1959 Austin Healey MK1 "Bugeye" Sprite
First video after delivery of my project car (1959 Austin Healey MK1
Sprite). Although it is in worst shape than the seller lead me to believe
it should be a fun project. I am going for a "frame-off" restoration.
The Loudest Bugeye Sprite in Vintage Racing?
Video from three races of my poor little 1959 Sprite that was wrongfully
accused of being "too loud" and cost me a 1st place finish at Blackhawk
Farms Raceway with the VSCDA. Take a listen and you be the judge. Warning:
I have been told this little 1275cc car is capable of deafening mere
Targa Tasmania 2010 - Austin Healey Sprite
1958 Mk 1 Bugeye Austin Healey Sprite, tarmac classic rally car.
Special Stage 5 of Targa Tasmania 2010.
Driver Peter Smith. Navigator Ashley Smith
- A-Series 1293cc, Arden 8 Port Alloy Head & twin 40 DCOE Webers.
Healeysport Championship First Timed Runs Shelsley Walsh 18-9-11
Mega entry of Austin Healey variants as they take to the Hill in their
Healeysport Championship Round. Sprites, Sebring Sprites, Frog Eye Sprites,
Austin Healey 100, 100/4, 100/6, 3000 and Mk2 and Mk3. Ralph Haywood, Mark
Owen, Joe Mackrell, John Tewson, Adrian Ball, Robin Johnson, Kevin Rowe,
Simon Leeming, Richard Pugh, Paul Baker, Murray Wakeham, Lyn Wheadon,
Lindsey Summers, Richard Summers, James Pugh-Lewis, Trish Cecile-Pritchard,
Claire Giles, Huw Edwards, Pat Cooper, Mike Cockayne and Richard Mason
1380cc 1960 Austin Healey Sprite
test video of Goprocamera
This was with a 3.7 rear diff. I'm using a 4.22 now.
This was also with a single HIF6 carb. I'm using 2
HS4 carbs now.
It has a straight cut close ratio gear box.
1961 Bugeye Sprite.wmv
1961 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1 - Bugeye or Frogeye. Very fun car to
drive but also very very small. Handles like a go-cart! Has the "big
block" 1275 engine and smooth case trans still alive and shifting after 50
years. Headers and straight pipe make some good old time sports car
Austin Healey 3000 Rally car - Road test - HD - Great sound!
Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car
In the 1960's car manufacturers proved the durability of their products,
not by offering
7 year warranties, but by entering officially organised long distance, road
based driving competitions against rival manufacturers. These International
events called Rallies caught the imagination of the public and became
annual fixtures. Lasting for several days, over thousands of kilometres, on
rough roads and inhospitable environments, it was a good way to prove new
The British Motor Corporation (BMC) realised that the Austin Healey, in
particular the 3000 model, could be the basis for a winning car. They
developed it into a world beater and became very organised, employing the
best UK and controversially for the time, Scandinavian Drivers.
The most impressive victory, was the gruelling 1960 Liege-Rome-Liege won
by an all female crew, with Pat Moss (Stirling's sister) driving and Anne
The effort was truly heroic and the girls overcame hallucinations caused
by sleep deprivation, while still managing to drive flat out. At the time,
the very thought of the so called gentler sex, beating all the best male
drivers in the world was an unprecedented achievement and did much to
uplift the image of 'women drivers' everywhere.
The 2912cc works spec engine, typically runs triple 45DCOE Weber
carburetors, a 300 degree cam and a full race alloy head. Outputs are
typically between 200 and 300 bhp. The output varies with the compression
ratio and the choice of carburettor choke diameters, dependant on whether
you want low down grunt for rallying or top end for racing. This car is a
rally car and will accelerate to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds and can almost
The Achilles' Heel of the Big Healey, was cockpit heat (from the set back
engine) and a lack of ground clearance. This car has the works 'in door' or
'sill mounted' Exhaust to get the Exhaust pipes out from under the car..
The gearbox is a straight cut 4 speed, with overdrive (a sort of ratio
extender) on 3rd and 4th, giving 6 ratios. In this car, like the works
machines, the overdrive switch is ideally mounted on the gear lever.
Fuel consumption averages around 14mpg, dropping to around 7mpg when
pressing on. A long range 18 gallon works style fuel tank is therefore a
Prescott Hill Climb May 2009
Three 'lads' from Top Garage Bromyard tackle the Prescott Hill Climb 24th
May 2009. Top Garage, Bromyard offers a full service on restoration and
race prep for a wide range of classics, particularly Healy's