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From the President
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9/1/2017
With summer ebbing and fall weather soon to be in the air, we look forward to Monterey Healey Week in mid-September. Our club has a very respectable 48 registrants (cars) attending. Total attendance is expected to be around 200. The Golden Gate Healey club has been working hard on the event and it promises to be one to remember. After all, it is the 50th anniversary of the last Big Healey made...it is very unlikely many of us will be around to celebrate the 75th! We look forward to enjoying the beautiful Monterey peninsula and great roads, people and restaurants along the way. Don’t forget to bring your Rocker Cover Racer, as our club will run this event.
From the Vice President
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9/1/2017
Okay, a month has passed and I am slowly getting accustomed to the duties of being your Vice President.
2017 Barnett Spirit Award - Congratulations to Phil Caliva, 2016 Winner
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8/24/2017
Points are earned by attending events on the official club calendar with your Healey - see website.
Dana Point “British Invasion” Concert – 8/20
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8/20/2017
Recently, I was requested to organize a group of British cars to attend a “British Invasion” concert organized by the city of Dana Point. Realizing it was planned for a Sunday afternoon in south Orange County, I recognized that our club alone would not likely provide enough cars. So, I used my contact list from other OC events to recruit a number of British cars to attend.
Enderle Classic Car Show - 8/20
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8/20/2017
For 19 years the Enderle Center in Tustin has been the location of the Al Enderle Classic Car show.

This year, with the passing of Al, it was also the first “Memorial” car show. So I headed down to Tustin early Sunday morning to meet up with other club members for the show. When I arrived at the meet up location I saw a BJ8 in the entry line and two other cars at the registration table.
Golden Cove – 8/20
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8/20/2017
There was a good turn out this Sunday, about 45 British cars showed up. An original AC Cobra was on hand. The driver was going to Idaho to meet up with other original Cobra’s and go on a 1,000 mile drive.
Main Street El Segundo - 8/19
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8/19/2017
On August 19th, AHA members David Beugen, Dexter Kaytis, Duke Hingley and my self- attended the Annual Main Street Car Show in El Segundo along with 300+ other cars. Dave brought his beautiful One-of-a-kind 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith (Open Sedance de Ville), Dexter his Big Healey, Duke his Bugeye and I had to bring my wife’s 1970 Fiat 500 since both my Bugeye’s were out of commission and my Big Healey was land locked in the shop.
San Clemente Outlets - 8/12
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8/12/2017
On August 12th Duke Hingley, my son, Brian, and I took three Bugeye’s down to the San Clemente Cars and Coffee on our way down to a Bugeye Rally and BBQ at John Felt’s house in Vista. We arrived at the Outlet Center at 6:55 AM and it was already 90% full and by 7:30 all available spaces were taken and they had to start parking cars in an adjacent parking area.
Inland Empire - Farmer Boys- 8/5
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8/5/2017
Greetings All, We enjoyed a welcome break in the very hot and humid weather that we've had for a few weeks.

The cooler morning helped get us a good turnout for our monthly breakfast. A total of sixteen people and nine classics this month for car talk and breakfast. It was also great to see some grandfather-grandson combos. Get them interested and introduced to the fun we have.
Belmont Shore – 8/5
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8/5/2017
A surprisingly low turnout at Belmont Shore this month. Yes, it has been hot and humid inland, but all the more reason to head for the beach where it was a mild 75 degrees and comfortable.
From the Vice President
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8/1/2017
Here is my first column and I have some big shoes to fill as they say, both figuratively and actual (size 13 I think), as Steve did an excellent job in keeping the membership informed as to what was going on and adding new and exciting events for the club to attend.
From the President
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8/1/2017
Well, like it or not, I am your President for another year.

During this time, I hope to work with the Board to develop the next generation of club leaders. I want to thank Jay Miller, John Hedblom, Bill Wilkman, Tim McNiff and Marty Hovivian for continuing to serve another year as officers and Board Members. I also would like to congratulate our new Vice President Greg Aden...he has hit the ground running with the assistance and training of outgoing VP, Steve Kirby.
Central Coast British Car Show 7/16
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7/16/2017
Woke up early, 5:30am is early when you’re retired, and motored over to the Autry Western Museum at 6:20 to meet up with a group heading for the car show at Channel Island Harbor in Oxnard. I joined Marty Hovivian, Dennis Williams, and Peter Roses for the drive out Hwy 101, but wait! Marty needed Starbucks. So we proceeded to the nearest Starbucks on Alameda Avenue in Glendale for his “wake-me-up”. Then it was on to Oxnard.
United Artists – 7/15
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7/15/2017
Our UA Theater weekly gathering often becomes a “show and tell” about the latest enhancement or planned enhancement to our cars. Steve Gerow’s engine rebuild is nearly complete at Russ Thompson’s shop with plans to pick it up in the coming weeks.
Conclave 2017 - Waco, TX July 9-14, 2017
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7/9/2017
We were planning to visit our son and his wife in Dallas and as coincidence would have it, our trip got scheduled at the same time as Conclave 2017 in Waco! We arrived in Dallas on Sunday afternoon and drove down to Waco passing some massive storm clouds on the way.
Shops at San Clemente & Ortega Hwy Run 7/8
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7/8/2017
There was a very small turn-out for this month’s event due to the projected weather of over 100 degrees at Hell’s Kitchen. Seven brave souls came out to first, christen the new cars and coffee in San Clemente and then to take the 22-mile trip up Ortega Highway.
Super Car Sunday – 7/2
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7/2/2017
Made the early morning run to Woodland Hills in just a long-sleeved shirt as the bright sun rose in the East and the temperature rose with it. This was the Fiat and Alfa Romeo marque day at the upper parking lot of the Promenade. Modern Fiat 500’s were there in force but it took a while before the Alfa’s started to show up.
Peninsula Seniors – 7/1
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7/1/2017
Today was the start of the 4th of July weekend and a lot of cars showed up at the shopping center. I was able to get going before 6:30, only to find Phil Caliva was parked and out of his car when I got there.
United Artists – 6/17
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6/17/2017
Our monthly meeting at the UA Theater had the normal attendees plus some newcomers and some long distance drivers, so all in all a good showing. Locally we had Lou Fisher, Steve Gerow, John Hedblom, Tim McNiff and myself. Newcomer was Dave Thorne and the long-distance drivers were Tom Spangler and Phil Caliva. The day started out hot even for a standard La Canada day, so the group seemed to break up into clusters of 3-5 members checking out the cars and talking all things automotive.
British Car Day, ADM - 6/10
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6/10/2017
ADM? What is ADM you ask? It is the Automobile Driving Museum located in El Segundo. And on this day it was sponsoring a British car show at the museum. So that was the reason I was headed for a meeting with other club members at a nearby Starbucks before heading over to the museum en masse.
Super Car Sunday – 6/4
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6/4/2017
It was a really nice morning for a drive out to Woodland Hills and the “world-famous” Super Car Sunday. The marque for this month was McLaren and all the exotic car owners in L.A. County showed up. Due to construction at the old mall the event is being held in the upper parking lot, but that hasn’t stopped the car lovers from showing up.
Rocker Cover Tech Session - 6/3
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6/3/2017
On June 3rd, we had a RCR Tech Session at Phil Caliva’s shop in Torrance. The purpose was to help those interested in building a rocker cover racer for Healey Week in Monterey this September. The event was well attended, with a number of members caravanning over from the Peninsula Seniors gathering, while others met us at Phil’s at 10 am.
First Friday Road Show - 6/2
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6/2/2017
This month the First Friday Road Show was held at the Annual Fish Fry in Costa Mesa.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise In - 5/28
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5/28/2017
There was a light turn out of club members for this month’s event due to the holiday weekend and the Scottish Festival in Orange County that kept many of the regulars from attending.
The Scottish Festival - 5/27, 5/28
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5/27/2017
The Saturday showing for the Scottish Festival was slim...in fact only one Austin Healey and one Jensen Healey. Terry Morgan and I met up at Starbucks and awaited the onslaught of Healeys that never materialized. So off we went to the fairgrounds on our own.
From the President
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6/1/2017
The lifeblood of a volunteer organization like ours is the willingness of its members to contribute by serving as volunteers from time to time. The success of the AHASC over the past 42 years has largely been due to its members serving as officers, members of the Board and on committees. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their leadership and service.
From the Vice President
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5/1/2017
When car guys get together, one of the inevitable questions is, “so how many classic cars do you have”? Sounds like a simple question on the surface, but of course, it’s not. Do you mean how many cars do I have that run? Or that sit? Do I count parts cars and when do they not count? How about future project cars that have yet to acquire drive trains? The one I keep at the house in Phoenix? The one my brother-in-law is driving but is actually titled in my name? Tough questions.
State Street Nationals Premier Car Show - 5/21
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5/21/2017
Sunday, May 21st, some friends and I headed up to Santa Barbara for the annual State Street car show. Over 300 hand-picked special interest and antique cars showed up in downtown Santa Barbara.
United Artists – 5/20
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5/20/2017
As always another great turn-out for Healey Saturday at the UA Theater. With 11 members driving two Sprites, five “big” Healeys, and a classic Porsche and BMW the topics of conversation ranged from upcoming events to planning for the Monterey Healey Meet in September.
Inland Empire Flo's - 5/6
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5/6/2017
The pending rain kept most of the older classics in the garage. Sandy and I drove our BJ8 since it had the hardtop on and we only hit a little rain on the way. Driving newer classics were Bill and Diane Wilkman in their Corvette, Jim Cregg and his son James came in Jim's new pocket-rocket Subaru STI, Jimmy Davis was in his Mercury Marquis, Allan and Tina Perry were in their BMW, Brad Benson was in his Subaru SUV, Bob Saber was in his Jaguar and Tony Platt was on his motorcycle. Actually it was quite an impressive collection of modern classics.
Super Car Sunday – 5/7
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5/7/2017
As I planned to leave Glendale headed for Woodland Hills I checked the weather outside – bright sunshine, blue skies and cool temperatures, perfect! But as I passed the 405 Fwy going west on the 101, the horizon turned into a black curtain of clouds. The nearer I got to Topanga Canyon Blvd the heavier the mist became until I had to turn on the windshield wipers.
Belmont Shore – 5/3
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5/3/2017
We arrived at the parking lot at Belmont Shore and found most of the area taken up by a movie production company. We did manage to find 14 stalls together and a few others nearby. There were 21 cars at the event, of those, five were Healeys the rest were MGs, Jaguars, and Triumphs.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise In - 4/30
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4/30/2017
It's that time of month again for a leisurely breakfast of Bagels and Coffee at the Petersen Automotive Museum. So we headed out from various points on the compass for our goal, the Petersen!
From the Vice President
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6/1/2017
In a couple of months this space will be filled by a new Activities Director. As many of you know, I am moving to England for a good part of 2018 and will be unable to run Activities for six months or so. Unfortunately my absence spans two “Club years” since we normally replace our officers in July. I am sure someone in the Club will step up to fill the position and will bring a lot of fresh ideas. A little new blood is a good thing from time to time.
From the President
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5/1/2017
As we enter the last two months of our club’s fiscal year, it is time to again begin the process of electing new officers for the next year, 2017-2018. Thus, in this issue is a nominations form for new club officers. Please fill in the names of your favorite candidates and return it to Tim McNiff at tmcniff1947@yahoo.com by 5/23/2017. Alternatively, you can do this online at www.austin-healey.org. The future leadership of the club depends on your thoughtful nominations.
From the Editor
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5/1/2017
The past month has been a busy one for the club. There were three major club events which covered the Inland Empire down to La Jolla and into the San Fernando Valley. Getting the Healeys out in public is great for the club and the Marque.
Queen’s English Car Show - 4/23
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4/23/2017
What a gorgeous day for a car show! Bright sunshine, clear skies and a mild 78 degrees. The British Car community responded and there were hundreds of classic marques on the grass at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Arriving at 8:00am I found the park already starting to fill with cars and by 9:00am there was a steady influx of Jaguars, MG’s, Triumph’s, Healeys, Rovers, Morgans, Morris Minors, Minis, Lotuses, and Jensens.
La Jolla Concours 'd Elegance - 4/9
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4/9/2017
Our first awareness of the La Jolla Concours’d Elegance held on April 9th was when Nigel Matthews contacted us about 6 weeks before the event through our website. He informed us that they had chosen Austin Healey to be the marque for the British sports car class and they were distressed that only one had been entered so far. If they didn’t get more entries soon, our favorite car would be removed as the marque, probably never to be so honored again. We immediately decided that that this could not occur and began hustling about to find quality Healeys to be entered. Fortunately, between our and the San Diego clubs, we were quickly able to get five more cars entered and approved...which is not easy, due to the stringent La Jolla requirements. The cars entered included Steve Kirby’s, Marty Hovivian’s and Ed Neumeyer’s from our club and Terry Cowan’s and Dave Grundies’ from the San Diego club. My BJ8 was not entered in the Concours judging but was present in the club corral with several cla
Orange Plaza Classic Car Show - 4/9
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4/9/2017
I received an e-mail from Mike Scroggie informing club members that Mike Biss had an extra entry for the Orange Plaza Car Show. This show is hard to get into, it sells out quick, needless to say I jumped on the opportunity.
Riverside Wings and Fins
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4/1/2017
We had a very good turnout for the Inland Car Guys April 1st breakfast. We joined up at the Starbucks by the Riverside Municipal Airport and caravanned the short distance to the show without losing anyone. Since we arrived together we were able to park our ten cars side by side in our own row.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise In - 3/26
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3/26/2017
I left Glendale as the sun was coming up over the foothills and headed for the Petersen Museum for their monthly gathering. When I arrived there were only a small number of cars on the display area, but one of them was Phil Caliva in his new BJ8. I wondered to myself “does Phil ever sleep?” We were joined by Phil’s cousin Filippo, who like Phil is an Alfa fan.
From the President
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4/1/2017
We’ve had some really well attended events lately, most recently the British Invasion at the Dana Point Festival of Whales and the annual Peter Roses’ Tech session, both are covered in this issue. At the Tech Session, we had a Board Meeting, club financial update and discussion of 2017 upcoming events. We have published the club’s 2016 consolidated financial statements on the website...member sign-on required.
From the Vice President
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4/1/2017
You can tell it’s Spring when every day’s email brings yet another invitation to a Car Show. Seems that every fundraising organization in SoCal has latched on to the car show idea as a way to generate income.....and they may not be wrong.
Historical Stuff
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4/1/2017
Ron Davies, intrepid and unofficial leader of the Inland Empire, Southern California contingent of the Austin Healey Association, has arranged for his gaggle of Healey enthusiasts to meet at the Riverside Air Show scheduled to take place at Riverside Municipal Airport on the first of April. There vintage airplanes, including war planes from World Wars I and II will share the tarmac with a variety of vintage cars, including our Austin Healeys. No big deal, you say? Maybe not, but it gave me a brilliant idea for April’s Historical Stuff column.
UA Theater and Tech Session - 3/18
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3/18/2017
Our Tech Session started out as customary with the Healeys meeting at the United Artists Theater in La Canada. A great turnout of 15 Healeys on a bright, sunshiny morning marked the start of our day. Phil Caliva showed up with his new Black over White BJ8. Sadly Phil was off to another commitment and could not attend the Tech Session so we will have to wait for a detailed inspection of the car. New members Lisa and Dave Thorne attended their first event and were welcomed by the members of the Club and sight of so many Healeys. Additionally, Dex Kaytis, Greg Aden, John Hedblom, Russ Thompson, Tom Spangler, Mike Scroggie, Jon Dougherty, Tim McNiff, Jeff Boysen, Matt Meyer, George Merino, Lou Fisher and myself had cars at the meet. Member Duke Hingley was there with his 1940 Coupe and Steve Gerow and Dan Burrola attended in their “other” cars.
British Invasion – Dana Point Festival of Whales
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3/11/2017
On March 11th & 12th, the club returned to Dana Point for the 46th annual Festival of Whales.
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There, we had a two-day car show called the “British Invasion”. The AHASC, along with the LA Jaguar Owners Club, invited other British cars to attend, including MGs, Triumphs, Minis, Cobras and a Morris Minor. All told, about 30 cars attended each day.
Inland Empire - Flabob Café – 3/4
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3/4/2017
Greetings group, We had a great event at Flabob Café; a total of 15 attendees. Sandy and I didn't get to drive a Healey this time. I replanted my backyard again and it's not ready to drive over. We drove two Healeys last month, so we had one in the bank.
From the President
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3/1/2017
We had a great club turnout for the LA Classic Car Show at the LA Convention Center in late January. Thanks to Steve Kirby for organizing this event, it was a lot of work.
From the Vice President
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3/1/2017
First, I would like to thank all the Members who attended the LA Classic Auto Show, and especially those who exhibited their Healeys. The commitment to display involved quite a bit, since the cars had to be delivered to the Convention Center on Thursday and retrieved on Sunday. That required at least two trips to downtown LA (never a pleasant adventure), navigating the rather complicated loading dock assignment, and having their cars in top condition.
Belmont Shore - 3/1
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3/1/2017
The last Belmont Shore evening meet prior to the start of daylight savings time brought out the usual Healey owners plus an assortment of MG's, Triumphs, as well as other assorted marques.
Where To Find Good Rubber
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3/1/2017
I recently wrote about my inability to locate any 195/70 x 15 passenger car tires (small truck tires in this size can be found). My BJ8 and many others wear (wore) this tire on 5.5 or 6" rims. Goodyear was the maker of this Eagle GT+4 performance tire, and it is no longer in production in this size.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise In - 2/25
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2/25/2017
I woke up Sunday morning, and it was raining! I had planned to go to the Petersen in the Sprite but, oh well. I fired up the Rain Rig, a vehicle with a top, windows and wipers,and headed out. It drizzled most of the way and there were a lot of crazies on the road, but I made it.
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Golden Cove – 2/19
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2/19/2017
It was a cool and misty morning at Golden Cove.

Greg Aden brought his blue Morris Minor and his son drove one of his other cars.

There was a good turnout despite the weather as over 41 British cars showed up.
Super Car Sunday – 2/5
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2/5/2017
So with the BJ7 being stubborn and not wanting to start I jumped in the Passat and headed to Woodland Hills. With the temperature hovering around 48 degrees and the fog covering the Valley I was glad I wasn’t in my convertible. I pulled into the mall parking lot and saw a lineup of Mercedes in the west parking lot and a few other cars.
Inland Empire - Flabob Café – 2/4
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2/4/2017
We tried a new spot today, the Flabob Airport Cafe in Riverside, and it was great. My dad used to keep a plane at this airport in the 60's. It was nice to see the place again and remember flying with him as a kid. I don't think I appreciated it as much then as now. I found myself remembering Ray Stits, Art Scholl and some of the other famous pilots that flew here.
Capistrano Car Show – 2/4
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2/4/2017
The San Juan Capistrano Car Show on February 4th was quite a success. On an overcast but dry morning, the group met at a Starbucks near the show site and drove over in a group. The show was sponsored by the local Rotary and was assisted by the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort (CARE), who provided the Disc Dogs for entertainment. The show included food, entertainment, car judging and awards. Over 400 cars of all descriptions were present, including our 15 Healeys.
Healey Club “Front and Center” at the LA Classic Car Show
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1/27/2017
The first annual LA Classic Car Show was held the weekend of January 27-29 at the LA Convention Center and the Club had an impressive display. Our booth was located just inside the main entry doors and in most cases ours were among the first cars that the attendees saw. We had a full booth all weekend.
Aliso Viejo – 1/14
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1/14/2017
The first Cars & Coffee gathering in Aliso Viejo for the year was a cold morning but many cars showed up anyway. The Mustang, Porsche and Corvette clubs always make a good showing. The British contingent was a bit light, but there were a few interesting cars including a Jaguar 120 coupe, a 1961 MGA, and Richard Schnyder’s blue TR 6, other than our Healeys, of course. Attending from the club were Tom Spangler in his Bugeye, Phil Caliva in his Nasty Boy, and me with my BJ8. Tony Trentacost came a bit late after failing to get his BJ8 started due to a bad battery.
Super Car Sunday 1/8
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1/8/2017
I left Orange County a little after 6:00 am and arrived at the meet a little after 7:00. There weren't as many cars when I arrived as I'm used to, but as the morning went on more cars did arrive. I didn't see anyone else from the club even though it was a scheduled event, however not on the normal first Sunday.
Peninsula Center – 1/7
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1/7/2017
It was raining this morning and I tried to go but didn’t get the car out.

I did do a drive on Sunday, January 1st up the coast to Trancas just north of Zuma Beach. The first Sunday of the month a group of cars will meet at 7:00 am. A few of us from the South Bay met in Marina Del Ray at 6:00 am for the drive up the coast. Phil Caliva likes to go to Super Car Sunday first to get his club points; then he drives down Malibu Canyon or Kanan Dune to meet up with us.
Tour d’ Orange 1/1
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1/1/2017
The Tour d'Orange New Year's Day drive turned out to be a great drive. It was a little chilly getting there but once the drive started it was sunshine and cool temperatures all the way. Turning out for the morning's drive were Phil Cavila, Tom Spangler, Jay Miller, Dex and Peggy Kaytis, Chuck and Dawn Lakowski, Steve and Michele Dulson, Dick and Carol Ames and a potential member from Riverside, Randy Clary. We were driving two bugeyes, four big Healeys and two Jensen Healeys.
Historical Stuff
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2/1/2017
A popular pastime for some involves imagining what sort of animal one would be if not a human. The same sort of game is also played with cars as the object of comparison. For example, if Charlie Sheen was a Healey, I think he would be a Nasty Boy. Zsa Zsa Gabor would be a fully optioned BJ8…with air conditioning of course, dahling. So, what about a Sprite? To me, the answer is obvious… Rodney Dangerfield. All too often, like Dangerfield, our little Sprites simply “don’t get no respect.” Don’t believe me? Well then, I would remind you of the early years of our club when Sprite owners were banned from full membership status. Need I say more?
From the President
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2/1/2017
With the New Year, we have a new Spirit Award contest for 2017. We have made some enhancements to the contest rules…additional points are earned for submitting an article $nonrecurring% for the newsletter, hosting a club event $like a Tech Session% and recruiting a new club member. See the 2017 rules documented in this issue.
From the Vice President
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2/1/2017
Has it stopped raining yet? I’m afraid to look outside.
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I guess we’re lucky to live in SoCal where we pretty much have year ‘round driving weather. In fact, all my British cars seem to run a little better when it’s cool and damp…. I guess they were made for it. So really, its only rain that can get most of us o# the road and result in Healey’s being parked in garages. Seems like that has been the norm for most weekends for a while.
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From the President
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1/1/2017
The start of the new near always provides a moment to re?ect on the passing year and expectations and resolutions for the coming year.
From the Vice President
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1/1/2017
The First LA Classic Auto Show is just around the corner, and the publicity is starting to get pretty interesting. If you haven’t heard, the Show will be held at the LA Convention Center from January 27-29. There should be hundreds, if not thousands, of sports cars, classics, customs and the like on display, with over thirty car clubs, including the Healey Club, involved.
Due Diligence, Caveat Emptor, Look Before You Leap
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1/6/2017
You will meet some of the nicest, friendliest, and most helpful people in the Healey world – those who would go out of their way to help you solve a problem or find a car to buy.

However, not all of those you might come across are so nice and it pays to beware of the bad guys.
Cars & Coffee in Las Vegas
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1/6/2017
This article was written by our Out-of-State correspondent and past-President George McHarris who now lives in Las Vegas.

British Auto Club Las Vegas [BACLV] member Kunal Mishra was able to arrange an opportunity to promote the club and show off our LBC's.
Club Holiday Party - 12/18
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12/18/2016
This year the Club returned to the shore for its Holiday Party after two years on the Westside. Past-president George Merino, a member of the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach, made the arrangements for our party to be held at the club.
Golden Cove - 12/18
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12/18/2016
This was the last all-Brit gathering for the year. It was a cold drive up the hill today and I didn’t expect a big turnout with the Club’s Holiday lunch this afternoon; but over 45 cars came to the Golden Cove shopping center. Plus, it was not that cold after the sun came out.
Aliso Viejo - 12/17
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12/17/2016
I attended the Aliso Viejo Cars & Coffee on December 17th. In addition to the outstanding display of cars, this was a special event with the gift collection for Toys for Tots, which will be held annually. The US Marine Corps was there in force collecting the toys for eventual delivery to Camp Pendleton for distribution to needy kids. In addition to the USMC decorated Woody, the Marines showed up in a very large troop carrier called the “Beast”.
Motor4Toys - 12/4
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12/4/2016
The Super Car Sunday event that normally takes place at the Topanga Promenade on this Sunday became the annual Motor4Toys charity car show.
From the President
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12/1/2016
It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of yet another year. They say when you get over the hill, you pick up speed…I guess they’re right!
From the Vice President
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12/1/2016
Bucket List Time New Year’s is a traditional time for resolutions. Your personal bucket list should certainly be considered a part of any resolutions made. So let’s resolve to update our personal bucket lists. Below I present some ideas for your consideration.
Austin Healey Association of Southern California Holiday/Christmas Party
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12/1/2016
You are cordially invited to the Club’s annual Holiday Party. It will be held at Shoreline Yacht Club on Sunday, December 18th at 12:30 PM.
Golden Cove - 11/20
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11/20/2016
Is it going to rain or not? At 7:00am I texted Greg and we decided to wait until 8:000am to decide if we were going or not. No rain at 8:00 so off we went to Golden Cove. Over 45 cars showed up.
Morgan Club Memorial Banzai Tour - 11/6
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12/8/2016
A group of six “big” Healeys, two Bugeyes, and an Alfa Romeo joined a contingent from the Morgan Club to participate in a well-planned and enjoyable drive from Valencia to Santa Paula.
Inland Empire Farmer Boys - 11/5
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11/5/2016
Today marked the 2nd anniversary for this event at Farmer Boys in Riverside. We only had four classics but 10 attendees. It was a crack of dawn drive for Sandy and me as we left Redlands a little after 7:00 am.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise-In 10/30
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12/8/2016
Another early Sunday morning on the road to the Petersen. I’m joining Phil Caliva, Greg Aden, Dex Kaytis, and potential new member Duke Hingley, for a few hours of car watching and FREE coffee and bagels.
Dynamator Installation Revisited - 10/29
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10/29/2016
This is a continuation of the article in last month’s newsletter. We rescheduled the completion of the Dynamator installation for one week later, on Saturday, October 29th.
Monterey International Healey Week 2017
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11/4/2016
Monday, September 11 – Friday, September 15

Cruisin’ with your honey, surfer tunes playing, sunshine, top down. Bring back those heady days! You bring your memories and we’ll bring the venue to rekindle those memories! Join the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club for Monterey International Healey Week 2017 in Monterey, California while we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of Big Healey production. In fact, that very car may be in attendance!
From the President
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11/1/2016
As we enter the Holiday season, we all have a lot to be thankful for. November and December are the months for family gatherings, celebrations and reflection on the present year and the upcoming New Year. One thing I will personally be thankful for is the end of the Presidential campaign season! On November 8th, be sure to vote for your favorite candidates and uphold the best traditions of our republic.
From the Vice President
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11/1/2016
Last month I asked the question “Got Stuff” in relation to the recent All British Swap Meet which was held on October 22. I am happy to report that the event was a great success with many vendors from as far away as Washington State and including San Diego and the Inland Empire and dozens and dozens of buyers. I am not sure anyone left with less “stuff” than they came with, but we all left with different stuff. I sold a Pertronix distributor, some K&N filters and a newish electric fuel pump and immediately “reinvested” my new found wealth in a gas powered pressure washer being offered by another seller. Good deal by all around! Hopefully next year we’ll be able to attract more Healey parts sellers (there were plenty of buyers) to make the event more interesting for our Club.
From the Editor
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11/1/2016
We are rapidly approaching the end of the year. With this month’s issue there is only one month left before we start 2017. But before then, let’s take a look at the activities and events that our club members have participated in during late September and most of October. We had great participation at all of our recurring events; the Club events for October also saw member participation in middling numbers.
Wings, Wheels, Rotors & A Little Rain - 10/23
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10/23/2016
The day began at 7:30am as the group assembled at my home for the short caravan to the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Participants included Jay Miller, Bob Bolling, Chuck Jakowski, Phil Caliva, Tim McNiff, and Dex Kaytis who all drove their Healeys. We were joined later at the base by Tom Spangler, sans his Sprite.
Dynamator Tech Session - 10/22
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10/22/2016
When the generator on my BJ8 failed this summer, I decided to replace it with an alternator…I’m tired of the recurring generator problems. Rather than use a modern one, like in our cars today, I decided to get the “retro” version that looks like our cylindrical Healey generators. Peter Roses had done the legwork on this project when he installed one in his 100-6 (the details for this are on the website under Technical documents). This alternator is called a “Dynamator” (combined voltage regulator and alternator) and comes from a UK company, through a Canadian broker in Alberta.
Laguna Beach Classic Car Show - 10/2
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10/2/2016
The first Club event in October was the Annual Laguna Beach Rotary Classic Car Show. This year we were back in the parking lot, as the fairgrounds were again undergoing some renovation. At least the organizer’s give us the back corner of the parking lot so we can set up our tent.
Inland Empire Farmer Boys 10/1
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10/1/2016
Greetings again, Another good gathering and breakfast on a very pleasant morning.
From the Vice President!
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10/1/2016
GOT STUFF? If you are like most Healey owners, you are a border-line hoarder. Or maybe worse! It’s just so hard to throw away those used and abused parts, no matter their condition, “you never know”. Fact is that most of us will never use some of the treasures we have stored away, but that does not mean they are worthless, in fact some other Healey owner may be dying to get his hands on some of your junk (no pun intended).
From the Editor
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10/1/2016
Where has the year gone? It’s already the October issue. In this month’s newsletter you will read about the local goings on in the various regions of our club. You will also get reports on the Club Events for September and see what is coming up in October and further out.
Golden Cove
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9/18/2016
Fall was in the air and dew was on the cars. The weather made for a nice Sunday drive to Golden Cove. Over 67 cars made the drive to the parking lot of the shopping center at Hawthorne Blvd and Palos Verdes Dr South.
Belmont Classic Car Show
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9/11/2016
We approached the east end of 2nd St and found a great display of Patriotism. The local OireOighters had hoisted a giant Garrison American Flag from the high ladder of their Oire truck and also had a display of a piece of I-beam and gussets that had been rescued from the ashes of the N.Y. World Trade Center. A great tribute to the fallen of 9/11. This show has been one of my favorites for at least the last 20 years of attending with various vehicles.
Monrovia Classic Car Show
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9/10/2016
In the cool of the early morning I drove to the Monrovia car show. I parked at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Huntington Drive in order to meet up with Jay Miller, Chuck Lakowski, a new member with his 1974 Jensen Healey and Tim McNiff.
Super Car Sunday
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9/4/2016
This Sunday was the middle of a three-day Holiday weekend and I wondered what kind of a turnout would there be in Woodland Hills. On the drive west I went under a big black cloud that contained enough moisture that I needed to turn on the wipers. Luckily the rain held off and I made it to West Oield’s Topanga Plaza where I saw Dex and Peggy Kaytis in the parking lot with Peggy’s new purchase, a yellow BugEye that had been one of Greg Aden’s.
From the President
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9/1/2016
If you read my account of our Yosemite After-Tour, you might recall I had problems with my BJ8 exhaust system and the generator. Last week, I replaced my exhaust system with one I recently purchased from George Merino.
From the Vice President
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9/1/2016
Something very rare happened last Sunday. I completed the restoration of a 1974 Jensen Healey….a two year project done mostly in my shop. I won’t bore you with too many of the details, but my goal was to build a car that the factory would have built had the company lasted another five years (sort of like trying to build a 1972 Healey 3000 Mark IV or V).
Historical Stuff
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9/1/2016
Being your Club Historian can be a pretty depressing job. I have access to a large number of photographs of club events conducted over the years. My invariable reaction to photos taken in the 1970s and 1980s is “Dang, we were sure young back then!” My next invariable reaction is “Dang, we’re certainly a bunch of old farts now!” So, why is that? Yes, it is true we’re all much older than we were back in the 1970s and 1980s, but where are our children and grandchildren? Why haven’t they followed in our footsteps?
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise-In
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8/28/2016
Woke to a slightly overcast cool morning. Headed south through Hollywood to the Petersen. Wanted to get there early, before Phil Caliva showed up. Surprise, I was the first Healey on scene and one of the first cars to show up. Soon Russ Thompson and Joyce arrived in Russ’ black 3000; then Tom Spangler arrived in his BugEye.
Enderle Center Classic Car Show
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8/21/2016
I took off from Glendale just as the sky in the east was turning pink. Wanted to make sure I got to the venue early so I could meet up with the other club members attending. Arrived in Tustin and pulled into the check-in line behind a 1965 MkIII, Green over Cream, that I didn’t recognize. Right behind me was Tom Spangler in his yellow BugEye, a few cars back was Jay Miller in his red MkIII, then came new member Jarrod Word in a Black 1954 BN1 with louvered bonnet and leather strap. Finally, Mike Scroggie joined us driving his Porsche 356, which he dubbed a German Healey.
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United Artists Theatre
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8/20/2016
While the hot days of summer still linger, our local Healeys gathered at the UA for Spirit Points, Coffee and Healey talk. This week’s discussion was primarily on cooling options for the Big Healey and Dennis Williams’ all-aluminum radiator.
Peninsula Center
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8/6/2016
The show location has moved back to the old spot at Silver Spur and Hawthorne Blvd.
Auction Prices
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8/2/2016
If you are like me, you often wonder “what is my car really worth?” So here is what’s been happening since the beginning of the year.
Petersen Museum Cruise-In
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7/31/2016
The Petersen Museum had advertised this month’s Cruise In as honoring the Ford Motor Company. They invited Ford owners and Ford Car Clubs to take part; and they did. From Model T’s to Model A’s, Woodies from the 40’s, classic Mustangs and Shelby Cobras, to the GT street racer. The turnout was large, especially considering the heavy overcast, and very appreciative of the wide variety of cars on display.
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Channel Islands Harbor British Car Show 7/17
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7/17/2016
This year the show was celebrating 60 years of the MGA and the TR3. There were more MGA’s in one place than I can remember and the TR3’s were a dream to look at. There were also MGB’s and C’s; TR4’s, TR6’s and the odd Spit?re and 250; lots of Jaguars and a few other marques, like Sunbeam, Mini, Morris, Rover, and Lotus. In the rarities paddock you could gaze on an AC Bristol, a Cobra, and an Aston Martin DB4.
United Artists Theater 7/16
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7/16/2016
This is our second meeting since returning from California Healey Week, and for those who took the extra week to tour the Wine Country and California Coast an opportunity to further the discussion on trailers. I, for one, had a number of issues with my normally reliable Healey that have made me consider purchasing a trailer. Since a number of the UA attendees are in the same boat we are looking at discounts for quantity purchases. I will give more details on our current front runners in another update; but suffice to say the loading and unloading on these trailers will be a breeze and we are now down to accessories.
Inland Empire Farmer Boys 7/2
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7/2/2016
We had a beautiful morning for our drive to Farmer Boys. The break in the hot weather was just what was needed. Lawrie Jordan in his late model BJ8 was already there when Sandy and I arrived in our BJ8.
Cops for Tots Car Show 6/26
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6/26/2016
Left Glendale before 7:00am, under overcast skies, for the short drive over to Eagle Rock for the 18th Annual Cops for Tots Car Show.
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Yosemite Healey Week # Overview
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7/5/2016
AHASC decided that 2016 was going to be a departure from the traditional California Healey Week. We decided to have our classic Healey gathering in central California, at the historic and beautiful Yosemite...and called it Yosemite Healey Week.
Yosemite Healey Week - Car Show Winners
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7/5/2016
Originally scheduled to be held at Goat Meadow, a location outside the Park proper and off the beaten path, the car show was actually held in the area around the Redwoods Event Center. Ed Neumeyer, Car Show Director and Planner, managed to squeeze close to 100 cars into an unimaginably small space.
Tuolumne Meadows Road Trip
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6/4/2016
Driving through Yosemite represents a challenge to both the driver and his Austin Healey. Can they endure the heat, the range in altitude, UV intensity, and the psychology of remoteness away from urban life? The Tioga Road trip to Tuolumne Meadows would answer these questions.
Yosemite Healey Week - Poker Run
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6/3/2016
YHW Poker Rally-What a day! 70+ Healeys, 140+ attendees, 10 decks of playing cards, blue sky, comfortable temperatures and raging enthusiasm for the start of our rally. To recap; the participants received their first card at departure which was about 30 seconds between cars.
From the Vice President
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7/5/2016
Hello to all you Healey lovers…it was great to see so many of you in Yosemite! I think a wonderful time was had by all.

The weather and the altitude put some stress on our old cars, a few of which had problems, though most performed admirably.
From the Vice President
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6/6/2016
If you read this column, you know I enjoy driving rented vehicles when I travel for business or pleasure. It’s fun to try out all kinds of new cars, particularly those that are not available here. So when Cindi and I were booking our 40th Anniversary trip to Europe, I decided to “scroll down the page” on the rental car sites to see if there was something available of interest.
Queen’s English Car Show 5/22
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5/22/2016
Sunday 7:30am, peeked out the door to check the weather before firing up my BJ7 and was pleasantly surprised! Clear, sunny skies. The good weather brought out a very large crowd of British car owners who put their cars on display at Woodley Park in the Sepulveda Basin. As I their paddocks to overflowing while others were lightly represented. I was joined by Dick Boyd, Russ Thompson, Joyce Maeda, and Fred Cohen in their “Big” Healeys. Soon to be followed by a couple of club “squarebody” Sprites owned by Susan Motander and Charles rolled into the park I looked for Healey’s; I was the first “Big” Healey to show. I was directed to park by a strange looking car, a 1966 Innocenti S Spider. It turned out it was a Healey in disguise. An Italian body designed by the Fiat 124 designer was placed on a Spridget chassis, engine and transmission.
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My Hard Luck Car Story
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5/22/2016
I got up early Sunday the 22nd, to go to the Queen’s English British Car show and headed out about 5:00am. I stopped and got gas, then went to Norm's for breakfast. I left Norm's about 6:15, and started north on the 405 Fwy from Fountain Valley. Everything was normal and I was motoring along about 60 to 65 MPH, when all at once the Tach started spinning, the needle came off and dropped to the bottom off the gauge, and the engine shut off.
Automobile Driving Museum Show 5/21
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5/21/2016
The Automobile Driving Museum, in El Segundo, held a special British Car show on May 21st which was attended by approximately 40 British cars of various Marques.
Muckenthaler Annual Car Show 5/15
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5/15/2016
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton held their annual car event over the weekend of May 14th and 15th.
Aliso Viejo - 5/14
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5/14/2016
Aliso Viejo continues to expand and is becoming the next-generation replacement for Cars & Coffee in Irvine. This weekly gathering is growing in quantity and quality of cars.
Super Car Sunday 5/1
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5/1/2016
It’s May Day and instead of dancing around the May Pole I decided to take in Ferrari Day in Woodland Hills. Drove out the 101 to Topanga Canyon Blvd in bright sunshine which quickly turned into overcast.
Yosemite Healey Week Update
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4/4/2016
With almost two months to go until Yosemite Healey Week, we are nearly at our capacity. We currently have 100 entrants and about 191 people attending. About 54 cars are attending from Southern California (AHASC and AHCSD), 40 from Northern California (GGAHC) and two each from New Mexico, Washington and Arizona.
From the Vice President - Ready for Yosemite Healey Week
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5/3/2016
Steve discusses preparing your Healey for Yosemite.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise In and Tour
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4/24/2016
Discussion of the memorable Petersen Museum car show and breakfast.
Morgan Club Monte Carlo Rally 4/23
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4/23/2016
This is the second year that our Club has participated in the Morgan Club’s Rally up the Angeles Crest Hwy.
21st Annual San Diego Rolling British Car Day
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4/17/2016
I really needed to get my Healey out of the garage and take her out for a long “stretch of the legs” as they say... so the annual San Diego Roling British Car Day was my event of choice.

It was a busy day of car events all over Southern California, and I believe, but I’m not sure, that I was the only member of AHA to attend this one.
Brits at Belmont Shore - 4/6
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4/6/2016
Spring has sprung and we had a decent turn out for the Belmont Shore British Car Night.
Old Car Breakfast and Tour 4/5
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4/5/2016
On April 5th I attended the Old Car Breakfast at Applebee's in Fountain Valley.
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The cost was $10.00, and the event attracted about 250 people and 100 cars. We had eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes, orange juice, and coffee, all provided by Applebee’s.
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After breakfast a drawing was held; tee shirts, hats, skull caps, detailing supplies, and so forth were given away. We were then broken down into two groups and given directions to four businesses that would be conducting tours of their shops.
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Inland Empire Farmer Boys - 4/2
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4/2/2016
Inland Empire Farmer Boys - With so many events to choose from it was no wonder that we had a light turnout for today's event. We did have a few diehards though.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise In - 3/27
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3/27/2016
It’s Easter Sunday and I’m on my way to the Petersen Museum with some dyed Easter eggs for my breakfast to be enjoyed with the free coffee and bagels provided by the Museum. The third floor parking area started to Sill up by 8:00am. The local BMW Z8 club was on hand and had 6 cars on display. In addition there were the usual high-end cars; Aston Martins, Bentleys and a 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid with a solar panel in its glass roof.
Festival of Whales Weekend # 3/12 & 3/13
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3/12/2016
The Dana Point Festival of Whales was a huge success. The weather was terrific and the turnout for the British Invasion car show was also outstanding.
Inland Empire Farmer Boys - 3/5
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3/5/2016
I had a pleasant drive in my modified BN2 to Farmer Boys in the early Saturday morning overcast. The weather forecast was for rain in the evening but not during the day. Looking at the sky, I hoped that they were right this time.
Petersen Museum Cruise In - 2/28
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2/28/2016
The overcast and chill did put a slight damper on the turnout, but there were still some amazing cars on display. I joined Dex Kaytis and Phil Caliva on the Promenade deck of the parking garage where we took in the many types of cars on hand while enjoying the free coffee, bagels, muffins and breads.
Super Car Sunday - 2/7
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2/7/2016
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I am driving out to Woodland Hills for Super Car Sunday! As I motor along I recall Super Bowl I, which was held 49 years ago.
San Juan Capistrano Car Show # 2/6
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2/6/2016
February 6th was the 11th annual Historic San Juan Capistrano Car Show. On a beautiful sunny day, we assembled early at the Starbucks in San Juan Capistrano for coffee before proceeding a short distance to the show grounds, a large park adjacent to several schools.
Rose Parade Cruise - 12/31
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12/31/2015
This event for car clubs and car lovers has been around for years, from the night cruising along the parade route to the current New Year’s Eve morning cruise down Colorado Blvd.
Petersen Museum Breakfast Cruise-In - 12/27
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12/27/2015
The monthly gathering of car lovers resumed at the Petersen Museum on December 27th following the reopening of the museum. The response from the car community was overwhelming; the number of cars that showed up far surpassed expectations and the staff ran short of parking validations, ballots, bagels, and coffee. Club members who attended this first cruise-in were Tom Spangler, Dex Kaytis and yours truly.
Winter Tech Session 1/23
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1/23/2016
Our day began at the UA Theater in La Canada where ten Healeys and their drivers met for their first shot of coffee. Shortly we were on our way up the hill to 5132 Ocean View for a full morning of maintenance tips and techniques all in preparation for our drive to California Healey Week in Yosemite.