A Company History of A H Spares Ltd - written by Fred Draper in 1984
Many of you will know the history of this company, but for those who do not, it was started back in 1969 by Fred Draper, who as parts manager for the Donald Healey Motor Company Limited of Warwick (with whom he had been employed for 18 years) was instructed to compile lists of the 100/6 - 3000 model spares stocks with a view to selling them off as the earlier Riley Healey and 100/4 parts stocks had been. It was of course to provide space for the forthcoming Jensen Healey model but Fred knew that this news would cause great concern amongst current club members in particular and it was only a matter of days before he was approached by several committee members expressing their concern over the situation.
About this time too, with production having ceased on all but the Sprite model, Fred was told that his staff had to be further reduced and his second in command, Gordon Barton would have to be made redundant. Fred suggested to the company however, that instead they make him redundant and allow him to purchase the remaining 100/6 – 3000 stock of parts with which he would then set up a small business with the sole aim of supplying parts for these models and so ensure the continuity of interest in the marque for the anticipated future developments.
After much deliberation by the company, this was agreed to and Fred left their employ in February 1970, registering a business in the name of A H Spares and intending to commence trading from the first day of March.
Image: Fred Draper inside the Austin Healey parts stores at A H Spares