Wednesday, 7 October 2015

New Fairthorpe videos..........

Fairthorpe owner Anthony Padgett has made more of his excellent videos featuring his car, you can watch the movies by clicking the links
The first is a short drive in the country:-

Also a short movie comparing his Fairthorpe to a Frogeye Sprite:-

Nice one Anthony, keep em coming!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The many coats of a Fairthorpe EM.

This post is about a Fairthorpe that crossed my path 25 years ago when my father Frank and I bought and restored it, it is a Mk 2 EM and it was registered 955 RKX, we sold it to the boyfriend of AVM Bennetts granddaughter, he asked for it to be finished in British Racing Green.

The car has been through a number of owners since that time and has had several different coats of paint and even a registration  change due to someone transferring the original number off the car. I lost track of this EM when the number was changed but it popped up again when  a new club member put the chassis number on his application form, this showed the cars previous identity, it was hand painted in white by now.

We are now two further owners on and the current owner is Maurice Jennings, himself no stranger to Fairthorpes having owned a couple previously, Maurice has spent some time and money on the car and has it looking really nice, it is back in Green but now sporting an Red stripe. It is pleasing to see that this old friend is being so well looked after.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Fairthorpe Gathering 2015 week away!

                                             Fairthorpe Gathering 2014 at RAF Wyton.

This years Fairthorpe Gathering is now only one week away and all Fairthorpe owners and enthusiasts are welcolme on the 12th July at the Motor Heritage Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire, the post code is CV35 0BJ, entry to the Gathering will as usual be free. A number of Fairthorpes are expected at the event and several will be taking part in an AutoSolo being run by the Morgan Sports Car Club during the day so come and cheer us on! We will be on site from 9.30 am and there will be an award for the Best Fairthorpe voted for by those present at the Gathering and furthest travelled Fairthorpe to the event. There will also be an award for the winner of the Fairthorpe class in the AutoSolo. For those who have not been before the museum is well worth a visit with the worlds largest collection of British cars in one place with over 300 on site, the museum website can be found here :-
There is an entry fee payable for access to the museum but they have a very good restaurant which is available to all those at the venue with out having to pay for entry for the museum. We can be found by the large AutoSolo area which will be covered with a number of road cones on the right hand side of the car park area, hope to see you there.................

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Low mileage Fairthorpe surfaces in Scotland.

Paul Martin has been in contact to say that he has just acquired an EM that has only 2009 confirmed miles on it from new, the reg number is XGB 618 and this car was unknown to the club before now. The car as you would imagine is very original and solid having been dry stored in a garage having done very little mileage before being laid up, it has the early curved top doors and the short bonnet with the curved `mouth`. Paul is going to re commission the car, obviously brakes and shock absorbers etc will need replacing but it is an exciting project which I will follow with interest.

Friday, 19 June 2015

SOLD Historic Race Fairthorpe For Sale SOLD

Clive Randall is reluctantly parting with his race prepared Fairthorpe EM and it is up for bidding on Ebay

This car has a continuous competition history thru out it`s life and has had a lot of money spent in the last three years to make it as good as you can get mechanically. This car would be an ideal starter HSCC Road sports championship race car and is eligible for several other Historic / Classic racing series

Clive can be contacted directly on 01569 740411 or at

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Mark Kemp, long time Fairthorpe competitor, has passed away.

Sadly long time Fairthorpe owner and F.S.C.C club member Mark Kemp has passed away following a long illness. Mark first Joined the Fairthorpe Sports Car Club in 1976 and used a succession of Fairthorpes in Auto tests, Production Car trials and Autocross events with many class wins and a number of FTD`s (Fastest time of the day) to his credit. His first Fairthorpe became know as Noddy after someone said it looked like a Noddy car, this was followed by Mr Plod (spot the theme here) and finally during that period Super Nod which sported a tuned 1600 Ford engine. During a conversation with him last year he talked fondly about a number of the events he had done in the cars, he even rolled Super Nod into a ditch during one Autocross event but went out on his next run and set FTD with the battered Fairthorpe! Following a house move the Fairthorpes were gradually sold off in the 80`s but these cars get under your skin and Mark was not yet finished with Fairthorpes, in 2010 he bought another EM, SOO 121 from long term owner Tom Fraser. This was re fettled, re sprayed and modified to compete in a few Production car Trials with his long time friend Club Chairman Derek Bentley, the result being a class win despite Mark`s failing health. Those who knew him will remember his infectious sense of humour and he will be sadly missed.
Marks funeral will take place at the Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Crawley at 1.00 pm on Thursday 11th June. Any Club members who want to attend would be more than welcome.

Derek Bentley (driving) and Mark leaving the 2010 Fairthorpe Gathering in SOO 121

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Sliding sidescreens for your Fairthorpe? Here is Anthony`s answer.

Anthony Padgett has modified a pair of Frogeye Sprite side screens which he purchased for £70 off Ebay and has got them to be a useable fit to his EM, these side screens have sliding windows in them. He has made an adapter from wood and covered it in black vinyl, the adapters bolt on using the original Fairthorpe mounting points on the outside of the door and there is also a bracket hanging down on the inside of the door. The side screens slide onto two large screws fixed into the adapters and the screens then fit on the inside of the hood. Anthony says `The flap on the hood at the back of the side screens can be fixed to the screens with a large bulldog clip to prevent flapping` although he admitted this was a `bit Heath Robinson` also the `ensemble is untested and designed for use only when wet and for security in parking the car outside when away`.
The screens are slightly too short in length so some more thought may be needed to make them a water tight fit but they keep the worst of the weather out.
Well done to Anthony for making use and modifying in true Fairthorpe owner tradition.

                                                inside of screen and support underside     

                                                           support bolted onto door

                                                        screen slid onto support bolts

                                        Fairthorpe with Frogeye Screens fitted

Friday, 29 May 2015

American Fairthorpe, has it survived?

 Will Hoehndorf had been in contact from America regarding a 1959 EM he owned many years ago, this month I received a couple of pictures from him of the car, he would love to know if it survives but as yet he cannot remember the registration number.  Maybe the car will be recognised by someone reading this in the States. If any one does remember it please contact me and I will pass any information on to him.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Fairthorpe EM racer For Sale

Patrice Wattine is selling one of his Fairthorpes, this car was rebuilt from the ground up by him and has been raced in several events including a round of the HSCC Road Sports Championship. The car is in France and the advert for it can be found here:-

Friday, 20 March 2015

Fairthorpes............lets have a look at the interior.

Steve Colling`s EM 2, note the extra pedal assembly on the passenger side
(dual control conversion Steve?)
Richard Holden`s EM 1
I get lots of people asking about the interior of the cars when they are undertaking a restoration so I thought I would post some pictures to inspire those of you that are in rebuild mode! Back in the 70`s when most Fairthorpes were clinging to existence and held together with tape and woodscrews the interiors usually consisted of a worn out pair of used seats from something else, no door panels (the original compressed card ones having got wet and rotted away) and usually no carpet, if there was some left it was usually rotten and smelly!  There were one or two exceptions, but nowadays nothing could be further from the truth, many owners are taking a lot of pride in their Fairthorpes and some have really pushed the boat out in the effort to make their cars more liveable.

Martin Green`s EM 1

Hopefully you will enjoy these few, if you have a nice picture of the interior of your Fairthorpe email me a picture and I will post it up.

                                                                 Alberto Sassi`s EM 1

                                                                   Chris Goss`s EM 1

                                                                       Bob Balding`s EM 1

                                                                           My EM 1

                                                                  Barry Stock`s EM 5

American Fairthorpe restoration under way.

Ralph Jannelli is busy restoring an early Fairthorpe Electron Minor in America, he kindly sent me a couple of pictures of the car which has the early curved top doors and Triangular grille opening as per my own 789 ERO. The shots were taken of the car arriving from Connecticut to his North Carolina home and then in his garage next to his 78 Triumph Spitfire. The Fairthorpe looks very high at the front as the bodyshell is just resting on the chassis and there is no engine in it. A couple of days work Ralph and I would have that Spitfire engine sitting neatly in the Fairthorpe!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Fairthorpe Speedo for sale New Old Stock

Amongst my Fairthorpe spares I have this New Old Stock 90 MPH speedo, it has never been fitted to a car so has 0 miles on it. Price is £50 plus postage and packing, I will send it anywhere in the world.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

The many coats of Frank the Fairthorpe.

These pictures are of the Fairthorpe who was given the name Frank by previous owner Denise Howe, the picture above shows the car newly built by it`s original owner, the car was painted in Old English white, the picture below shows Denise picking the car up after she purchased it in the late 80`s.  
The colour had been changed to red by the time Dave Pugh bought it in 1997 and when he rebuilt the car it was decided to change it again to Brooklands Green, the EM was re trimmed and had a new hood, then Dave and his new wife took the car on their Honeymoon to the Cotswolds.

The registration number was unfortunately later sold to pay for a set of wire wheels for the car, the replacement number allocated was CSL 674.
Frank was purchased by Bob Balding several years ago, many of you will have seen the car as Bob participates in a number of club events each year with Frank, the Fairthorpe is a good advert for the club being in good condition and very eye catching, Frank has been featured several times on this blog and can be found if you search back to previous posts.