Leonard Lord and Donald Healey sitting in the Healey Hundred at the 1952 London Motorshow

Leonard Lord and Donald Healey sitting in the Healey Hundred at the 1952 London Motorshow.

The story of how Leonard Lord, managing director of the Austin Motor Company Ltd., stumbled across the Healey 100 being displayed on the Donald Healey Motor Company’s stand at the October 1952 London Motor show, is one of the most famous of all automotive legends. Personally, I don’t think that it was as accidental as some historians would have us believe, after all, we know that Jensen had been asked to submit a design for an Austin sportscar around the same time and the Healey 100 used an Austin A90 engine and front suspension; no coincidence there then!

Whatever, Leonard Lord was smitten, he wanted Gerry’s (Cocker – the car’s stylist) and Donald’s Healey 100 to carry an Austin badge and the deal was done. One of the world’s most attractive and affordable sports cars was launched and the orders came flooding in, particularly from the U.S.A. which was the original objective. Success all round, shortly to be underpinned by record breaking and race track successes.

That momentous meeting between Donald Healey and Leonard Lord sees its 70th anniversary in October 2022. Seventieth anniversaries are not normally celebrated to the same extent as, say, 50th and 100th anniversaries. However, what makes the Healey 100’s 70th anniversary so special is that it provides an opportunity for those relatively few and diminishing numbers of employees and enthusiasts, who were there at the beginning, to remember and pay homage to, that great event.

So, what celebrations are your club planning?

As you might imagine, Austin Healey Clubs in the USA, where the majority of Austin Healeys were sold, have already got plans in hand. The Austin Healey Club of America and the Austin-Healey Sports & Touring Club are joining forces to mount a joint celebration called Austin Healey 100 70th Enclave.

The ‘Enclave’ part of the event’s title is interesting because it is a fusion of the respective clubs’ annual “get-togethers”, AHCA’s ‘Conclave’ and the A-H S&TC’s ‘Encounter’. Very clever :-).

Here are the details of the programme or program if you will –

If you would like your club’s Healey 100 70th anniversary event to appear on this page and be shared with Austin Healey enthusiasts around the world,  then please forward the details to info@carsceninternational.com

If your club is based in the U.K. or just across ‘La Manche’ or the North Sea, why not make a meeting in Warwick, home of the Donald Healey Motor Company, part of the celebrations? There would be no better time to do so.

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