SOLD Works Le Mans Austin-Healey Sprite

Now sold and on it’s way to a new home at Oldtimer Galarie Rosenau in Germany.

This aluminium bodied Austin-Healey Sprite was built in 1966 for that seasons big endurance races. It competed in the Sebring 12hour race with Timo Makinen and Paul Hawkins and later at Le Mans with Andrew Hedges and Paddy Hopkirk at the wheel. In 1970 the car competed in the Daytona 24hr with a privateer. Currently running a wet sump 1293cc engine the car still has its original dry sump unit in storage. It is seen here sitting on its original magnesium racing wheels which are too fragile for racing today but a set of Minilites suitable for racing are included. In recent years the car has competed at premier historic events including Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and at Sebring. The car has full current HTP papers and has it’s original UK registration number. Please inquire for more details.

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HRDC Spa Summer Classic

Another wet but eventful weekend of HRDC racing. Shaun and I made the journey with Ian Burford’s “Lumbertubs” and Jim Prentice’s Le Mans Sprite. We arrived Thursday afternoon just in time for Ian to make the last practice session which happened to be dry and sunny. By Friday morning qualifying the whole place was soaked which unfortunately led to Tubby spinning and hitting a wall. Ian thought it was the end of his weekend but Shaun and I worked flat out to get the car rebuilt for Saturday’s race. We had to beg and borrow to get the bits we needed and had to patch the bonnet up with bits of old barbecue, rivets and zip ties but we got there in the end and Tubby managed to finish the race. Jim Prentice had a less eventful weekend but but in a very solid drive in the wet with consistent times to finish 3rd in his class. Well done to all involved and to Julius Thurgood for putting on another cracking race.