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Bic Healey Tribute Rally

Classic Motor Show 2015
Bic Healey Tribute Rally
The Healey Drivers Club have organised a rally event in tribute to the late Bic Healey. Charles Matthews from the Healey Drivers Club describes the event and what's in store.

"Welcome one and all Healey Drivers!"

"In just a little over two months we will all be meeting at Abingdon to enjoy the Bic Healey Tribute Rally, celebrating our past President's life. The committee has been working hard to make the weekend varied and interesting and is looking forward to seeing you all. This news update gives you a flavour of just some of the activities and the announcement of an exciting new trophy … the “Spirit of the Marque”.

"The weekend sold out within 48 hours of it being announced at Dawlish last year, and the hotel is bulging at the seams! There are over 70 Healeys registered from early Healeys to the last Sprites, and Bic’s Frogeye is coming all the way from Switzerland. Mary and other members of the Healey family, will be joining other HDC members from home and overseas, and all heading for Abingdon.

"I would like to thank all our sponsors who have been most generous with their support, and have helped to expand what we have been able to offer to make the Bic Healey Tribute Rally the best way to start the 2015 Healey driving season.

"I look forward to welcoming you all for the start of a Spritely adventure on Friday 15th May."


Kimber House

For delegates arriving on Friday afternoon, visits to Kimber House (headquarters of the MG Car Club) have been arranged. Kimber House is within walking distance, or a short drive from the hotel. There is free parking and it is fully accessible for the disabled.

Located on Cemetery Road, Kimber House is sited on the edge of what was once the MG Car Company’s headquarters and factory for both MG and Austin Healeys. This is where Cecil Kimber and John Thornley successfully ran one of the world’s most well-known and well-respected car manufacturing companies.

The free accompanied tour is open to groups of 10 people and takes about 45 minutes. The tour includes a display of artefacts; an extensive archive; plus cars and trophies.

Three tours have been arranged starting at 3, 4 and 5 o’clock, so there is time to enjoy the tour and get back to the hotel in good time for the evening buffet. Anyone wanting to visit Kimber House should contact Ian Grainger by email stating their preferred tour starting time (15.00, 16.00 or 17.00 hrs.) at:


BMC Competitions Department Forum and Book Signing

On Sunday morning Bill Price (assistant team manager at BMC competitions, BL special tuning workshop manager, Leyland special tuning and competitions manager at BL motorsport); Peter Browning (BMC competitions manager) and Den Green (BMC competitions foreman, and Special Tuning workshop manager) will be holding a question and answer forum in the conservatory starting at 11 o’clock.

This will be an exciting opportunity to ask these leaders from the BMC competitions department, British Leyland motorsport and special tuning workshops about what they did and what happened both at the factory and during the events. Please come prepared with your questions, as this is a unique opportunity to pick these iconic brains!

Immediately following the forum, and before lunch, there is an opportunity to get any of their books signed. Please remember to bring your books with you … don’t miss out on this opportunity.


Spirit of the Marque Trophy

This new trophy will be awarded at the weekend for any Healey or Austin Healey related object. For example, this could be a painting, photograph, crafted object, model, sculpture etc. The “Spirit of the Marque” has been generously sponsored by Bonhams, and will be judged and awarded by Mr Knight, head of motoring on Saturday evening.

The trophy is open to all ages, and in addition to a trophy to keep, will include a year’s subscription to Bonhams motoring catalogues in the UK. This subscription includes entry to every auction.

Please bring your entries for the “Spirit of the Marque” with you to the weekend.

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