Lakeland Raceway was a drag strip and oval track in Florida that resourceful road racing enthusiasts turned into a road course with the help of access roads. The Garage regular Lou Galanos took this shot in the mid Seventies. It looks like the sports racer has just outbraked the Spridget. That era was known for the ingenuity and inventiveness of racers, so I would be curious to know what the idea was behind the two upright posts and cross bar behind the windshield.
The Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget twins have long been known as Spridgets. From it’s beginning as the Bugeye (frogeye in the UK) in 1958 all the way until the rubber bumper cars of the Eighties, the Spridget has been a favourite of Brit car fans and road racers all over the world. Here in The Garage, Grandpa Bud began his racing career in a Bugeye. He was actually the first ever Ontario Sports Car Racing Champion, winning the Alitalia Trophy driving none other than a Mk II Sprite, way back in 1967. I even made an aborted attempt to restore a 72 Spridget in the late Eighties. I gave up, vowing one day to buy an H-Production Sprite some day. I still don’t have one.