Joined: 17 Jan 2006
|Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:55 am Post subject: Olympics in America and Canada - 2017 update
|Rochdale Olympics sold in America and Canada by Tony Stanton.
I have been researching these cars for the past 30years, if you have been a previous owner, been in any way involved with them,
own any photographs, please get in touch through the e-mail address at the end of the article.
Having recently been in correspondence with Karalee Smith (nee Heiner) from Provo, Utah, in America, who owned an Olympic P11 between 1964 and 1966,
I thought we would look in to the Olympic,s sold to America and Canada, because our fellow club members who live over there may be able to fill-in some of the gaps in the history.
Looking at passed information I think the general consensus is less than 10 cars went to America and Canada. So first we can look at the possible Agents or Dealers.
1) Sterling Automotive Engineering Inc, 2109 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles, California, CA 90025. Owner Jim Fouch(?). They were also a Turner dealer from 1963 to1965.
We have a black & white leaflet they produced in about 1964 with details and two photos of a very distinctive dark coloured Olympic with a wide light stripe from front to rear.
This may be the car Karalee Heiner owned which was a LHD Olympic P11, British Racing Green with a Yellow stripe front to rear. So where is this car now
and how did it get from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City and what happened to Sterling Automotive?
2) Eurauto, Salt Lake City, Utah. (full address unknown? Maybe 6th south or so on the west side, then moved to State St. about 13th) Owners Doug Hillman and Leroy Reese.
They took over as Turner dealers from Sterling in 1965? and also sold Lotus Elans. Turner owner Clyde Snyder worked for the dealership when it closed down in 19??
The BRG Olympic owned by Karalee Heiner was bought from here and I believe Doug Hillman used to race a Dark Blue Olympic in slaloms around Salt Lake City.
Does anybody know more about these 2 Olympics and where they went to, where there any more Olympics sold by Eurauto and any more details on Eurauto?
3) Maple Sports Car Products, 26, Stevens Crescent, off Guelph Street, Georgetown, (west of Toronto) Ontario, Canada.
This name and address of a suppler of Rochdale products came out of a book called Sports Car Bodywork by B.W.Locke first published in 1954 and revised in 1960.
Does anybody know of this company?
4) Aeronautical Research and Development Corp, Boston, Massachusetts. This is all I have for the address, from a newspaper cutting dated June 29th 1970,
this company plans to begin production of this four-seater (must be a Phase 1) this fall for test-marketing in the Northeastern U.S.
The car will be built under license from the British manufacturer, Rochdale Motor. Does this mean Rochdale Motor Panels planed to sell the Phase 1 mould to America?
Does anybody know of this company and the full address?
Now for cars we know were sold in America and Canada and still in use now.
1) Olympic Phase 1. Chassis No 1706. Licence plate MDP 648. Dark Blue. LHD.
Imported as a Body kit in autumn 1962 by,
1st owner and builder, Ian Keith, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 1962 to 1969.
2nd owner, Eric Wayne Leeder, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 1969 to 1974
3th owner, John Somerville, Ontario, Canada. 1974 to 2003. 29years.
4th owner, Stephen Szikora, Ontario, Canada. 2003 to present.
2) Olympic Phase 11. Chassis No 1892. Licence plate HV 1X. Red. LHD.
Imported as a complete car kit in spring 1964 by,
1st owner and builder, Milton Forgatch, nr Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 1964 to 2000. 36 years.
2nd owner, Bill Coyne, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 2000 to 2010.
3rd owner, John FLOOR, British Columbia, Canada. 2010 to present.
Now for cars that are lost.
3) The 3 adverts below are I think of the same car being sold at different times.
3a) 1965 ROCHDALE OLYMPIC PHASE 1.-- 1.5litre GT. new 1963, 1600cc MGA drive
line, new BFG 990s, mechanically excellent, needs paint job, best offer over 1,000.
Don Usher, Allen park, Michigan.
Car and Driver July 1971? volume 17 page 89
* update - I have been in contact with Don Usher, who now lives in Florida.
He bought the red Olympic in 1969 from Udo Kruze from Detriot who worked for the Ford Motor Company, Dearborn and he had brought the Olympic with him
from Germany to America. Don Usher sold the car in late 1971.
3b) Olympic Phase 1. Chassis No 1784. For sale advert, 1987 in USA Kitcar magazine in
Northville, Detroit, Michigan, USA. 313-349-9056.
3c) Jim DUNCAN, MICHIGAN, USA (Chassis No REC-1784) (For Sale in May 2000)
4) Olympic Phase 11. Chassis No ? Licence plate 5348 DK. Blue. LHD.
Complete new running car collected in July 1963 from Rochdale and taken on a Tour of
Europe then shipped from Rotterdam to Chicago,USA.
1st owner, Robin Rackham, Elgin, Chicago, Illinor, USA. 1963 to 1964.
2nd owner? Sold in late summer 1964 (advert in Road & Track) to a young man
from Kansas, USA. Car not heard of since.
* update This Olympic has reappeared after 51 years, with a little of its past history.
In 1965 it passed through Joe Egle Motor Imports, Park Street, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas.
From 1982 to 2015 it was with James Woestman in ??, Carthage, Missouri,
(I would like to contact James Woestman)
2015 March on Craigslist in St Louis, Missouri.
2015 May with Pete's Classic Cars, Valley View Place, DALLAS, Texas.
2015 October sold on ebay and now the Olympic is lost again.
5) Sports Car Graphic July 1964 - volume 4 - page 26
Sports car graphic has on several occasions carried mention of the so called kit car the
Rochdale Olympic. Some of your eastern readers may be interested to know that an Olympic
is now operating on the East Coast. Acquiring a small car by mail is in itself a sporty
proposition, but it has been very well worth the bother. The car is delightfully agile and
responsive-being powered by the English Ford 116E engine that was featured in your
magazine. The full monocoque fibreglass body is rigid and tight and has exceptionally
pleasing lines fore and aft. All in all, the car offers more real personalized sports car for the
money than can be approached in any other way! The total cost to my front door including all
transportation, duties , etc was about $2450. I would be happy to correspond with any of your
readers who are interested in the Olympic.
John D Bitner, 1407 Ellenglen Road, Towson 4, Baltimore, Maryland
Car or owner not heard of since, I would like to contact John Bitner.
6) Olympic Phase 11. Chassis No ? Licence plate ? BRG with Yellow stripe. LHD.
2nd ? owner, Karalee Heiner, Provo, nr Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. She bought the car in
1964 or 1965 from a European auto dealer in Salt Lake City, Utah and traded it to Gus Paulos
Ford in Salt Lake City for a new Mustang in 1966. Car not heard of since.
7) ROCHDALE OLYMPIC PHASE 11 GT 2x2 Kit, Fiberglass, Cortina 1500cc tuned Ford, 100mph + 35 mpg,
Major components custom factory installed. 75% complete, Needs:
Instrumentation, seats, exhaust, brakes (all supplied) lacquer. Best offer. Martin,
2151 8th Ave, New York. 10026 N.Y. (This appears to be a new car, is this a dealer?)
Sports Car Graphic ?? 1965 volume 11 page 81
Olympic Phase 11. Chassis No ? Licence plate IDA 2311C.
Owner and R.O.C. member in 1980/81. Bob Woods, 10517 Myrtle+O, Downey,
Los Angeles, California, USA, CA90241. Car or owner not heard of since.
I would like to contact Bob Woods.
Now for used cars imported.
9) Olympic Phase 11. Chassis No ? Licence plate EMV 552B. 1964. RHD.
Owned by Alan Eggleton, Clacton-on Sea, Essex, England.
Imported to Canada date?
Now owned by, Richard Tabah-Bradner, British Columbia, Canada.
10) Olympic Phase 11. Chassis No ? Licence plate TLG 832D. 1966. RHD.
Owned by Paul Delderfield, Falmouth, Cornwall, England. 1970 to 1976.
Owned by Skip Pack, Maidenhead, Berks, England. 1987 to ?? car taken by Skip Pack
To Berkeley, California, USA. In ?? to 1995.
Repurchased by Paul Delderfield, and brought back to Cornwall, England in 1995.
If anybody has any more information on these Olympic, there Owners or the Dealers please contact,
Tony Stanton - E-mail email@example.com
(please use Rochdale in subject line)
Rochdale Olympic History Archive