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The UK's national Austin Healey Club

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Advice to Club Centres & Member in respect of the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The Club National Executive (“NEC”) at its regular bi-monthly meeting held on the 15th March 2020 discussed and resolved to issue strong advice to all members and Centres of the club to minimise the risk to our members whose demographic age profile (probably in excess of 50% of the club are over or approaching 70) falls substantially within the categories of person at most risk from contracting the virus .

Whilst the NEC do not wish to be overly prescriptive, the strong advice of the NEC, the Directors and Officers of the club, is to follow as closely as possible the Advice given by the Government experts in the field.

As a result of both the NEC’s deliberations and the latest published advice, as recently as Monday late afternoon, the Clubs advice is as follows:-

  1. All face to face meetings with the exception of emergency or critical meetings of club members carrying out Club functions or activities should cease forthwith.

  2. All NEC, Centre Committee meetings and other sub group meetings ( Including informal meetings such as “Noggin & Natters” should be suspended.

  3. The NEC is actively researching video conferencing, conference call facilities and other alternative means of non-personal contact meetings.

  4. Social Distancing requirements should be observed as fully as possible in relation to all Club activities.

  5. Where Centres have outstanding Commercial obligations (to hotels, venues and other contractual obligations) it is suggested the organisers should attempt to re-negotiate the same and postpone scheduled events in to the next calendar year.

  6. With the above in mind the IHW Weekend in mid-July 2020 will be re scheduled to the next calendar year.

  7. Where possible, deposits and pre–payments where possible should either be returned to participants or carried forward against the re scheduled event. The Company Secretary, Charles V Fraser-Macnamara a retired commercial and litigation solicitor (Mobile Number 07836624663) will be available to assist any Centre Committee with any negotiations and agreements in that regard.

  8. We must be mindful that Hotels and Venues also face challenging times and if they are to retain future business they will have to be flexible in their negotiations.

The Club and its members are a voluntary organisation and we are blessed with a wide spectrum of expertise and experience and now is the time when we should be acting to protect our members and to ensure the survival of the club. Financially the Club is secure and can weather this “Storm” and with the full co operation of all our members we will do so.

Where members are aware of other members in their area who may fall into the vulnerable groups outlined in the Government advice, we would urge members to keep in contact with them (by non-direct physical contact ) such as a phone call or e-mail to see that they are safe and well - we are sure this would be appreciated . Indeed, there may be other practical assistance that can be rendered to self-quarantining members without risk to your own health.

Hopefully these measures will not last for more than 4-5 months or so and we can then resume our club activities in full. In the meantime, it may be a great opportunity to commence/complete that long awaited overhaul of our beloved Healeys!

With all our Best wishes to all Club Members,

Tony Curran
Chairman
&Charles V Fraser-Macnamara
Company Secretary

Dated 17th March 2020
Austin Healey Club Limited

John Wheatley

It is with great sadness that we hear of John Wheatley's passing. A man synonomous with the Healey 100, famously having owned his since purchase new in 1954! Healey 100 author and model registrar for the AHC in the past, he is well-known to many, both here in the UK and across the world. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends, especially in such difficult times.

With thanks to the Healey Museum for the photo of John.

Jul 202116-18International Healey Weekend 2020

This event has been postponed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Participants will be contacted directly with further details.

We are pleased to announce that the new dates for International Healey Weekend will be the 16th, 17th and 18th July 2021.

Further details will be given nearer the time.

Jul3-5Le Mans Classic 2020

This event has been postponed until next year by the event organisers

The South Western Centre is once again planning a trip to the Le Mans Classic.

If you wish to join an AHC group booking, please register your interest ASAP, but no later than 31st December, to ensure you receive an entry form. Contact Mark Knight.

Note: this entry will not include travel or accommodation, but note the AHC ferry discount scheme on the AHC website

Aug7-9Classic Car & Restoration Show

This event has been further postponed by the event organisers until 26-28 March 2021

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is the show to attend to kick-start the classic car season. Whether you are looking to ignite your passion to a finish restoration project or simply want to reminisce with family and friends over the beautiful completed classic cars on display, you should join us at the NEC Birmingham in March.

The event brings together 1300+ cars on display, 170+ car clubs representing a wide variety of marques and models; 350 exhibitors and autojumblers including restoration companies, services providers and product suppliers; car auction, celebrities, car competitions and practical workshops on restoration skills.

Discount code and further details of the show are available in the Member's Area (login required).

Jun6-7Thruxton Historic 2020

This event has been postponed by the event organisers

This year's Thruxton Historic will feature a mouth-watering array of sensational sportscars, flame-spitting saloons and evocative racing cars that will thrill the crowds with more than 14 races on the bill across the weekend as the past comes back to life at the fastest circuit in the country.

CONFIRMED GRIDS
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, Stirling Moss Trophy, Historic Touring Car Challenge with Tony Dron Trophy, Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC, Coys 100 Trophy Dunlop Allstars, Classic Alfa Challenge GT & Sports Car Cup, Jaguar Classic Challenge.

Off-track, there will be no shortage of activities for spectators to enjoy including Thruxton’s impressive supercar display, circuit coach rides, and sideways skid pan experience rides.

The calendar of races is repeated on Saturday and Sunday, so we wont miss out by just attending on one day. The Austin Healey Club has arranged dedicated parking for our cars on both days and we hope lots of you will come and join us.

Book you tickets on the Thruxton website at the link shown in the advert and don't forget to use our own individual discount code, which can be found in the member's area (login required) or in Revcounter.

Jul31Silverstone Classic - Discount Tickets

This event has been cancelled by the event organizers. Please see their website for information on refunds and carrying tickets over to next year.

Tickets for Silverstone Classic 2020 go on sale on Friday 25th October, with an opportunity for those booking on that date to win a 'Golden Ticket'. We have a discount code for Car Club Packages. Fulll details, including pricing are in the Members' Area. For further details of the event itself, please visit the Silverstone Classic web site.

Find Your Local Noggin

You can now find your local Noggin and Natter using our interactive map view.

Each of our centres have regular meetings throughout the UK, where members can come along and chat about all things Healey. If you're puzzling over what insurance to get, where to obtain that vital spare part, want ideas for runs out, come along and have a natter. If you've never been before, it's worth dropping a line to the organiser to let them know you're thinking of coming.

And with the summer months now upon us, it also gives a good excuse to get the cars out and blow the cobwebs off.

Discount Corner

Here you will find the details of traders who offer discount to members of the Austin Healey Club.

Check out the discounts on offer and how to claim your discounts on our Discount Corner page page under the Market Place menu item above.

To claim your discount, you may have to give your membership number, show your membership card or give a specific discount code. The discount codes are available in the Members Area only!

Currently discounts are also offered by Adrian Flux Insurance, ClassicLine Insurance, Longstone Tyres, Equipment4Garages, TMS Motorsport and Kimberley Media.

We have also just added an offer of a 15% discount from PowerLite and a 10% discount from English Wheeling Courses.

Back Issue to the Future
The RevCounter Time-machine

Our extensive archive of RevCounter magazines has been expanded through the ages to include issues from 1972 to 1999, allowing you to delve back into Healey history and see what we got up to "back in the day".

A big thanks to Jim Palmer for his dedicated efforts in making this possible.

To make this vast repository more useful, the new archive has been made searchable, so if you are looking for a person or an event, you can now search for it and see a list of issues containing that text along with a snippet of context information.

New Regalia Web Shop

We are pleased to announce that our new Regalia Web Shop is now open. We now have a new range of ladies and gents clothing, hats, umbrellas and more. Clothing is available in a range of sizes and colours. The shop also sells our usual stickers, badges and lapel pins.

For more details and access to the shop, see the Regalia Page.

Small Ads

Do you have something to sell? Are you looking for something for your Healey? Take a look in our Small Ads section for cars, parts for sale, parts wanted, books and more.

Want to advertise in the Small Ads section of the magazine and website? Details can be found on the 'Classified Ads' form. Simple ads are free for members. Photos can be added for a small fee. Commercial advertising is also available.

Why not try out our 'Members Only' area?

Are you a UK Club member? Register & Sign in to access a whole range of technical articles, an archive of the last ten years' RevCounters or check out your membership details.

Find out more by clicking here

Valuations

Did you know that the Austin Healey Club can provide members with free valuations* for insurance purposes? See more on our valuations page - click here.

* Our valuers may, in certain circumstances, need to charge nominal expenses.