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Re: Contemplations for a weekend (spridget related)

To: spridgets@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: Contemplations for a weekend (spridget related)
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 20:00:09 EST
In a message dated 2/2/02 8:28:13 AM, 60bugeye@ev1.net writes:

<<      Why are concours people so afraid to answer questions and assist in 
correct restoration of other peoples cars?  To me it is almost like there is
a "resisting" of the thought of anybody else joining this "elite" group. >>

Leo, I sure hope you are wrong on this one.  I am still ashamed of myself for 
suggesting to you at Conclave '99 that J. C. Whitney could supply your 
weatherstripping.  My own car is not concours, hasn't been since it was two 
weeks old, and will not be again in my lifetime and it sports Whitney 
weatherstripping, along with a lot of other unoriginal things.  Since 1968 
the car has been a very modified bugeye "sleeper".   I still, however, do 
consider it a work of art that I can drive--fast and hard.  On the outside it 
is still an "original" bugeye with a few minor changes.  Sorry Dave Woerpel, 
our little one doesn't belong in the concours discussion--it is all Spridget 

At least some of the folks in the concours group are willing to share 
sources, etc. with you.  At least one California judge was so eager to award 
a friend's (of mine) bugeye a gold that he actually scrounged around in his 
own stuff to give Joe (not his name) a feeler gage to put in his otherwise 
perfect tool kit. Joe had done a stellar job of restoring the bugeye himself, 
and the confidence was richly deserved,  and deeply appreciated.

As far as the Spridget listers, most of them are more interested in getting a 
usable car together then a perfect one.  Two who have done it that I know 
about are Mike MacLean (not judged), who is really more interested in 
performance, at least it seems so, and Larry Dickstein (gold).  One of the 
reasons I stay out of it, even though some things I know I remember 
correctly, is that many of my memories differ with Horler, and frankly I 
don't care enough to challenge the authority. 

Annice & Bob
1960 Bugeye (Mk. IV in disguise)
1966 Sprite Mk. III (Still in Boxes)

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