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    Kevin , my GT6, parked beside the Healey, I didn't quite get the alignment right, but would have been a good look for a Healey !! ..

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    AHCCNZ events - 1987 National Rally at Rotorua a few more pics

    Tried to post these yesterday but it went all wrong.

    Phil Mules Cobra and a line of Healey's
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    Some people shots
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    The Dinner at the Rotorua THC Hotel.
    the menu..
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    AHCCNZ events - 1987 National Rally at Rotorua a last few more pics

    Chris White that 100 M, without windscreen,
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    Radiator repairs, not what you want when a long way from home ..

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    Meanwhile the AGM is held, attention focused on Tony Van de Water, the guy who runs BASIS, the parts supply business for older cars in Renwick.
    The guy at the back in the white jacket and glasses was our International Visitor - Bill Bolton, from Corvallis Oregon USA ..
    Standing at left Phil Mules - now on the Gold Coast Mark Donaldson [ ex President and now President again of AHCCNZ in 2018 on ] and seated at the table North Island Ross Osborne [ not to be confused with Dunedin Ross Osborne ] - others I have forgotten
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    That is all from Rotorua..1987 that is ..
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    AHCCNZ events - 1980 National Rally at Rotorua - back in time

    The 1980 Rally at Rotorua, we held the Rally there quite a number of times in the late 1970's through the 1980's, last one '87, unsure if held there since 1990.
    *** corrected information
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    Ross Cammick's early 3000 a genuine two seater with rear shroud similar to the 100/4's [ no little seat or platform behind the drivers seat.
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    Craig Swift from Wellington and his 3000 beside Des Spillane's 100 [ Craig went the the USA with Ross Cammick and I for the 1982 ; 30th Anniversary of the Austin Healey celebration in Colorado.
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    Les and Shirley Megget's late model 3000 [ now sporting two tone paint but still with the old Rego GM 171, later to be LM 3000, which they still own 40 years later and Craig's 3000.
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    another 3000 think it may have Philip Mules at the time, will have to confer with Mark Donaldson from AHCCNZ
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    *** The White 100 that is in these picture is Des Spillane from Temuka, It is not Chris White's car which he acquired later on and has Reg NE354 .. not BH2270 ..
    I attended in my TR4A, the second time had been to a Healey Rally in a Triumph, done previously in 1976 at New Plymouth. Don't know why we didn't take the Mark 111 Sprite, could have been the time of an engine rebuild.
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    AHCCNZ events - 1980 National Rally at Rotorua some more pics

    Mark Donaldson, " El Presidente " and founder of the AHCCNZ checking his 1956 BN2 100 4 cylinder, which he still has today,
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    The BN2 in company of a couple of Sprites [ HAN7's I think, 1965-67 versions with 1100cc engines and wind up side windows ], and a 3000
    Staying at the Kon Tiki Motel as we did quite a few times.
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    a personalised plate before such things were available and turned into a profit making exercise, you had to request a plate letters and numbers in the 2 letters and up to four number then wait for them to be issued, the H series followed by either 100 or 3000 were popular, [ you had to have a reason to request a plate " damaged " was the best reason - just take to the old plates with a hammer when the news ones arrived and head of to your local Post Office or Transport Dept ] - my flatmate '81-'84 Lyle Chambers, of BSA special fame in the blue jeans and brown shirt

    **** Des Spillane's white 100 in the background, his brother Jim's two tone 3000 in the foreground, Jim doing some cleaning for the Concours' and Chris Whites Sprite background right..
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    From behind a Sprite and a 3000.
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    Open wide, a very tidy AN5 Sprite owned by Chris White and won the Concours - info from Spinaway
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    only a few more to come from 1980 including the Frank Karl in his purple Healey in one of its many guises.
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    AHCCNZ events - 1980 National Rally at Rotorua the last few pics

    Under the bonnet, Ross Cammicks 3000, radiator is angled to accommodate Rack and Pinion Steering I believe, and the car had other mods over the years, especially after Ross travelled to the USA in 1982.
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    Frank Karl's purple Healey in one of its many guises, without bumpers and a stick on number plate. Frank is standing behind the car
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    a well known car from Wellington, owners name escapes for the moment. *** John Rundle and Anne Rundle's steel wheeled car, John passed away a while ago, info from Barry Moon - the car features in other photo's in the thread ..
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    Those two Sprites, again
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    Three big Healeys, including Ross Cammick's on the right, others are Craig Swift [ left ] and Des Spillane's 100.
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    the line up at the Gymkhana, includes my TR a Jaguar, Hillman Hunter, a Mini and some Healeys - just as well as was a Healey event. The Gymkhana was held up in the Mamaku's and organised by Phil Mules, whose other Healeys and Cobra have featured on this thread.
    Am going to repost some Healey photos from the Telecom Motorfest thread to here.
    That is the end of the 1980 Rally pictures.
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    Rotorua the last picture - at the Gymkhana

    the picture was missing - refer previous comment.
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    Telecom Motorfest 1994 Frankton, Hamilton, Healey's were there too !!

    Posted on the Telecom Thread, Phil Mules Austin - Healey 3000, Chris Whites 3000 and Gordon Vogtherr's Healey Elliott, a car well known in Vintage and Classic events ..

    Phil Mules
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    Chris White
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    Phil again
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    Gordon Vogtherr, followed by a Riley 1.5
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    LX100 previously ID9783 My 1953 A-H 100. as it was in the mid 1980's around '85 !!

    Bumpers and valance removed, no driving lights and now sporting 72 spoke Wire Wheels, on the rear, off a Triumph TR6, that I had used on my TR4A at times. 48 spokes were original, bloody narrow though !!
    It has a new soft top, had only the frame and a hardtop when purchased, soft top was purchased in the UK during my 1982 trip to the USA and UK .. I liked it without the bumpers, the front one was a non-original one, as were the brakes and the 14 inch Hotwire Mags. I believe that Lance Elliott has taken it back to original when he did the restoration that was required. Unsure who has the car now.
    I bought it from a guy in Laingholm who also had an MGC, but it had spent some time and had the " modifications " done, funny brakes and those Hotwires when owned, by a guy from Cook Beach, Coromandel. had correspondence about it but gave that and the workshop parts book [ original ], manual [ a reproduction ] to Lance Elliott.

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    Austin - Healeys - some brochure covers / posters

    A Poster this time of the 100 M [ Le Mans version of the 100 / 4 ].

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    from Healey Club of Vistoria, using a UK Healey Cluib badge , a poster with Donald Geoff and Bic [ Brian ] Healey .

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    Have several of the books that Donald Geoffrey and Brian wrote / co-wrote.
    Donald wrote one in 1959 " The Austin Healey " co-written with Tommy Wisdom
    Peter Garnier and Brian Healey wrote a book in 1989 " Donald Healey My World of Cars "

    Geoffrey Healey, wrote three books
    - ' Austin Healey - " The story of the Big Healeys " '.
    - ' More Healeys - " Frogeyes, Sprites and Midgets " '.
    and
    - ' Healey - " The Specials " '.

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    I would really like to know if the "Healey Enthusiast" who asked to borrow some drawings which were given to me by the Healey family when I visited them in Perranporth, which I agreed to, and then despite the staff in his workshop telling him that he had borrowed them, flat denied it, has ever shown my STOLEN drawings to anyone else. Le Mans Sprite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfart View Post
    I would really like to know if the "Healey Enthusiast" who asked to borrow some drawings which were given to me by the Healey family when I visited them in Perranporth, which I agreed to, and then despite the staff in his workshop telling him that he had borrowed them, flat denied it, has ever shown my STOLEN drawings to anyone else. Le Mans Sprite.
    Oldfart, that is not good, they would have been a great gift from the Healey's to you. Most " Healey Enthusiasts " are good guys and girls. having said that I still have a book loaned to me in the early 80's, which I neglected to return and have now lost contact with " Paul " originally from Sydney, but living in NZ at the time. The book is still in the same condition as when I was lent it..
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    They were a bit precious, pencil, "near plans" for the Le Mans Sprite on about A1 size drawing paper. As you say Roger, most are nice folks, as always one rotten apple in the barrell... If they do turn up anywhere at least someone might know where they belong. And I still lend out things, another gone AWOL is my copy of Ralph Watson Special Engineer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfart View Post
    They were a bit precious, pencil, "near plans" for the Le Mans Sprite on about A1 size drawing paper. As you say Roger, most are nice folks, as always one rotten apple in the barrell... If they do turn up anywhere at least someone might know where they belong. And I still lend out things, another gone AWOL is my copy of Ralph Watson Special Engineer
    Unfortunately even I do not have a spare copy of Ralph Watson Special Engineer as otherwise I would send you one. As it happens I loaned the last one I had, to be never returned. :-)

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    Really appreciate the thought Trevor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Sheffield View Post
    Unfortunately even I do not have a spare copy of Ralph Watson Special Engineer as otherwise I would send you one. As it happens I loaned the last one I had, to be never returned. :-)
    Trevor, your article in electronic form is on the favourites bar on my computer, I have a look every so often, met Ralph a couple of times when my mate Lyle had his BSA Special and we shared a house in Herne Bay, he was a friend of my Uncle Eddie in his NSCC days

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    ID9783, some shots in 1982 to compare with LX100 which are 1986 I think

    Posted photos of LX100 and realise they are more likely 1986, by the other cars owned the Daihatsu was 85-87 approx
    here is the car as purchased apart from the new exhaust, an early replacement and quite shiny.

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    Lyle in the garage behind the car, working - he was great mechanically minded person, more than I was.
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    the engine before and after the cylinder head rebuild - actually another head rebuilt - from Mark Donaldson who had several spares.
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    now Red and rebuilt ..
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    a lot of activity went on in the 1981 - 1985 period in the garages at 88 Sarsfield Street, we had the AHCCNZ spare parts and my mate Lyle was the parts Manager, when I was Club Captain 1981-82, and worked on this Healey, Lyle's BSA, my TR4A, with help from Ross Cammick, as well as servicing mates cars for a small fee usually a case or two of beer, we had a small garage pit, ramps, stands, and various jacks to help !! called ourselves " Kerbside Motors { a division " the Backyard Motor Company " a take off of " BMC ".

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    Roger,
    You are now recognized around the world for your driving skills in your 1967 TR 4 A.
    This photo has made you famous in the Moss Motoring magazine.
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    Roger Dowding at the 1980 Bardahl Hillclimb in NZ. (Photographer unknown )

    Well done mate, one day I will show up to get your autograph.

    Check out these sites. There are some good Moss articles in them.
    If you look closely you may also see another certain person mentioned.

    http://www.mossmotoring.com/looking-back/

    http://www.mossmotoring.com/issue-1-2016/



    (Ken Hyndman )


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    That TR photo,

    Quote Originally Posted by khyndart in CA View Post
    Roger,
    You are now recognized around the world for your driving skills in your 1967 TR 4 A.
    This photo has made you famous in the Moss Motoring magazine.
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    Roger Dowding at the 1980 Bardahl Hillclimb in NZ. (Photographer unknown )

    Well done mate, one day I will show up to get your autograph.

    Check out these sites. There are some good Moss articles in them.
    If you look closely you may also see another certain person mentioned.

    http://www.mossmotoring.com/looking-back/

    http://www.mossmotoring.com/issue-1-2016/



    (Ken Hyndman )




    Last edited by khyndart in CA; Today at 01:14 PM.
    Ken, thanks and you have done a great job of improving it, must save it to my archives, better than the original print that i have. busy now reading the links, cheers

    Roger D.

    PS did see the article too !! cheers R D
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    Healey's back to the topic and Posters ..

    A couple of copies of posters / adverts for Austin Healey's in the 1950's ..

    Austin of America " Austin of England " , my car had that badge on the rear, this would be 1953, ater the car was shown at the 1952 Earls Court, London Motor Show as a Healey then Leonard Lord head of Austin that became the fledgling BMC. Lord had it Austin - Healey badged, they raised the headlights slightly from the prototypes.

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    my cars never looked that good and even looked like this at one stage, with other BMC products and a Fiat beside, complete with Sammy " that " Dog in his favorite place wherever we were even when working on the cars.

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    a Poster from 1959 also US issue but is now sold by " The British Motor Corporation, Ltd " and represented in US by Hambro Automotive Corporation, still at the same address 27 West 57th Street.New York.

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    again my cars didn't look as good, in 1981 I owned this Sprite, purchased with the Insurance money from the crashed TR4A - yep that one Ken, that had all the bog in the front shroud. I actually bought the car back from the Insurance Company as the damage was really only to the panels, chassis still good, as were the mechanicals.

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    Photo taken at the corner of the garage where that LHD Sprite sat with the spare bonnet and my " Tuesday " Carless Day Car a 1956 Austin A35 that ran the twin SU's of the LHD Sprite
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