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Hagerty Employee

Barn-find Austin-Healey is back on the road thanks to family and elbow grease

I was in High Point, North Carolina, visiting my brother at his office, and this car was sitting at a salvage yard nearby, up front, behind a fence. It caught my attention because it had numbers on the door-a race car-but I had no idea what it was.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/member-stories/barn-find-austin-healey-is-back-on-the-road-thanks-to-f...
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JGeske
Instructor

First off, what an awesome tale of working with family on a car. Reminds me of the several years my uncle and I spent restoring an old 5 window Chevy truck.

Second, I am slightly disappointed that you missed the opportunity for a Vin Diesel/F&F joke about family with the title of this piece.
Motorpsycho
Intermediate Driver

I, too, have a weakness for stray racecars...I have dragged home a couple, and wistfully wished I could have saved many others. (Thankfully, I dont have space for more, or my yard would look like a wrecking yard.)
Due to advancing age and a motorcyle wreck, my racing and wrenching days are over. Now I have to release a couple old racecars into the wild myself. A 1964 Aurodynamics FV and a semi race prepped 78 Mazda GLC, sitting forelorn but not forgotten in my race trailer.
I will miss them, but as the author illustrates, another lucky soul will have the opportunity to start the cycle anew.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Very cool story. Love the "barn" story.
GLaing
Intermediate Driver

How do I love this story!! It made me smile all the way through. Thanks much for **bleep** job!
Sajeev
Community Manager

You aren't the only person having a problem here, we are looking into it! 

GLaing
Intermediate Driver

I don’t know why it said “bleep”. I said “congratulations on a great restoration job”
Air_and_Water
Instructor

What a great story! I'm really envious. Not only would I like to build a Spridget, but I would love for my kids to be involved with a build, but sadly that seems just about impossible. I keep trying to engage their enthusiasm, but it falls on deaf ears. 😞
GC
Intermediate Driver

That's a great story! I've always had a soft spot for Sprites.
Many years ago, I bought a Bugeye Sprite that turned out to have a hopelessly rusted out chassis. On the advice of a friend I searched for and found an unrusted ex race car with the intent of transferring all the good parts from my Sprite to the race car chassis to make a good street car -- sort of your project in reverse! Turned out to be a bigger project than I imagined, as race cars have all sorts of things done to them that I hadn't thought of at the time, so most of my time was spent fixing the race car chassis before I could begin transferring parts. In the end, I ran out of enthusiasm for the project and sold everthing to a guy that wanted to finish it. Still love those Sprites, though.