PIC OF THE DAY

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"G" & "H" are for George Hulbert & Graham Hill, Lutz Arnstein, John Sprinzel & Len Adams.
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This line up of young men taken in about 1958 is the team that took Speedwell from a load of talk in a Coffee shop to one of the biggest international players in the tuning business.

In the earliest days Speedwell were only interested in tuning for competition, running a team of A35's as well as Sprites. By the late 50's cracks in this team were beginning to show & John Sprinzel sold his share to Graham Hill who became Chairman. John was far more interested in the competition side of the business where as the others felt that there was more money to be made in selling a range of tuning equipment to the General public.

Throughout the 1960's Speedwell continued to produce products that were aimed at the competition end of the market, but the consumer side became more & more important. They were also at this time developing & selling complete conversions like the "Speedwell Courier" a Speedwell Tuned van, The "Speedwell Riley Elf" & the 1300TC a highly tuned Cooper S. Speedwell were also Austin Agents. They were doing development work for other tuners on their Dyno & Their two technical wizards George Hulbert & later Dave Jones were continually developing new products that were of top quality.

However, the fault line between competition & consumer sales was still there & was growing ever greater with various Directors all pulling in different directions. This caused the ultimate winding up of Speedwell Performance Conversions in 1969. After the failure of a reborn company Speedwell (1969) Ltd. Graham Hill bought the remains of the company, now with none of the other board members, and formed Speedwell of Chesham Ltd. They still sold some of the old speedwell tuning parts (mainly existing stock from the previous hailed businesses) but concentrated far more on the shiny shit end of the accessory business. Speedwell of Chesham continued in business until shortly after Graham Hills death in 1975.
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mk1 wrote: Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:54 am "F" is for factory.

I just love this image of the paint shop at Longbridge. A series of MK1 Mini's going down the line with so many people working to flat the shell before paint. It's a reminder of the days when cars were built by people not Robots.

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No gloves, masks or eye protection. :o
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No gloves, masks or eye protection. :o

No, but they do have aprons & I'm sure a few pints & a handful of fags at lunch time will have exactly the same effect. :lol: :lol:
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From an H&S point of view, I see no issues :?

Note John demonstrating the current trend for leaving your nose out in the cold, and George? Well, George IS using the filter tip, I suppose.

(And Pete is currently scanning the background for any signs of a mini :lol: )

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Ironically Ringo (with the biggest conk) has managed to cover his.
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"I" Is for Issigonis,

The man without whom none of this would ever have happened.
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What about "H"?

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"J" Is of course for Janspeed,

János Ódor was a penniless Hungarian refugee, fleeing from Soviet forces after the Hungarian uprising when he arrived in the UK in 1956. Through a few twists of fate both he & his friend George Toth ended up working for Daniel & Bunty Richmond at Headlands Garage in Downton. Initially mainly employed to sweep the floor & make the tea, his talents as an engineer were soon recognised & put to good use.

Both Jan & George were instrumental in Downton's transition from being a sleepy village garage that sold petrol & serviced a few old classics, as well as fixing the local's day to day transport, to the tuning specialists that they went on to become. Daniel & Bunty seem to have taken a real shine to young Jan not only giving him employment, but regularly taking him to the local hillclimbs & sprints that they attended. This was when he first got a taste for competition.

By 1962, Jan's ambitions had grown & he decided to leave the Richmond's & start up a rival tuning company, just down the road in Salisbury, Janspeed. Back at Downton his "betrayal" was never forgotten by the Richmond's who would refer to him as "Bad Odour".

Specialising in the BMC Mini, Jan's new business took off & went from strength to strength. He was many comprtition victories both driving his own cars & supporting local up & coming drivers. As the fame of Janspeed grew & the Mini star began to wain, janspeed moved into the tuning of other makes including Vauxhall & Ford. By the late 1970's Janspeed were one of the first companies to recognise the utility of Turbo conversions, becoming market leaders by the 1980's & running the Nissan Skyline Racing team by the 1990's.

Following the death of his Son Kieth, Jan stepped back from Motorsport & the business & retired to live in Portugal.

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