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Our annual Awards Dinner took place at the De Vere Village hotel in Swindon on Saturday 18th November. A celebration of this year's achievements of Healeys on track, deeds done and even problems encountered combined with a dinner, an auction, a raffle and some fun on the dance floor.
In addition to the class winning Healeys (David Abram's Sebring Sprite, David Lane's Jensen Healey and Paul Baker's BJ8), we also had "Red Don", Allan Cameron's famous BT7, plus Marc Mezey's '92 La Carrera Panamericana Healey 100 and ABL 6 the last of the Modsports cars (both supplied by John Chatham) 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 who, with the help of Drew Cameron (deputising for Peter May and Dominic Mooney who sponsor the Sprite class, who could not be at the dinner), presented the awards to the Sprite class and then asked Rose Rawles (from Bill Rawles Classic Cars) to present the award to the Jensen Healey class.
Along with the perpetual trophies, all the class winners this year received a superb framed pencil drawing of their car in action, for them to admire in the years to come.
Paul then handed over to Richard Mason, who, ably assisted by Trish Cecile-Pritchard and Rose Rawles presented the awards to the Big Healey class plus the points based awards. Then Paul completed the awards by asking Karen Norton (from Cape International) to present the discretionary awards. However, just prior to presenting the Overall Champion's silver collared cut glass decanter, Steve Norton (Proprietor of Cape International and supplier of this prestigious award) took the microphone to say what a pleasure it had been to supply this award for the last 12 years and how much he and his wife Karen enjoyed this annual event. David Abram is our Overall Champion fro 2017.
Jackie Baker, our club photographer, was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers to show the thanks and appreciation of all the drivers for all her efforts in recording what they get up to on track. She also developed the rolling presentation which ran during the dinner highlighting the key points of 2017.
Robin Johnson supplied his usual case of vintage wines in memory of our old chums who are no longer with us, with all the proceeds going to the Midland Air Ambulance. The lucky winner on this occasion was John Tewson.
Ably supported by Trish, Claire, Rose, Jeannette and Margaret, Joe Cox then ran the raffle with his usual selection of festive and unusual prizes. The most keenly sought, was a huge cuddly dog, which was won by Jack Rawles.
Joe Cox had been asked to auction a special edition jacket adorned with Austin Healey logos which was modeled by Ollie Chatham and it attracted a lot of bidding from the drivers, partners and friends. The winning bid eventually came from David Smithies.
Joe also managed to locate the well known "Spinners Cap" which was always presented to the driver with the most spectacular spin of the season - so not the most popular award. This year's winner was Jack Rawles following his spin at Zandvoort, which he quickly gave to his father Bill, who some believe is the rightful owner of this cap!!
After the final photo's were taken, the disco fired up 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 Andrew Taylor and the team at the Village Hotel for organising such a successful event.
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.
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.
This website holds all the Midget and Sprite Challenge race reports, pictures and race results. Find them by clicking on the Spridget Challenge menu at the top of the page.Top of page