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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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    The thread includes other Healey Cars as well Pre Austin Healey - hence the note
    - " covers Healeys in general ### 47 "

    Please Note ; This thread is not an Official " Austin Healey Car Club of New Zealand " publication - but my own story - however much information does come from AHCCNZ sources - with thanks to Mark Donaldson - founder, First President in 1972 and now the current President. Mark has a huge archive on things Austin Healey and just Healey..
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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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    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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    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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    Some more ;
    Myself in my 1955 100.

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    Ross Osborne - a pit stop [ not the changeover ]
    The lady in the " white " overalls is Phil Ganley, was married to Dennis Ganley [ Howdens brother ] of the famous Ganley racing family, Dennis and Howdens father was a serious competitor in the 1950's

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    Cameron Mackay 3000 in the helmet, with Phil and another Healey Club lady
    myself - yellow T shirt and Adrian Rhodens assisting in the pit stop - Adrian and Phil both ran Bugeye's in the event.
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    and more ;

    Tay Urlwin in the 100 M Spec.
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    Team Manager Lyle Chambers talking to Tay
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    Ross Osborne 100 Six - The photographer John Dowding provided our support vehicle to Ford Falcon Van from his employer at the time - he was the sales and delivery Boy..
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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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    Scenes from the Austin Healey Car Club pits.

    Frank Karl and that " Purple " 3000 both needing refuelling ??
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    Barry Moon the two tone 100 and Ross Osborne with his 100/6 the changeover.
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    Another shot of the same two
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ERC View Post
    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.
    ERC, I know what you mean, my 100/4 # 73 had been modified and ran Hotwire Mag wheels, 4 stud, so the same slow wheel change. for the Plug change we all had fitted under the bonnet a bracket that had a " Spark Plug " in a threaded mounting, so you didn't break a plug on the car. Rules are a guideline, i am sure.. use of lower case i. OK. ..

    Frank's Healey, ran at Ohakea Reunion, was there, way back when, thinking 1982 !, he at one time ran a F5000, that was a recreation by Race R/X, Andy Culpin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Frank's Healey, ran at Ohakea Reunion, was there, way back when, thinking 1981, he at one time ran a F5000, that was a recreation by Race R/X, Andy Culpin.
    The RFX5000.

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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 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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    Didn't Lance Elliott race Minis? He resprayed my Allegro Equipe that got scuffed during the shipping to NZ.

    Barry Moon raced in the ERC Series with his Escort and as is often the case, I got him to recover some household upholstery. Last saw him at the January Festival.

    Frank Karl retired from Air NZ earlier this year and I think the Healey was being refreshed by RaceFX when I last called in.

    I think Rob Douglas still owns his Daimler SP250.

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    AHCCNZ Classic Hillclimb Otaua, nr Waiuku, South Auckland, New Zealand.

    In 1982 the Austin Healey Car Club of New Zealand, organised its first Hill Climb, the event at Otaua, which the club ran annually until 1990. the MG Car Club took over the event and I am unsure if it still runs.
    Reg Whittaker a local Waiuku guy, initial R O W, was known in the AHCC as " Reg of Waiuku ", was a local school teacher and had lived in the area all of his life, he knew the locals and was able to get consent from those effected by the event.
    After each run the road was opened so locals could come and go from their properties, then closed for the next run.
    The local Tavern provide the Scrutineering area in the car park, as before opening time 7;30 a.m on, and was the site of the prizegiving and story telling.

    I have photos from several years of the event, some undated, and was involved as competitor in 1983, Marshall most other years and organiser of permits Road Closure etc for the last few years, 1988 - 1990. R O W was always helping, as did his brother Bruce and the members of the AHCC including Ross Cammick.

    Was going to start a new thread, but thought as It is AHCC related would start here.
    just a few shots to begin - years unknown.

    Healey in front is the Clerk of Course car - Peter Nelligan who now lives in Wellington NZ and he and Diane still have the car [ update Nov 2019 ]
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    On the road by the start
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    A beautiful Lotus -*** the Eleven X1 - rebuilt / restored by Peter Bruin - car is ex the Ganley family Father Jim, sons Howden and Dennis who also ran a Jarvie bodied Ford 10 Special .. the car now back with the Ganley family in its 1960's Ganley livery
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    Whose is it, What is it ??
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    John Wigston's single seater is a well known car - comments required.
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    There are some 70-100 photos to follow as I get them sorted.

    These may a bit smaller than TRS can take - may have to upsize just like Macca's !!
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    Roger, the Otaua Hill Climb is alive and well, and has been for at least the last 15 years I've been a member of the MGCC. The MGCC ( Auckland ) still organise and run it, in fact the 2015 edition was run just a couple of weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAFA View Post
    Roger, the Otaua Hill Climb is alive and well, and has been for at least the last 15 years I've been a member of the MGCC. The MGCC ( Auckland ) still organise and run it, in fact the 2015 edition was run just a couple of weeks ago.
    JAFA, that is great to hear, we the AHCCNZ, passed on all our files on the Hill Climb when MGCC asked to take it over, we were too small to run it after a while and from memory the Club committee was changing and became based in Wellington with only a regional rep in Auckland, Les Meggett, who was Clerk of the Course for a number of the years, the latter ones 1986 - 1990, I think.

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    Eligibility of entries

    Quote Originally Posted by JAFA View Post
    Roger, the Otaua Hill Climb is alive and well, and has been for at least the last 15 years I've been a member of the MGCC. The MGCC ( Auckland ) still organise and run it, in fact the 2015 edition was run just a couple of weeks ago.
    Must mention the " Eligibilty " of the vehicles that could compete, it was based around Classic Sports as the Healeys were, and allowed saloons of Classic status but a very important part of the acceptance was a clause that said,
    " any vehicle acceptable to the organisers "
    , hence vintage " the BSA " and single seaters that were not road registered, John Wigstons car and a couple of others that did compete.
    Was a big event to organise for a club that was largely social and not into competitive events, they ran Gymkhana's in the early days with kids as passengers, a bit like Vintage Clubs did, then a few got the racing / competing bug and moved into those events, the Hill Climb the Le mans relay races etc..

    Not sure what the rules are these days.

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    AHCCNZ Classic Hillclimb Otaua, 1983 the Results

    Quote Originally Posted by JAFA View Post
    Roger, the Otaua Hill Climb is alive and well, and has been for at least the last 15 years I've been a member of the MGCC. The MGCC ( Auckland ) still organise and run it, in fact the 2015 edition was run just a couple of weeks ago.
    Finally have a copy of the results of the 1983 event, the only year I raced in my Healey 100/4..
    I may have actually typed them up,so long ago !! as we sent them to all competing clubs after the event
    These were sent to me by Stuart Short, whose Dad Jim Short got FTD that day.. Jim advised was the second running of the event .. other years including 1982, and 1984 - 1990 I was involved as a Marshall, when most of my photos were taken or in the last 3 or so years Organiser [ arrange the permit with Franklin County, while Reg Whittaker would speak with the locals on Maioro Rod,being the local School Teacher, and living in the next road Bothwell Park Rd, he knew them all, Reg also arranged for the " Long Drop " toilet that features in some photos.

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    Have a photo of Jim Short in the Porsche from Stuart, must find it

    Just noticed the incorrect spelling of Healey at the top of the results .. grrr ..
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