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BMC & Leyland Show 2020 at the British Motor Museum

In by Nick Maltby

The price shown is the ‘on the day’ price per adult. Advance purchase discounts apply, see Ticket Information below. Note: – Date changed from 12th July to 6th September 2020 due to Covid -19 concerns. A Show celebrating the vehicles produced by BMC, British Leyland and Rover Group. Show features: All kinds of vehicles come to join the display, from the Morris …

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The Jensen GT, Jensen’s Last Hope

I am on the mailing list of the Jensen Museum and in early 2019 I received an article featuring the Jensen GT. This model was a sports hatch version of the Jensen – Healey. The article describes why and how it was conceived, in particular, why the Healey name was dropped and the repercussions of that decision. As I was …

Scuderia Serenissima

This post was inspired by the following photographs which were recently submitted, by “Joerg”, to the Jensen Owners Club Forum. Other contributors identified the car as a Serenissima 308 Jet. Further research identified it as a 1965 Serenissima Jet 308V Competizione. By the way, Joerg, who lives in Germany, owns the iconic Jensen ‘White Lady’ car (shown at the bottom …

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The Jensen Brothers, their cars and after

I had the pleasure and privilege of working for Jensen Motors Ltd., as a draughtsman, in my early working life. I am probably one of the few people, still around, who can claim that they worked at the Jensen brothers’ first factory at Caters Green, West Bromwich. I started there in 1959 as a junior draughtsman. If I am honest, …

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Healey – The Men and the Machines by John Nikas

The story of Donald Healey, his career in the British Motor Industry, the founding of his eponymous motor company and his outstanding achievements in racing, rallying and record breaking, is one of the richest in the automotive world. No wonder there have been so many books written about him, his cars and the achievements of both himself and his eldest …

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Healey News Bulletin July 2019

Healey and other fine cars News Bulletin This is the fifth in the Warwick Healey archive ‘oral history’ series of posts. As I have mentioned previously, the Warwickshire County Record Office (WCRO) bought the Healey Motor Company archive from Geoff Healey’s family with money donated by individuals and charities such as the Heritage Lottery Trust.One of the terms of the …

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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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Healey News Bulletin – April 2019

    HEALEY AND OTHER FINE CARS NEWS BULLETIN April 2019   This is the fourth in the series of transcripts of ‘oral history’ interviews that were conducted in conjunction with the Warwickshire County Record Office’s Healey Motor Company archive project. For the background to these ‘tidied’ transcripts please refer to any one the previous Bulletins listed at the end of this …

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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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Healey News Bulletin – March 2019

  HEALEY AND OTHER FINE CARS NEWS BULLETIN March 2019   This is the third in the Warwick Healey archive ‘oral history’ series of posts. As I mentioned 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. …