JOURNAL OF THE SPARTAN OWNERS CLUB JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 SPARTAN SAVES WORLD YOUR NEW OFFICIAL CLUB WEB SITE The Webmaster is still John Parker but the address has changed to the following: spartan-oc.co.uk or www.spartan-oc.co.uk The old website www.spartanownersclub.co.uk is still running but is not the Official Web Site of the Club SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Kit Car Insurance Call Graham Sykes On 01395 255100 Or 0845 1300 236 Online www.graham-sykes.co.uk Graham Sykes Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority Calls may be monitored or recorded to help improve our service 2 Please E Mail any articles, poems, jokes or photographs to email@example.com or just drop them into Willowbank before 21st March 2006. Hardcopy photos returned if name and address is supplied. SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF OFFICIAL CLUB EVENTS FOR THE COMING YEAR. 24 & 25 Aug 2008, 25th Cheshire Classic Car show, Capest- horne Hall, Cheshire 7 September 2008, 1000 Classic Cars show, Cholmondeley, Cheshire www.classicshows.org 28 September 2008, Staffordshire Classic Car, Uttoxeter, Race- course, Staffordshire www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com Stephen and Anne Bradley are attending these events firstname.lastname@example.org 01625 513592 Cholmondeley (Cheshire) 1000 Classic Cars Show Report On the 11th May 2008, I attended my first car show with my Spartan that I had acquired in the summer of 2007, and had made roadworthy/legal over the winter. Originally I had been booked into the Cheshire Kit Car Show at Capesthorne, which was to be on the same day, but this show was cancelled at the last moment. So instead I and many others changed destination and went to Cholmondeley. The main area was already full up with 1000 pre- booked cars, but due to so many additional cars now turning up another field was opened up. This additional field was great, the sun shone and there was over 500 different cars in this field alone making it very interesting, and the setting was superb with the lake creating a scenic backdrop. I met up with some other Spartan owners and a really nice and relaxing day was had by all. Regards, Stephen Bradley 3 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 The End of the Spartan Tale In February 2007 I was reasonably content having just submitted to Mary the Ed an article entitled “A Spartan Tale”. I was also just entering my second year of retirement. For years I had been telling anyone who would listen that when re- tirement came along I would not be bored as I would be restoring my kit car. I was looking forward to thumbing my nose at the D.V.L.A as I would not have to pay road tax. I was under the im- pression that cars over 25 years old were exempt. That was the first blow. It transpired (as no doubt everyone else knows) that cars built prior to 1973 were exempt, mine was registered in 1981. Oh dear me I thought, or something like that I will just have to save up. As a retirement gift I had bought myself a Honda Accord 2.4 Ex Automatic which I parked as usual on the drive at the front of the house. We have a tandem garage with the laid up Spartan at the back and with my wife’s Clio at the front. Our contentment was shattered one Friday night in February when some local villains decided that they rather fancied the Accord with- out paying for it. The front door glass was smashed in but they couldn’t get past the vestibule door. The security on modern cars is such that they were obviously after the keys. The days of hot wiring are gone. The outcome of this very harrowing experience was that the Accord ended up in the garage and my wife’s Clio is on the drive with the Spartan alongside it covered with a tarpaulin. The garage is not long enough to accommodate the Accord and the Spartan, (maybe I should have got the two seat model instead of the 2+2). I have pondered the problem for the last 15 months even to the point of selling the Honda and finally regretfully decided that the Spartan will have to go. As my good wife says “You wanted to build your own car and did, so now let it go”. 4 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Therefore For sale Spartan 2+2 fitted with a Vitesse 2000cc engine. The car is a one owner vehicle having been built by myself (Project Engineer now retired) and first registered September 1981. The car was in continu- ous use from registration up to September 1984 when it was taken off the road and put into dry storage until last year. Approx 15000miles were covered during the period. The donor vehicle was a 1968 Vitesse 1600cc although very little of that car remains, the wiring loom and steering rack, (it was new) and a few instruments. The car has a steel box section chassis supplied by Spartan which was internally wax-oiled and rust-proofed before assembly. The engine is 2000cc which was stripped down and completely rebuilt after a re-bore and crank re-grind. A new oil pump was also fitted. The differential is from a Mk 1 2000cc.car. The brakes were all up- graded to 2000cc spec and a servo was added. The twin Stromberg carburettors were new. The car is obviously re- quiring some work having not turned for 24 years. The carb’s were removed for cleaning and the exhaust manifold was removed for painting, the intention being to restore the car. I could go on but I don’t intend to. I did write about the car in the April 2007 edition of the Spartacus magazine under the heading “Spartan Tale”. The article also appeared on the club website until it was somehow “lost”. The car was originally for sale at £500 but due to the lack of response any reasonable offer will be considered. The car is an ideal restora- tion project or is very good value for spares. There is a genuine rea- son for the sale. Various spares are available, overdrive gearbox, new camshaft (over £90 new) complete with new followers, new valve compression springs, full engine gasket sets, speedometer, rev counter etc. If any more information is required then please contact me. Mobile 07748675347 Regards, Brian 5 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 (NEW) CHAIRMANS CHAT Hi everyone my name is Terry I am the new chairman I used to be the Regalia officer, I would like to welcome Phil to the Committee he will be the events coordinator and my wife Jean who is taking over Regalia. I would like to give my thanks and I am sure yours to Keith and Pete and the management Sandra and Margaret for all their hard work they have done for the club over the years. Don't forget the REUNION at Chapel Brampton Northampton- shire the DATES ARE 18/19/20TH OF JULY CONTACT KEITH your last chairman. Terry Cartman As you can see the power has gone to his head already and he Knighted my Husband at the end of the AGM with the Spartan’s fine adjust- ment instru- ment! Mary The ED. 6 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 SPARTAN OWNER CLUB AGM 2008 Editor Mary Vaughan opened the meeting at 2.00pm in the ab- sence of the Chairman Keith Smith. Apologies - Keith Smith, Tony Jolly. Minutes of AGM 2007 taken as read - as published in Spartacus - No matters arising Chairmans report – Written report read out by Pete Brown. Treasurers report – Ken handed out copies of the balance sheet to the members pre- sent. The club is in a reasonable financial position despite a sub- stantial outlay for regalia. Ken asked for any comments, there were nonforthcoming. Secretarys report – Membership 240/250. Reminder to the floor that subs are due 1st July. Editor- Mary commented that there has been little copy to put into Spartacus and she requested articles whether by e.mail, shorthand or hand written with photos which would be returned if a stamped addressed envelope were provided. 7 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Election of officers - Chairman In his report Keith Smith stood down A motion of thanks was given to Keith for all the hard work he has done during his time as Chair- man. Terry Cartman nominated and as there were no other nominees he was duly elected Proposed Phil Sanderson. Seconded Dave Kerwin Secretary Mue Andrews was prepared to stand again. Proposed Chris Glasby. Seconded Ian Harrison Treasurer Ken Marchington was prepared to stand again. Proposed Pete Brown. Seconded Jean Cartman Editor Mary Vaughan was prepared to stand again. Proposed Terry Cartman. Seconded Chris Glasby Events Pete Brown stood down A motion of thanks was given to Pete for the work he has done over the past years. Phil Bayliss nominated and as there were no other nominees he was duly elected. Proposed Ian Harrison. Seconded Mary Vaughan Spares Phil Sanderson was prepared to stand again. Proposed Terry Cartman. Seconded Mary Vaughan Regalia Terry Cartman stood down. A motion of thanks was given to Terry for the work he has done over the past years. Jean Cartman nominated and as there were no other nominees she was duly elected. Proposed Mike Vaughan. Seconded Mue Andrews. Subscriptions - To stay the same at £10 AOB – There being none received prior to the meeting the Chairman brought the meeting to a close at 14:10 8 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Editorial Well here I am back for another year. Please could you send in more articles as these seem to be getting very thin on the ground. Where are you ‘Auld Greetin’ Face’ all is forgiven. The Prize Winner’s from Newark will be listed with their pictures in the next issue of Spartacus. There will also be an updated Member- ship list next time as this was requested at the AGM. If you are going to a show and would like it made an Official Club Event to be covered by the Club insurance please would you give us plenty of notice as we need to advertise on the Web and in Spartacus. Thanks Mary The Ed Mary The Ed. ‘In charge’ at the At least Ken the Treasurer was AGM with Spartaneering Gavel!! still listening! 9 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Jean Cartman (now Regalia) puts a brave face on the News that she had ‘Volunteered!’ Thanks to her hus- band! Phil (spares) was still awake!! Members were pleading to re- Mue The Secretary was still smiling. new their Membership 10 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 SOME MEMBERS WHO BRAVED THE RAIN TO COME TO THE AGM 11 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 HOW I SAVED THE WORLD AND GOT A NEW EXHAUST!! You Couldn’t give me a tow said the Vulcan bomber Pilot, only it won’t start, and I have to go on a mission to save the world, in- cluding Hartlepool. And so I tied my tow rope to the front of the Vulcan and the other end onto the tailpipe of the Spartan (which by the way has a shiny new dash and clocks). Pretty soon we were doing a hundred miles an hour along the run- way. Shove it in third gear and let the clutch out I yelled to the Pilot then the Vulcan roared into life, took off over my head taking my exhaust with it. But never mind it’s all in a good cause, I thought to myself, seeing myself kneeling before the Queen, with her sword at the ready. WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT DID NOT HAPPEN. LOOK AT THE PHOTO, AND IF I SEE YOU AT ANY SHOWS, I’LL SHOW YOU MY NEW EXHAUST!! Spartan by Jim Hancill V u l c a n Bomber by Sunderland Air Museum 12 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Index of "newsletters" which contains interesting news about possible legislation, in particular environmental leg- islation, that could effect older cars, such as our Spartans, which may not yet be "historic", are getting older and could be adversely effected. www.fbhvc.co.uk/newsletters/index.htm TAX DISC REQUEST I would like to ask whether club members would be willing to help with my unusual hobby: I collect expired road tax discs. I began collecting in 1984, aged eleven, and I now have nearly 100,000 of them. My oldest ex- ample dates back to 1922. People generally regard tax discs, once they have expired, as rubbish. Therefore most people, when they renew a disc, tend to do one of two things: they either throw the old one away, or they slip the new one over the top of the old one, resulting in a wad of them accumulating in the holder. Rather than doing that, would you be kind enough to please send any such unwanted, expired discs my way? It doesn't matter how old or how recent the discs are, nor which make, model, age or size of vehicles the discs are from... I'd be grateful for ANY discs from ANY vehicles! I hope you will help. Many thanks, Mr Neil A. Jones, 6 Pleasant Place, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9YD. 13 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 FOR SALE Unused Spartan Triumph 2+2 chassis and body frame £60 plus various body panels also unused. Five Dolamite Sprint wheels with tyres £50. Also some Spitfire spares. Phone Peter 01507 450325 for details (Lincolnshire) FOR SALE Spartan based on Triumph Vitesse 2 Litre Mk 2, with a Triumph straight 6 cylinder engine and Laycock overdrive on 3rd and 4th gears, built on a Spar- tan chassis with telescopic rear shock absorber conversion. It was built in 1981 and is registered as a Spartan on Vehicle Registration Document V5. The car has been garaged for several years whilst I have been working over- seas. Some work will be needed to put it back on the road but there are no parts missing. Offers around £250 (which I think is a bargain) for a quick sale, ideally to a Spartan enthusiast who will give it more attention than I can. Buyer will need to collect from Northumberland. Please contact me at: email@example.com I have a Spartan Herald (1967) it is in need of restoration and I was wondering if you knew of anyone or any web sites I could advertise her. look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Dawn Bennett landline 01580830916 Mob 07999835293 firstname.lastname@example.org 14 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 SPARTAN PARTS IN STORAGE Items for Club Use Moulds for Triumph Spartan Front wings both models Rear wings (bean axle type only) Ford Spartan Boot Lid FOR SALE A bare Spartan bodyshell on a 1968 vitesse chassis has come my way. Hood/frame,windscreen/frame,doors/windows,radiator housing and badge,bonnet halves and hinge,front and rear wings/running boards,lights,body tub and rear box are all present along with some other odds and sods,but no mechanical parts. I would like it gone fairly quickly in one lump if possible. Are you aware of anyone who might be interested. The car is situated just north of Bristol. There is some paperwork with the car including an old MoT as a Spartan,a registration plate and a V5 in the post (hopefully). Regards, Mark email@example.com 15 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Ken Marchington 12 Byron Road, Whiteway, Dursley, Glos., GL11 4QA ( 01453 543852 Regular meetings : Last Wednesday of every month, Hunters Hall on the Dursley/ Tetbury Road - A4135 Gordon and Grace Murray 53 Woodilee Road, Newarthil, Motherwell. ML1 5BG ( 01698832580 Spartans are thin on the ground here but happy to be a point of contact. Mue Andrews 28 Ashford Drive, Ravenshead, Nottingham, NG 15 9DE ( 01623 409351 Fax: 01623 409352 . firstname.lastname@example.org Regular meeting every 2nd Sunday of the month at lunchtime - The Bridge (Pub) Oxton, Ring beforehand - especially in the summer as this often clashes with other events. Martyn Hughes 61 Ploverdale Crescent Kingswinford West Midlands DY6 8XU ( 01384296204 Tony Jolley Nottingham Spartan Owners Club, 84 Charles Avenue, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5ED 01159 252091 16 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Mary and Mike Vaughan Willow Bank, Kniveton, Nr. Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1JJ Happy to organise something in the Peak District if you get in touch Peter Brown 31 Fenlow Avenue, Bucknall, Stoke on Trent ST2 9NE ( 01782 266451 Mike Holliday 2 Banff Avenue, Bromborough, Wirral L63 0PD ( 0151 2012994 David Lodge 76 Manor Road, Guildford, Surrey GU 6NQ ( 01483 568857 . email@example.com Barry Webber Moorhurst, 72 Pot Kiln Lane, Great Conard, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 0DH ( 01787 3133323 .firstname.lastname@example.org Scottish Kit Car Club Stephen McIntosh (Secretary) 74 Cherry Tree Crescent, Larkhill, South Lanakshire ML9 2BE ( 01698 889590 Before 9pm 0781 2711294 (MOBILE) The club meets on the last Monday of each month at Grangemouth Rugby Club at 7.30pm and also a noggin and natter at the Cotton Mill, Moorfield, Crosshouse, Near Kilmarnock, on the second Wednesday each month except December. All Kits or interested parties welcome 17 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Kit Car Insurance Call Graham Sykes On 01395 255100 Or 0845 1300 236 Online www.graham-sykes.co.uk Graham Sykes Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority Calls may be monitored or recorded to help improve our service 18 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 enamel grill badge £33-00 grill bar badge £11-00 grill badge plastic £7-00 sports caps £4-50 lapel badges £1-25 stainless steel Spartan scrolls £3-50 Spartan windscreen stickers £---75 S.O.C. mugs not for posting £3-00 steering wheel centres £2-40 chassis plates £2-25 tee shirts £7-00 sports shirts £12-50 Spartan embroidery round badge sew on £2-50 Spartan embroidery square badge sew on £2-50 Please contact Jean Cartman for Regalia Cheques should be made payable to the Spartan Owners Club (please include postage with all order's) 19 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 The following is not a definitive list but just areas where there have been some communication problems. Please observe the following. Failure to do so will involve extra work, delays or loss of information. Secretary For Membership and renewals, change of address, missing copies of Spartacus and missing Handbook inserts Mue Andrews 01623 409351 Fax: 01623 409352 E mail email@example.com Editor Articles and photographs for Spartacus (on disc or email as no articles will be taken by dictation over the telephone. If you require discs or photos returned please enclose suitable stamped addressed envelope and mark items to be returned with name and address Mary Vaughan e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage John Parker, 0115 989 3611 John.email@example.com Spares Co- Coordinator For details of spares Phil Sanderson 01775 766388 Events Co- Coordinator For details of events, pre bookings, locations and camping costs Treasurer Not for membership. Ken Marchington 01453 543852 before 9pm Ford, Triumph and Treka Advisers For Technical advice please see advice page. 20 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 1 Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CHESHIRE CH65 8DA 21 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE PREPARED TO OFFER TECHNICAL ADVICE ON BUILD, REBUILD, REPAIR AND RUNNING OF SPARTAN CARS. WHEN RINGING PLEASE HAVE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER AVAILABLE. IF YOU GET AN ANSWERPHONE PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER AND RING BACK LATER. FORD BASED SPARTANS Chris Glasby 7 Hillfields, Broadmeadows, South Normanton, Derbyshire DE55 3NU 01773 580 769 . firstname.lastname@example.org TRIUMPH BASED SPARTANS Brian Grant 29 Porter Lane, Easton On The Hill, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3NF 01780 752513 Tony Jolley 84 Charles Avenue, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5ED 01159 252091 TREKA Terry Cartman 149 Peveril Crescent, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 3DW 0115 8541581 HINTS AND TIPS MANUALS A compendium of past hints and tips for Triumph and Ford Spartans. Cost £6 including postage. STEERING LINKS Reconditioned, part exchange. Available from: Martyn Hughes 36 Stowell Lane Lower Penn South Staffordshire WV4 4TT 01902 897 288 22 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 23 SPARTACUS JULY– SEPTEMBER 2008 Chairman Editor Terry Cartman Mary Vaughan 149 Peveril Crescent, Willow Bank, Kniveton, Long Eaton, Ashbourne, Nottingham NG10 3DW Derbyshire DE6 1JJ ( 0115 8541581 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Events Co- Coordinator Spares Co- Coordinator Phil Bayliss Phil Sanderson 16 Church Street Billingham 5 Ellen Crescent Lincolnshire DN21 1YB Spalding LINCS PE11 1LD ( 01775 766388 email@example.com Regalia Jean Cartman Secretary 149 Peveril Crescent, Mue Andrews Long Eaton, 28 Ashford Drive Nottingham NG10 3DW Ravenshead ( 0115 8541581 Nottingham NG15 9DE firstname.lastname@example.org ( 01623 409351 FAX 01623 409352 email@example.com Last submissions for Treasurer the next issue should Ken Marchington be with the Editor, in 32 Shutehay Drive writing, e MAIL or Cam, Dursley GLOS GL11 5UT disk, by 1st SEPTEMBER ( 01453 543852 before 9pm 2008 24 Whereas every care is taken to ensure unprejudiced and accurate reports, the Editors can accept no liability for the unintentional errors or views of our contributors.