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Welcome to the Healeysport website

Healeysport is the motor sports centre for the Austin Healey Club UK and this website is dedicated to keeping Healeys racing.

2021 Healeysport End of Season Awards - Saturday 6th November 

Due to the problems with Covid we decided to have a different style of awards event this year.  Namely, we had a combined Drivers Meeting, Awards event and AGM on the same day at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon Saturday 6th November.  A much more informal yet socially distanced gathering.  Hopefully next year we can return to a more traditional awards dinner.

This year's awards were presented by Paul Baker and Richard Mason with help from Jack Rawles (from Bill Rawles Classic Cars who sponsor the Big Healey and Jensen Healeys classes) and Steve Norton (from Cape International who sponsor the Overall Champion award).  Unfortunately David Price and Dominic Mooney from Peter May Engineering (who sponsor the Sprite class) could not be present and Jack Rawles presented their class awards. 

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).

In the Big Healey class - the winner was John Ducker who proved that a well driven and nimble Healey 100 can beat the power of the top 3000's.  He finished on equal points with Richard Mason but after a podium position count back John won the class.  He received the Big Healey trophy and a pencil drawing of his car entering the Bottom Esse at Shelsley Walsh.  John also won the Half Century Healey 100 trophy for the most points won by a 100 driver plus the prestigious Stuart Wiseman Memorial trophy for the most points at certain events.  With more competition from new Healey 100 drivers John may have more of a challenge in 2022 for these sought after trophies.

After a close fought season, Steve Casson (pictured above right) took the top honours in the Sprite class and for the second year running to be our overall champion.  His award  - the excellent Cape International supplied ships decanter - was presented by Steve Norton for being our Overall Champion for 2021.

Claire Giles (pictured right) came a magnificent second in the Sprite class but she also won the Mike Cockayne trophy for winning the most points at the big three Midlands hills of Prescott, Shelsley and Loton Park, plus she also won the coveted Nancy Mitchell Rose bowl for the most points won by a lady driver.

The Davis and Mason Fresher's Shield was won by Rob Owen, who in his first full season came a superb third in the Sprite class and won the most points of all our new drivers.

Peter Walton won the Cornbury Cup for tenacity in the face of adversity in getting his 3000 back on track after significant damage at Prescott.  Lawrence Maudsley won the "Piston Broke" for the most damage and most frequent number of incidents in 2021 and Paul Baker won the Jensen Healey cup and the Sprint Cup for the most points scored at the sprint events.

It was also a special occasion because we wanted to honour the fact that Pat Cooper (pictured right) has had to hang up his racing boots after over 25 years of taking part in the Healeysport Sprint and Hill Climb Championship - in all its guises - in fact he was one of the founding drivers.  Richard Mason, his good friend and compatriot, presented Pat with a pencil drawing of Pat in his famous 100/6 the last time he competed at Loton Park.  We are not losing Pat as he has agreed to be one of our Championship Stewards and he will continue to help Lionel Diff with the Revcounter reports.

Many thanks to all our sponsors (Bill Rawles Classic Cars, Peter May Engineering and Cape International) for their continued support of our championship.

To see all the pictures taken by John Tewson click here and to see a complete list of the Award Winners click here.

2022 Speed Championship - Sprint and Hill Climb Challenge

The 2022 Healeysport Speed Championship Sprint and Hill Climb regulations and entry form will be available soon.  If you are thinking of taking part or if you have any questions, please contact Paul Baker our Championship Organiser on competitionsec@austinhealeyclub.com

The 2022 challenge is being agreed at the moment and will likely be a 17 round championship with two Healey classes sponsored by Bill Rawles Classic Cars (BRCC) and a Sprite, plus our new Libre 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 2022 events calendar will be available soon by clicking on the Events Calendar tab above.

Following our practice day at Curborough on 7 April, the 2022 series will include double header events (two rounds) of hill climbing at Shelsley Walsh, Harewood and Loton Park, with single rounds at Gurston and Prescott.  In addition, there will be two day sprints at Anglesey and Snetterton with single day sprints at Hethel (the Lotus test track), MIRA and Goodwood.

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 or MG Midget driver with some or no motor sport experience and a car that can be road standard, modified or part of our new Libre class; 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.

Jensen Healeys - Welcome

Healeysport offers Jensen Healey drivers the chance to take part in the Healeysport Speed Championship and compete against Big Healeys and Sprites. 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 or 2.2 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 and MG 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/Midgets 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 competitionsec@austinhealeyclub.com  Alternatively, check out the regulations for the championship and the technical regulations for the cars (menu option above) and get in touch.

Beginners Guide to Sprinting and Hill Climbing

Do you own a Healey - Sprite/MG Midget, 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 competitionsec@austinhealeyclub.com  Alternatively, you can click on our Join Us option and follow the prompts.

Drivers support 'Headway Surrey' Charity in 2022

Points for Charity - For 2022 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 previous 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.  In 2021 we raised nearly £1000 for Headway Surrey and hope we can do better next year.

Steve Casson is our 2021 Overall Champion and he has chosen Headway Surrey to be our charity for 2022.  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.

  

** Stop Press ** New Libre Class for 2022

Healeysport have created a brand new class in their Sprint and Hill Climb Championship that will accept a whole range of cars. 

The original car must be either an Austin Healey Sprite, 100, 100/6 or 3000, an MG Midget (1961 - 1979) or a Jensen Healey, but the modifications can be quite extensive.  The car must retain the original central monocoque and front chassis.  Fully space framed cars are not allowed.  The make and size of the engine is free, as long as it retains the same number of cylinders as the original car.  Fuel injection and supercharging is also allowed.  The transmission, suspension, steering and brakes are also free.  Aerodynamic aids such as: rear wings, front air dams, diffusers or venturis must fit within the confines of the original panelsClick here to see the regs for this and all the other classes.

The Libre class will allow a whole range of new cars to compete with us including any of the existing Class A, B or E cars from the Lackford Midget Challenge.  If you are interested and have questions, contact Paul Baker on competitionsec@austinhealeyclub.com

Lackford Engineering Midget and Sprite Challenge

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 gilduffy@supanet.com if you are interested in taking part.

 

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