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					 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


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Please E Mail any articles, poems, jokes or photographs to willowbank@kniveton.net 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
sjbwis@hotmail.com                            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
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  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
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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
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 (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.
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        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.




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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
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                            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!

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                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
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SOME MEMBERS WHO BRAVED THE RAIN TO COME TO THE AGM




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    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


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   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.


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                     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:       ian.melrose@btinternet.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
dawnescaped@hotmail.com
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         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
posttobi@hotmail.co.uk

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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
. stephen.andrews@ntlworld.com
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


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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
. lodged@logia.com
Barry Webber
Moorhurst, 72 Pot Kiln Lane, Great Conard, Sudbury,
Suffolk CO10 0DH
( 01787 3133323 .106677.2450@compuserve.com

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

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               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


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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)
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              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 stephen.andrews@ntlworld.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 editor@spartanownersclub.co.uk

Webpage
John Parker, 0115 989 3611 John.parker113@virgin.net

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.

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1 Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CHESHIRE CH65 8DA

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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 . chris.glasby@sky.com
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

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Chairman                                          Editor
Terry Cartman                                     Mary Vaughan
149 Peveril Crescent,                             Willow Bank, Kniveton,
Long Eaton,                                       Ashbourne,
Nottingham NG10 3DW                               Derbyshire DE6 1JJ
( 0115 8541581                                    editor@spartanownersclub.co.uk
terryjeanaway@ntlworld.com
                                                  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
philipsanderson2@aol.com                          Regalia
                                                  Jean Cartman
Secretary                                         149 Peveril Crescent,
Mue Andrews                                       Long Eaton,
28 Ashford Drive                                  Nottingham NG10 3DW
Ravenshead                                        ( 0115 8541581
Nottingham NG15 9DE                               terryjeanaway@ntlworld.com
( 01623 409351
FAX 01623 409352
stephen.andrews@ntlworld.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

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