number: AN5-L/24565 Engine
Body number: BAE/24374
Built 7 October 1959
Shipped to US on 9 October 1959.
I was lucky to find, in San Diego, an Austin
Healey "Bugeye" Sprite with local
racing history. Mr. Tony Garvin from El Cajon,
CA, bought the car new in 1960, and raced it for
ten years in H production class with SCCA. The
photo above was taken in July 1968 at Riverside,
where the owner shared the driving with another
local racer for a 6-hour enduro.
The second owner, Mr. Bob Lewis, won the Castrol
winter Series with the Bugeye in 1971. One year
later, he sold the car to Bob Stapleford, a San
Diego resident. After suitable modifications, Mr.
Stapleford drove it on the street for years. As
part of a full restoration spanning three years,
he returned the Bugeye to its former racing
specifications, and started racing in F
production class with a vintage racing
association (VARA) in 1999.
I bought the car from Mr. Stapleford's widow in
February 2001. Jacques