Hello from the Isle of Man. Jnr merryknees started this thread about Helzapoppin [correct speeeelingg], I'd just like to verify a few points as I understand them.
The car was in the hands of Smax when Peter Astel-Burt [PAB] became interested. PAB asked Smax to put together a SB motor to go in it as the Donovan had been sold to Roy Wilding [he of the twin engined Dragster]. The car then came over to the Isle of Man. After an attempt to run it at the Jurby Straightliners event [spitting blower belts off] the car was stripped for a full rebuild. This was back in 2005 I think. Since then it has been collecting dust in the Big Shed at the Point of Ayre Lighthouse.
If you look closely you can see the body and chassis on the following pic
PAB a member of the http://www.manxdragracing.com
club has his fingers in many pies [lots of which are consumed on a daily basis!] He owns many ex and current TT bikes, classic Trinortbsavellocettesdavisons thingies, numerous 4 wheeled classics British, American and roundy roundy racers + the odd Bumper car!
Anyway Helzapoppin is now top of the list for an overhaul. A replacement donovan engine has been sourced and is now in the capable hands of Kenny @ EDA for one of his 1000hp injected alcy packages. The Powerglide Trans is down at Andy Frosts place for a rebuild and strengthen, which leaves the rest which is now sat in my small shed!
The following were taken last weekend
The plan is to restore the car as near as possible to how it was when it ran at it's best with the injected Donovan.
Even the artwork will return
Hopefully we will sort the car for our MGP Dragfest in Sept with the plan to run at our 2012 IOM events and NSRA Nost + Hot Rod Drags