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    Austin-Healey’s and the Austin Healey Car Club of NZ and Others

    update May 2016 .
    As can be seen this thread has developed into the
    " Austin-Healey’s and the Austin Healey Car Club of NZ and Others ", as better represents the content and have many more Healey related photos.
    Appreciate the input from others
    . Any contributions, copies of brochures, photos of Healey's or Healey related, are most welcome.. thanks for any contributions ..

    The Le Mans Relay Races 1982 83 and on :
    I am trying to gather information on these events held in February 1982 and 1983 [ I competed in 1983 ], the events were organised by Jaguar Drivers, initially - from what I have learn't and then Porsche Club.

    Does anyone have results from particularly the 1982 and 1983 events.

    I have approached the Jaguar Drivers Club and they have a VHS tape of the 1983 event, which I am hopefully getting on DVD at some stage, via the JDC. regret to say that did not happen

    Any information would be appreciated, Private message me and I will give my E-mail address.

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    copy of the program attached
    Roger

    Have edited the Post to now include the Austin Healey Car Club Maioro Road, Otaua, Hillclimbs of the 1982 - 1990 with photos from 1985, 1988 and some other years.
    They were held near Waiuku in Franklin County, one of the most supportive Councils for motor racing, with Pukekohe Race Track and numerous Hillclimbs and Rally Stages being run there
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    Sure i did a couple of those,once in a Scimitar and again in my 998 Mini Cooper,seem to remember you had to do a "Dummy" plug change,and wasent an armband involved. Seem to remember the 240Z guys with Japanese headbands "Banzai"or Kamakaze on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross Hollings View Post
    Sure i did a couple of those,once in a Scimitar and again in my 998 Mini Cooper,seem to remember you had to do a "Dummy" plug change,and wasent an armband involved. Seem to remember the 240Z guys with Japanese headbands "Banzai"or Kamakaze on them.
    Ross, yes dummy plug change, wheel change and top up oil, the Z Guys were entered [ two teams of four ] in 1983, too .. and there was a Team of 4 Scimitars that year

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    I wonder if the JDC would mind if you put it on Youtube? I can see Dad's name on the Scimitar team and I'm sure he'd love to watch it for old times' sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Wilkinson View Post
    I wonder if the JDC would mind if you put it on Youtube? I can see Dad's name on the Scimitar team and I'm sure he'd love to watch it for old times' sake.
    Paul, Hi,
    Waiting to hear about the " Video ", currently in VHS format, I have asked to have it put on DVD, and will then try to post to TRS
    as a U-tube item, no idea how long it will be.

    One of the photos I have ;

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    By any chance would your father Keith, have any information on it, an old magazine.. see he was car 211, I was car 73, they put each team at increments of ten, first team had car one, second team car 11 - Eleven, 22 four car teams in all. there are some great names in the entries

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    If he does have any pictures it's likely to be just him and a couple of mates leaning on his car. He doesn't really have any pictures of back then. I'll ask though.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Wilkinson View Post
    If he does have any pictures it's likely to be just him and a couple of mates leaning on his car. He doesn't really have any pictures of back then. I'll ask though.....
    Looked at your posts and just behind the Healeys is a Lotus Seven, - Steel Bros type, the car in yellow.. would have been one of three, later models,
    No #185, 1978 Bob Harmon, # 223 1977 Rowan Shatgy, or # 225 1980 Murray Walker, the only other seven was a 1961 model of Dennis Ganley # 181
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    I think my car was raced in this event at least once in later years. It's a shame, the number of photos, programmes and videos mouldering away in peoples collections, often forgotten, that other people would really like to see. This site is great for helping at least some of them see the light of day. Someone needs to catalogue it all though as it is part of our history.

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    The Program and Entrants.
    Le Mans Classic Relay Race 1983 - Pukekohe - Saturday, February 26th, 1983, Organised by Jaguar Drivers Club NZ.

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    Hope you can read the names, had an issue resizing the program -
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    Scenes from the Austin Healey Car Club pits.

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    Some more ;

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    and more ;

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    Wheel change - Frank Karl's Purple Healey - well known in classic racing circles in the 80's.

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    The Team - a lot of them at the finish, Beers out already.

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    The above photos, all by John Dowding, who provide the Ford Falcon service transport too !!.
    Thanks John.
    PS John is the son of Eddie Dowding from Northern Sports Car Club - the early years thread.
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    Thanks for the extra info on the entry-list. I think my car was there, being driven by Rex Nalder. Hopefully you'll be able to put the video on Youtube!

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    Interesting! As I arrived in NZ January 1983, this was one of the first events I ever attended in NZ. I was at a small meeting today and no less than three of those in that entry list were there - and had he not been at Laguna Seca, there would have been 4.

    The sad thing is that as many of these older cars have increased in value, it is now too risky to race them - notwithstanding rules regarding roll cages etc.

    Part of a golden age when they could round up so many Morgans, Austin Healeys and Daimler SP250s.

    When TACCOC took over the Le Mans, I remember Marsden Robinson's hilarious team manager's meeting. At that meeting, we were miffed that our team of MG's all had steel wheels and 4 wheel nuts whereas the other MG team had wire wheels and could do the compulsory pit stop and wheel change so much quicker! Lots of fun though.

    Frank Karl's Healey has been green for a few years now and we had some great dices at the McLaren Festival, somewhere near the tail end of the Sports GT grid.
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    It's interesting isn't it, many of those cars were only 15 or so years old. What I assume is my car was only 5 years old and was in the TACCOC team. We seem to have fixed a certain date in our head as to what constitutes a classic. The same meeting today should, by rights, be made up of cars from around the year 2000 with some from as recently as 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross Hollings View Post
    Sure i did a couple of those,once in a Scimitar and again in my 998 Mini Cooper,seem to remember you had to do a "Dummy" plug change,and wasent an armband involved. Seem to remember the 240Z guys with Japanese headbands "Banzai"or Kamakaze on them.
    the armband change with myself fitting the band to Barry Moon's arm. Barry was a serious peddler of a Mark two Escort in the 1970's

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    Rodger-Barry Moon has just retired from his Upholstery business.
    His red MK2 Escort he sold to the Golden Card sponsored racer Hilly Hill, who runs it at Historic meetings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Wilkinson View Post
    It's interesting isn't it, many of those cars were only 15 or so years old. What I assume is my car was only 5 years old and was in the TACCOC team. We seem to have fixed a certain date in our head as to what constitutes a classic. The same meeting today should, by rights, be made up of cars from around the year 2000 with some from as recently as 2010.
    Good point and one that is lost with some campaigners of older machinery. When I said we'd allow in 1996 MGF's and equivalents, some people were appalled, claiming we'd be overrun with 'modern' cars. We haven't been, but at least our numbers are holding up well, though the proportion of slightly newer classics increases each year.

    You can't wander the scrapyards and breakers now to keep genuinely old cars on the road at a reasonable cost.

    If we don't move forward, we die. What the H & C Commission have never fully addressed, is not what constitutes a classic, but what constitutes a thoroughbred. So having a set of 'T & C' rules that doesn't actually cover Thoroughbreds at all, is something that needs addressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John McKechnie View Post
    Rodger-Barry Moon has just retired from his Upholstery business.
    His red MK2 Escort he sold to the Golden Card sponsored racer Hilly Hill, who runs it at Historic meetings
    John, Thanks for the info, didn't realise his Escort was still around, I had heard that Barry retired, He tried to sell the business to Cameron McKay who is one of the Red Healeys in this thread, Cameron was a near neighbour of mine in late 70's and a friend, Barry was/is a great Guy, we travelled together to a Healey Club National Rally meeting at Masterton in 1987, in his 3000 at the time, as my Hundred 4 car # 73 in the thread was unreliable.
    I sold my Healey in 1995 to Lance Elliott and Panelbeater of some note, who has restored many of the Historic Midget cars. I understand my Healey was restored too!!, It needed it, was unoriginal in a number of places, Front Brakes and Suspension in particular were from an Austin A50 Cambridge, had bigger brakes on the back than the front.. scary !!

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