Lot 331: Spridge Competition Car
'Bridget the Spridget', as this famous car is affectionately known in racing circles, is a multiple championship and race winner. Run and continuously developed by marque specialists CCK (Classic Cars of Kent) this 'Spridget' (Austin Healey Sprite MG Midget) has won no less than five separate championships, the latest of which being the 2005 MG Midget Challenge and the 2005 Cockshoot Cup, before being retired at the end of that Championship season. In late 2007 the car was taken out of its temporary retirement and sold to the vendor via CCK. The new owner then instructed this professional race preparation outfit to refresh the car for the 2008 season, in order that he could take in enough races to obtain an International race licence. Business commitments prematurely curtailed this programme and the race-ready car was mothballed after just two events. Since then, the car has been carefully stored in a heated garage and is now offered 'ready to race'.
Its specification is most impressive and complies with the M G Midget Challenge Group C - 'road going' class. The engine is based on a 1275cc block, opened out to 1330cc and built to race specification by CCK - utilising their race proven 'CCK 1' camshaft, which helps to realise a most useful 120 bhp at the flywheel with a 3.9:1 final drive effectively delivering the power to the road. A Facet electric race pump delivers the fuel and the fluids are kept at operating temperature by a race oil cooler and a Kenlowe electric radiator fan. The bodywork is lightened, using race-weight panels by Lenham Motor Company. These are in the form of a factory-style hardtop and a one-piece composite front end. Silver Minilite-style race wheels by Minator set off the attractive Works CCK colour scheme of Red, White and Blue. These alloy wheels being shod with highly effective Yokohama AO48 race tyres. Safety equipment comes in the form of a 5-point roll cage by Safety Devices, full race harness (valid to 2011), foam filled endurance specification fuel tank, a Cobra race seat and a plumbed-in fire extinguisher system.
Such a specification meets with a lot of current series regulations, enabling the new owner to run it in Hillclimbs, Sprint and circuit racing series. Most notable would be the MG Midget Challenge, the MG Owners Club Championship or an approach to the International F.I.S.C. Legendary Circuits Series. An alternative route worth considering is to fit Lenham or Ashley GT bodywork an easily effected replacement of the standard-style front end and hard top with period-replica aerodynamic GT panels to contest such series as the ever-popular CSCC 'Swinging '60s' or the Masters Top Hat 'Cloth Cap' races. In any event this multiple race-proved 'Spridget' is bound to reward novice or experienced racer alike with years of competitive motorsport.
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|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£6116|
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