Terry Brown's Lenham LeMans Coupe - Sprint Race Car.
2009 North Weald Sprints.
Terry bought this car new, on the 1st of May, 1964. It is a Mk 3 Sprite. Terry's first competitive outing in this car was on the 9th of April, 1967. Since then he has competed in 436 events at over 42 venues and won 350 Awards!
The car was converted to a Le Mans Coupe by Lenham Motor Company in October 1967. A new lightweight body was fitted in July of 1973 after Terry "totalled" the original at Valance Hill Climb.
Terry says, "The Aero package has been developed over the last 10 years on a 'think of it, fit it and try it' basis."
The engine has undergone many changes since the original 10CC (1098cc) of 1964. The final configuration, as pictured, came about in March 2006. It has a KAD 16 valve twin-cam head, Omex fuel injection and electronic ignition. It produces 175 bhp at 8750 rpm. As Terry says, "..the capacity is 1398 cc and the cylinder block is still the good old A-series which has gone from carrying 45 bhp in the 1950's to 175+ in the 2000's." This is fed to the rear wheels via a Jack Knight 'dog-box' and through a Quaife ATB diff.
The front suspension is custom built. The brakes are Wilwood 6 pot calipers with 10.5" ventilated discs.
The rear suspension is also custom. Again, Wilwood calipers, this time 2 pot, and 9" solid discs.
There is little doubt that this is the most highly developed Lenham bodied Spridgets and the most sucsessful. It is a credit to Terry's dedication. He does mention ".. the old adage "the older I get the faster I was" ---- I am definitely fighting that one !"
August 2011. Terry has been busy. "I have been busy overhauling the Jack Knight dog box after nine seasons of use - just a new set of bearings. however, this allowed me to take some photos of the engine by itself"
Quite an impressive bit of kit!
Many thanks to Toby Anscombe for the use of his photographs, taken at the 2009 North Weald Sprints and to Terry for his photographs and information.