John Sprinzel & "Spritely Years"

"Spritely Years" now available to SpriteSpot.com members!

For most Spridget fans, John Sprinzel needs little introduction. His name is synonymous with the great Sebring Sprite racing cars of the early 60's.

John has written a book called "Spritely Years" (with photography by Tom Coulthard) detailing those times. It's been out of print for a while, but fortunately John arranged to have a limited run of 500 copies to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Sprite this year.

After reading in our forums that the book is now available again, I contacted John via email--first to order my own copy, and then to see whether he would agree to make copies of his book available to SpriteSpot.com members.

Needless to say he consented, and here we are--and better yet John is autographing the books as well. Just remember--there were only 500 available (and John relates they're selling quite well).

UPDATE: Spritely Years is currently sold out.

Thanks John for not only writing this book and making it available to our SpriteSpot members, but also to being so large a part of our cars' history, and those unforgettable "Sprinzel Sprites"!

Spritely Years
by John Sprinzel

Sorry--but John Sprinzel's copies of "Spritely Years" are currently sold out. There may be a few more copies available from Tom Coulthard. Please drop him an email if you're interested.

A few photos of John Sprinzel from Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird's photo album on SpriteSpot Photos, detailing the restoration of 410 EAO--one of the Sebring Sprites so closely associated with John. These are photos from the 1961 Racing Season:

Left to Right : Pat Moss, John Sprinzel, Cyril Simson, Stirling Moss and Bruce McLaren.

PMO 200 sits outside John Sprinzel Ltd., 32 Lancaster Mews, London. Sprinzel also occupied the premises to the left of the photo behind the light coloured Mk.I Sprite.

PMO 200 with Paul Hawkins at the wheel and Sprinzel as a passenger, taking part in a parade lap of cars which had been displayed at the '61 Racing Car Show earlier in the year. The parade was held prior to the Peco Trophy race on August 7th (Bank Holiday) 1961, at Brands Hatch.

Left to Right : Paul Hawkins, John Sprinzel and S 221's owner, Cyril Simson looking pleased with their achievements following the 12 hour event.

Pit stop action. Paul Hawkins about to jump into S 221. Sprinzel assists, while Graham Hill looks on from the pit bay.

John Sprinzel with PMO 200 parked up on the cobbles in Lancaster Mews during April 1961.

Thanks John for so many wonderful memories!



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