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    From a magazine titled New Book of Motorsports published in 1975 or '76. Don't know who or where except that it is from Australia.

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    Having checked with Carol, I've confirmed that this is "Erg's Friend"...

    A very early appearance of Peter Hopwood at Amaroo Park, he doesn't look too fazed about locking it all up heading into Honda Corner.

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    Which leads me to wonder if the picture I posted earlier...



    ...is actually 'Erg' with numberplates removed.

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    Monterey - on the Corkscrew ..

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    From a booklet celebrating 25 years of the Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

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    Thanks Milan a great photo - sat there for much of the 3 days we were there in 1982 for the Ninth Historics - this would be just a Sports Car Race - with current racers .. captions says " for more than 30 years ". was 36 and a few months since I was there ..

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    Brit & Euro gathering 3 March 2019 - some " borrowed " pictures

    A great gathering of cars by all reports and quite a good group of Austin Healey's.

    Here are a selection - from John Vevers [ an Austin 3 Litre and BMC Man ] as well as the Brit Euro's own photographer. " Classic Driver Magazine " were there too !! have to find their photos..

    Russell Ness - 3000 Rally Replica - built up by Andrew Shrimpton a few years ago [ Car was / is ? for sale at Caffeine and Classics - a weekend ago ]
    Think the Valiant Healey at the other end of the line

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    Brit Euro pic

    Brenton Lee 100 SIX and some 3000's might be BMC BOY's BN7 at the other end ?? must check. John Vevers photo.

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    A 100 SIX
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    Carjam tells us this
    " Year: 1957
    Make: AUSTIN
    Model: HEALEY
    Colour: Blue
    Second Colour: White
    Body Style: Saloon
    Plate: AS1250
    Engine No: 30245
    Chassis: RN4030245 "
    Chassis would be BN4 not RN4, 100 SIX were BN4 and BN6 designation - later cars having a better cylinder head and inlet manifolds ..
    Brit Euro pic

    3000 - [ My Bad it is a 100 SIX - see below ]
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    " Year: 1959
    Make: AUSTIN
    Model: HEALEY
    Colour: Blue
    Second Colour: Cream
    Body Style: Sports Car
    Plate: BREEZI
    Engine No: 26DRH58125
    Chassis: BN4L058125 "
    a left hand drive car when built ..as noted here
    " Plates History

    Plate Effective Date
    BREEZI 11-Mar-1994
    PM7025 31-Oct-1990
    Registration

    Registration Status: Get Full CarJam Report
    Plate: BREEZI
    Plate Type: Personalised
    Origin: Import from USA
    Used as: Private Passenger vehicle
    Cause of Latest Registration: Used
    NZ First Registration: 31-Oct-1990
    NZ Last Registration: Get Full CarJam Report
    Was Registered Overseas? Yes
    Registered previously in: USA
    First Overseas Registration: 1959 "
    Brit Euro pic

    Not the Brit & Euro but the " Intermarque Concours " a week or two ago - the Valiant Healey - Mark Donaldson photo - supplied by Allan Horner, who races a Sprite in the " Classic trial"series at Hampton Downs and Pukekohe.
    Allan is having a tough time at the moment with his health. I wish him well.
    Car was recently restored by Grant Mackenzie, after the attempt a few years ago by Phil Mules to put a V8 in it.
    Phil lives on the Gold Coast - or did back in 2017 when we were last in contact.
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    Otaua Hillclimb this Sunday, also organised by the MGCC - VCC invited, so I might just amble down early. Well done to Darryl of the MGCC and his team for both events.

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    MGCC Otaua Hillclimb - Sunday 10th March

    Quote Originally Posted by ERC View Post
    Otaua Hillclimb this Sunday, also organised by the MGCC - VCC invited, so I might just amble down early. Well done to Darryl of the MGCC and his team for both events.
    ERC thanks for putting that on this thread, great that MGCC have continued the event since 1990.
    Will be good to have more Historic / Classic / Vintage cars at the event with the VCC being invited.
    On this Road :

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    Enjoy the day .. hopefully the " Long Drop " is in place half way up the Hill on the left - Reg " of Waiuku " - Reg Whittaker used to organise that for the Austin Healey Car Club. Last saw Reg in November 2017 at Chelsea Walsh - what is now known as the last running of that event

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    Chris Watson in his TR5 passing the " Long Drop " 1985 !!..

    Unfortunate clash of events as is my Wedding Anniversary .. maybe 2020 will work !!.

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    " Unfortunate clash of events as is my Wedding Anniversary .. maybe 2020 will work !!. "

    Bought Flowers and a nice small bottle of wine .. still will be at home .. so ..

    Otaua tomorrow 10 March 2019 .. the MGCC event.
    An Austin Healey on that Hill at Otaua - Phil Mules back in the 1980's with a scenic background ..
    This was the first corner just after the downhill start - great for older cars which are now very old .. as another 30 years on !!
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    Ray [ ERC ] Green, is it still like this ..??

    Cheers

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    Testa Verdi or Testa Rossa - hope my Italian is OK

    An AH 100 back in the 1980's mine - Old head Green, New head Red .. ID 9873 which became LX 100

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    The car had a bit of Chrome in the engine compartment - as did my Sprite owned in the mid 1970's.

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    A Sprite but not as you know it !!

    Had two Bug-eye /Frog-eye Cars .. nothing like this though !!

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    Think - Basically Stock - is a Hot Rod term ..

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    Do you have a set of these on your car Roger?

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    Number Plate " Frames and Plates " ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Milan Fistonic View Post
    Do you have a set of these on your car Roger?

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    Sadly No Milan - we didn't have them when I belonged, Had the T-shirts, and Caps, but no plate frames ..

    I do have this number plate though !!

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    Given to me by the late John Wilson from Oregon, when he visited New Zealand for the second in 1988,from the Oregon Healey Club..

    Cheers Milan ..

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    Fred Losee [ Loose ]100S - Chassis number AHS3802 .....

    - Tried to post this earlier but it all went @#$%^ .. Grrrr ..

    The Fred Losee [ Loose ] 100s at Balclutha in 1963, Fred was an American working in the South Island late 50's early 1960's- the car returned to the USA with Fred .. am unsure of the chassis number AHS .... ?? .. have been informed AHS3802, both it and AHS3803 were supplied to Royston Distributors in the USA in April 1955 - have located another [ later ] picture of the car - posting separately

    the photos from Allan Dick archives ..

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    Comment by Michael Charles Salter - Mike Salter that I met in the USA in 1982, from Canada ? .. he knew the car and was / is an AH Specialist Repairer and parts Guy [ or was ].

    quote " I watched Fred Loose race his 100S at the Dunedin Festival Road Races in 1957 (I believe). Ross Jensen was racing their 100S at the same event. I have since had the honour of driving the ex Loose 100S since it was restored by Fourintune many, many years later. "
    Mike uses the " U " in honour so must be a " Canadian Eh " !! [ an American /Canadian note - Ken H ]

    Knew of " Fourintune "- have a business card somewhere ..

    The mention of the Ross Jensen Car AHS 3908 - the car still in NZ here a montage of photos of Ross with the car..

    Photos also from Allan Dick archives,were part of his article on the car in NZ Classic Driver - issue #70
    back in Jan - Feb 2017.

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    A photo of the Jensen Car [ bottom left ] - also fitted with a full windscreen, not an Aero or low screen ..this is after Ross had the car. [ ref 11 ]

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    another page of the article the next page [ ref 12 ]

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    and the last page ..[ref 13 ]

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    Will post the whole story if you would like Gentlemen .. as now two years since published and am sure Allan Dick would not be concerned..
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    AHS3802 the Fred Losee car

    Photo of the car from 1992 - not good quality - thanks to Clas Arleskar for the image.

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    Just a mix of Healey pics - with apologies to ERC for stealing his line !!

    The Bill Dunster car in 1966 - became BMC Boys in 1973 !!

    Levin 1966..

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    The Healey - Corvette Skope 2019 - Interesting has had a change of Carburetor as in Allan Dick's article on the car [ NZ Classic car issue #63 ] was sporting twin Holley's with small Edelbrock pancake aircleaners in 2015

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    Nothing specific to A - Healey, but a petrol brand in NZ in the 1930's - 1960's - became Mobil -with Pegasus the Horse logo !!
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    I remember seeing Plume signs at servos when I was a kid...

    So many old brands then. Atlantic (Esso), COR (BP), Texaco (Caltex), often several at the same 'independent' servo.

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    PLUME and other Petrols

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell View Post
    I remember seeing Plume signs at servos when I was a kid...

    So many old brands then. Atlantic (Esso), COR (BP), Texaco (Caltex), often several at the same 'independent' servo.
    We in NZ had Plume, Big Tree, Caltex, Atlantic, Shell, BP and of course that NZ icon " Europa " - owned by the Todd family who imported and later assembled Rootes Group cars - then Mitsubishi and others.

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    and another Plume sign - more modern.. the metal sign I got from my Father - in - law

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    and more modern again

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    The sign of the Flying Red Horse...

    The jingle about that accompanied the famous TV show, Highway Patrol, on Australian television.

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    Snowmass - July 1982 the memories

    Quote Originally Posted by khyndart in CA View Post
    Roger & Ross,
    Thanks so much for these.
    I will be sharing these with Eric etc. They are very much appreciated and thanks for all the effort to present them so well after almost
    35 yrs. Well done.

    Ken H.
    Re-reading Kens comment as have added a bit more to the posts on the USA trip back in 2016 - a few more people identified and car details corrected.

    The Trip was because of these cars ; a group of Books by the " Healey Boys " Father and Son.

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    Have also got out the magazine " Vintage Racer "as going to scan and send pages to the Guy who has built replica of the 1950 Cunningham Cadillacs and see Hans Nohr is one of the photographers who pics are in the magazine at Laguna Seca in August 1981, the year before BMC BOY and others did the AH trip and West Coast tour.
    Bringing back great memories - and have got back in touch with quite a few of the people from that time in the USA.

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    Roger...will you be at Taupo April 27,28 for the last Historic race meeting of the season Dennis Marwood Classic- usual suspects running..HSS,HMC,HSC . and others.

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