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Bournemouth Classics on the Prom – June 2019

  I first came across Bournemouth’s Classics on the Prom in May 2015. We were spending a few days in Bournemoth again, including a Sunday, so naturally I took some time out to see what classic cars were on show this time. Before I share the photos that I took on this occasion here is what the organisers say about …

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Healey News Bulletin – Donald Healey and Briggs Cunningham

Healey and other fine cars News Bulletin As regular readers of the Healey Bulletin wil know, when I launched the Bulletin, in October 2017, its purpose was to showcase the contents of the Warwick Healey Motor Company archive (WHMCA), owned by the Warwickshire County Record Office (WCRO). Since September 2018 the Bulletin has moved on from its ‘showcasing’ mission to …

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Association of Healey Owners ‘Meet the Members Tour’ – September 2019

The Association of Healey Owners caters for Owners and Enthusiasts of cars that were built by the Donald Healey Motor company, in Warwick, UK, between 1946 and 1954. These cars are also known as Warwick Healeys or pre-BMC/pre-Austin Healeys. Just to remind you, those cars are – Westland drophead coupe. Elliot 2 door saloon. Duncan – Saloon and  drophead coupe. …

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Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019 – Restorations

PART TWO – THE RESTORATIONS In Part One I shared photos of some classic cars, most of which had been subject to restoration work at some stage in their lives. But the ‘Practical Classics’ Classic Car & Restoration Show is unique in displaying cars that either are in need of restoration or are part way through such work. I freely …

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Rootes Group Cars at the NEC

During the 1950’s, ’60s and 70s, the U.K. car market was dominated by four major groups, two American and two British. In terms of market share they ran in this order – BMC (Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Riley, Austin Healey), Ford, Rootes Group (Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam, Singer, Talbot) and Vauxhall (GM). Close behind Vauxhall came Standard Triumph and Rover, then there …

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Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019

  Part One – The Classics The ‘Practical Classics’ Classic Car & Restoration Show, at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, has to be one of the U.K.’s, if not the World’s, friendliest auto shows. It is amazing to see the crowds of enthusiasts queing up at the entrances prior to the 10.00 a.m. opening time on the first day. Then …

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The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus’s 40th Anniversary

The Rootes Group owned some of the outstanding names in British motor sport heritage, Sunbeam and Talbot in particular. Like most British manufactures in the 1960s, 70s and 80s the Rootes brothers and their successor, Chrysler U.K., saw the benefit of motor sport competition in keeping the Company’s stable of names in front of the car buying public. In the …

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Race Retro 2019 – Report Pt. Two

Part Two – Rally Cars and Vintage Racers In Part One I shared with you some photos I took of Current Era cars, used for various forms of racing, that were on show at the Race Retro show 2019. Now I want to share with you some photos that I took of the many Rally Cars and Vintage Racers that …

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Race Retro 2019 – Report

Part One – Modern Era Racers and Others Europe’s No.1 historic motor sport show came to Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park once again on the week-end of 22 -24 February 2019. Sponsored by Motor Sport magazine the show is a true Mecca for all motor sport fans whether their interest be in single seater racing cars, Sports Racing cars, Saloon Car racing, …

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Healey News Bulletin February 2019

  HEALEY AND OTHER FINE CARS NEWS BULLETIN February 2019   This is the second in the ‘oral history’ series of posts. As I mention in the first one, published last December, when the Warwickshire County Record Office bought the Healey Motor Company archive from Geoff Healey’s family, the staff’s first job was to start cataloguing the archive’s contents. Running a close …