There is no need to be afraid of a transmission with a non-synchro first gear, as long as you understand the basics. I’ve been using the same gearbox in Gumby since 1979, and it still works great. These boxes are trouble free as long as you use them properly and perform routine maintenance.
I frequently explain these basics to new Bugeye owners, so I made this brief video to help those who are unfamiliar develop mastery. If you’re a Bugeye owner, have your friends watch this video before they drive your car! Happy shifting!