badge

Silver Spridget Boot/Trunk Badge

Sprite Arrow 50th Lapel Pin

Sprite Arrow 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin

 
 sprite patches

 

 

Newsflash

Review of Sprite Jubilee 2008 gala event.

 

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