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#1 cooper997

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:58

Another prolific member with huge motor sport, rallying and modified motoring (in both car conversion Hot Up kits and journalism) history, John Sprinzel has passed away earlier this week.

 

http://sebringsprite...latestnews.html

 

Speedwell John - Hawkins and Bennetto are waiting with tuned Sprite for the next chapter.

 

My condolences to his family and friends.

 

 

 

Stephen



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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 09:39

Very sorry to read this. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

#3 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 12:09

Very sad news indeed. He knew me through my Dad and ECF. He came up with the name Rallycross when that sport started.

In his later life, he lived in Hawaii and was a surfing instructor.

When I bought his biography [he wrote 3 books I believe]  a few years ago, he signed it with "Aloha".

RIP John



#4 garyfrogeye

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 13:36

I had the honour of taking John, his lovely wife Caryl and Jack Wheeler along to the Ace Cafe a few years ago, when he was last over in the UK. It had been over 60 years since his last mug of tea there. It's an evening etched on my memory. A thrill for me as he is one of my heroes. RIP John

#5 cooper997

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Posted 28 May 2021 - 01:15

Here's John and Willy Cave between sections at the gruelling 1958 Alpine Rally and heading for Class honours.

 

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As shown from BMC's factory journal 'Worldwide News Exchange' Oct-Nov 58 edition - cooper997 collection

 

 

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#6 d j fox

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Posted 28 May 2021 - 19:51

Yet more sad news...I never got to see the Speedwell A35s but saw plenty of Sebring Sprites.
Condolences to all friends and family

#7 cooper997

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Posted 29 May 2021 - 03:37

'John Simpson' aka John Sprinzel's early days of magazines. Plus Ray English's 'Marque One' Sprite magazine with Tony Bennetto's cover photos and story after he arrived in Hawaii for John Sprinzel's 80th birthday.

 

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Henry N Manney wrote for MM under his Gentilhomme pseudonym

 

 

Stephen

 

Edited after grey matter failed to retrieve the correct motoring writer. As noted by DCN.


Edited by cooper997, 29 May 2021 - 09:52.


#8 Doug Nye

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Posted 29 May 2021 - 06:07

I believe that 'Henri B. Gentilhomme' was actually American writer, and former ballet dancer, and all-round good bloke Henry N. Manney III - pre-dating 'Long John Kickstart'?

 

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#9 Glengavel

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 10:50

Obituary from The (Glasgow) Herald:

 

https://www.heraldsc...ong-need-speed/



#10 Myhinpaa

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 13:19

Obituary in the newsletter from MG Car Club:

 

https://www.mgcc.co....inzel-obituary/

 

Quite a brave choice going for a Midget on the '68 London to Sydney Marathon.

He was leading privateer and around 10th. O/A when a stub axle broke just as they entered New South Wales.

 

https://historicmara...r-MG-Midget.jpg

 

Due to lack of storage space and weight concerns he's decided against taking a pair of spindles as spares. :(



#11 cooper997

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Posted 23 June 2021 - 03:21

March 1969 BL High Road magazine

 

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#12 bradbury west

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Posted 30 June 2021 - 10:03

Mr Sprinzel’s obituary is in today’s Daily Telgraph.

Roger Lund



#13 john aston

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Posted 06 July 2021 - 08:06

And in The Times today - he gets a full page.