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Healeysport is the motor sports centre for the Austin Healey Club UK and this website is dedicated to keeping Healeys racing.
With the country now told to isolate, Motorsports UK have issued a statement that all motorsports events have had their permits or certificates of exemption suspended until the end of June 2020 at the earliest. The effect on our Sprint and Hill Climb Championship is that our first 8 rounds have therefore now been cancelled or suspended. Depending on whether this restriction is extended, further events may therefore be cancelled or suspended. We will take a view on the on-going viability of this year's championship when we know the effect on the remaining 6 rounds.
Below is a statement from Tony Curran (Austin Healey Club Chairman) and Charles Macnamara (Company Secretary):
Advice to Club Centres & Members in respect of the Corona Virus (COVID 19).
The Club National Executive (“NEC”) at its regular bi-monthly meeting held on the 15th March 2020 discussed and resolved to issue strong advice to all members and centres of the club to minimise the risk to our members whose demographic age profile (probably in excess of 50% of the club are over or approaching 70) falls substantially within the categories of person at most risk from contracting the virus.
Whilst the NEC do not wish to be overly prescriptive, the strong advice of the NEC, the Directors and Officers of the club, is to follow as closely as possible the Advice given by the Government experts in the field.
As a result of both the NEC’s deliberations and the latest published advice, as recently as Monday late afternoon, the Clubs advice is as follows:-
All face to face meetings with the exception of emergency or critical meetings of club members carrying out Club functions or activities should cease forthwith.
All NEC, Centre Committee meetings and other sub group meetings ( Including informal meetings such as “ Noggin & Natters “should be suspended.
The NEC is actively researching video conferencing, conference call facilities and other alternative means of non-personal contact meetings.
Social Distancing requirements should be observed as fully as possible in relation to all Club activities.
Where Centres have outstanding Commercial obligations (to hotels, venues and other contractual obligations) it is suggested the organisers should attempt to re-negotiate the same and postpone scheduled events in to the next calendar year.
With the above in mind the IHW Weekend in mid-July 2020 will be re scheduled to the next calendar year.
Where possible, deposits and prepayments where possible should either be returned to participants or carried forward against the rescheduled event. The Company Secretary, Charles V Fraser-Macnamara a retired commercial and litigation solicitor (Mobile Number 07836 624663) will be available to assist any Centre Committee with any negotiations and agreements in that regard.
We must be mindful that Hotels and Venues also face challenging times and if they are to retain future business they will have to be flexible in their negotiations.
The Club and its members are a voluntary organisation and we are blessed with a wide spectrum of expertise and experience and now is the time when we should be acting to protect our members and to ensure the survival of the club. Financially the Club is secure and can weather this “Storm” and with the full co operation of all our members we will do so.
Where members are aware of other members in their area who may fall into the vulnerable groups outlined in the Government advice, we would urge members to keep in contact with them (by non-direct physical contact ) such as a phone call or e-mail to see that they are safe and well - we are sure this would be appreciated. Indeed, there may be other practical assistance that can be rendered to self-quarantining members without risk to your own health.
Hopefully these measures will not last for more than 4-5 months or so and we can then resume our club activities in full. In the meantime, it may be a great opportunity to commence/complete that long awaited overhaul of our beloved Healeys!
With all our Best wishes to all Club Members
Tony Curran (Chairman) and Charles V Fraser- Macnamara (Company Secretary)
Dated 17th March 2020
Austin Healey Club Limited
Points for Charity - For 2020 all drivers taking part in the Sprint and Hill Climb championship have the option to give money (£1 a point) to a chosen charity based on the number of championship points they accrue by the end of the season. The Overall Champion at the end of the season chooses the charity for the year ahead. The scheme is entirely voluntary as the drivers need to tick the "Points for Charity" box on their championship entry form to agree to opt into the scheme.
Steve Casson was our 2019 Overall Champion and so he chose Headway Surrey to be our charity for 2020. Headway Surrey is a charity that supports people and families where a head or brain injury requires some rehabilitation. Their biggest client group are those recovering from road traffic accidents.
Click on the Headway Surrey logo to go to their website to find out more.
Our annual Awards Dinner took place at the famous hill climb venue at Chateau Impney near Droitwich on Saturday 8th November. A celebration of this year's achievements of Healeys on track, with an excellent dinner, a raffle and some fun on the dance floor to a live band and a DJ.
In addition to the class winning Healeys (Steve Casson's Sprite, Paul Baker's Jensen Healey and Richard Mason's 3000), we also had John Tewson's FIA Sprite and Brian Small's Ashley Sprite in the ballroom with us.
Joe Cox was our Master of Ceremonies and he had a lot to get through.
The awards part of the evening was kicked off by Paul Baker and Richard Mason who, with help from David Price from Peter May Engineering (sponsor the Sprite class) presented all the class awards, including the Jensen Healey and Big Healey classes.
In addition to the perpetual trophies, the class winners also received a superb framed pencil drawing of their car in action, for them to admire in the years to come (all produced by David Price's father - Martin).
Paul then asked Karen Norton (from Cape International) to present all of the points based awards and the discretionary awards, culminating in Steve Casson being presented with the excellent Cape International supplied ships decanter for being our Overall Champion for 2019.
Jackie Baker, our club photographer, was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers by Trish Cecile-Pritchard to show the thanks and appreciation of all the drivers for her efforts in recording in pictures and videos what they get up to on track during the season.
Steve Casson, ably supported by Joe Cox and Jeanette Harris, ran the raffle for the first time this year and with help from some of the drivers and their partners they managed to sell the largest amount of raffle tickets ever sold at our annual awards dinner. He had an excellent array of prizes, some donated by our sponsors, but the keenly sought after, huge cuddly teddy bear, was won by Derek Job - destined for a grandchild this Christmas perhaps!
After the final photo's were taken, our live band "The Bravo Boys" got underway, supported by an excellent DJ and the dance floor and the bar filled fast.
It was a great evening, finished off by breakfast together the next morning in a private dining facility before everyone headed home for a much needed rest. Huge thanks was given to Huw Edwards and the team at Chateau Impney Hotel for organising such a successful event.
The 2020 Healeysport Speed Championship Sprint and Hill Climb regulations and entry form will be available soon but if you are thinking of taking part or if you have any questions, please contact Paul Baker our Championship Organiser on email@example.com
Although still provisional, the 2020 challenge will be a 14 round championship series with two Healey classes sponsored by Bill Rawles Classic Cars (BRCC) and two Sprite classes sponsored by Peter May Engineering Ltd. In addition to the class awards, Cape International sponsor the award for the overall Sprint and Hill Climb champion.
Our 2019 Overall Champion was Steve Casson - pictured right in his Austin Healey Sebring Sprite at Harewood.
Our provisional 2020 events calendar will be out soon.
Following our practice day at Curborough, the 2020 series will take part in hill climbs at Gurston Down, Prescott, with a weekend (two rounds) of hill climbing at Shelsley Walsh, Harewood and Loton Park. In addition, there will be sprints at Anglesey, Lydden Hill, MIRA and the Hethel Test Track near Norwich - a first visit for Healeysport.
Each venue provides a different set of challenges to test the Healey driver's skill and abilities to the full. This series is open to any Healey driver with some or no motor sport experience and a car that can be either road standard or modified; over half the races will have target times set for each driver, to take into account the different abilities of the driver and their cars, so everyone has an opportunity to win a race. Although highly competitive, there is also a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the thirty or so drivers who regularly compete and the social aspect of this sport is very important to everyone.
Healeysport now offers Jensen Healey drivers the chance to take part in the Healeysport Speed Championship and compete against Big Healeys and Sprites yet in a class dedicated to Jensen Healey cars. The regulations have been agreed with Motorsports UK to allow for any Jensen Healey - Roadster or GT - that is a standard road car or modified car to take part. With its modern, Lotus designed, 2 litre, 16 valve, twin cam engine contained in a lightweight body these reasonably priced, pre 1976 cars will be competitive in road legal form, so with some modification they will be very competitive indeed.
This will also mean that we will have Healey cars from three decades in the championship, with the Silverstone's, 100's, 100/6's and Frogeye's from the 50's - the Sprites and 3000's from the 60's and now the Jensen Healey's from the 70's. Many would argue the golden era of British Sports Car production.
We have drivers signed up for the Jensen Healey class but are looking for more drivers to take part. So if you have a Jensen Healey and would like to find out more email Paul Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, check out the regulations for the championship and the technical regulations for the cars (menu option above) and get in touch.
Do you own a Healey - Sprite, 100, 3000, Silverstone or Jensen Healey? Are you interested in getting more out of your car and doing something you have always considered but put to one side? Well, why not take part in a fantastic sport with some really friendly and enthusiastic fellow Healey owners. Take a look at our Beginners Guide to Sprinting and Hill Climbing and then send Paul Baker, our championship organiser, an email on email@example.com Alternatively, you can click on our Join Us option and follow the prompts.
After another successful season, the MGCC Lackford Engineering Midget and Sprite Challenge overall winner was Richard Perry in his Class D/E MG Midget.
The series sponsor will continue to be Robin Lackford of Lackford Engineering who also takes part in the series in his red Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite sporting no.57.
This series is open to MG Midgets and Austin Healey Sprites and there are five classes to choose from. Class A (Fully modified), B (Race modified) and C (Road Going) with the addition of the original Healey club classes of D (Healey spec - Part Modified) and E (Healey spec - Fully Modified).
Good grids are expected at all rounds, so come along to any of the events and witness what promises to be an electrifying series with close racing throughout the field.
To view the 'Championship Regulations' go to the Spridget Challenge website www.mgmidgetchallenge.club/ or contact Gil Duffy on 01886 880882 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part.
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