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Published On 7/1/2024
Well, California Healey Week 2024 and Rendezvous 2024 and Steve Kirby’s tour of British Columbia are behind us, and everyone is home safe and sound.
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Published On 7/1/2024
Well, the hectic months of May and June are behind us, and it is now on to a couple of full months of enjoying our Healey’s.
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Published On 6/22/2024
One nice thing about the warmer temperatures, I don’t have to dress like I’m on an Artic expedition when I leave early in the morning for a car show. Today’s show in El Segundo is a case in point, T- shirt under a long-sleeve denim shirt and I was set. Arrived first at the now-empty Starbucks at Mariposa and PCH, but was soon joined by Greg Aden and his grandson Jordan, Steve MagofIin, and Ron Fine. We chewed the fat for a few minutes and then headed to the Museum when no one else showed up
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Published On 6/8/2024
Well, I guess I represented the Healey Club at the show, with no other Healey’s to be seen. I ended up driving my 1956 Ford F100 Pickup so Nancy could ride in comfort (it was lightly raining this morning on our drive south).
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Published On 6/1/2024
We had a good turn out today. The weather was pleasant and cool. A nice TR4 with a new red paint job and all re-chromed showed up.
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Published On 6/1/2024
June 1st was a two-for car show day for me. First, I met the Hooligan Gang at Silver Spur early at 0645 hrs and had coffee and food with Chuck Lakowski and Frank Nesta. Then we roamed back to the Healey group and the rest of the gang. The usual suspects were present, but that is a story for Corkey to write.
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Published On 6/1/2024
Well, California Healey Week 2024 is behind us and we’re nearly through with Rendezvous 2024 and Steve Kiby’s tour of British Columbia. The CHW 2024 crew did a GREAT job pulling together another memorable event and by all accounts the folks attending had a good time making new memories, catching up with old friends, making new friends and enjoying beautiful drives in our Healeys. As with CHW 2024, the Rendezvous has enabled us to make more new friends, catch up with more old friends and Kix (or supervise) several busted cars.
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Published On 6/1/2024
Another fantastic Healey Week is behind us, and it is on to another full month of enjoying our Healey’s as we have a busy June with four Club events as well as all the recurring events.
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Published On 5/26/2024
It’s early Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend and I’m motoring through mist under overcast skies to Costa Mesa. My destination is the Scottish Festival at the OC Fairgrounds. As I enter the gate for the British Car Display, I see a few cars already parked, but only one Healey, John Hummer’s primrose yellow 100-6. I pull in next to John and we become the Healey contingent.
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Published On 5/15/2024
This year’s car show was held in a small parking lot in Morro Bay on Wednesday morning. The other lots in town were being utilized by the Triathlon that was to be held the following weekend. The location turned out to be great, it was one block up from the Embarcadero and close to the restaurants and stores and included a great view of the waterfront and the Morro Big Rock.
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Published On 5/14/2024
Our California Healey Week Poker Run started at the Embassy Suites and traveled through central coast roads before ending in Avila Beach. Starting in the morning the participants left the Embassy Suites for Atascadero, then on to Morro Bay then along to Los Osos, turning onto Los Osos Valley Rd and then on to Prefumo Canyon Road. Then down See Canyon Rd to Avila Beach. The route combined back roads and spectacular coastal range views.
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Published On 5/14/2024
This was my third (3rd) year taking the lead in presenting Funkhana at California Healey Week. I again had a great crew of Golden Gate Austin Healey Club volunteers. Members of the Austin Healey Club of Southern California and employees at the Embassy Suites also pitched in as needed and were a great help. It’s a little work, but such a joy working with people for the purpose of fun.
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Published On 5/4/2024
Greetings Group, We were having light rain sprinkles in Redlands as we left for Farmer Boys in Riverside. Since we were taking the Austin Healey BJ8 with real windows and a hardtop it was no big deal. Well, almost no big deal. It started raining a little harder as we drove through Sam Timoteo Canyon. I don't know how well your wipers work but mine are a joke. They spread the water around a little but don't really wipe the glass clear. Maybe I need new wiper arms with better tension. I only use them every few years or so.
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Published On 5/1/2024
Well, we are into the car show season now. In the past few weeks, we had the Seal Beach car show, the Queen’s English British Car show, and upcoming we have California Healey Week and the British Columbia Healey Club Rendezvous and tour through British Columbia. Lots of miles and smiles ahead. We will keep you up to date on the shows, gatherings, and drives.
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Published On 5/1/2024
Hope everyone had an enjoyable April and were able to get their Healey’s out and enjoy them. I finally got my BJ7 back on the road after getting the clutch replaced and then having someone hit it on the right rear. Nothing major but a pain in getting it repaired.
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Published On 4/28/2024
The morning was clear, and the weather was expected to be perfect for a car show, sunshine but not hot.
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Published On 4/21/2024
The gathering at Golden Cove, Sunday April 21 was especially large from the Austin Healey and Jensen Healey set. All this turnout was clearly in anticipation of the Tech Session to be put on by Greg Aden at his shop in Harbor City. After a scenic drive through Palos Verdes, the twenty or so classic big Healeys, Jensen-Healeys, Bugeyes and an MGB arrived at “Siesta Classics” in Harbor City.
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Published On 4/14/2024
Rolling British Car Day: To go or not to go. We had a nice little group planning to go but the possibility of rain and a health concern for one group member put a stop to that. We were still on the fence about going, but when we got up Sunday morning and it wasn’t raining and no rain in the immediate forecast, my wife and I decided to go for it. We had a pleasant, light traffic drive to Carlsbad where the meet up was scheduled for take-off at 9:30. Another group from more southern locations/San Diego area was to pass us along the route but as has often happened in past years we never saw them. We were either too early or too late to catch sight of them. I suspect we were a bit late as there were lots of cars already at the picnic site (Bates Nut Farm) when we got there. The drive was very nice, not a lot of traffic and some interesting scenery. This is an all-British car drive and so we saw a great mix of old and newer British cars. The drive organizers really emphasized that it is not
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Published On 4/14/2024
Balboa Fun Zone 4/14 Sunday morning, Jilled up and headed down to Balboa Fun Zone hoping to see Phil Caliva in one of his Healeys, Chuck Lakowski in one of his Jensen Healeys and hoping for Dex to be there as well. We were also hoping for Nancy Asahina and Steve Schryver in the green 72MGB.
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Published On 4/7/2024
Today’s marque was Ferrari and I was hoping for fair weather and a nice turnout of cars.
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Published On 4/6/2024
Greetings Group, We nabbed a break in the rain again for our April gathering at Farmer Boys in Riverside. It was, however, very cold since it was clear. My wife, and navigator, Sandy had an Art thing going on so, had to miss the brisk drive to Riverside. As predicted it was 39 degrees when I left Redlands at 7am. I was very glad to have a nice black fleece full head ski mask to wear. Sure, with my black leather jacket on I looked like a terrorist or perhaps a smash and grab burglar, but my face and ears were warm. I did have a spot of a bother keeping my glasses from fogging up, but did I mention my face was warm. At speed my glasses stayed clear, so I just had to keep the speed up in my modified AH 100.
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Published On 4/1/2024
Winter is behind us, and all the rain has created an amazing spring; the wildflowers are out and in full bloom.
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Published On 4/1/2024
Hopefully the rains have stopped, and everyone is enjoying the great weather we are having between storms.
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Published On 3/17/2024
Spring came early this Sunday. We had a beautiful day to be out driving our cars. The parking lot was full by 8:30. New member, Darrin Thompson, had his white 3000 but without the chopped wind shield and the roll cage.
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Published On 3/16/2024
In attendance for this month’s UA Meet were Tim McNiff, Steve Gerow, Peter Roses, Phil Caliva, Lou Fisher, Vito Triglia, John Hedblom, Emil Joseph and George Moreno, who joined us for breakfast. For the cars, we had Iive Healeys, an MGB and two BJ9’s. Most were on hand for Healey talk, breakfast and third brake light aesthetic voting.
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Published On 3/3/2024
It was another lovely, clear, but COLDDD morning for our drive to the Balboa Peninsula and Tustin Legacy Car Shows. Dexter drove his big Healey with his son Clay riding shotgun and Clay's wife, Monica, followed with her cool, sporty Mini Cooper (newer w/turbo) to Balboa and I met them there in my Black BJ8. Upon arrival I was surprised that John and our leader Alice were there with Dr. Brown. The Dr. drove his wonderfully restored Jaguar XK120 with his lovely daughter, and soon to be new Bug-eye driver, plus Nancy Asahina and Steve Shriver were on hand with his MGB.
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Published On 3/2/2024
The 53rd edition of the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales was held over the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd. As a tradition, we held the “British Invasion” car show of classic British car marques, along with the classic Corvettes and Surf Woodies. The British classics attending included Healeys, Jaguars, Triumphs, MGs, Lotus and others. The car shows took place from 10AM through 3PM in the afternoon.
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Published On 3/2/2024
Greetings Group, I was planning on low attendance for our first Saturday of the month event because we were having another weekend storm system move through the Inland Empire. Rain was definitely forecast. Bill Wilkman was very concerned because he wanted to show off and share his recently finished Austin Healey Bugeye project. I told him I would appeal to the rain gods to give us a break but not to bet on it.
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Published On 3/1/2024
I hope this Hinds you well and dry. WOW, a lot of rain but beautiful weather between the storms, so we’re able to get our cars out for drives and visit our friends at the various drives and meets. Hope you have been able to get those planned updates done with the Festival of Whales on 3/3, and the Seal Beach car show 4/27 coming up. I hope you have been able to take advantage of our advertisers and CHW 2024 sponsors as you are doing your updates & repairs. I certainly have.
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Published On 3/1/2024
Hopefully everyone is still staying dry and the rain will be ending soon. The outlook for sun will be better in March.
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Published On 2/18/2024
Mother nature gave us a gift this Sunday, a beautiful morning of clear blue sky and warm temperatures.
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Published On 2/17/2024
This month I was out of town in Vegas for a brief anniversary vacation with my wife of 38 years, Alexandra. Add in 5 years of dating - that makes almost 43 years of Healey talk and me working on my BN6. Who says there are no living saints on earth? Now for Saturday, on hand were seven members and Hive cars; and according to Steve Gerow, no Magpie’s for breakfast. However, Jack Gies, Lon Bender, John Hedblom, Phil Caliva, Dex Kaytis, Chuck Lakowski, made the meet.
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Published On 2/11/2024
February 11th, the second Sunday of the month. Yes, a favorite day of each month that Alice Johnson and I look forward to, was here again.
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Published On 2/3/2024
Greetings Group, We got a lucky break in the rain for our February get together at Farmer Boys. It was, however, quite cold. Sandy and I decided on "warm and toasty" instead of "frozen faced" for our early morning drive. It was only 39 degrees as we drove our Miata through San Timoteo Canyon on our way to Riverside. We wimped out but we were warm.
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Published On 2/3/2024
It was a nice cool morning to sleep in, and I did, getting up after 7 and made it to Silver Spur at 8am. There were over 30 cars on hand. Met up with Greg Aden and we walked over to Myers Bakery for a coffee and Danish. We were sitting outside enjoying our food when Jim Spisak pulled up in his ‘Vette. We visited with Jim for a while before heading back to our cars. By then most of the other cars were gone.
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Published On 2/1/2024
So far it looks like we are skipping winter this year. The good news is, although a bit chilly, we can still get our cars out for some get-togethers and drives. Now is a good time to do those updates you were thinking about in preparation for several great shows coming up: SJC car show 2/10, Festival of Whales 3/3, and the Seal Beach car show 4/27.
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Published On 2/1/2024
Hope everyone has been staying dry lately and from what I hear the rain will not be letting up any time soon. Therefore, the people putting on the San Juan Capistrano show are postponing it until the 10th; if you could not make the 3rd and still want to attend registration is still open. Just click on the link on the events calendar.
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Published On 1/21/2024
With a light drizzle falling Give members showed up at Golden Cove. Phil Caliva and Dex Kaytis drove their trucks to breakfast and joined us after eating. Peter Hutchings with his Jensen Healey was already parked when I arrived and Dave and Jackie Deamer arrived from Orange County. A surprising turnout for the weather.
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Published On 1/14/2024
Here is a start-of-the-year Austin Healey adventure.

At 0600 I met up with my three Amigos: Dex Kaytis, Chuck Lakowski and Bob Bolling, at the Chevron station off the Bellflower and 405 Southbound ramp. After hellos and a short discussion, we decided Chuck would lead the gang to our Balboa Peninsula destination that has our famous Croissant breakfast donut shop.
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Published On 1/7/2024
It was very cold this morning as I headed to Pierce College. I could have been mistaken for Nanook of the North, I was so bundled up. I arrived at Pierce College to find very few cars on hand. A sprinkling of hot rods and muscle cars, the Marque this month. People may have been put off by the cold. Shortly after parking I was joined by Fred Cohen in his Datsun 510. Then Jack Gies rolled up in his BJ8 and that was it for the Austin Healey Club.
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Published On 1/6/2024
It was a beautiful, sunny, crisp day for a drive up the hill in Palos Verdes. Dexter said his speed going uphill was the same as the outside temperature this morning. Someone pointed out that his Sprite doesn’t go that fast up the hill; it was 43 degrees at 7:00 am.
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Published On 1/1/2024
I hope you had a chance to spend time with your friends, family and loved ones over the holidays. I also hope you were able to join our Healey family at the Rose Parade route drive on New Year’s Eve and the Tour d’Orange on New Year’s Day. Both great drives/ get-togethers. With those behind us, now is a good time to work on the little things to get ready for the spring. Please keep in mind our advertisers and CHW 2024 sponsors in your updates & repairs.
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Published On 1/1/2024
Happy New Year to everyone! Hopefully everyone had a great Holiday season, it’s now time to get back to serious driving of our Healey’s.
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Published On 1/1/2024
The AHCA delegates meeting was held in Plainfield, IN Nov 11-12. The meeting was supported locally as well as by a large Zoom population representing many clubs. Key discussions included: club offices summaries, reduction in club insurance costs, opening of the registration for Conclave '24 at Elkhart Lake, WI, GGAHC and AHASC jointly sponsoring an international Healey meet in 2027, plan to re- establish a Future 50 (or similar) program to attract younger folks, AHCA partnering with Lands’ End to provide AHAC regalia, the Healey Marque magazine publishing costs being a significant portion of the annual costs, the club financials - proposed and acceptance of the 2024 budget and voting in of new officers.
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Published On 12/31/2023
Arrived a little after 7:30 at the Corner Bakery parking lot in Hastings Ranch to find Peter Roses, Steve Gerow, and Jack Gies, with their cars, parked and already checking out the other classics. I parked next to a Blue over White 3000 that I didn’t recognize. It belong to a non-member, Jonathan Holmes, who lives in Pasadena and plans to join the club.
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Published On 12/18/2023
Ryun Wolf (our nephew) took pictures this morning of us turning over the toys to the Bay Club Gym in Redondo Beach. The Gym is a collection point for the US Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. The folks at the club were overjoyed with the toys! Tomorrow I will purchase the batteries for the toys with the money collected at the Healey Club Holiday Party and take them to the Bay Club collection spot.
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Published On 12/17/2023
The Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach hosted our Holiday Party.
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Published On 12/10/2023
December 10th, better known as “2fer Sunday”, started at the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach where the 4 Amigos met up (Chuck, Dex, Phil, and Tim), and where we were surprised by a light turnout. We headed over to our favorite donut shop for a great breakfast and hoped we would return to the Fun Zone to see more cars. It didn’t happen.
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Published On 12/2/2023
Greetings Group, Things are getting chilly in the Inland Empire. Only 44 degrees when we left home for our last event of the year at Farmer Boys in Riverside. We bundled up since the only heater in our modified AH 100 is the cigarette lighter.
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Published On 12/1/2023
Well, we are over halfway through fall and winter is coming quickly. The weather has cooled off, Thanksgiving is behind us, Hanukkah is upon us, and Christmas is just around the corner. I hope you get the chance to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones and make some new friends as well. A big advantage to being in Southern California, Winter just means we wear a warmer jacket as we go out in our Healeys visiting and to the car gatherings.
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Published On 12/1/2023
How time flies when you are having fun! Another great year of enjoying our Healey’s is just about over and we are on to another year.
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Published On 11/15/2023
I left Glendale at 7:40 thinking that would be plenty of time to join the rest of the crowd at Mel’s Diner in Santa Monica. I planned to take the 134/101 west to the 405 and then south to the I-10, hoping to avoid any backups caused by the I-10 Gire. Worst traffic ever! I pulled into the parking lot at Mels at 8:55. Just enough time to stretch my legs before Phil pulled out at 9:00 on the dot. Our group consisted of Phil, Chuck Lakowski, Terry Morgan, Dave and Jackie Deamer, Tom Biss and Kathy Templeton, Mike Biss and Anna Johansson, and myself.
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Published On 11/12/2023
Early Sunday morning, I bundled up facing a 50- degree chill and headed to the Balboa Peninsula in hopes of meeting up with the terrible trio: AKA Chuck, Phil & Tim. They did not disappoint.
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Published On 11/5/2023
This month’s special Marque Day was European Classics. I expected to see a lot of cars that Git that billing, but I was sadly disappointed. There were none of the usual signs posted about no burnouts, no speeding, respect the car community, etc. There were hardly any European cars, there was no paddock set up. Fred Cohen and I in our “big” Healeys were soon joined by Phil Caliva and Chuck Lakowski, each driving an Alfa Romeo GTV from Phil’s stable of cars. The two were planning on going to the French/Italian Car show at Woodley Park following the Pierce College stop. A few other regular Brits, an MGB and a Morgan, pulled into the lot, but that was about it! Headed for the food truck to grab coffee and a burrito. No such luck! The propane system was down and the grills were ice cold. The truck packed up and left. No cars, no breakfast – Phil's solution, Trancas Canyon Country Market for their buffet breakfast. Headed up to the 101 north and then out to Kanaan Dume Rd.
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Published On 11/4/2023
After a foggy drive to Rolling Hills, everyone was surprised to see the sun was out at the shopping center.
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Published On 11/1/2023
Well, Fall is here; Halloween is behind us, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s such a great time of year for getting out and driving our cars and visiting our friends and families. On that note, our cars made it back from Norway, so more of us can start attending events in our Healey’s as well.
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Published On 11/1/2023
Well, it’s Fall and the cool weather is upon us, therefore great Healey driving weather with our cars loving it.
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Published On 10/21/2023
This was the 32nd edition of the classic car show sponsored by Street Rods Forever car club. The date was about a month later than in the past and may have contributed to the lighter turnout of cars.
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Published On 10/7/2023
Greetings Group, Wow! Great Day. Great turn out. Eleven Classics and nineteen classy people. There was so much to see and share in the parking lot that we were a little late for breakfast.
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Published On 10/1/2023
Left the house at 6:15 and headed west on the 101 Fwy for Camarillo, where I left the freeway and headed for Hueneme and Channel Islands Harbor to meet up with other club members for the annual all-British Car Show. But before I arrived at the show I made a breakfast stop at the ”Best Breakfast Cafe” at Pleasant Valley Rd and Savier Rd. After lots of coffee and a Filling breakfast I proceeded to the harbor to join Five other big Healeys, two Jensen Healeys, Five Bugeyes, and an MGB participating in the show. Some of these members had been in town since Saturday, having toured the Mullin Museum.
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Published On 10/1/2023
The 2023 edition of the Laguna Beach Rotary Car Show was held on October 1, 2023, on a beautiful day. The City Lot, across from the Pageant of the Masters, held a good assortment of Hot Rods, classics, foreign cars and even an antique Fire engine. Our Healeys were judged in a separate class, as usual for this show.
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Published On 10/1/2023
Hope this Iinds you all well and you’re planning a great fall. We are right in the middle of Oktoberfest and Halloween is not far off.
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Published On 10/1/2023
Well, Healey Week at Lake Tahoe is behind us, and a great time was had by all. There was cool weather during the week and for the return trip down the 395. If you could not make it, you missed a great event put on by the Golden Gate Healey Club.
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Published On 10/1/2023
In the last two editions of the Healey Motor News, I covered our European Healey Meet experience as well as our group tours through Norway and Denmark. If you missed them, the August and September editions are available online at www.austin-healey.org. In this Iinal article, I will look back on the great time we had in Sweden.
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Published On 9/10/2023
Today was almost a wash but Chuck and I decided to go on to the Balboa show even though it was raining very steady to the way of our Chevron meet up on Bellflower and 405 South, I arrived and met Chuck and we decided the rain would stop soon, wrong the rain followed us to Balboa , well such is life! We met Nancy and Steve Shriver and headed for the donut shop were it was nice and warm, plus the Croissants were waiting, but a big surprise walked in Mr.
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Published On 9/10/2023
Just another day in paradise: I met Chuck around 0635 at the southbound 405, on the shoulder just before the south- bound 710 transition. Yes, I had run out of gas because I miscalculated my mileage by three miles before getting gas at the Chevron station at our usual meeting spot, on the s/b 405 and Bellflower Blvd.. I started out being early and ended up a few minutes behind, you just can't get a fast pit crew anymore! Chuck was fantastic getting gas to me and then making it to the show at Salt Creek to spend bonding time with a great group of Healey members.
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Published On 9/3/2023
This month’s marque was Corvette, and this community responded with a nice turnout of most models of the ‘Vette.
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Published On 9/2/2023
Greetings Group, we had our Inland Empire Car Guys gathering on the first Saturday in September. We always try for it to be the first Saturday for consistency. This time, that meant it fell on Labor Day weekend. We also had the threat of rain. It was sprinkling in Redlands as we left. I thought we would likely have a poor turnout but that didn't happen. With or without their classic car these guys are car guys.
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Published On 9/1/2023
Greetings to our Healey family. I trust this newsletter Hinds you all in good health and spirits. 2023-24 promises to be some fun Healey times with a lot of shows, gatherings, museums tours and some and/ or interesting drives.
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Published On 9/1/2023
Well, tropical storm Hilary and the small Ojai earthquake are behind us, and the days are getting shorter, but we still will have plenty of time to enjoy the club’s events.
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Published On 9/1/2023
In the August Healey Motor News, I covered the Hirst part of our Scandinavia Tour with emphasis on the European Healey Meeting. If you missed that article, it’s available in the archives on the AHASC website (www.austin-healey.org). In this article I’m going to cover some of the “rest of the story” (as Paul Harvey used to say).
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Published On 8/13/2023
Quite early on Sunday, the 13th of August, several of us, with our fun cars, caravanned over the blue Coronado bridge and spent the morning and most of the afternoon at Tidelands Park at the San Diego British Car Day 2023.
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Published On 8/6/2023
Watching my step in the parking lot at Pierce College. Didn’t want to step on a viper! Oh, not a snake but a car. That makes more sense at Supercar Sunday.
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Published On 8/5/2023
Greetings Group, We were sure glad that this was a morning event because it was going to get real hot in the Inland Empire. But, we could have our breakfast and get together before that happened.
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Published On 8/5/2023
Silver Spur, this Saturday, dawned nice and peaceful with clear sunny skies. The usual crowd was there from the "Healey" group: Kristian Bassilios, Dave Beugen, Bob Bolling, Phil Caliva, Chuck Lakowski, Peter Hutchings, Steve Magoffin, and Flavio Montoro. Some of us rolled up in our “Big” Healeys or Bugeyes, some drove their other classic rides. There was a bit of a melee before I arrived, and the story unfolded that a BMW driver, not to be named, was causing a bit of a row with some of the other car owners over a parking space. The "nasty gent" was quickly dispatched by several of our group in the interest of keeping this nice Saturday gathering "nice." Some very impressive cars were at this morning’s event, including a Mercedes 300 SL apparently recently acquired by a lucky so-and-so.
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Published On 8/1/2023
Thirty-one Healeys, fifty-nine people, 10,000 miles of ocean and 2,500 miles of driving....... what could possibly go wrong? Despite a of year of intensive and extensive planning, it was with some trepidation that Cindi and I boarded our flight to Oslo, Norway on June 6. While we had quite a bit of Tour experience in our West Coast group, about half the participants were Hirst-time overseas Healey tourers. How would they fare? Did they bring well-prepared cars? Could they handle their own inevitable breakdowns? Could they follow the route directions? Furthermore, for a full quarter of the trip we were going to be attending the 6th European Healey Meeting in Geiranger, Norway over which we had no organizational control. How would that go? How would sixty “non-Europeans” be treated? Would the small Norwegian Healey Club be able to handle 250 Healeys and 500 guests? Let’s just say my fears could not have been more unfounded. The Meeting was extraordinarily well planned, the hotel was fan
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Published On 8/1/2023
We all made it home safe and sound from another Epic Healey adventure. I am sure the folks who were able to join us on our tour through Scandinavia will fill you in on our adventure.
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Published On 8/1/2023
Well, the summer heat is now upon us and hopefully everyone is keeping cool and will be able to get their Healey’s home from events without overheating.
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Published On 8/1/2023
As you may not know, I (Steve Kirby), have recently been appointed Western Regional Director of the Austin Healey Club of America (AHCA). My “job” is primarily to liaison with the local Clubs in the Western region and to grow the membership of AHCA.
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Published On 7/16/2023
I’ve been looking for an event on the eastern side of LA County that might draw in some members from the Riverside/San Bernardino area. I figured the community car show supporting the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station might be the ticket. Then ‘climate change’ rose up and baked the hell out of that idea. I decided to still go and check it out.
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Published On 7/9/2023
The drive to Newport Beach was easy, the sun was up, the traffic was light, and the temperature was just right. Arrived at the fun zone parking lot to Hind I was the only Healey on hand.
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Published On 7/1/2023
Greetings Group, July 1st and summer has definitely arrived. There was no doubt as we milled around the parking lot. It was already warm, and it was only 8 am....... It didn't deter us from driving our Classics, but we went in for breakfast a little sooner than we would have if it was cooler. It was good to visit with our friends again.
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Published On 7/1/2023
Greetings from Scandinavia. We are still on an adventure of a lifetime through Norway, Denmark and Sweden. I hope that those of you who were not able to join us are getting out and enjoying your cars and catching up with our Healey family and friends.
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Published On 7/1/2023
Well, the Summer Solstice has passed and the days will start getting shorter but we still will have plenty of time to enjoy the Club’s calendared events including the evening Belmont Shore event in Long Beach.
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Published On 6/24/2023
The plan for this Saturday morning was to meet up with some fellow Healey club members in El Segundo and drive to the Zimmerman Auto Museum for their British Car Show. This June gloom morning provided perfect Healey driving weather.
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Published On 6/10/2023
The morning started out a little rough as Chuck Lakowski, George McHarris, my lovely wife Nancy and I, left our meeting place at exactly 0730 and drove a short one mile to the pre-staging area on PCH South, a few blocks from Carrillo St, where we had to turn right towards our assigned entrance point. Upon arrival we encountered a long line of cars waiting to get into the show, so we pulled in behind the last car and waited with no movement ahead of us and the line getting bigger behind us. About 8am the line started to move at a snail’s pace, after an hour of this pace cars were overheating, blowing water hoses and pulling out of line. Another thirty minutes of this and a volunteer directed us down an alley and then back a block past the start of the show and into our spots. I asked the volunteer how come we were directed on this route and all she said was some other director screwed up the whole routine and she could not figure out why when we had explicit written instruction on entry
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Published On 6/4/2023
The morning was gray and damp and I was happy to get off the freeway and into the Pierce College parking lot. A few minutes after 7:00 and the turnout was still sparse. I knew that would change with the sun coming out and the opportunity to look at this month’s marque, Shelby Cobras and GT’s. By 8:00am the parking lot was filling up, the foot traffic had increased, and Jack Gies and Fred Cohen were on hand with their Healey’s.
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Published On 6/3/2023
Greetings Group, Summer is coming. We will all be wishing for cool mornings like this again soon. A great surprise for us as we arrived was seeing Jimmie Davis' AH 100 already proudly parked and waiting for the group. We also saw Henry Balzer's MG Midget, George McHarris' AH 100 and Larry Reynolds' Morgan. What they all had in common is we had not seen these particular cars for quite a while. So good to see them out and about and at breakfast again.
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Published On 6/1/2023
We are probably at the greatest time of the year for getting our cars on the road for some spirited drives and get togethers with our Healey friends and family. The hills and wildflowers are amazing this year.
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Published On 6/1/2023
How time flies when you are having fun! The year is just about half over and many of us are just getting our Healey’s out while others are going gung-ho attending events.
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Published On 6/1/2023
I first met Ed Neumeyer at a Cars & Coffee event at the Ford location in Irvine about 2005.

He was there with his beautiful 1967 BJ8, that had been fully restored and rebuilt to modern standards at the Healey Factory in Australia. I had never seen such a beautiful and unusual Healey. Ed and I instantly “locked on” and became very good friends, a friendship enjoyed over the next 18+ years. With his recent unexpected passing, Kathy and I are very saddened, but look back on the many great times, and many Healey trips with Ed, several of them overseas.
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Published On 5/27/2023
Early on a gray Saturday and Sunday morning, several club members braved the chilly May Gray and met at the Orange County Fairgrounds for an English Car event. The show was put together in support of the Scottish Festival and Highland Games being held during the Memorial Day weekend.
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Published On 5/21/2023
There was a thick fog and a heavy marine layer on the PV Peninsula today. Driving was very slow coming up from Redondo Beach. I got there at 8:15 and the parking lot was full.
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Published On 5/14/2023
A few brave members of the club made the trip to Buttonwillow Raceway on May 14th and 15th to attend the British Extravaganza Vintage Car races and their associated British Car Show.
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Published On 5/7/2023
The weather was cooperating, light clouds with sunshine later in the morning, so I headed out to Pierce College for Ferrari Day at Super Car Sunday. Arriving in the parking lot shortly after 7:00am, I found it very sparsely occupied. There was one familiar car in the lot, Jack Gies, and I parked next to him. Jack got busy applying tire- dressing to my tires, a fun activity for him, while I headed for the food truck and a breakfast burrito and coffee.
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Published On 5/6/2023
Today was another Healey adventure. You can follow a proper check list and do all the maintenance prior to a run or car show event, but inevitably something will bite you in the butt.

The adventure begins at 0600 Saturday morning.
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Published On 5/6/2023
Greetings Group, If you missed our gathering this month, you missed a really good one.

I generally start out commenting on the weather. We had great weather. Nuff said.
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Published On 5/1/2023
Hope you’re out enjoying the great spring weather and getting your great cars out and stretching their legs. I had a chance to get one of the cars out for a spirited drive through the So Cal hills to check out the wildflowers. Unfortunately, Angeles Crest Highway was closed, so more freeway driving than I would have liked, but still some amazing back roads and beautiful colors.
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Published On 5/1/2023
Well, the Southern California sun has returned and the weather has been perfect for getting your Healey out and enjoying the cool mornings and sunny afternoons.
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Published On 4/23/2023
The participants in this year’s car show at Woodley Park in Van Nuys were very thankful for the winter rains; there was lots of grass and very little dust! The show continues to get quite a turnout with representatives of almost every marque from Great Britain.
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Published On 4/15/2023
Our day began at the UA Theater for the monthly Healey Meet before heading over to the Nethercutt Museum for the tour. Our Club had not been back to the Nethercutt in 12 years and for many this was their first time to see the Collection of Automobiles, Automobilia, Musical Instruments and the fabulous facility that houses the Collection Our group of over 50+ members and guest were checked-in and headed across the street to the museum. Once there, we were gathered at the Lower Salon. Our tour guide and Curator, Kyle, spoke of the origins of the museum collection by JB and Dorothy Nethercutt and their business which enabled them to assemble the collection. The museum was constructed and opened some 52 years ago in 1971, all financed by the Merle Norman Cosmetic Company which was owned by the Nethercutt’s.
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Published On 4/1/2023
Greetings Group, We are so lucky! All that much needed rain came to an end so we could get our cars out and get together for breakfast.
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Published On 4/1/2023
Despite the cold conditions at 7:00 AM there was a decent turnout of club members at the Unofficial Peninsula gathering. There were approximately 30 cars that showed up and among them were the clubs stalwart attendee’s Bob Bolling, Phil Caliva, and Jim Huizdos in their respective Big Healey’s, Chuck Lycoskey and Peter Hutchings in their Jensen Healey’s and Dexter Kaytis and Greg Aden in their Bugeye’s. Not to be forgotten, member Dave Beugan was there with one of his beautiful Rolls Royce’s.
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Published On 4/1/2023
Happy April Fools’ day. I suspect like myself, you’re glad spring is here, and Mother Nature isn’t having her own joke.

It has certainly been a wet winter. On a positive note, at least we don’t have 650-700+ inches of snow like Mammoth and Lake Tahoe, keeping us from getting our cars on the road. We can get our cars out and blow out the carbon that has collected from a lack of spirited drives. If you get a chance, you should take a drive through the hills and check out the wildflowers. It should be EPIC this year.
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Published On 4/1/2023
More rain on the way; “Come On, this is Sunny Southern California”. I know we need it but enough is enough, though it appears the rain has not deterred members from attending events.
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Published On 3/26/2023
The Petersen Museum held a Cruise In at the end of March after a few months of special events. So, I headed down to Wilshire Blvd and Fairfax to see who from the club would show up. Entering the parking structure a few minutes before eight am I found a sparse assortment of cars on hand. Dan Burrola was next to arrive in his white ‘64 BJ8. Shortly after that David Thorne and his daughter Lucia parked his 1966 BJ8 directly across from my car.
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Published On 3/19/2023
It does rain on Golden Cove’s Cars and Coffee get- together. We had light rain on the way to the shopping center, and then while there and again on the way home, but it was a good showing of cars. The Morgan club said they were coming, and two cars did show up.
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Published On 3/18/2023
Every month I write about the turnout and Healeys at the UA Meet. Well, we had another great turnout with 6 Healeys and 14 Healeyphiles on this rare dry and sunny morning.
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Published On 3/5/2023
The 2023 edition of the British Invasion Car Show at the Festival of Whales in Dana Point was held on March 5th.

We had a good turnout of 25 cars, including Austin Healeys, Sprites, Triumphs, Jaguars, MGs, Jensen Healeys, a Morgan and a Mini. A few other cars were unable to come. The day was cool and mostly sunny, with slight mid-day showers. A few members of the group also met for dinner at the Dana West Yacht club on Saturday evening.
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Published On 3/4/2023
Greetings Gang, A break in the rain, snow, and graupel (graupel???) came at the perfect time for our breakfast gathering. We had a smaller group this time, but there has been a lot going on.
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Published On 3/1/2023
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you get a chance to share a pint or at least celebrate with our fellow Irish supporters. I also hope you all had a great St. Valentine’s day with your loved ones and Fat Tuesday celebrations for our revelers.
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Published On 3/1/2023
What’s up with Blizzards in Southern California!! The March club event is the Dana Point “Festival of Whales” on Sunday, March 5th, and registration is open on the web site, but they are limiting it to 30 cars in total so if interested I recommend you contact Mike Scroggie ASAP to see if there are any cancellations.
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Published On 2/11/2023
The 2023 San Clemente Car Show was held by the local Rotary club on Saturday, February 11th. About 400 cars of all types showed up on a sunny but rather cool day.
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Published On 2/5/2023
Recent experience has shown that arriving at Pierce College at 7:00am is not necessary. A steady stream of cars arriving around 8:00am and the mid-50's weather told me I could arrive after 7:30. Turns out that was too late to see Phil Caliva and Dex Kaytis, who arrived about 6:45 and left by 7:15 when no one else showed up. The two were in Phil’s latest wheels, a 1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor and they decided to head down to Paradise Cove.
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Published On 2/4/2023
It was really cold making the drive up to Hawthorne and Silver Spur. I think most of our regular car guys stayed in bed.
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Published On 2/4/2023
Greetings Gang, where do I begin. We had a great event.

The weather has improved. Still cold in the morning but getting nicer a little later.
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Published On 2/1/2023
Last month my article (ULTIM8 AH Returns to SoCal) reintroduced our club members to Kenny Deringer’s magnificent 1955 BN1. This month, we’ll provide more details why this Healey is so exceptional and highlight the features of this build “Rebirth of a 1955 100-4 Austin Healey 1990-2002”.
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Published On 2/1/2023
Happy New Year! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy your cars between the storms. Lots of great adventures coming up, you should try to find a way to enjoy one or several.
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Published On 2/1/2023
This month we have the always great San Juan Capistrano Show on the 11th, which is also the date for the monthly club Spirit Points Orange County Classic Car & Coffee. Maybe Alice will change the date.
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Published On 1/8/2023
Today was our official second recurring Club Event at Balboa Peninsula, followed by The Legacy Car and Coffee gathering in Tustin. Yesterday was the First event at Silverspur and Hawthorne Blvd in Rancho Palos Verdes, where the Hooligan car group meets, and that story is covered by Corky Holt, so let me get to the Balboa/Tustin Shows. Chuck Lakowski, Tim McNiff, and I met up at our favorite Balboa Peninsula Donut Shop and had our usual wonderful Croissants Breakfast sandwiches and Hot drinks. The drinks were needed after traveling in the chilly early morning, but a spectacular Sunrise made it worth being cold in the wee hours of the morning. We missed not seeing our other great friends: Dexter Kaytis, John Hummer, and our dynamo car-buddy, Alice Johnson; because they are carless, with their cars having repairs performed by our friend Russ Thompson. We had a great stop at Balboa and then we drove North on the 55 Fwy. to Tustin.
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Published On 1/7/2023
Greetings Group, We kicked off our 2023 New Year with our gathering at Farmer Boys in Riverside. It was a very cool morning, 42 degrees in Redlands, as we left for Riverside. A nice break in the rain and well timed for our event. There was clear sky mottled with high clouds. Regardless of the bite in the air, we still had top down or no side curtain attendees. We were not one of them. I think some of the top down people had a fairly short drive.
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Published On 1/3/2023
Many of the older club members will remember Kenny Derringer, a member of our club back in the 1980s-2010s. Kenny was an avid Healey fan and an exceptionally gifted mechanic and fabricator of cars of all types. He grew up in the post-war Hot Rod era in the LA area, where young men experimented with building custom cars and “hopping them up” with engine changes and custom body enhancements. Kenny decided that his retirement project was to build the “Ultimate Healey”...and he proceeded to do just that.
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Published On 1/1/2023
It’s New Year’s Day and the rain has finally stopped, although there are puddles everywhere. Due to long- standing tradition the Rose Parade isn’t held on a Sunday, so the unofficial classic car gathering and Route Cruise is happening on the 1st! It is cloudy and very chilly as I head east on the 210 Fwy to Hastings Ranch and the gathering point at the Corner Bakery. It’s almost 8am when I arrive and the parking lot is pretty empty. I do see a Big Healey and park next to Jack Gies.
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Published On 1/1/2023
I hope you all had a great holiday surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. We have put a stressful year behind us but big, new adventures lie ahead. I hope you had a chance to get together for one of the drives on New Year’s Day this year and/ or one of the Cars & Coffee (C&C) events.
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Published On 1/1/2023
Well, another year is gone and hopefully everyone had a chance to enjoy their Healey’s in 2022. If not, you have another year coming to get out there and drive it! The only Club events in January are the Rose Parade Route Cruise on the 1st, since the parade is being held on the 2nd this year, and the Tour de Orange also on the 1st. This is an unofficial event and is starting from in front of the California Pizza Kitchen in Fashion Island this year.
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Published On 12/18/2022
It was a chilly start to what turned out to be a beautiful day for a drive up to Golden Cove. A group from down in south Orange County made the trip up, led by Alice.
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Published On 12/17/2022
There is something about this season that raises the spirit within me and the Club Members attending the December UA Meet.
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Published On 12/11/2022
Sixty-eight holiday revelers, members, spouses, friends and children gathered at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach to celebrate the Christmas season. This venue has been the home of the Club’s Holiday Party for many years courtesy of yachtsman and Healey owner George Merino.
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Published On 12/4/2022
‘Twas three weeks before Christmas and all through downtown The roar of big motors made quite the sound.
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Published On 12/1/2022
Happy Holidays to our Healey members, families and loved ones. This is such a GREAT time of year. I hope you were all able to enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends making more great memories.
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Published On 12/1/2022
Well, another year is about to pass us by and hopefully everyone had a chance to enjoy their Healey’s in 2022. If not, you have another month to get out there and drive them! Remember to register for the Club’s annual Holiday Party on December 11th at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach. It promises to be the social event of the season.
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Published On 11/20/2022
This Event was in support of the Infinite Hero’s Foundation, whose mission is to combat the most difficult front-line issues – both mental and physical - facing our military Heroes and their families.
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Published On 11/13/2022
On November 13th, took a brisk Sunday morning ride to the Balboa Fun Zone, for the regular 2nd Sunday of the month meetup, and for a killer croissant breakfast sandwich with good Healey friends. Alice and I were the last ones to get there in our Primrose BN4. Phil Caliva had his ‘65 black over white BJ8, Dex Kaytis was in the ‘60 yellow Bugeye, and Chuck Lakowski was in his white ‘72 Jensen Healey. They had already ordered their sandwiches and were sitting at a table when we got there. No one seemed to be in a hurry, and we all took time to discuss a possible New Year’s Day drive. Something different, at a midway starting point to make it convenient for everybody to attend.
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Published On 11/12/2022
So that Austin Healey Association members could attend the Planes of Fame event at the Chino Airport on November 5, we moved our regular first Saturday of the month breakfast gathering to the second Saturday of the month, November 12.
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Published On 11/5/2022
It’s mornings like this that make having an Austin Healey enjoyable - the clear cool air and bright blue sky as you drive up the hill to the top of the peninsula. Just the same cars today, a small turn out. Peter got one of his cars back on the road, the Jensen Healey.
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Published On 11/5/2022
On November 5th , a group of AHASC folks met up for a tour of the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA. There were 41 AHASC members, spouses and one grandson and an additional 10 friends and relatives who joined in the event. The club members brought 22 Healey’s including 17 big Healey’s, 2 Bugeyes, 2 Jensen- Healeys and Bill Wilkman’s Austin A40 to the museum. Our group also brought 8 other classic and new cars.
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Published On 11/1/2022
Hope all is well with my fellow Healey enthusiasts. Lots going on in our Healey world.

First of all, I would like to let you know we have three new members in our club.
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Published On 11/1/2022
October was another very busy month for those chasing Spirit Points. In November we now have two great Club events: the first is the Healey Day at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino on November 5th with an opportunity to have a photo taken with one of the great planes that are on display there.
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Published On 10/9/2022
Another great Sunday driving our Healey’s to car events. I left Hermosa beach at 0550 and headed south to meet Chuck Lakowski by the off ramp of the Southbound 405 Fwy. and Bellflower Blvd., we proceeded Southwest down to Hwy 55, then south to our favorite Croissant and Coffee location on the Balboa Peninsula by the Balboa Fun Zone.
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Published On 10/8/2022
The second Saturday Orange County Classic Cars and Coffee rotates to different locations each month, so make sure you are on the mailing list.
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Published On 10/2/2022
Last year, the Central Coast British Car Club moved the annual all-British car show from July to October due to the Covid pandemic. It was very successful, so the CCBCC decided to host the show on October 2nd this year. So, I was heading west on the 101 Fwy early Sunday morning heading for the Best Breakfast diner in Oxnard for my morning meal before the car show. In Camarillo I left the freeway and got on Pleasant Valley Road which would take me directly to the restaurant. As I drove the two-lane road through the farms and fields I saw Ralph Dex’s Bugeye behind me. He turned off, headed directly for the show while I pressed on to the diner.
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Published On 10/2/2022
The October air is crisp on the early morning drive through Laguna Canyon.

Driving the canyon road is refreshing after navigating the SoCal freeways, which even at this early hour have a surprising amount of traffic. My friend Jim is accompanying me to the Laguna Beach Classic Car Show, and he keeps a hand firmly on his hat.
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Published On 10/1/2022
Greetings from the 2022 European tour where we are about 1⁄4 the way thru our adventure. I’m writing this in France, where access to the Internet can be spotty. So, Tim I apologize for being a day late. As many of you know we have lots of fun things in the works for the Club. We have an upcoming Planes of Fame tour at the Chino Airport, with an option to take pictures with our car in front of a WWII fighter. We are working to have the aircraft be an F4U Corsair and to get Chic Linde and his Woodie to join us, where I hope he can share some of his Marine Corps stories and experiences.
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Published On 10/1/2022
September was a very busy month for those chasing club spirit points and the beginning of October will be busy with the Laguna Beach Classic Car Show and the Central Coast British Car Show, both on the 2nd, and a big decision on which one to attend for some. Additionally, we have the normal recurring events.
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Published On 9/18/2022
It was a beautiful day for a top-down drive to the Golden Cove shopping center. Some of the attendees were driving down to the Battleship Iowa, BB-61, in San Pedro for a Cars and Camo show. Phil led the drive from Golden Cove to the ship.
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Published On 9/11/2022
Not wanting to be late for Steve Kirby’s latest Club event, a Hotel Sunday Brunch on the water that includes a display of our classic Healeys, I left Glendale before 10:00am. The traffic was fairly light as I headed south on the I-5, transitioning to the 710 South and finally ending up in the Port of Long Beach. Besides Steve, I was the fifth car to arrive, so I missed out on a parking spot by the hotel entrance.
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Published On 9/10/2022
Salt Creek was the location for our ‘Second Saturday of the month, points’- earning’ location for September.
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Published On 9/3/2022
The Finish Line Auto Club, a high-end car collector storage facility and clubhouse, has a new campus in Costa Mesa. They host cars and coffee events almost weekly and on September 3rd they decided to feature British Cars. The Club responded to the invitation with 14 “Big” Healeys, two Bugeyes, and a Jensen-Healey. Additionally, there was another Big Healey ‘nasty boy’, another Bugeye, and two more Jensen-Healeys, including George McHarris’ recently sold black J-H.
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Published On 9/1/2022
Lots of good things in the works. We have seven new members since July 1.

There are a few key Healey gatherings in the near future. The CHW2023 is firming up, hosted by the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club in May 2023 (stay tuned for detailed information). The planning for the International Healey Meet in Norway in 2023 is underway and the 2022 Goodwood Revival/ tour of Europe is getting closer (albeit not without challenges).
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Published On 9/1/2022
September will be a busy month with several new club events happening! The first being on the 3rd where the Orange County Classic Cars & Coffee group will be featuring British Cars at the Finish Line location by John Wayne Airport.
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Published On 8/28/2022
The Dana Point Classic Car Show write-up, for which I’m responsible, finds me dragging my feet getting it to Tim, our fearless newsletter editor. Not sure why-- I think maybe it’s because I’m not the car guy or the gearhead. What will be my angle tonight—for I certainly don’t know or care to learn the difference between a carburetor and an intake valve. What’s the engine manifold again? Ha ha ha! The show was held the last Sunday of August on Del Prado, off of PCH.
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Published On 8/20/2022
Despite the hot weather, we had a good showing at the UA with 10 Members and 5 Healeys on hand to check out the cars and catch up with fellow Healeyphiles.
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Published On 8/20/2022
“You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” This iconic ad campaign debuted in the 60’s, but 60 years hence the same can be said about Healeys.
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Published On 8/14/2022
Whoa! Slept through the alarm and by the time I hit the road I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the Fun Zone in time. Instead, I headed directly for the Legacy complex off Red Hill and Barranca Parkway. I arrived at 7:35 and found lots of parking still available.
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Published On 8/7/2022
I drove my newest 1966 Austin-Healey BJ8 with my nephew Ryun, who is visiting from Costa Rica and bound for Dallas, Texas to attend SMU (Southern Methodist University), with a short stay in Hermosa Beach and Monterey camping with Nancy and me for the Monterey Speed Week festivities. We met up with Chuck Lakowski, in his 1974 Jensen Healey, and Sandy Bettlema with his Stage One Shelby Cobra, at 0630 at the exit of Moraga Rd. and the north bound 405 Freeway.
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Published On 8/6/2022
Greetings All, Well, it's August in Southern California and the heat is on in the Inland Empire.

Even facing 100 degree weather later in the day, we had a good group for our classic cars and breakfast. Since we break up around 10am most would get home before the real heat. Don't forget that you are welcome in whatever gets you here and there.
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Published On 8/1/2022
Greetings, fellow Healey enthusiasts. I would like to thank you all for your vote of confidence in electing me the President of our AMAZING club. I am humbled by the honor. I have some large shoes to fill, following in Steve’s leadership. I am confident that with the support of Steve, Mike, Peter, Tim, Alice, Anna, and the other club leaders, I will keep us as one of the premier Austin Healey clubs.
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Published On 8/1/2022
The month of July has been a hectic month for me. I was getting everything settled with Sandra in her Board and Care facility. Then I put on my major bicycle race, the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, so I haven’t been doing too much Healeying. I’m hoping to change that in the next couple of months.
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Published On 7/31/2022
Arrived at the Museum at 7:35am and proceeded to the third-floor parking.

The open-air portion of the parking was filling rapidly. By the time the coffee was ready, cars were starting to fill up the spaces under the fourth- floor deck.
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Published On 7/17/2022
The morning was so nice and the turnout was so great, that it left me speechless! Members attending: Corkey Holt, Greg Aden, Paul Van Wig, Dex Kaytis, Alice Johnson with John Hummer, Phil Caliva, Steve MagofNin, Dave Beugen, Chuck Lakowski and Peter Hutchings.
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Published On 7/16/2022
Our UA Meet and breakfast had a good showing with seven members and Nive Healey’s (four big Healey’s and a Jensen Healey) and a Fiat Spyder on hand for the start of the day. My Healey was missing, it’s sitting at the freight forwarder waiting to go to the UK. As usual we started with coffee, catching up with fellow Healey gear heads, including: Jon Doherty, Dan Burrola, Tim McNiff, and Chuck Lakowski; and discussing the planned work on their respective cars.
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Published On 7/9/2022
On 9 July, Dexter and I departed from my shop at 0545 in my 1965 BJ8 to arrive early for the car show in Dana Point Harbor. We buzzed along at a brisk clip and arrived there at exactly 0630 (maybe a real brisk pace!).
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Published On 7/2/2022
Not a good start for me today, my van was parked in front of the garage with a dead battery so I was forced to hop into my BJ9 Mercedes. We had a good turnout of Healeys today, plus Dave Beugen drove his Rolls convertible. Greg Smith, the new owner of Jim Spisak’s 100-6, was on hand showing off the black- painted wheels on the car. Greg Aden talked to him about the club, so you should be seeing him at other club activities.
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Published On 7/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, As you may know, this will be my final Letter From The President. I am pleased to announce that Mike Biss will be taking over as President, effective July 1. Mike is a long time Healey fanatic (as well as some other interesting stuff). He owns a beautiful 100 and he and brother Tom are each currently restoring Jensen Healeys.
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Published On 7/1/2022
It’s hard to believe that the year is halfway over, and it seems like just yesterday we were at the Shoreline Yacht Club having our Holiday Party.
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Published On 6/26/2022
The end of June Breakfast Cruise In was a regular event, no special marque or persona. I arrived at the Museum about 7:45 am and proceeded to the third floor parking area where I found a lot of open spaces. Not sure why the lack of participants, the weather was perfect for a top-down drive. Once I had parked and prepped “Scarlet” for her moment in the sun, I took a stroll through the cars for a quick overview.
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Published On 6/5/2022
This month’s marque was British Cars and there was a good turnout of different makes, including Triumphs, MGs, Jaguars, Mini’s, and Rolls Royce’s. The most interesting Rolls was the pre-war Boattail convertible. Club members Ron Fine, Russ Thompson, Dan Burrola, Jack Gies, Tim McNiff, and Steve Karolyi were on hand with their “Big” Healey’s and Amanda Cole and her driver Art Perez, showed their white Bugeye. Also being shown by non-members was Gary’s 100-4, Joyce Maeda’s Florida Green/white 100-6, and Russ Persky’s red Bugeye with the Bimini top.
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Published On 6/4/2022
Greetings Group, Welcome to June Gloom. We drove our usual route to our June Car Guys gathering. As we crested the hill in San Timoteo Canyon just before 8am the valley below was socked in. Some drivers even had their headlights on to no avail. The fog was lifting by the time we arrived at Farmer Boys.
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Published On 6/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, As you know by now, this is the Healey Week edition of our newsletter. I hope you enjoy the coverage of this terrific event, beginning with my overview article which follows. Now we can all take a deep breath! Running Healey Week once again reminds me of how fortunate we are to have such an extraordinary group of selfless volunteers in our Club. People like Mike Scroggie (Membership, Silent Auction, Sponsors), Anna Johansson (Treasurer, Silent Auction, Regalia Sales), Greg Aden (Activities, Car Show) and Tim McNiff (Editor) who work year-round to keep the Club running smoothly and then pull double duty when Healey Week rolls around.
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Published On 6/1/2022
I am making this month’s update quick and sweet as we all decompress from the very successful Healey Week. Luckily, no adventure for me on the return trip from Palm Springs but not so lucky for Phil Caliva, his car broke down in the heavy traffic due to the accident in the construction area and I know Bruce Steele had to pull over due to his car overheating. Maybe some tales to tell there.
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Published On 6/1/2022
Getting a driving license means the opportunity to get a cool car. My dad gave me a VW with one of the rear fenders missing. Looked like a moving tripod; not so cool. But my Healey destiny was about to begin. I had a part time job in the 10th grade; a one day a bright Red Austin Healey appeared for sale at the Vets office across the street. I couldn’t keep my eyes off it, beautiful. I walked right over and circled it several times; imagining the future! Before I knew it, I traded my old Volkswagen, along with $400 and the Healey was mine.
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Published On 6/1/2022
There were two themed evenings during this Healey Week.
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Published On 6/1/2022
The first group event of California Healey Week was the Poker Rally. After a brief introduction, the Players received their first card at the Hotel parking lot from Jeff Boysen and Irene Medzyk . From the Hotel in Cathedral City the cars made their way to The Pines to Palms Highway and drove to the Coachella Valley Vista lookout to get their second card from Chuck and Dawn Lakowski. Taking time to take in the views from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea the cars were off to Mountain Center, about 28 miles up the road. At Mountain Center Cafe Bob and Shari Bolling offered the third Card and a rest stop. Next it was on to Idyllwild Community Center where Peter and Alexandra Roses handed out the last card on the Rally. From there the players went into downtown Idyllwild, where many went to the Red Kettle for lunch.
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Published On 5/29/2022
The end of May Breakfast Cruise-In at the Petersen was scheduled to be general car gathering, so I headed down to the Miracle Mile just before 8am. When I arrived on the third floor of the parking structure, I was directed to park next to a 1962 Iso. This was a car I wasn’t familiar with, but it had beautiful, classic lines, so I wasn’t sad to be in its company.
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Published On 5/28/2022
The Scottish Festival, held at the Orange County Fairgrounds, returned on the weekend of 28/29 May. As in past years, the organizers have a display of classic British Cars on hand during the festivities. This year the cars were parked adjacent to the pedestrian entrance which gave the visitors ample opportunity to admire our British “iron”.
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Published On 5/15/2022
The parking lot was full. After a full week of fun in Palm Springs we had a great turnout, even with overcast skies and a cool breeze. New member Jim Huizdos had everyone looking for Jeff Boysen, as he drove his recent purchase of Jeff’s black tri-carb to the shopping center.
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Published On 5/7/2022
Greetings Group, Sandy and I know summer’s coming as we prepare for our monthly gathering at Farmer Boys in Riverside. It's 7am, the sky is clear, it's been light for a while and we don't really need a jacket. We enjoy a wonderful drive from Redlands to Riverside through San Timoteo Canyon and there’s a great group already there and for breakfast and catching up. Gas prices are up but who cares - Driving your classic is priceless.
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Published On 4/17/2022
Happy Easter everyone! It was a nice day to be out in your British car enjoying the sunshine and pleasant temperatures.
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Published On 3/2/2018
On March 2-4th AHA members Corkey Holt, Chris Keen, Matt Meyer, Don Newman and I showed our Healey’s at the 2nd Annual LA Classic Car Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show is sponsored by the Velocity Channel and was a great event showcasing numerous So Cal classic car clubs and hundreds of cars.
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Published On 6/1/2019
So, there I was, enjoying the afterglow of a couple of craft beers, when the shadow of Club President Steve Kirby loomed over me. Fearful of what might happen next, I began to consider my fight or flight options. But before I could sprint out of the door, Steve growled “In Ed Neumeyer’s absence I have decided you must design and set up this year’s gymkhana course.” The news hit me hard and had me trembling uncontrollably. The closest thing I’d come to designing a gymkhana course was when I was in charge of the funkhana at the 2015 La Quinta California Healey Week. And a gymkhana, with its emphasis on speed, was a far cry from a funkhana, with its emphasis on... you guessed it...
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Published On 6/1/2019
California Healey Week 2019 was the 45th Annual Gathering of the AHASC. Not all of these have been Healey Weeks run by our Club, but it’s an amazing string of good-time get togethers which I am sure will continue long into the future.
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Published On 6/1/2019
It was a great day at CHW for a fun drive on the back roads of Temecula and Fallbrook combined with the fun of a Poker Run.
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Published On 6/1/2019
The weather on Wednesday was brisk but dry, making it perfect driving conditions for the 40+ cars that set out at 9am on the Scenic Drive. Using our, now standard, Tulip Format directions the group headed out on a loop of around Palomar Mountain with a mid-point stop in the historic town of Julian.
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Published On 12/12/2021
Sunday, December 12th, over 60 club members, spouses, and guests, gathered at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach to celebrate the Holiday Season. As the participants arrived, bearing an unwrapped toy for the Marines Toy Drive at Camp Pendleton, they were greeted in the lobby by Greg Aden with sheets of name tags. They were then directed upstairs to the bar area where a lively crowd was gathered, reconnecting with friends they might not have seen since 2019.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 9/24/2017
Early Sunday, 9/24, I arrived at the Marina Del Rey cars and coffee; a small gathering of many types of vintage, hot rod, muscle, and sports cars. The usual culprits (about 50 cars) showed up.
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Published On 6/19/2021
Supposed to be cooler in El Segundo for the British Car Show at the Automobile Driving Museum. Cooler doesn’t quite cover it, as I run into the marine layer as I clear downtown LA. It stays cool and overcast all the way to the meet up location at the shopping center on the southeast corner of PCH and Mariposa Ave.
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Published On 4/1/2020
Last week the Club received a nice plaque from the International Healey Museum recognizing our support for the museum in 2019.
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Published On 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”.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 11/11/2017
Saturday November 11th! This day is Veterans Day, however it has its roots in the First World War as Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the Great War ended in Europe. This day seven Healeys and a Honda made their way up the Angeles Crest to Newcomb’s Ranch for Breakfast.
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Published On 2/17/2020
I am happy to announce that, with the help of our webmaster Janet Sowell, we have added a Forum feature to the club website that now allows members to discuss issues relative to their Healeys and club matters of interest.
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Published On 12/8/2019
A total of 60 members and guests descended on the Shoreline Yacht Club recently for the AHASC Holiday Celebration. A lively social hour kicked things off, with the bar line stretching into the next room at times! We enjoyed watching my 49ers win on TV while meeting up with friends old and new.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 12/26/2018
Former Club Member Doug Apatow has generously donated a custom “made for Healey” trailer to the Club. As the Club is not able to own the trailer, we are auctioning it off with proceeds going to the Club.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 11/10/2018
On November 10th, a half dozen Healey folks gathered at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo for their Orphan Car Show. The criteria for entry was that your car had to be made by a company no longer in business. In attendance were Tim McNiff, Mike Scroggie, Mike Biss, Greg Aden, Jay Miller and late comer, Phil Caliva.
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Published On 4/11/2021
The Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone show was the usual small gathering of the regular group of Hot Rods and Collectible car enthusiasts. On hand were a group of early 60's Corvettes, two GM Gassers and a few interesting cars and Pickups.
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Published On 1/10/2021
Earlier this week I spoke with Mike Scroggie, Dexter Kaytis, Chuck Lakowski, Sandy Bettelman and Bruce Hand, and we decided that because there were two car shows on Sunday, the 10th, around same time frame, some of us would meet at the Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone show First; and some would go directly to the Legacy car show in Tustin.
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Published On 11/14/2021
The Balboa Fun Zone is such a great way to start the double feature of car gatherings, the second Sunday of the month—every month! The breakfast croissant extraordinaire, as I deliciously refer to them, make it so worth getting up in the dark-of- morning, when actually, at our house, we could roll out of bed and be at Tustin Legacy Cars and Coffee. In our book, one ‘follows’ the other.
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Published On 2/14/2021
The drive to the Balboa Fun Zone is a great drive down PCH from Long Beach. Watching the morning sun come up over the mountains is just specular. After parking, I headed over to a great donut shop for a cup of coffee and one of their famous breakfast sandwiches.
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Published On 5/9/2021
I finally got my ’60 BT7 back from David Nock’s shop in Stockton. I got a full engine rebuild and it runs great.
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Published On 8/8/2021
I got the chance to get my youngest grandson, Chip, out for a morning drive. This was his first visit from Maryland since the COVID Pandemic.
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Published On 3/14/2021
Sunday morning, March fourteen, was a ‘double-header’ kind of a car morning! ‘Head to the first. Caravan to the second. Balboa Ferry in the middle.’ How much better can it get?! We arrive at the Balboa Fun Zone about fifteen minutes after seven and, once parked, John Hummer and I make a casual beeline over to the donut shop for our Phil Caliva’s- recommendation: bacon, egg, cheese and avocado croissants.
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Published On 10/10/2021
Now for the Sunday Trifecta! Dex Kaytis, Peter Hutchings, Chuck Lakowski, Alice Johnson and John Hummer, and yours truly, showed up at the Balboa Peninsula Fun zone while it was still dark and chilly, to enjoy our usual egg/ham/cheese/jalapeno/avocado croissant with coffee to wash it all down. Member Larry Netherton was there with his dog ready to walk along the bay front.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 6/8/2020
Inspired by Corkey Holt attending last month’s gathering for British cars at Golden Cove; and seeing that photo of his car looking so singularly lonely, Bob Bolling, Jay Miller and I decided to make an appearance at the first Wednesday British car night at Belmont Shore.
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Published On 10/4/2017
It was a beautiful evening in Belmont Shore, with about 15 cars coming and going. It seemed to be a fluid bunch this month with some leaving early and others arriving late. The only club members in attendance were Chuck Lakowski and Jay Miller.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 1/6/2021
When Bob Bolling and I arrived at Belmont Shore the sun was just about gone and there sat one, lonely Austin Healey. Not a good sign for a big turnout. Bob and I parked and wondered where the owner was and here comes Phil Caliva.
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Published On 10/1/2019
As is obvious from the other reports in this issue, a lot of Club Members attended Conclave 2019. But we all had to get there and get home, no easy task considering the distance. While some shipped cars directly to Deadwood, others trailered part way and some drove the entire way, I led a small group on a pre and post-Conclave route dubbed “Best of the West” We shipped seven cars via Reliable Carriers to Denver where we were met by two other cars for the outbound leg. Those shipping included Greg and Sandra Aden, Jay and Katie Miller, David and Jacky Deamer, Chuck and Dawn Lakowski, Terry Cowan and Lisa Mandell, Fred Zepeda and Cindi and me. We were joined in Denver by Bob and Shari Bolling, Phil Caliva and Bill MacFarland, and Reid Trummel.
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Published On 6/17/2018
A fellow Little British Car buddy, Howie Margolies, and I were lucky enough to have our cars accepted in the Father’s Day Concours this year.
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Published On 3/1/2021
If you’ve ever driven over Snoqualmie Pass (pronounced: snow-all-over-me) in Washington state, you’ll know it is best not done top down in a Bugeye Sprite, with no wipers. I would say “in the rain,” but that’s a given. Hunched up against the windshield, in a swirl of flying water, one could forgive me for not noticing the stealthy approach of Officer Evergreen.
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Published On 9/22/2020
Read all about Conclave 2021 in the first edition of the Big Bear Gazette
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Published On 11/10/2019
The Bowers Museum Car show was part of the city of Santa Ana’s 150th anniversary celebration. It was held in the parking lot adjacent to the museum. This was the Bowers Museum’s first attempt at running a car show and it was evident by the sparse attendance. They did not begin promoting the show until relatively recently and published a lot of city regulations that probably scared some people from attending and displaying their cars. The local foot traffic was respectable, but several people mentioned they expected to see more cars.
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Published On 6/9/2018
Eleven club members attended the show this year with 7 Big Healey’s, 2 Bugeye’s, 2 Jensen Healey’s, and a 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith convertible. It was great to see George McHarris back in Southern California (guess you can only take the Vegas heat for so long!).
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Published On 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.
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Published On 8/7/2019
Now that there is no confusion about meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (changed last month because of the 4th of July) Bob, Jay, Ken and I all caravanned down to Belmont Shore taking my favorite scenic route. When we arrived we were greeted by Dex’s big Healey but no Dex. He must be around here somewhere. Turns out that Dex had a really busy day with lots of driving and since he had arrived so early, he walked out on the pier and caught a few winks.
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Published On 6/8/2019
The club had a great showing at this year’s British Car Show at the Automobile Driving Museum on June 8th with 13 members attending. In their Big Healey’s were me, Corkey Holt, Gary Jacobson, Dex Kaytis, John Hedblom, George Merino, Jay Miller and Mike Scroggie. Phil Caliva brought his "Nasty Boy", Chuck Lakowski his Jensen Healey and Tom Spangler and I had our Bugeye’s. Steve Kirby brought his beautiful 1954 Jaguar Sedan to round out the group.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 11/4/2020
Sad to say that our November dinner at the park prior to the Belmont Shore British Car Night was the last one for the season. None of us relish sitting in the dark trying to eat and stay warm.
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Published On 2/5/2020
Bob Bolling and I decided to caravan down to the Belmont Shore British Car Night with a stop at the venerable Joe Jost’s for a light snack and something to wet our whistle while we waited to see if any other AH club members showed up. Looks like it’s just me and Bob and as we head out the door. Bob suggested a new route and when he saw my eyes glaze over as he gave directions, he gave up and said, “just follow me”. So he takes the lead and a short time later we’re at the beach and a few minutes after that we’re at the parking area for British Car night. I don’t understand why I always take the lead when Bob is a great trail blazer. It is always nice to try out different routes. As we parked our cars we were greeted by a gorgeous sunset.
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Published On 2/6/2019
Bob Bolling and I joined up and caravanned down to Brits at Belmont Shore and arrived just in time to enjoy a beautiful sunset. We were definitely early birds but it wasn’t long before there was a steady stream of cars showing up.
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Published On 4/6/2016
Spring has sprung and we had a decent turn out for the Belmont Shore British Car Night.
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Published On 7/7/2021
Bob, Phil, and I met up at the Belmont Brewing Company prior to British Car Night for a bite to eat. As we finished dinner and headed down to the Belmont Pier parking lot we ran into Jackie and David Deamer waiting for a table on the patio.
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Published On 8/5/2020
I will chalk it up to a senior moment. Okay, an all week senior moment. I completely forgot about the first Wednesday Belmont Shore British Car Night.
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Published On 9/2/2020
Bob Bolling, Jay Miller and I caravanned to Belmont Shore where we planned to meet up with Phil Caliva and Dex Kaytis and have a little dinner on the patio overlooking the beach at the Belmont Brewing Co. Phil was waiting for us but we had to play a little game of “Where’s Dexter.”
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Published On 11/3/2021
Another nice showing of British cars at Belmont Shore. When Bob Bolling and I arrived, Phil Caliva was already there and informed us that we just missed a beautiful sunset.
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Published On 3/3/2021
It was raining at my home in El Segundo but it stopped early in the afternoon. When it was time to drive down to the British car night at Belmont Pier it was sunny. As soon as I got on the freeway, there was a rainbow in front of me.
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Published On 4/7/2021
The weather for this month’s Belmont Shore British Car Night was just about perfect. It is good to have that famous Southern CA balmy weather when compared to last month’s cold and damp that kept those of us with no stamina, namely me, from attending.
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Published On 10/6/2021
This is the second month in a row we have had a great turnout of cars. I counted 18 British cars. I guess people were wanting to take advantage of the balmy weather. Bob Bolling and I caravanned to Belmont Shore without our usual stop for either dinner or a snack. Projects at home have kept both of us pretty busy, but at least we were able to carve out a little time to drive our cars.
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Published On 11/1/2018
Planning for CHW 2018 began last September. On the way back from last year’s Monterey Healey gathering, a few of us stopped by in Santa Barbara to look at the Fess Parker Hotel. We liked what we saw, and decided that the we should focus on the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez general area for CHW 2018...it was a good location between Northern and Southern California.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 12/1/2018
When I began this trip, I was planning on going out every day and prospecting for gold or fishing or going for long hikes in the forest. After close to three weeks in the Sierras, I’ve prospected three times, haven’t fished yet, and only taken three hikes. I’ve been to a few car shows and other car events. I’ve taken the Healey out of the trailer 8 or 9 times. It’s nice driving it on mountain roads. Now I’m over in Pismo Beach, about an hour from Solvang.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 10/10/2020
The cars in the canyon event was held on October 10th this year. It was well attended with over 350 cars in attendance. The event was held at Lakeview Private Park near Irvine lake set in the old silver mine hills of the Santa Ana Mountains. The choice of venue made for picturesque shots of the cars. This year’s event featured several of the Movie Cars from the movie Ford v Ferrari.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 10/3/2021
It was an early morning departure as I headed to the Autry Western Museum in Griffith Park for a 6:30am meetup with Peter Roses and Steve Gerow. We jumped on the 134 Fwy and headed west for Camarillo, where we planned to stop for breakfast. After a hearty meal at Eggs-n- things, we headed for the Harbor and the show.
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Published On 7/14/2019
The sun was up and it was still cool as I headed west to the 29th Annual All-British Car Show at Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. The weather looked great until I neared the grade before Camarillo and saw the deep marine layer hanging over the hills. As I descended into Camarillo the temperature dropped, mist started forming on my windshield, and I kicked myself for not bringing something warmer than a denim long- sleeve shirt.
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Published On 7/1/2018
Joyce had decided to go to the all-British car show in Oxnard. We planned to stay over Saturday night so we left Glendale around 1:30 in the afternoon and headed west on the 101 Freeway. Joyce was in her VW Passat: 1) because it was supposed to be HOT, and 2) she could take her time coming to the show on Sunday.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 7/20/2019
The Cars and Coffee event was held on Saturday, July 20 in Azusa. It was a perfect day for Healey driving, it was cool and traffic was light, except for me. I guess age is catching up with me or maybe I’m getting a little lazy at that. Rather than taking the cover off my Healey and pulling it out of the garage I decided to drive my beat-up Toyota. I have to admit that this was a big mistake, when I arrived at Dominic's shop I was greeted by an angry crowd shouting “Where is your Healey?” Believe me, this won’t happen again.
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Published On 12/10/2017
This year’s Holiday Party was again held at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach thanks to the efforts of yachtsman/aviator/ Healey-owner and Club member, George Merino.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 10/1/2019
Conclave 2019 in Deadwood, SD was a hands-down winner. The event “had it all”, from great roads, to impressive social events and meals, to the best car show ever. The twenty-plus members of the AHASC (as well as several more from the San Diego and Golden Gate clubs) certainly picked a winner when deciding to attend this event.
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Published On 10/1/2019
The AHASC had a record turnout for the trip to Conclave 2019 in Deadwood, SD. Steve Kirby led one group who shipped their cars to Denver, CO and flew there to drive their Healeys on to Deadwood. The group included the Kirbys, Cowans, Millers, Lakowskis, Deamers, Adens and Zepeda.
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Published On 7/1/2021
You are going to read details of all the great events which took place at Conclave elsewhere in this edition, so I am going to concentrate on some of the “non-events” which made this Conclave special.
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Published On 10/1/2019
On the second day of the Conclave they held two different car shows. The first was the Official car show for the attendee’s held at the Deadwood Rodeo Grounds, the second was a Public Car show on Old Historic Main Street benefiting the local area Girls and Boy’s club. The official car show was held from 8:30-10:30, where the conclave attendee’s voted for the best of each various Healey type.
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Published On 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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Published On 12/31/2021
New Year’s Eve and time for the classic car cruise down Colorado Blvd. I pick up my son, Paul, at 7am and we head for East Pasadena and the gathering point for the classic car cruisers. The weather was very cold and still damp from the earlier rain.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 10/17/2021
Members had a great day in Dana Point. We started it off super early about 6:00 a.m.

when we met at Starbucks with John and Alice Hummer, Richard Schneider (with his beautiful blue Triumph), Ken Burgi, and of course me, Tony- the-Bone Trentacost.
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Published On 3/10/2018
The “British Invasion” Car Show was held in Dana Point in early March this year.

However, the weather did not completely cooperate. Saturday was rainy most of the day, but nine “hard core” enthusiasts showed their cars anyway. Included was a very interesting red 1952 Jowett Jupiter, one of the rarest sports cars in America.
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Published On 3/20/2022
This event was another Jaguar Owners Club/Austin-Healey Club joint drive. The drive was supposed to start at 9:30am from the public parking lot adjacent to Gladstones on PCH at Sunset Blvd. I arrived at 9:05am and was surprised to find out that the instructions had neglected to mention the $13. parking fee. After paying the toll, I was allowed in to join two unknown Healeys and Chuck Lakowski and his white Jensen Healey.
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Published On 2/9/2019
Heavy rain was predicted so I decided to depart the house @ 0400 to beat the rain. It worked out, I made it to the Indian Wells/Palm Spring area without getting wet, but boy was it COLD!!!
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 12/1/2020
I was planning on going on an overnight drive to Fort Bragg with the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club on the weekend of July 25. It seems that things are cancelled at the drop of a hat these days.
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Published On 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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Published On 8/18/2019
The Enderle Center was built by Al Enderle on land that was once an orange grove owned by Al’s father. The Center is the only privately-owned shopping center on the West Coast. Al used his center as a gathering place for community events, like Christmas caroling, Bell Choirs, Pops Orchestra concerts, and especially car shows. The Enderle Center hosts classic car shows twice a month and custom and single-marque car shows throughout the year.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 9/24/2017
I attended the English car show at Fairbrook Farm on 9/24. I won First-In-Class! But that was not much of an accomplishment since there were only a total of 3 big Healeys at the show.
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Published On 8/1/2018
(This is part one of a two part series chronicling the experiences of several members of the Austin Healey Assoc. of Southern California and the San Diego and Golden Gate Healey clubs attending the European Healey Meet, 2018. Those attending included Steve & Cindy Kirby, Peter & Alexandra Roses, Terry Cowan & Lisa Mandell, Jeff & Diane Boysen, Mike & Kathy Scroggie, Jay & Katie Miller, Steven Kingsbury, Dick Ames, Louie & Bonnie Fisher, Hema and Janakie Ratnayake and Mike Biss & Anna Johansson)
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Published On 9/1/2018
(This is the second of a two part series chronicling the experiences of several members of the Austin Healey Assoc. of Southern California and the San Diego and Golden Gate Healey clubs attending the European Healey Meet, 2018. Those attending included Steve & Cindy Kirby, Peter & Alexandra Roses, Terry Cowan & Lisa Mandell, Jeff & Diane Boysen, Mike & Kathy Scroggie, Jay & Katie Miller, Steven Kingsbury, Dick Ames, Louie & Bonnie Fisher, Hema and Janakie Ratnayake and Mike Biss & Anna Johansson)
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Published On 3/14/2020
The weather and the corona virus conspired to keep us from showing our Healey’s along with other British car owners at the festival.
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Published On 3/9/2019
Again this year, our club organized the British Invasion Car Show at the Dana Point Festival of Whales on March 9th and 10th. Although rain caused the cancellation of the kickoff parade and suppressed activities during the first weekend, the weather during the British Invasion show was mostly sunny and clear. Attending were owners of about 30 cars each day, including Austin Healeys, Jaguars, Triumphs, MG’s and a few lesser marques like Lotus, Cobra, Morgan and a rare Jowett Jupiter. Like prior years, our cars were parked on the grass median overlooking the Dana Point marina.
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Published On 3/6/2022
The British Invasion car show at the 2022 Festival of Whales was held on March 6, 2022 in Dana Point. Although it was a reduced schedule for this year, the festivities and events were about the same as prior years. As usual, 30 cars of various British Marques were invited to be shown in the Dana Point marina from 10AM until 4PM on Sunday. Prior to the event, about 16 members of the club met at the Dana West Yacht club for dinner on Saturday night.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 6/2/2017
This month the First Friday Road Show was held at the Annual Fish Fry in Costa Mesa.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 3/1/2020
By now you have probably heard that our Club has been selected to host the 2021 Austin Healey Club of America Conclave in Big Bear, CA! That’s a big honor for us and only the second time the event has been held on the West Coast in recent times. For many of you, it will be a chance to attend a Conclave for the Zirst time without travelling cross country.
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Published On 2/1/2020
Hello all you Healeyphiles! Hope you are fully recovered from the Holidays and are making plans to get back on the road again this Spring.
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Published On 1/1/2020
Hello all you Healeyphiles! By the time you read this, the Holidays will be behind us, yet again! It was great to see so many of you at the Holiday Party, particularly Phil and Nancy Caliva. For those not there, Phil is doing great. He is mobile with a walker, doing a lot of physical therapy and will not need any neck surgery as was first feared.
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Published On 12/1/2019
Hello all you Healeyphiles! Plans are coming together nicely for Rendevous 2020 at the MontBleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe. While the Golden Gate Club is doing all the heavy lifting, our Club will be hosting Rocker Cover Racing and perhaps providing logistical support wherever needed. The affair will feature all the usual events, including drives, a car show, Funkhana, tech sessions, receptions, dinners and plenty of time for socializing.
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Published On 11/1/2019
Hello all you Healeyphiles! As you may recall, I have been away a while receiving treatment for my prostate cancer. I am happy to tell you that by the time I read this, I will have completed my treatments at California Proton Center in San Diego. Cindi and I have been enjoying a bit of a “medical vacation” in a rented condo in Del Mar. The weather has been glorious, and I have the best tan in years! My days have been pretty much “get up – go to the gym – shower – treatments (30 minutes) – check emails – lunch at the pool – a few more emails – a nap – dinner! Not exactly a tough regiment. I will drop this topic after this month, but I just want to reiterate; guys....get your PSA test every year and encourage all your male family members over 40 to do the same. It could save your life.
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Published On 10/1/2019
Hello all you Healeyphiles! This month’s newsletter will have extensive coverage of the recent AHCA Conclave in Deadwood, SD, so I won’t go into that here. Suf8ice to say that your Club was well represented as you will see in the articles which follow, and we did well in all the events (six car show trophies, a 2nd place in the Gymkhana and Carol Ames won the best hat award at the Ladies Tea)! I believe we had the largest contingent at the event, though the “participation” award went to a smaller club with fewer attendees (due to some complicated “read: political” formula for determining the winner).
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Published On 9/1/2019
By the time you read this, I, and almost 40 others from our Club, will be on the road to Conclave in Deadwood, SD.
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Published On 8/1/2019
Judging by the number of Healey events and the excellent attendance at those events it seems many of you are! As we move towards the Fall, about 25 cars from the Club are preparing to hit the road to Conclave in South Dakota. I am told our Club is Yielding the largest contingent of any Club in the country, and that’s something to be proud of. It’s not exactly like Deadwood is just around the corner. In fact, it’s 2620 miles round trip from LA via the fastest route, all Interstate. But what fun is that? So likely most trips are going to be a lot longer.
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Published On 7/1/2019
Many of you know that I recently acquired a 1954 Swallow Doretti “project”. The car has been in my shop for a couple of months now and I am beginning to realize just how lucky we Healey owners are! But more about that later.
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Published On 6/1/2019
Well, another California Healey Week has come and gone! When I took over as President last year from Mike Scroggie, he told me, “being President is a piece of cake, you just delegate to the other Officers and Board Members. All you have to do is run Healey Week!”.
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Published On 5/1/2019
Welcome to Spring! Hopefully you enjoyed the Super Bloom while in your Healey! We're not likely see a better wildflower season than this one in a while. Pity those poor folks stuffed into their claustrophobic Prius with the tinted windows….you had your top down, right? While the blossoms may be slowly fading, the opportunities for some good driving are not. Healey Week is upon us! If you are driving to Temecula from anywhere in OC or coastal LA county, avoid the 91 and take Ortega Highway. I know the road has a bad reputation, due largely to the unsafe conditions in years past, but if you have not driven it in a while, there have been major improvements, particularly at the summit and at the descent into Lake Elsinore. It’s one of the few last-great-driving-roads in Southern California.
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Published On 3/1/2019
The big news this month is that registration is open for California Healey Week 2019! If you haven’t done so already, please go to the website to register, www.austin-healey.org.
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Published On 2/1/2019
Well, we’ve launched another year, tossed out the 2018 Healey Calendar and nailed the first page of the 2019 edition to the garage wall. From where I sit, 2019 is going to be a great year to own a Healey! Activities Director, Greg Aden, already has some outstanding events lined up, including the LA Classic Auto Show Club Display in March and a trip to Buttonwillow in May to attend the British Invasion, VARAs annual race meet dedicated to our little British cars. Watch for details in the newsletter and via email.
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Published On 1/1/2019
I write this column having just enjoyed the Club’s Holiday Party at the Shoreline Yacht Club. We had a great turnout of nearly 70 on a beautiful day by the Bay.
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Published On 12/1/2018
Whatever happened to “old Roger” who used to work at that now defunct Electrical Rebuilding shop and was a whiz at Healey regulators? How about “old Bill” at the British shop down the road who could rebuild SU carbs to better than new? And what about “old Charlie” who could tune wire wheels until they sang? Here’s a clue: “old”.
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Published On 11/1/2018
Well, seems I can dodge my responsibilities no longer! I am back from my sojourn in the UK and Mike Scroggie has handled my duties long enough (and very well) in my absence, including this marvelous California Healey Week just concluded, as you will read elsewhere. So, I am your new President.
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Published On 7/1/2018
I write this column at 35,000 feet on the way home from three weeks in Europe touring with 11 other club members and attending the 5th European Healey Meet in the Black Forest of Germany. It was a great tour, which I will report on in next month’s newsletter.
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Published On 6/1/2018
Now that June is here, we can look forward to the coming warm weather and vacations.

No excuse for not getting those Healeys out on the road! I’ve noticed that the past month’s events were more sparsely attended and the competition for the Spirit Award for event attendance has gotten tighter.
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Published On 4/1/2018
As I write this column, the group going to the 2018 European Healey Meet this June in Germany is in final preparations for shipping their cars to Europe. We are dropping off twelve cars on 3/27 at the port in San Pedro for container shipment to Europe. We will then meet as a group over lunch and hear from Steve Kirby, our trip planner extraordinaire, who will present the detailed travel plans: including the itinerary, daily stops, overnight accommodations and even “turn by turn” instructions. Thus, we begin yet another “Bucket List” excursion.
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Published On 3/1/2018
California Healey Week this October is looking like a very popular event. We now have over 65 groups registered and 125 people attending. We’re likely to add another 10-15 groups by the time we arrive in Solvang... I hope to see you there.
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Published On 2/1/2018
Response to CHW 2018 in Solvang has been tremendous. After 4 weeks of registrations being open, we have signed up 56 parties, most of them from our club...here are the early results: • AHASC - 36 • Golden Gate - 16 • San Diego - 3 • Unaffiliated - 1 With almost 7 months before the event on October 17th - 21st, we are likely to have 65-75 participants, well over our forecast. I’m proud and pleased that our club has been so responsive. We are almost sold out of rooms at the Hotel Corque and will be working to designate another hotel in the area to handle the overflow.
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Published On 1/1/2018
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season. As we enter the new year, we are announcing that reservations are now open for California Healey Week, taking place this October in Solvang.
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Published On 12/1/2017
It’s that time of year again, we are entering our dues renewal period for 2018. You should have just received your renewal notice via email. You can pay either online via the website (credit card or PayPal) or through the mail by check. For those national members (AHCA only, not AHCUSA), you will be billed by us and we will forward the national dues to them.
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Published On 11/1/2017
Over the past few weeks, the committee has been working hard on the planning of California Healey Week 2018 (either the third or fourth week of October 2018). We have narrowed the decision to three hotels in the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley areas.
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Published On 10/3/2017
If you missed Monterey Healey Week, you missed a great event. Almost everyone who attended would agree. We had good weather, great drives, great food, and “bucket list” events like our visit and track time at Laguna Seca and the drive and visit to the Bruce Canepa showroom/museum/workshop in Scotts Valley.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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!
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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).
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Published On 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.
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Published On 5/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, You are probably all tired of hearing the hype about California Healey Week, but I am just getting more and more excited! We’re going to have a great crowd and a fun event. First, I want to mention that due to the generosity of our Sponsors and your gracious (future) spending at the event Auctions, we were able to add a FREE Farewell Hot Breakfast to the agenda including a FREE Commemorative Coffee Cup (courtesy of Austin Healey Spares). Come down to the banquet room between 7 and 9am on Friday, have a bite and claim your cup. We might also have a few more surprises during the morning.
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Published On 4/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Plans for California Healey Week are really shaping up. At present, we have seventy-six cars and 136 people registered, fully 50% over our original estimates! The Scroggies,’ Neumeyers’ and Cindi and I visited the hotel a couple of weekends ago and it is going to be the perfect venue for the event. Plenty of space for activities, genuinely nice rooms, superb views and lots of parking. The hotel staff could not be more hospitable.
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Published On 3/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Plans for California Healey Week are coming together nicely. We already have 65 cars and 115 people registered, exceeding our goals of 50/100 and we still have almost three months to go! If you are thinking of attending and have not yet signed up, I suggest you do so now. We are running short of rooms in our discounted block ($139/$159 per night) and I wouldn’t want you to have to pay full price (over $200). You can register at www.austin- healey.org, our website. You can sign up online or print a registration form and mail a check.
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Published On 2/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, As you probably know, registration for California Healey Week 2022 is now open. You can go to our club website, www.austin-healey.org, to register. Scroll down on the home page until you see the ad box and click on the gray “Register Now” button. You can either register online or download and print a paper copy you can use to register by mail.
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Published On 1/1/2022
Hello all you Healeyphiles, I hope you all had a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! One is beginning to wonder if there ever will be a “new normal”. Let’s all hope and pray. These are precious years of our lives, and I am sure we are all feeling a bit cheated.
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Published On 12/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Well, it’s been quite a month! Lots of Healey folks out and about! Early in the month 26 of us descended on Puerto Vallarta for our Healeys in Heaven Tour. It was a nice sized crowd at the luxurious Villa Premiere Hotel. Not only were we all parked at the pool together, but the hotel arranged group seating for our nightly eight-course dinners. Weather was perfect, the food was outstanding, and the socializing was superb. Several nights I saw small groups chatting away as I made my way to bed at 11pm!
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Published On 11/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, my last month’s column sort of had an “out and about” theme. Without a doubt, folks are getting back out into the “real world”, many of them in their Healeys.
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Published On 10/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, I have been trying to get out and about a bit more of late. I have made a Cars and Coffee three of the last four Saturdays, probably a record for me.

I’m actually “between projects” at the moment (if that’s ever really possible with four old cars in the garage), as the 1954 Swallow Doretti remains in Provo, UT, where I am told that the body work is “almost done” (just like last month).
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Published On 9/1/2021
First, I want to welcome Anna Johansson and Alice Johnson to our Club’s Board of Directors. Anna is taking over as Treasurer from the long-serving Jay Miller. Jay, thanks for all your years of service and for establishing a strong base for the Club’s financial management. Alice is our new Secretary and is filling a position that has been open for a while. Welcome ladies! Might we see a female Club President in the not-too-distant future?
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Published On 8/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Isn’t it great to be getting “back to normal”? As I write this, LA County has just gone back to masks indoors, but hopefully that won’t last long. Politics aside, I just don’t get punishing those who did the right thing and got vaccinated, but then I am not a politician.
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Published On 7/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, It’s finally over, and what an event it was! Conclave 2021 has just drawn to a close, and now we can all take a deep breath and relax for a while. You will Rind all the details later in this edition, including my summary, but first a few notable items.
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Published On 5/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Conclave 2021 has been dominating my time recently. There seems to be no end to the details that need attention and challenges that need to be overcome.
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Published On 4/1/2021
Two years ago, I, along with about two dozen other AHASC members, attended the AHCA Conclave in Deadwood, SD. It was a big event with over 250 cars, well organized and fun. The town of Deadwood is sort of Las Vegas meets Tombstone. A little touristy, but what the heck, we were tourists! Needless to say, the AHCA is always on the lookout for Clubs interested in hosting a future Conclave. I got to thinking that it would be pretty cool for our Club to host sometime. I discussed it with several prominent members and got a good response. After all, we have been running California Healey Week for over four decades and Conclave isn’t that much different............or so I thought.
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Published On 3/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Back to Normal? Well it certainly appears that we are headed that way. By the time you read this Cindi and I will have had our second vaccinations, and while we are still being careful, it seems the worst may be behind us. Hope you have been as fortunate. If so, don’t throw way that Vaccination Record Card, it may be your passport to many public places and events in the near term. For example, I can foresee movie theaters being reopened, but only to people who can prove they have been vaccinated. I am laminating mine.
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Published On 2/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Another month’s Blown by! I guess the big news of the month is that most of us (over 65) are now on the “list” to receive the vaccine....well, sort of. As of this writing Orange County still hasn’t Figured out how to inject even a fraction of the doses they have on hand, despite having, what, a year to plan for this?
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Published On 1/1/2021
Hello all you Healeyphiles, By the time you read this, another Christmas will have passed, I hope you all had a great Holiday.

On December 20, the Club held a Zoom Holiday Meeting. While the attendance was a little light, those participating did get to hear from your Board of Directors and visit a bit too. A report on the meeting can be found elsewhere in this edition.
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Published On 12/1/2020
Hello all you Healeyphiles, Despite California stepping back into the Purple Tier, there is a light at the end of the tunnel......a vaccine on the horizon. Perhaps by Conclave time next May, things will be back to something approaching normal. What that normal will look like is anything but certain.
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Published On 11/1/2020
Hello all you Healeyphiles, in this month’s newsletter you will find a new four-page Big Bear Gazette issue which is all about Conclave 2021.
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Published On 10/4/2020
As you read this, about thirty Club members will have recently returned from a Conclave Planning Meeting in Big Bear. Would you believe it takes thirty-three different committees to run a Conclave! Thankfully, we have a great spirit in our Club and enough volunteers to cover most bases. But we could still use more, particularly folks who just want to help out during the event.
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Published On 6/25/2020
Another month! If I was a betting man, I would have placed my money on this thing being pretty much behind us by now. Sort of like the typical flu and cold season. But the numbers are staying relatively high. Who knows when things will get back to normal…. the new normal anyway.
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Published On 6/1/2020
Today (May 21), I got my monthly reminder from editor Tim that my column was due. I love to write, and usually have a list of topics for future months. But today I am frankly stumped.
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Published On 5/1/2020
Hello all you Healeyphiles, What a great Saturday I just had! I woke up early to clear skies and warm temperatures.
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Published On 4/1/2020
Hello all you Healeyphiles! What a difference a month makes! I don’t think the word “coronavirus” was mentioned once in the March newsletter. Now it’s part of every discussion, email, newscast, and social media post! Perhaps that comparison will help put this in perspective.
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Published On 4/3/2019
As you read this, I have just returned from a holiday which included four days in Cuba. As you may know, Americans can now legally travel to Cuba under one of the twelve allowed “reasons for travel”, the most generic of which is “Support of the Cuban People”. That’s a euphemism for “don’t stay in government owned hotels and don’t buy in government owned stores”.
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Published On 10/1/2018
With less than a month to go before California Healey Week in Solvang, we are busy finetuning the plans, arrangements, and events.
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Published On 9/1/2018
Although our Healey’s have not returned from Europe (a long list of delays), the group has been back from the European Healey Meet for two months now. Part 2 of my article is included in this issue.
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Published On 8/4/2018
The group that attended the European Healey Meet in Germany has returned...our cars have been delayed in departing Rotterdam but should arrive in Long Beach by the end of August. We had a terrific tour (pre and post) Healey Meet, which was also great.
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Published On 3/1/2020
As far as club events, there continues to be a great turnout of members at all of the events so far. For those who missed the car show and parade laps at Auto Club Speedway you missed a great opportunity to get some relatively quick laps in with your car. In March we have British Cars as the monthly marque at Super Car Sunday and then the ever popular British Invasion at the Dana Point Festival of Whales on March 14th and 15th. I understand it is close to or maybe even full and if interested contact Mike Scroggie. In April its Queens English on the 5th and Peter Roses Spring Tech session on the 18th after the United Artists Cars and Coffee.
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Published On 2/1/2020
Well, the Scottsdale auction week is behind us and even though I did not attend this year (First time in 5 years) I vicariously watched them on the internet and TV and saw some amazing prices for a couple of Sprites and a good sell through of the Big Healey’s at all the auctions. In general prices appeared down a little on the driver quality cars but the high-end cars are still garnering a healthy price. I have included my annual recap in a separate article for those interested.
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Published On 1/1/2020
A new year of Healeying is now upon us and we have a very busy schedule for early 2020. Besides our standard monthly events we have our Club events with us getting an early start with the Rose Parade Route cruise on December 31st and then the Tour d' Orange on January 1st . Possibly two events in February with the San Juan Capistrano Show on February 1st and then George Merino’s proposed show at the Shoreline Yacht Club at the end of the month. In March we have the ever popular British Invasion at the Dana Point Festival of Whales March 14th and 15th and in April it's the Queens English show and then \inally the Healey Rendezvous at Lake Tahoe in May; with a couple of tours both ways being put together by Steve Kirby for those interested.
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Published On 12/1/2019
The Holiday season is upon us, whether we want it to be or not, and the club events for the year are winding down. As a reminder, this December’s Super Car Sunday is on the 1st and it is also the 16th Annual “Motor 4 Toys” Show, where the goal this year is reach 100,000 toys donated; hopefully we will have a big turnout of club members.
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Published On 11/1/2019
Thanks to input from the members we will again be having two Club events in November on back- to-back weekends. The Wheels n Wings Car Show in Riverside at the March Field Air Museum on November 2nd and then the First Bowers Museum Vintage Car Show in Santa Ana on the 10th ; with no entry fee.
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Published On 10/1/2019
By the time you read this, most of us who went to Deadwood will have returned one way or another and cleaned up our cars after our 1700+ mile adventure. Several other articles will 8ill you in on all the Conclave and trip details as well as the sad news about Phil Caliva. Sandra’s and my trip was uneventful until the 8inal two days leaving Yellowstone (never did see Yogi or Booboo). I had two tires decide they did not like their steel belts, two fuel pump’s deciding they would work only intermittently and the throttle getting stuck open outside of Salt Lake City. All’s well that ends well and we made it to the rendezvous point to load up our car. Overall it was a great two weeks and a fantastic adventure.
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Published On 9/1/2019
When you read this 25 of us will be on our way to Deadwood one way or another. If you are not able to join us, you can follow along with Mike Scroggie’s Blog (thescrogblog.wordpress.com). If you have not read it in the past it is very detailed and entertaining read with lots of photographs.
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Published On 8/1/2019
Well, it looks like Summer has arrived, the heat index is soaring and hopefully everyone’s car is staying cool. I am debating on either putting on an auxiliary fan or adding an oil cooler. While the oil cooler makes more sense it is a more expensive option. Decisions / Decisions! For August we are only having one club event, the Enderle Car Show in Tustin on August 18th. So no excuse for not attending some of the recurring weekend events.
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Published On 7/1/2019
Well, the month of June is behind us and time is flying by as we are already six months into 2019.
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Published On 6/1/2019
Well, May is behind us and many are looking forward to spending another busy month of June with our Healey’s. We have three great club events to attend plus our normal standard events.
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Published On 5/2/2019
May is upon us and many of us are looking forward to spending a great week in Temecula. A few of us are heading up to Buttonwillow Raceway to take in the races at the British Extravaganza and participate in the car show and on-track tours. Also, do not forget about the Scottish Games British Car show at the Orange County Fairgrounds on the 25th and 26th.
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Published On 4/3/2019
Well, March is behind us and thanks to everyone who participated in the Festival of Whales weekend and especially to those that helped us man the club booth at the Classic Auto Show.
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Published On 3/1/2019
So much for the sunny and mild temperatures here is Southern California! I do not remember it being so cold for so long in the 30-plus years I have been here. At least we are getting the well needed rain to end the drought. Also we do not have to endure the snow and freezing conditions as most of the country is experiencing. I guess climate change has arrived.
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Published On 2/1/2019
After returning from the Scottsdale Auctions, who ever said that the collector car hobby is dead was wrong, as there were overWlowing crowds at the Bonham’s, Gooding and RM Sotheby auctions. There was robust bidding and most of the cars sold. However, I noted that a signiWicant number of cars were at "No Reserve", where in the past, it was the other way around. Healey results are detailed in another article but there were only eight Big Healey’s and two Sprites in the six Auctions. It was great seeing Bruce Steele there with his father-in-law, but I do not think they bought anything.
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Published On 1/1/2019
Well, a new year of Healeying is upon us and we have a very busy schedule for 2019. Besides our standard monthly events we will have two Club events in March, the Festival of Whales and the Classic Car Show; two in April, Peter Roses' Tech Session on the 13th and Queens English on the 21st; and possibly two in May including Healey Week.
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Published On 12/1/2018
It's hard to believe the end of 2018 is approaching and another great year of Healey’ing is behind us.
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Published On 11/1/2018
Everyone has commented that Solvang Healey Week was a great success and from what I can tell was enjoyed by all. The only glitch was that Peter Rose’s Healey and my Bugeye were tagged by someone on Saturday night with a magic marker (guess it does not pay to have a white car or panels). Fortunately, we were able to remove it with the help of Maguire's polish and a lot of elbow grease; so all’s well that ends well.
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Published On 10/1/2018
It appears that the month of October is going to be very busy for club members. We have several large events on tap as well as Healey Week coming up on us.
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Published On 9/1/2018
If you were interested in buying a Healey at auction last year it appears you needed to either be in Monterey or at the Labor Day Fall Auction in Auburn, Indiana.
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Published On 8/4/2018
Can you believe the heat? I just returned from picking up one of my Bugeye’s from Tom Colby. He installed his O2 sensor on my exhaust and then he can dial in the carburetors. The thermometer in my SUV showed 117!!
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Published On 7/1/2018
It’s hard to believe that today is Summer Solstice; it seems that the New Year’s Tour d’Orange was just yesterday or is it that I am getting older and time just flies by.
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Published On 6/1/2018
It appears that May and early June is the time for most of the area’s Beach City shows, with the annual shows in Seal Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Barbara and the Huntington Beach Concours all happening. There are large turnouts of club members showing their cars and thousands of spectators enjoying the cars, the great beach weather, and the scenery. See the individual show write ups in this issue.
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Published On 5/1/2018
The Scottish Games at the Orange County Fairgrounds will be having a car show again this year, so it is officially on the calendar as the Club Event for the month of May. Be sure and sign up for one of the days as it is a lot of fun watching the various Scottish games and looking at the various clan’s displays of their unique badges. Of course there are also some great Scottish adult beverages for you to taste. Check out the details on their web site and if interested in participating either contact myself or Tom Spangler and sign up. We need to let the organizers know ahead of time the number of cars participating each day.
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Published On 4/1/2018
Well the LA Classic Car Show and Festival of Whales are behind us and we are on to a new month of Healey activities. To everyone who missed attending the LA Car Show you missed a great gathering of the various classic cars here in So Cal. Special thanks to Corkey Holt and Don Newman for agreeing to show their cars at the last minute and to past member Dominic Valentino who brought us donuts each morning to keep us going. The 3rd Annual event is already scheduled for March 23-24, 2019 and the club will again be having a booth.
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Published On 3/1/2018
Well, February is behind us and now on to a new month of Healey activities. To everyone who missed Steve’s Surf to Turf Rally his past weekend you missed a fantastic event with great weather for the drive. The event raised over $4,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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Published On 2/1/2018
Well it is hard to believe that we are in February already as January flew by in no time. If you missed the New Year’s Tour d’ Orange, it turned out to be a great event and a great drive. I decided to get rid of one of my cars at the January auctions in Scottsdale and spent a long week there attending 4 of the 5 auctions and watching a total of 19 Healey’s go across the block; with some achieving very high dollars at the RM Sotheby’s auction and others receiving surprisingly low dollars at the Bonham’s auction where a very nice driver-quality BN2 went for $30,000 including commission. If you have not attended the week there I recommend it for anyone interested in classic cars. You can see the up to $15 million cars go across the block and also the $2,000 deals.
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Published On 1/1/2018
Here’s hoping everyone had a great Christmas and you won’t party too much on the 31st so you can make it to the first club event of the year, the Annual Tour d’ Orange which happens on January 1st. I have been assured that it will be happening but where it will be starting from will not be determined until just before the date.
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Published On 11/1/2017
It is hard to believe that the end of the year is here already and the holiday season is on us. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and did not eat too much Pumpkin pie. It’s also time to ask Santa or whoever for our car wish lists and hope that they come through.
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Published On 11/1/2017
For this who missed the San Diego British Car Day Show you missed a great day along the San Diego Bay with over 220 great looking British Cars crammed into a small area. I have never seen so many great looking Triumph Spitfires (9) and that was only one of over 30 categories of cars.
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Published On 10/3/2017
Well the International Healey Week in Monterey is now history and the club had a great showing with over 40 member cars attending and a number of awards being taken back to So Cal. While I did not have a great week (see Tom Spangler’s article) my BJ7 did run like a clock but we had nothing but problems with the Bugeye all week. I understand Bill Hoyt and Tony Trentacost had generator problems on the way back but made it home safely; and there may be other interesting stories that I have not heard about. Also, sorry to hear about George McHarris’s accident and glad to see that he is OK.
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Published On 9/1/2017
Okay, a month has passed and I am slowly getting accustomed to the duties of being your Vice President.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 5/1/2022
We have had a good start to the year with our events, but it appears that the number of club members participating in them is down from previous years. It may be because the number of events out there is increasing post-pandemic, with many in conflict with each other. The April 9-10 weekend is an example, with Queens English, San Diego British Rolling Car Day and the OC Classic C&C happening on the same day.
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Published On 4/1/2022
I am going to make these monthly updates quick and sweet. So we can spend more time preparing for the upcoming events. I also hope you enjoyed the article on Phil’s and my adventure at McCormick’s Auction in February.
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Published On 3/1/2022
It looks like the Covid restrictions will finally be lifted in most areas after two years. So, no excuses for not getting out and driving your Healey. In March we have the Dana Point Festival of the Whales on the 6th and on the 20th is the Decker Canyon Hill Climb, a joint event with the Jaguar Club. In April we will have a busy weekend with our Tech Session on April 9th after the United Artists Cars and Coffee where we will get pointers on detailing our cars for Healey week and a Q&A Session on Sprites. Also, for those interested the British Car Swap Meet and So Orange County Cars & Coffee will also be held on the 9th. Then on the 10th we have the Queens English Show as well as Balboa and Legacy meets. A lot going on! In June we will have the yet to be scheduled British Car Show at the ADM , the British Cars Day at Super Car Sunday Pierce College on the 5th, a Club event, and the Petersen Museum gathering on the 26th, where British Cars are the Marque of the month, so it is a Club ev
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Published On 2/1/2022
The beginning of February will be a busy time with club events on the first two weekends.

First is the 2022 So-Cal Historic Sports Car Festival at the Auto Club Speedway on the 5th where Haggerty’s is sponsoring a car show in the morning and then all attendee’s will be given an opportunity to drive their cars on the track for a few spirited, but monitored, laps before watching the racing in the afternoon. The following weekend is the San Juan Capistrano Car show.
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Published On 1/1/2022
Hopefully everyone had a great and joyous Holiday season! Another year is behind us and we are still stuck with this Covid thing, but it is not slowing down the car scene in So Cal from what I can see.
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Published On 12/1/2021
Well, the number of Club events is winding down after a few months with several events each month. The only club event in December is the Annual Holiday Party on December 12th at the Shoreline Yacht Club. I recommend you register soon if you are planning on attending, as we are quickly approaching our maximum capacity.
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Published On 11/1/2021
It’s looking like November is going to be a busy month with two Veterans Day shows. One on the 7th at March Air Reserve Base and the other on the 11th at Huntington Beach. Then there is the Hagerty event in conjunction with the 2021 SoCal Historic Sports Car Festival on the 20th at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana In December the only club event is the Annual Holiday Party on December 12th. Registration is now open on the website, so put it on your calendar.
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Published On 10/1/2021
It looks like the next two months are going to be very active for the club, with four club events in October and two, so far, in November.

October 3rd is the rescheduled Central Coast British Car show, which is usually well attended, as well as the San Diego British Car Day. These are two of my favorite shows and I’m bummed that I will miss the San Diego Show this year. Then there is the Dana Point Lantern District show on the 17th. On October 30th, Steve Kirby has organized a joint event with the Jaguar Club at the Petersen Museum to view the “James Bond” exhibit and have lunch at Tom Bergin’s, which is a great Irish Pub a block or so away. Let’s have a great turnout for this event.
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Published On 9/1/2021
We have added a new Orange County event to replace the San Clemente Outlets Show on the second Saturday of each month. It is a renewal of the Original OC Cars and Coffee that is held at different locations each week. The location of the meet is announced by email just before each event and word will be given out by either Richard Schnyder or Alice Johnson.
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Published On 8/1/2021
It has been a frustrating last two months.

Hopefully everything is behind me for a while; my broken sternum and ribs are pretty much healed and the heat blisters on both my feet are slowly on the mend. They are getting better according to the nurse that comes by to change my bandages daily but I don't see it. Guess it takes a long time.
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Published On 7/1/2021
Well, it looks like most of the Covid restrictions are behind us now and things are getting back to normal. Many of the community car shows that were cancelled in 2020 and delayed earlier this year are coming back on the calendar. So, keep a look out for notices of the rescheduled events as I learn of them. I just received notification that early bird registration for the Dana Point Lantern District Show on October 17th is now open at www.danapointcarshow.com.
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Published On 5/1/2021
The month of April was much better for events happening. All of our recurring events had attendance and the added Orphan Car Show at the Automobile Driving Museum had seven members there. Other events are returning in May and June and the Conclave is going ahead full bore with what appears to be close to normal activities.
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Published On 4/1/2021
Here we go again, another month of event postponements. Things seem to be getting better with the move to Red tier and hopefully Orange tier in the next month or so. By now most of us have had our second shots and are hopefully protected. I am in Arizona selling one of my Bugeye’s at the Barrett- Jackson auction and they are pretty much open here with indoor dining and open bars. Mask wearing and social distancing, but otherwise kind of normal.
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Published On 3/1/2021
It seems like I am repeating myself, but it was another month of event cancellations in February.

Things appear to be opening up due to the roll out of the vaccine. Most of us will have had or be scheduled for our shots by then. The Jaguar Owners Club has invited the Club to join them on March 21st for their Vernal Equinox Rally/Tour in the Anaheim Hills area. Check the website calendar for more details. In April, the Club event is Queens English on the 25th
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Published On 2/1/2021
Well, we’ve had more event cancellations in January and early February, but with the new administration and the rollout of the vaccines maybe we’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Published On 1/1/2021
Well, another new year of Healeying is upon us and we are still under “double secret probation”.

But we do have a busy schedule for early 2021.
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Published On 12/1/2020
Well Uncle Scrooge and the Grinch (you can figure out who’s who) have put the damper on all Holiday events for 2020. It appears there is no relief in sight with them closing down pretty much everything again. But we were able to get most of the local recurring events in and will continue to do so in the near future.
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Published On 11/1/2020
Well, October did not turn out as we all hoped with some of the major shows and events cancelled due to the continued restrictions. It appears that there is no relief in sight. But locally we were able to get the British Swap Meet / San Clemente / Lake Irvine show combination in for some members. That said, it appears that many of our members are getting out and driving their Healey’s to several local events as well as our recurring monthly events and they are practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
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Published On 10/4/2020
I sure am glad September is behind us! Besides the now usual-for-2020 event cancellations we have had the fires and smoke to contend with.
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Published On 7/1/2020
Hopefully, everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend and were able to get out in your Healey’s.
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Published On 6/1/2020
Hopefully, everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and saluted those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our hobby.
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Published On 4/1/2020
What a change of lifestyle we are currently undergoing with this “self-isolation” directive. It does not mean that we must stay inside our homes totally.
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Published On 5/3/2016
Steve discusses preparing your Healey for Yosemite.
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Published On 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).
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Published On 5/1/2018
As you know from Tim McNiff’s column last month, we are coming up on club elections soon, and the new officers will begin their term on July 1st. Therefore, we are currently accepting nominations for club officers, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Historian. Our bylaws call for the Newsletter Editor to organize and run the elections, and Tim will soon be distributing nomination forms and thereafter, the election forms
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Published On 6/22/2019
June 22nd was the City of Fullerton's Airport Day and thanks to Tom Mauss, the Austin Healey Association was the only car club invited to show our cars. The 6th annual event featured displays of vintage and modern aircraft, classic automobiles, aviation-related exhibits, aircraft fly-bys, booths and vendors, helicopter and plane rides all day long, and activities for children and adults. We had eight cars show up and we attracted quite a bit of attention, as many of the several thousands of attendees dropped by to visit or just look.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 1/17/2021
Is this January of June? The sun is out and the British cars are on the road heading to Palos Verdes and the Golden Cove shopping center.
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Published On 1/19/2020
Lupita and I pulled into the shopping center parking lot at about 8:20 and there were just a few cars on hand; we thought we had the wrong Sunday. A short time later Chuck Lakowski, followed by Bob Bolling and Jay Miller rolled in.
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Published On 10/18/2020
Even with the heavy marine layer and fog it was a good turnout of Brits at the shopping center. Dave Beugen had his “nasty boy” 3000 back on the road after the accident, looking better than before. A very nice, clean, 1959 Morris Minor Woody Traveler was on hand. The crowd was keeping socially distanced and wearing their masks.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 12/20/2020
The last day of Fall was warm and sunny at Golden Cove today. We all enjoyed the coolness of the drive to Palos Verdes and the warm drive home to end the year. Phil Caliva brought a lot of delicious doughnuts which were enjoyed by all.
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Published On 2/21/2021
You couldn’t have asked for a better day for a drive in your British cars.

The talk of the day was who had gotten their Covid-19 Vaccinations.
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Published On 3/17/2019
It doesn’t take much to make me want to get out and drive my car, but the Cars & Coffee at Golden Cove is always one I look forward to for a variety of reasons. When the weather is nice, the view of the ocean and coastline is just spectacular.
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Published On 4/21/2019
A Happy Easter to you all! I was thinking how blessed we are to live in Southern California where we can take a drive in our Austin Healey’s on a day like this. Golden Cove was full of people out for a spiritual drive in their British cars today.
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Published On 6/1/2020
A good turnout at the shopping center with 25 British cars attending. Everyone was keeping their social distance.
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Published On 6/21/2020
It was over cast today, you could barely see Catalina on the horizon, but a nice day to be out with other car people and seeing all the cars. A nice 1959 Ford 2 door that had a totally updated engine and interior.
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Published On 8/16/2020
A nice onshore breeze kept it cool today at the shopping center. The parking lot was full of nice cars. Greg brought his Fiat and the car drew a crowd.
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Published On 9/20/2020
A good turnout of 14 club members with their cars. A little overcast, but the sun did shine and everyone had a good day.
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Published On 1/21/2018
WOW!!! What a turn out, over 60 cars, and a beautiful, sunny winter’s day. Golden Cove is becoming the place to be seen in your British car.
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Published On 12/4/2017
It was a really beautiful day for a drive to Palos Verdes. The sun was out and the temperatures were pleasant.
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Published On 2/17/2019
At last, a morning with no rain! Eight club members got their cars out and had a proper breakfastst drive to the Golden Cove shopping center.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 3/18/2018
Yes! This was a good day to come to Golden Cove. Over 65 cars made their way to the center parking lot. Two nice Lotuses showed up; one was a race car from the 1960’s, number 5.
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Published On 5/20/2018
Wow! Gabriel and Grace came in their 1964 3000. It had not been on the road since 1984.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 1/16/2022
It felt like a beautiful spring day next to the ocean at the bottom of Hawthorne Blvd.
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Published On 7/18/2021
It was a beautiful morning at Golden Cove. The talk among the car nuts, besides the great cars on display, was the recent designation of the Palos Verdes Peninsula as an official wine region. Soon we will have Sunday morning vineyard tours and wine tastings with Phil Caliva leading the way.
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Published On 2/18/2018
Following the British car gathering at Golden Cove, several club members took a beautiful drive on Palos Verdes Drive S along the coast.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 1/1/2021
On Sunday, December 20th about 15 members joined a Zoom meeting to celebrate (lament?) the Holidays. The virtual meeting was in lieu of our usual Holiday Party. As we usually do at that party, we asked the Board members to report on their areas of activity.
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Published On 6/24/2018
Eight club member cars showed up at the second club event for the month of June, the 5th Annual Highway Earth Car Show held around the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir Lake in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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Published On 11/20/2021
I love the smell of racing fuel in the morning. Don Fisher asked me, since my 1951 Snap-On truck was on display at the Automobile Driving Museum for a few months, did I want to get the little car out and stretch its legs. Although I haven’t been with the club since I started my business, it is always nice to go hang out with my fellow Healey enthusiasts.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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?
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Published On 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?
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Published On 12/16/2018
This year the Holiday Party was held, guess where, at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach! Thanks, once again, to the fine effort of past- President George Merino.
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Published On 8/7/2021
Greetings group, It was actually a nice cool morning for a change as we drove to Farmer Boys for breakfast and classic car appreciation. We started up Center St. in Redlands and fell in behind Mark Gorden in his AH 3000. We followed him turn for turn to Riverside through San Timoteo Canyon and he must have though we were stalking him. We were in our '13 Miata and he didn't recognize us until we pulled beside him on the freeway.
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Published On 9/4/2021
Greetings Group, Best turn out ever! We had twenty people show up for our September gathering and breakfast.

That beat our old record. I guess people want to get out there and do things again. We even got Steve Kirby to join us from Orange County. Steve is the President of the Austin Healey Association of Southern California. We had four First timers.
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Published On 1/5/2019
We started off 2019 with a great get together and breakfast at Farmer Boys. We had 14 guys and gals and 9 classics even though it was kinda chilly. Randy Clary and Gary Clendenning were already there sitting in their respective Jensen Healeys when Sandy and I arrived in our modified AH 100. Jimmie Davis was there but his Healey didn't cooperate due to the charge light staying on. Soon we were joined by Larry Reynolds in his '64 Morgan and Tom Mauss with his granddaughter Hanna in his AH BJ8. Next, making a grand entrance, was Bill Wilkman in his freshly painted Austin A-40 Sport. I love the color (it matches my 100 modified)! We were all crowded around it admiring his great work when Dave Kuma, a new guest invited by Bill, drove in with his 1949 Cadillac " Show Stopper ".
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Published On 1/6/2018
Greetings Group, First of all, Happy New Year! Let's all have an excellent 2018. Second, Wow! We had a record turnout for our Farmer Boys gathering and breakfast. Great Southern California weather again. Please don't send pictures to your friends on the East Coast.
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Published On 11/3/2018
Greetings Group, I wasn't sure if I would be taking one of my Healey’s to our breakfast meeting. Last Saturday, as I was getting out of my modified, I strained something in my back. I was parked under the parking hoist in my garage and had to crouch as I got out. I've done this lots of times but this time I must have bent wrong. So, I start taking the Ibuprofen, wear the back brace for a few days and try to take it easy.
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Published On 11/4/2017
The rain that was forecast for today was thankfully absent. It was a little chilly but it actually turned out to be a really gorgeous morning for a drive. I think some people believed the weather guys and didn't show up. Others, like myself, decided to drive a car with a hardtop. We drove Sandy's '64 AH BJ8 and were very comfy.
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Published On 12/2/2017
Greetings Group, Boy I love these nice December morning drives. It was perfect weather to enjoy our hobby. Just the right amount of cool to be cool in. Randy Clary was the first one there in his Jensen, Sandy and I drove our AH 100 modified, Brad Benson brought his great Volvo P-1800ES, Jimmy Davis drove his AH 100, Bob Saber came in his Jaguar XK8 and Jim Cregg stopped by on his way to work with his formidable Subaru WRX STI. Jon Doherty was also there but not in his Healey.
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Published On 2/2/2019
Greetings Group, On a gloomy and rainy Saturday morning a few of the intrepid members of our breakfast group met for conversation at Farmer Boys in Riverside. Leaving the Healeys in the garage, Sandy and I set out from Redlands in our 2013 Miata on our normal route through San Timoteo Canyon towards Riverside. About 1/2 way through the canyon we found the road closed due to rain. So, we turned around and had to take the freeway the long way around through Riverside. Jimmie Davis was already there in his Mercury sedan.
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Published On 4/7/2018
Greetings Group, The great weather returned and we had a good turnout.

Fourteen car guys and gals and eight classics. Jimmy Davis in his '56 AH 100 was again the first to arrive. Sandy and I drove our '59 AH Bugeye this time to get it ready for Solvang in September and it ran great. Bill Wilkman chose to drive his about-to-be-painted Austin A40 Sport. Jim Cregg brought his Morris racer. Laurie Jordan pulled in with his '67 AH BJ8.
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Published On 7/7/2018
Greetings Group, Some of us braved the soon-to-be 100 degree plus heat in their classic ride, to see friends and have breakfast at Farmer Boys. Others wisely chose an air-conditioned ride. We are always glad to get together, whatever you drive.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 9/1/2018
Greetings, We kicked off Labor Day weekend with a great morning drive and breakfast at Farmer Boys in Riverside. A superb turnout this time. There were 12 classics cars and 15 classic people. A real hit this month was Jim Judd's gorgeous '51 Bentley that Jim and Kevin drove in from Hesperia. The oldest car was Bill Wilkman's 1947 Austin A-40 Dorset. You just never know what's going to show up.
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Published On 9/2/2017
We had a nice get together as usual at the Farmer Boys restaurant. We arrived at about 7:45am to find Jimmy walking around the parking lot with broom and pan in hand. It looked like there was some partying the previous night which left its mark.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 11/2/2019
Greetings, Sandy and I really bundled up for this month’s drive to our Farmer Boys breakfast. It was only about 45 degrees when we started out, an hour earlier than normal, at 6:30am. The sun was just coming up and the morning clouds dotted the blue and pink sky. A beautiful morning. We were leaving early to attend the Corvette West Car Show at March Airfield Museum after having breakfast and collecting everyone at Farmer Boys.
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Published On 6/5/2021
Greetings Group, All I can say is "WOW".

Our last gathering was in March of 2020. It's so great to get together again after more than a year on hold.
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Published On 1/4/2020
Greetings Group, Well, we started off 2020 with a new record turnout for our breakfast at Farmer Boys in Riverside. It was a clear but chilly 43 degree drive in our modified AH 100 so Sandy and I bundled up. I looked like Kenny from South Park with my hoodie scrunched tight over my face but at least my ears were warm. We drive to the event through San Timoteo Canyon and it heads west directly into the rising sun. I mean so bright you have to look at the center line instead of the road ahead. About mid canyon I suddenly heard a " Whup-Whup-Whup " loud slapping noise like a flat tire.
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Published On 10/5/2019
Greetings Group, Absolutely wonderful morning for a drive. Sandy and I really look forward to our monthly get together.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 12/4/2021
Greetings Group, Our December Farmer Boys event was quite chilly. It was also quite foggy. A real "Mad dogs and Englishmen" type of morning.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 6/1/2019
Greetings Group, Another great turnout for our monthly breakfast. Pretty soon we will have to start marking off parking. Sandy and I arrived in our AH Bugeye at 7:45am and there were already a bunch of classics parked. It's great to see this much enthusiasm for our event.
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Published On 9/7/2019
Greetings Group, Well, summer hasn't left us quite yet. It's getting cooler but today was still hot and humid. Despite that we had a good turnout. The morning was already warm with the promise of warmer as we wound our way through San Timeteo Canyon in Sandy's BJ8. We expected to see a blanket of smoke, from the fire in Murrieta, as we crested the top of Redlands Blvd. but it was quite clear.
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Published On 1/8/2022
Greetings Group, We kicked off 2022 with another fun gathering at Farmer Boys in Riverside. The weather was an improvement over our December meeting so we had a few more Classics to enjoy.
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Published On 10/1/2016
Greetings again, Another good gathering and breakfast on a very pleasant morning.
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Published On 3/5/2022
Greetings Group, It was raining in Redlands at 6:30am and it didn't look like we would get a break in the weather, but we did. It turned out to be an excellent morning. My backyard was not Healey friendly because of the rain. I would have to drive over the soggy lawn to get a Healey out so we decided to take a daily driver. Don't pity me too much as my Miata is a very fun ride.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 5/1/2020
Twenty five years ago or so, a good friend of mine made some flying duck whirlygigs with his Dad for gifts. My wife and I were lucky enough to get one.
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Published On 5/1/2020
There is a small group here in the South Bay that consists of about 25 classic car owners. We call it the Caffeine Cruisers.
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Published On 5/27/2018
We left the Petersen Car Show and had a very nice drive to Marina Del Rey to attend the start of the Killer Shrimp car show.
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Published On 3/16/2019
On March 16-17th AHA members Corkey Holt, Terry Morgan, Don Newman, Tom Spangler and Bruce Steele showed their Healey’s in the club’s booth at the 3rd Annual LA Classic Auto Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds. My Green Bugeye was accepted to the “40 Shades of Green” display area.
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Published On 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
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Published On 11/1/2018
The annual Laguna Beach Classic Car Show, run by the local Rotary, was held on October 7th in the parking lot across from the Festival of Arts. On a sunny, warm day the AHASC had a good contingent attending, including 10 cars.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 10/1/2017
This year’s Laguna Beach show was again held on the South side of Laguna Canyon Road, in the parking lot across from the Pageant of the Masters, which has recently completed a $10M renovation.
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Published On 9/26/2021
The 2021 Laguna Beach Classic Car Show was held the last Sunday of September in the Canyon. I can’t tell you what a special day it was for all of us! Chris Savage, Rick Shoemaker, John Hummer (with yours truly,) Gerry Bishop, Tony Trentacost, Greg Aden, Ed Fox, Andy Xagorarakis-Spangler, Dick Ames, Paige and Tom Rubinate and Van Schultz parked their Healeys side-by-side in a newly-renovated parking lot which elevated our experience exponentially!
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Published On 10/6/2019
The typically crisp, early autumn air yielded to a cloudless blue sky and the temperatures quickly warmed in Laguna Beach as the participants gathered for the 16th annual car show. A robust gathering of British cars complimented the Austin- Healey class, and included Jaguars, Bentleys, Rolls, MGs, Triumphs, Minis and an Austin American.
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Published On 7/1/2020
Chuck Lakowski forwarded an email from Tim, the Brits at Belmont Shore organizer, which apoloogized for the late cancellation of the event on 6/3 and hoped for a July 1st get together.
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Published On 1/10/2021
The January edition of the Legacy Tustin Cars & Coffee was a celebration of British Cars. British cars of all marques showed up, in addition to other classic cars.
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Published On 9/12/2021
Turning onto Flight Way, from Barranca in Irvine, is a little bit like heading into an office Secret- Santa-gift-exchange holiday gathering. The room could be Filled with people you don’t really know, or know well, or care to get to know anytime soon, but, if enough of your inner circle shows up, it’ll make for the perfect driving-home feelings. Your heart will be full.
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Published On 2/14/2021
Sunday, Valentines’ Day of 2021, was a special morning for the Healey group at Tustin Legacy Cars and Coffee. (Need a reminder? Second Sunday of the month; turn off Barranca onto Flight Way east of Red Hill Ave in Tustin.) We had a really fun turnout! (Not a ton of us, but a really fun group of us!). So, there was Dex Kaytis, Phil Caliva, John Hummer and me, Chuck Lakowski, and two of Phil’s friends: Sandy Bettleman with his ‘32 Packard and Bruce Hand with his Lotus 7 with a 4cylinder Cosworth engine.
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Published On 3/14/2021
The March edition of Legacy Cars & Coffee in Tustin was an “Autobahn” theme, thus a lot of German cars showed up en masse and filled the parking lot. If you arrived late this time, you had to park in the “North Forty”. As you would expect, a lot of Porsches, Mercedes and BMWs attended. This continues to be a well-managed show that attracts may interesting “classic” cars.
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Published On 4/11/2021
After having our usual wonderful Ham, Egg, Avocado, and Jalapeno croissant, John ,Alice, Peter and I left Balboa and arrived at Tustin around 0810. We were surprised to Mind almost all German cars, because Sandy Bettelman had told me this Sunday was featuring Japanese Cars.
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Published On 9/7/2018
We had another fine gathering of Hot Rods, Customs, Rat Rods, Stock, and Modified cars and trucks. Approximately sixty vehicles showed up for the event. Everyone had a good time kicking tires, talking to the spectators, and eating at one of several restaurants on the street.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 9/8/2018
George Merino and I decided to take our Red 3000 MkII BJ7’s to the Street Rods Forever sponsored car show in Old Town Monrovia. Red is the important qualifier here, because beyond having the same color car, George’s car bears no resemblance under the bonnet and in the cockpit, to my more stock BJ7. But that didn’t deter the show spectators from spending a lot of time examining our cars.
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Published On 9/11/2021
The plan was to meet at the corner of Myrtle Ave and Huntington Drive between 7:00 and 7:30am so we could park together during the show. I arrived first and called George Merino who said he was 10 minutes away. Next to arrive was Dan Burrola, followed by George, in his Lotus, and then new member Mark Levoe in his red ‘64 Spridget. We got into the line to enter the show and ended up parked across from the awards table and next to the very good DJ.
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Published On 9/11/2017
In advance of International Healey Week 2017 twenty AHASC members met at the Cambria Pines Lodge as a mid-way point in the journey to Monterey. Those arriving on Friday night made up a small group who got up early Saturday morning and took in the view at La Cuesta Enchantada, better known as Hearst Castle. The tour lasts about an hour-and-a-half and was filled with the history, people and lifestyle that Randolph Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan created on the hill above San Simeon.
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Published On 9/11/2017
The 2017 Monterey International Healey Week, sponsored by the Golden Gate Healey club, was a great success, with most people enjoying the events, scenic surroundings and Healey enthusiasts from around the U.S. and the world. There were over 200 registrants with nearly as many Healeys attending, including the last Big Healey made in March of 1968.
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Published On 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!
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Published On 9/11/2017
Not having a partner at the Monterey International Healey Week, I thought I would be relegated to the status of spectator at the Funkhana event.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 4/23/2016
This is the second year that our Club has participated in the Morgan Club’s Rally up the Angeles Crest Hwy.
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Published On 12/1/2019
This morning I was heading to Pierce College for one of the biggest car gatherings of the year, the Motor4Toys Christmas Gift collection and car show. When I arrived shortly after 7am the parking lots along Victory Blvd were rapidly \illing with cars of every make, model and year. Already in place and with their cars full of stuffed animals and characters was Dex Kaytis and his car friends from the South Bay. They along with thousands of other car nuts were showing the holiday spirit with their donations.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 12/6/2020
The Super Car Sunday community annually supports one of the largest toy drives in the Los Angeles area. The lockdown and prohibitions on large group gatherings forced the founder and the sponsors of the event to switch to a drive-thru toy drop-off event this year at the Porsche Woodland Hills dealership.
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Published On 5/15/2016
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton held their annual car event over the weekend of May 14th and 15th.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 10/13/2018
Attended my first car show today after moving here to Nashville. The show was put on by the Nashville British car club.
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Published On 4/1/2020
For members who need to find the contact information for another member, there is a new feature on the website, thanks to our webmaster Janet Sowell. Make sure you’re signed on and you will see the menu link “Membership Directory” shown above.
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Published On 12/1/2021
Those of you who are members of the Austin Healey Club of America (as well as our Club, the Austin Healey Association of Southern California) will already have received an email from AHCA about your 2022 Renewal. If you have not already renewed, you will get a reminder about December 15. Please follow the link and renew.
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Published On 9/11/2021
It was a high-contrast- lighting kind of Saturday morning down at Dana Point Harbor.

As you’ve read before, starting in September, attending the OC Cars and Coffee on the second Saturday of the month gets you Spirit points. (Phil, now what are those, again?) I spent all of Friday of Labor Day weekend getting the AHASC locals email addresses, one small car at a time, into a Google Groups, in an attempt to leave no stone unturned.
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Published On 11/13/2021
It’s the weekend and time for a new driving adventure! I met Dex Kaytis before the sun was up at our usual spot, Artesia Blvd. and the 405 Southbound entrance to join the Healey gang from Orange Co at Dana Point Harbor for the rotating Classic Cars and Coffee.
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Published On 12/11/2021
A yet-to-be planned event, is gaining traction in my Alice- head, where Mike Scroggie’s “Nasty Boy” should be parked next to Richard Schnyder’s TR6 and then would come Bruce Treuhaft’s Bugeye. Beyond all the greens, Dick Ames’ TR3 would then be chatting it up with our BN4 100-6. The burgundy XKE would be way up the line next to Phil Caliva’s “Nasty Boy” and somebody’s orange-something-or-other would be on the other side of the red guys. I can only imagine drone footage of the chrome-and-color layout of the Color Wheel! It would be so beautiful in all of its handsome detail.
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Published On 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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Published On 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.
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Published On 9/30/2018
The event was held at Louis Zamperini Field in Torrance this year. I got to the site about 7:30 in the morning and was shown to the parking area for the under 3000 cc class of British Cars. Greg Aden was already there with his Sprite, and Marty Hovivian with his 100. Corkey Holt and his car were in the 3000cc and up class next to us.
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Published On 12/7/2019
Early December was a time of a lot of rain. I didn’t go to Brits at Belmont Shore on the 4th because it was raining. Some of the local guys who go to Silver Spur every month said it was going to rain Saturday morning and had decided to meet Phil Caliva at one of the Hermosa Beach breakfast spots at 8:00am.
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Published On 8/6/2016
The show location has moved back to the old spot at Silver Spur and Hawthorne Blvd.
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Published On 10/5/2019
The new venue for Peninsula Center, top floor of the parking structure between Indian Peak Rd and Deep Valley Dr, is coming together. We are sorting out the parking and getting together by car types.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 4/7/2018
Lupita and I got a late start today, so the lot was full when we arrived at the shopping center; you just can’t sleep in. All the same cars and drivers today. A nice ‘58 T-Bird was on display. It had just had a frame-off restoration by Anthony Maggio. I didn’t get any photos there was too big of crowd around his car.
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Published On 5/5/2018
On our way to Peninsula Center we passed and old black car on Hawthorne Blvd that I hadn’t seen before.

The car turned out to be a 1922 Stutz series K; one of two known to exist. The other known car was found back East by Wayne Carini. It was unrestored and considered to be all original. The Carini car was sold in 2016 for $594,000.00 as is.
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Published On 5/1/2020
It was a good day to do a drive to Palos Verdes. OH NO! It's been cancelled due to Covid-19; so sad.
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Published On 3/7/2020
It was cool and overcast this morning for the drive up the hill to the crest of the PV Peninsula. Not as many cars showed up with the likelihood of rain. Steve Magoffin parked his newly purchased 1967 BJ8 next to mine, his car a darker BRG than my car, a nice car over all. I think there were 4 or 5 Jensen Healey’s today. Phil drove his old Dodge pick up; yes, he’s now back on the road.
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Published On 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.
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Published On 5/1/2021
The regular Peninsula Car Show the first Saturday of the month has officially started again but it is about 90% new Ferrari’s, Porsche’s and Corvettes, so we older classic car guys and gals decided to continue our un-official gathering at the old location on Silver Spur. It was well attended by approximately 40 cars with 10 being club members. A modern car that did show up was a new McLaren. A $2.2 million car that can’t be registered in California because its rear-view mirrors are actually rear-looking cameras that deploy when driving.
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Published On 12/4/2021
After a cold and misty drive up the Palos Verdes Hill there was light turnout at the shopping center early. As the weather cleared a little, several other cars started showing up and by 8:30 there were 30 plus cars at our gathering.
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Published On 2/5/2022
The sun was out and the parking lot was full of British Cars. Some of the drivers had their tops up and others came topless! Members attending: Corkey Holt, Peter Hutchings, Greg Aden, Phil Caliva, Steve Magoffin, Jim Spisak.
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