The Midget & 
Sprite Club

The Midget And Sprite Club. Serving the Spridget since 1983

Other News

Many events are held throughout the year, at home and abroad.

Kent Masc Old Boys Day Out

Previous Old Boy’s Run

Old Boys Run


This month we joined Surrey Area for a run to Dunsfold aerodrome to see the Reg May Museum. A thank-you to ex-Kent patrial Gavin Rowles for organising.


Several runs are in the planning stages with the Churches of Romney Marsh, Tenterden Railway, Medway Queen, Rye Harbour and more to follow our March run to Gatwick Aviation Museum, organised by Vic Barker.


Our Sarre meet, in April, will be cancelled with a coastal run, organised by our East Coast Co-ordinator - John Clark, substituted.


The proposed run out on Drive it day has been cancelled for lack of support so that the meet at the Angel will go ahead as per the norm.


Alan Anstead

Kent Rep

Technical Update

Following complaints from members, & others, about the longevity of the carbon release bearing as fitted as standard to 1098cc and 1275cc Midget & Sprite engines a roller release bearing has been made that is a direct replacement.


With much help from Clive Talbot it has been possible to reduce the amount of time, and effort, taken to produce a roller thrust / clutch release bearing to replace the carbon thrust bearings on 1275 and 1098 clutches as fitted to Austin Healey Sprites and M.G.Midgets.


These roller release bearings are a direct replacement for the stock carbon release bearing.


They  use a readily available release bearing on a custom backplate.


There is no need, as with some clutch roller release bearings, to remove the clutch cover pressure pad and run upon the clutch cover splines.


It is now possible to modify some (but not all) 948cc / 1098cc clutch release carbon thrust races to accept a deep groove ball race with the appropriate criteria of size, speed rating, and static / dynamic radial load capacity. A steel pressure pad sits atop the bearing.


Alan Anstead

Kent Rep

Roller Bearing For 1098/1275 Engine