Tuesday, 22 November 2016

You don`t always have to polish the car to pick up an award!

Just over a week ago my wife and I trailered our Fairthorpe Atom Major over to the NEC for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show as the car was being put on the Fairthorpe Sports Car Club stand for the weekend. We took the car over on the Thursday evening as the show opened on the Friday morning, we even had an offer to buy it whilst we were unloading it! The interest continued and we had to be pushed out the doors when the halls closed at 10pm as two guys would not leave the stand, having walked all the way round the show halls they had decided that our car was the one they wanted the most, `not the prettiest styling` they said but it just had `something really appealing about it`. Unfortunately due to work on Friday and a commitment in London on Saturday I could only attend the show on the Sunday but having got in from London mid Saturday evening I had just sat down when the phone rang. The call was from the FSCC club stand organiser Andy Winston who was still at the NEC, apparently he had been invited to attend the awards gathering by the organisers, he arrived just in time to pick up a nice trophy plate which had been awarded to the Atom Major! The organisers had awarded a freshly restored Maserati Ghibli the `Car of the show` award and other main presentation was the Classic & Sports Car `Special award` which was presented to the Fairthorpe Atom Major, this is given to the car which `steals the judges hearts`. The club stand was very busy on the Sunday and again a lot of interest was shown in the car, several asking if it was for sale and several telling me not to restore it but just leave it as a time capsule! Sorry to disappoint but it will get restored and used, a couple of people kept coming back again and again to look round it, I still don`t know if it was just the `Barn find` condition or the quirky styling that was the appeal or maybe just a combination of the both, whatever it definitely created a stir and hopefully some good publicity for the club. I will be starting the strip down and rebuild in the new year so keep an eye open for updates.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

1960 Fairthorpe Electron Minor project for sale.


1960 Fairthorpe Electron Minor Mk2 project for sale, fully rebuilt chassis, only needing a few supplementary brackets making and attaching. All body panels there apart from one floor pan and tunnel cover, includes a new bulkhead (moulded some years ago but unused), new floor pans and tunnel cover can be ordered through the Fairthorpe Sports Car Club. Rear axle is from a Ford Escort and has been modified to a 5 link system, front suspension is Triumph Spitfire, now employing Spitfire turrets on the chassis, axle and suspension will require restoration.

The chassis has been bracketed to take a Ford Pre Crossflow or Crossflow engine (not included), I was going to rebuild this as a fast road / track day car but due to change of plans it is now for sale. The car has an old style Green logbook with an interesting number and I will include a years membership to the Fairthorpe Sports Car Club in the sale price. Only selling due to a new restoration project (see last blog post!)Would make an nice winter project for someone, car is near Spalding in Lincolnshire and can be viewed by arrangement.
                                     Offers over £2000
                  For more information call Martin on 07952930042.