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    AH no ! AM or NM ??- tenuous connection to Healey but a connection to Austin and Nash

    there were two NM [ AM's ] at C and C in June - different ones to those that have been before that I have seen.
    The Left Hand Drive a restoration project was for sale - all there but scruffy [ a bit like a certain MX5 I know of ].

    Anyway the photos .. and RHD and an LHD .. are they Austin or Nash ?

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    I read up on this a while back...

    I think they were built by Austin at a separate plant to the A40s from which they got their mechanicals.

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    A works 3000 SMO746 and a big accident in 1960

    A couple of photos posted on the BMC Competitions Dept facebook page.
    Pat Moss had an off during a Rally.

    Information from a Peter Scott " This, I believe, is SMO 746 and on the 11.4 km Solutude race track near Stuttgart on the 1960 Lyons-Charbonnieres Rally. It was driver only with the cars starting at 5 second intervals. Pat had caught and passed all the cars in her class including a number of Porsches and this was the Glemseck, a long open hairpin and the last corner before the finish. She lost control and hit the barrier of railway sleepers, one of which went through where the passenger would have been. The car then rolled. Pat was trapped but future husband Erik Carlsson was watching from the finish line cafe and rushed to the car, ripped off the sidescreen, and pulled Pat out, little the worse for wear. Apparently a brandy, supplied by the Mercedes team, ensured full recovery. "

    Must have a look in the Bill Price book " The BMC/BL Competitions Dept " history to find out more.
    Photos posted by Sal Paul

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    Is this [ this is ] how it looked in later life photo from Joe Armour's archives
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    The Book

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    a bit more on the story - apparently there are details in Pat Moss' own book which I do not have.
    This from Tom Coulthard - " Bill Price relates that though this car was SMO 746 it carried SMO 745’s plates (the 5 is just visible in the front shot); 745, the car identified in the entry, had been in an accident just before the rally, so the mechanics did an all-nighter to prepare 746 in its place and swap identities. Both cars were repaired, 745 for Pat Moss to drive on the Geneva Rally the following month (April), 746 for John Gott on the Alpine in June. "
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    Did they run the event in the opposite direction to normal?

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    Roger,
    I may have done this one already, but I liked how BMC used racing for their marketing.
    October 1959.

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    (Ken H)

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    Google Earth says they've done some earthmoving at the location of the pic on the lower left, Ken...


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    Great piece of Advertising and BMC / A H History Ken H,
    Thanks.
    Ray Bell - about the Pat Moss/Carlsson accident- I do not know -must read up the Bill Price book
    - then need to get hold of the Pat Moss story / biography

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    Sprite - a restoration .. by a TRS member

    Before - just stripped of parts - lights etc.

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    some time later - all stripped back

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    The car is progressing well - more to come.

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    SMO 746 when run by John Gott - Mallory Park 1970

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    That looks mean!

    Very tastefully mean, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell View Post
    Has this page every crossed your bows, Roger?

    http://www.acmefluid.com.au/larry/specials.html
    Ray Bell,

    That is great - I knew about a Ghia Aigle based on a Sprite, not the 100 based one, the Ward Special [ have posted photos on the forum ] and the Green Hundred with the Pininfarina sharp edged body styling.
    The others I did not know about.
    Thanks for posting. Must do some more looking

    Cheers
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    Austin Healey Sprite - a Bug - Frog-eye from 2000.

    Among the magazines that ERC gave me is this a 1999/2000 restoration of a Bug-eye Sprite.
    as we know " Faminz " from TRS is doing one at the moment - a couple of his pics posted above.

    The article from February 2000 issue of " New Zealand Classic Car ".

    The cover

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    The article

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    says P 2-3 should be P 3 - 4.
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    Pages 5 - 6
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    Page 7 and the Ads beside
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    I believe this concludes with Roger climbing out of the pool in the mid Sixties !





    Ken H

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    Ken H, Wow and I wish, one for the AH 3000 Mk11, two for the lady and three for the flash hotel, - et al ..

    Cheers
    Roger

    PS when the clip finishes the next one up is the song " in the Air " from a Kiwi group called L A B - and I think it is a great song ..

    R

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    Don't you know?

    Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell View Post
    Don't you know?

    Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray...
    Mmmm, but some ashtrays are better than others

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    This is nearer to my take on the matter:



    This poster was used by the Health Department in Canberra around 1980. I once had a copy, very well done.
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    Brilliant ad! Having grown up where John Player/Imperial Tobacco were one of the top 3 employers in the area, that first drag of a Park Drive at the age of 9 (Park Drive were the 'opposition, but that was what my best buddy had acquired) with a consequent coughing fit, was the last time I ever touched a cigarette!

    Didn't stop me wearing a Marlboro BRM jacket...

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    Some magnificent photos in this article.

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