The Coker Tire Company has been in business since 1958, and is the world's largest and most prominent supplier of antique and classic tires for automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Using both original and custom made molds, Coker tires can be found on a large proportion of “Best In Show” cars.We contacted Casey Coker to inquire about tires for our Isetta; within a few hours we received an e-mail saying, “I would love to help you guys out by donating some tires and tubes.” Casey sent us five new bias ply 480-10 white walls and tubes. As the proud owner of a bright red Bugeye Sprite (see it here), Casey's no stranger to the joy of little cars. You can check out Coker Tires by clicking on their logo to the left. Thank you Casey and Coker; you guys (and gals) are the greatest.
There were number of elements of this restoration that we were unable or unqualified to complete on our own. On our bugeye project we had donations of chrome work, paint, and a very generous arrangement with Moss Motors for purchasing parts at a discount. Without the help of these companies (see Team Sprite example), we could not have done the quality of restoration we set our sights on. Like the Team Sprite project, we are carrying out this project with no school funding whatsoever. However, our school is a California non-profit and can supply proper receipts for any donations upon request. We will always acknowledge donors in any media we have control over. The Sprite web site has, to date, had over eighteen thousand viewing's, there have been several magazine articles on the project, and a full page and one-half newspaper feature. The kids appeared on ESPN Speed Channel, and a LA news radio interview. To read some of the e-mails that we received click here.
Team Isetta has already been featured twice in Microcar News, Roundel (the official magazine of the BMW Car Club of America), and quite a few car enthusiast sites and blogs. The page you are viewing has been found by close to eight thousand people, and is dedicated to the businesses that donated items or services to Team Isetta, all were unsolicited, and they make the endeavor possible. Check out their web sites, and tell them you saw it here, anything listed on this page was 100 % donation.
We read about Richard Lewis' throttle cable 'upgrade kit' in Microcar News Magazine, and were delighted when he e-mailed us offering to donate one to our project. It'll be a bit before we'll be able to test it out, but the list of Isetta owners who swear by his kit is long and impressive. Look for them on eBay here. Richard has lovingly built one of the coolest bubble window 300's as a rally car. He has a web site with 1100 photos of the process that is really worth seeing, and the finished product is very slick. Just click on the "Rally Isetta" to the right and enjoy.
Thanks to our friend Rebecca Johnson of RM for a 2009 sale catalogue subscription. In May of 2006 Rob Myers saw our newly painted bugeye shell in Reno Nevada while visiting a local car collection. We used the collection’s paint booth, and the car was waiting in their warehouse. Rob loved the story, and suggested putting the Sprite in his Jan. 2007 Phoenix Arizona sale, offering to take our car for no entry fee and no commission charges on the hammer price. Our Bugeye was the opening lot, and the energy Ean & Peter gave the car was incredible, extending to a full five minutes, and coaxing a world record $23,100 price from the crowd. You can watch the sale by clicking here. Every step of the way, RM treated the girls like they were consigning a million dollar car, for them it was the experience of a lifetime. The RM catalogues are inspirational. Click on the image to the right for a taste.
Thank you to Larry Eckmann for donating the time and energy to turn our Dynastart armature. If you have an unusual job, or one where other machine shops balk, give C & L a shout at 530-274-1811. An Official Team Isetta T-Shirt was awarded.
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