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Healey Driver International and Dutch Healey Competitions presented THE DONALD HEALEY MEMORIAL TROPHY RACE at the evocative seaside circuit of Zandvoort by kind invitation of THE BRITISH RACE FESTIVAL Organisers.
The Healeys raced for three of the coveted trophies that commemorate important figures in the history of Healey racing:
THE DONALD HEALEY MEMORIAL TROPHY for 100/6 and 3000 cars
THE DAVE HARDY MEMORIAL TROPHY for 100 cars
THE JOHN SPRINZEL TROPHY for Works, Period and Special Bodied Sprites
This was a 1 hour race in two heats of 30 minutes each over two days. Optional two-driver. No pit stop.
To see the report and pictures for this race weekend click here. For more information about the event or Healey racing in general, please contact Joe Cox who leads HDI racing. To contact him, click here to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Healey Driver International Race Office on 01453 542087 or 07710 028163. To download a copy of the 2017 HDI regulations please click here or click on the Regulations tab in the HDI Racing menu above.
The 2017 challenge will be a 15 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. In 2016, we added a class for Jensen Healey cars and a separate class for Modified Sprites.
Our 2016 Overall Champion was David Abram - pictured right in his Austin Healey Sebring Sprite at Harewood.
Click on the Speed Championship menu above to see the 2017 events calendar and lots more.
Following a practice day at Curborough in March, the 2017 series will take part in hill climbs at Gurston Down, Prescott, Wiscombe with a weekend (two rounds) of hill climbing at Shelsley Walsh, Harewood and Loton Park. In addition, there will be sprints at MIRA, Goodwood, Curborough, Silverstone and Castle Combe.
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.
The 2017 Healeysport Speed Championship Sprint and Hill Climb regulations and entry form will be available soon by clicking on the 'Regulations' menu option above.
In 2016, Healeysport offered Jensen Healey drivers the chance to take part in the Healeysport Speed Championship in a class dedicated to Jensen Healey cars. The regulations were agreed with the MSA 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. Some 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 email@example.com 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 (menu option above) and then send Paul Baker, our championship organiser, an email on firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can click on our Join Us menu option above and follow the prompts.
It is with great sadness that we heard that Phil Broster died last weekend (29 April).
Phil had been reporting on the Austin Healey Club's Race Championship since the early 1990's and for the MG Car Club's Midget and Sprite Challenge since 2012. He was an indispensible part of each race weekend as he took the pictures and wrote the race reports describing the action at each event that would then appear on this website and in 'Revcounter'.
All the drivers knew Phil as he would interview them before and after each race to ensure his reports were accurate and interesting. He was forever cheerful and clearly enjoyed life in the paddock and his role in recording what happened in words and pictures. He was known as "Scoop" and as the nickname suggests, he loved to find nuggets of information about a driver or a car to bring his reports to life.
Outside the world of motorsport, Phil was a professional photographer who also lectured in Photographic Art.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to Phil's family as we have all lost someone special.
Our very own Trish Cecille-Pritchard (pictured second from the right in the front row) has done it again. She's thrilled to have won the BWRDC 2016 Hill Climb Championship award - the Shell Trophy, and for a third year running has also picked up The Len Terry award for the Best Performance in an Historic car.
The awards dinner took place at Nailcote Hall, near Coventry on Saturday 4th February and the prize winners were honoured to have Nathalie McGloin (pictured centre in the front row) as their inspirational guest speaker. She's a tetraplegic, paralysed from chest down, racing against able bodied men in the Porsche Championship.
Well done Trish from all at Healeysport.
After an excellent meal, the awards part of the evening got underway with Joe Cox as compere. A period of quiet thought was taken to remember our old friend Allan Cameron who was not with us. Then the prize giving commenced with Paul Baker and Richard Mason presenting the awards for the 2016 Healeysport Speed Championship.
Diana Lucas, on behalf of Peter May Engineering, presented the awards to the top three drivers in the Sprite class. After a dominating display in his Sprinzel Coupe, David Abram took first place from Colin Gale in 2nd and last year's winner, Steve Casson in 3rd place. To thank Peter May and Diana Lucas for there sponsorship and support over the years, they were presented with a pair of Champagne flutes.
Rose Rawles, on behalf of Bill Rawles Classic Cars (who sponsor the Jensen Healey and Big Healey classes) presented the following awards: David Lane took first prize in the Jensen Healey Class as Paul Baker took first place in the Big Healey class for a second year, beating a rejuvenated Pat Cooper into second place with Richard Mason just beating Trish Cecile-Pritchard into third place.
The Overall Sprint and Hill Climb champion award (an excellent wine decanter provided by Cape International) was presented by Karen Norton to David Abram - a worthy champion (pictured right).
Five further points based awards were presented - Trish Cecile-Pritchard collected the 'Nancy Mitchell Rose Bowl' for being the highest points scoring lady driver. The Half Century Healey 100 Trophy and the Stuart Wiseman Memorial Trophy went to John Ducker. The HealeySport Sprint Cup for the most points scored in the season in the sprint events was again awarded to circuit specialist, David Abram, for the second year and the Mike Cockayne Midland Hills Award went to Pat Cooper for scoring the most points at the Loton Park, Shelsley Walsh and Prescott hill climbs.
A number of discretionary awards were presented: Grant Marshall was awarded the 'Davis and Mason Freshman Shield' for an outstanding performance by a newcomer in his rally spec 3000 - unfortunately Grant could not be with us to collect the award. Colin Gale picked up the Phil Meek 'A' Series Memorial Trophy for an outstanding performance in his very green Sprite. Rafe Haywood was awarded the 'Cornbury Cup' for 'tenacity in the face of adversity' due to his enthusiasm for our sport despite his health issues. Joe Mackrell won the 'Chris Tooley Memorial Prescott Cup' for significantly beating his personal best at Prescott this year. And finally, the 'Piston Broke Trophy' was presented to David Lane due to the unusual way he damaged his engine at Prescott, by just ending up in the pardon bend gravel trap!!
Jackie Baker was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers and a rather nice bottle of wine for taking such excellent pictures and videos of the drivers throughout the year by Trish Cecille-Pritchard and Pat Cooper.
Robin Johnson then presented the 'Stuart Bullas Vintage Prize' a case of wine (in fond memory of Stuart who is much missed by all) to none other than Andrew Taylor. Robin also announced that the sale of raffle tickets this year had raised an amazing £610 for the West Midland's Air Ambulance Service for whom Stuart had been such a keen supporter.
Joe Cox then asked June Stokes and Jack Rawles to help him present a gift to Derrick Ross on his retirement from the role of Chairman of Healeysport, a position he has held since 1990. The gift was an engraved, cut glass whisky decanter which Derrick admitted was the first award he had ever received despite presenting so many to others and looked forward to using it.
After the awards came the raffle and fun on the dance floor which went on into the wee small hours!! Not surprisingly, breakfast the next morning was a much more subdued affair. We all said our goodbyes and look forward to a new year of endeavor in the 2017 season.
Finally, a big thank you must go to Andrew Taylor for yet again organising such a well attended and successful event, to John Tewson for taking the pictures, to Margaret Ross for organising the awards table, to Steve, Trish, Claire, Rose, Jack and Jeanette for selling the raffle tickets, to Bill Rawles, Peter May and Steve Norton - our sponsors, to Joe, Paul and Richard for hosting the evening and finally to Jayne, Gareth and the team at the De Vere Village hotel who were excellent as usual.
An informal tree planting ceremony took place at Prescott on Saturday 29 October to remember our old friend Allan Cameron who died earlier this year and who was a co-founder and fundamental part of Healeysport. The Cameron family, supported by a large number of friends, honoured Allan's life with the planting of a Mountain Ash with a plaque and a bouquet of flowers.
2017 Lackford Engineering Midget and Sprite Challenge
After another successful season in 2016, the MGCC Lackford Engineering Midget and Sprite Challenge overall winner was James Dunkley in his Class A MG Midget (pictured right after the final race at Snetterton last year).
For 2017, 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).
The rounds for the 2017 Championship can be seen on the 'Events Calendar' under the 'Spridget Challenge' tab above. 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' either go to the Spridget Challenge tab above, or go to www.mgmidgetchallenge.co.uk or contact Gil Duffy on 01886 880882 or email@example.com if you are interested in taking part.
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