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59traveller Alex Wilds
Columbia, SC, USA   USA
At last! Well, I have a "61 Mark II, pre-restoration, but driven almost daily. In May my 20 year-old and I will drive it from Columbia, SC to Key West and back, carry a change of clothes and a pile of tools.



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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Looks great, Alex. I have a fondness for ratty daily drivers grinning smiley



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59traveller Alex Wilds
Columbia, SC, USA   USA
Actually, the Traveller is the daily for me, and the Sprite is for my son and is with him at college. In my/our garage are several spare engines, gearboxes, rear ends, radiators (one for each car), and generally one or two of every part that the two have in common. We do all work ourselves, usually on Saturday mornings for an hour or so. Between the two cars and the parts pile, both are cheap to keep running.

I add that my son (neo-bohemian to the bone) considers a ratty old Austin-Healey to be very cool. I doubt he'd be caught dead in a restored one.

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davidhoskins David Hoskins
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA   USA
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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Aye there's the rub, having room for spares smiling smiley



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Mgnostic Matt Kirk
Vernon, North Texas, USA   USA
1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite
1979 MG MGB "Killer Bee"
59 Bugeye. I found it in a backyard in Oklahoma City in 1986. It was leaf green and the gas tank had rusted out. It had been parked since 1969 or 70. I dragged it back to my college dorm parking lot and patched the tank with fiberglass. I drove it for three years till the rings, which were stuck from being parked for so long, completely went away. Some years later I did a full dis-assembly rebuild of the car.


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dvmmatt97 Matthew Connolly
St. Florian, Alabama, USA   USA
I drive a '59 almost daily to work when it's not raining...Bought it from a guy in South Carolina about a year and half ago.


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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
In reply to a post by Mgnostic 59 Bugeye. I found it in a backyard in Oklahoma City in 1986. It was leaf green and the gas tank had rusted out. It had been parked since 1969 or 70. I dragged it back to my college dorm parking lot and patched the tank with fiberglass. I drove it for three years till the rings, which were stuck from being parked for so long, completely went away. Some years later I did a full dis-assembly rebuild of the car.

Great story!

I bet you were the only person at your school with a Bugeye grinning smiley



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Mgnostic Matt Kirk
Vernon, North Texas, USA   USA
1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite
1979 MG MGB "Killer Bee"
I was the only Bugeye in town. One of my professors had a TR-3 and another had a real Lotus Super-7. I patched the gas tank in the dormitory stairwell and a day or two later the janitor came by to ask me to clean up the little puddles of resin I left on the floor. Lucky for me it was polished concrete and came up easy.


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kirks-auto Platinum Member Robert Kirk
Davenport, Iowa, USA   USA
69 driven 3 years with no top...literally no bows or top just the tonneau. Taught me to pay attention to weather reports in the midwest and that when it rains you need to slow down in an A series Sprite..."drifts" a bit the finger smiley

60 with Toyota hemi....I DIDN'T DO IT...scary quick. smoking smiley

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saysprite Darryl Saylor
Mt. Juliet, TN, USA   USA
1953 Austin-Healey 100 "Ole Blue"
1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "Smokey"
1965 Austin-Healey Sprite "Porky"
1970 MG Midget "Jack"    & more
#10 is Porky, a '65 Sprite unfortunately he hit the wall at Nashville Super Speedway last year and the frame is bent. I got it in 1987

#12 is Speedracer, another '65 Sprite. I bought this from Hap in Oct, 2010 and plan on racing it in June at Nashville.

and last but not least, is Smokey. My Bugeye, He's been in bare metal and primer for 11+years. I drove him to high school. Here's a picture of Donald Healey and me back at the National Healey meet in Fredricksburg. I got Smokey in Oct. 1977. The blue 100 in the picture is mine too. Dad gave it to me for Christmas in 2009.

I'm not going to show my 2 Midgets Jack and Ole Yeller.



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frogeye61 Donn Engler
Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark   DNK
1957 Triumph MC Tiger Cub
1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "FenrisSprite"
1961 Austin-Healey Sprite "FenrisSprite"
1963 Land Rover 88SW    & more
I just wish it were ready, but it looks like a bit more time is necessary.
I've had it since 72 and drove it until 88, then it was just too rusty.
It sat in America on a trailer until 2004.


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British Classics Brad Pace
Deep Creek, Wa., USA   USA
I mostly drive an MGB, but my wife has a '64 Sprite. I do have a couple of Bugeyes but have not driven them in quite a while. It seems I am always restoring someone else's LBC and not my own. I am currently resurrecting (after 19 years idle) a 1974 MGB, finishing up a "59 TR3 and just getting started on a Bugeye that I want to squeeze out in warp drive so the fellow can get in some summer driving before winter. The owner lives in Canada.

Is this a new forum? I am on the MGE but have not seen this one before.


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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
Yes it is a new forum, previously the sprite owners participated in the Midget forum on MGE.

Gold Coast, Australia   AUS
Apart from a selection of Mk1's in various states of condition, I have a very interesting Mk1 MG Midget. Pre Production GAN101 Built August 17th 1960... smiling smiley

Looking forward to meeting many new friends through this forum..

Mark.

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