Way back in February of 2014, Alan and our Bugeye Hazel (shown at left) arrived home in Cumming, Georgia, about 24 hours after they left our shop in Branford, CT. That’s Alan and Hazel in front of their home garage after the journey. Alan stands remarkably erect after about 20 almost straight hours in a Bugeye driver’s seat.
He put 955 miles on his maiden voyage in his new Bugeye, drove through the night, slept three hours, and was back at it all day the following day. He encountered sunny skies and 14 degrees during the morning of his departure, and snow and rain that same afternoon, including heavy wet snow south of Charlotte, which clogged-up the Bugeye wipers and filled the lip at the top of the windshield with snow. He drove into warmer air as he crossed into Georgia and completed his trip without incident.
If you had watched the weather channel at that time, you probably wouldn’t have left the house in the Atlanta area, and a lot of you who have been following this journey reported that the snow was falling all around Alan’s destination. And yet Alan soldiered on, with his 1960 vehicle which was built long before the weather channel even existed. (It does sound like he was lucky to make it home before the next wave of snow began to fall!)
We are very proud to report that we passed this extreme weather reliability test and made a Bugeye that was up to the task. Alan did invest in a great car for this trip, allowing us to proactively replace any part of the car that we felt wasn’t up to the journey. Our experience with reliability-paid off. (Don’t try this with your average online Bugeye).
Thank you Alan for showing us all the true potential of these wonderful little cars. And thank you also for sharing your adventurous spirit and inspiring us all!