AHC Chairman's Message


Our Club Chairman, Anthony Curran, imparts his words of wisdom here each month!

Chairman's Comment

August 2018


Hi Everyone,

Here we are August already how time has flown. We sit waiting, “well I do”, for the summer to start and in a blink of the eye it is almost over. Still we can’t say it’s been a bad one. June and July just seemed to be wall to wall sunshine and England had a reasonable run in the World Cup until they met Croatia in the semi’s. At the time I was gutted, I thought they had missed a chance to go all the way but when I watched the highlights of the final (couldn’t bear to watch the match, it’s a French thing I think) I was much more relaxed. If we had got through they would have battered us and that would have been worse than going out in the semi’s.

No Andy at Wimbledon and Johanna Konta going out so soon meant I had nothing to watch on TV so spent too much time in the garden and burnt myself to a crisp a few times. I did get out in the car a few times with the weather being so good. As I mentioned in last month’s Revcounter we went to the 5th European Healey Meeting and had a great time with our European Healey friends. Caroline and I met Paul & Barb Bradley from Australia and had them for company from the UK down to Rust and back which was really great. Lovely like minded couple who just jelled with John, Caroline and myself. We tried to show them a few places of interest so they would remember their trip fondly and judging from their article in last month’s Revcounter they did.

Last month I mentioned some people that helped John, Caroline and I with our organisational responsibilities in Rust and it was genuine thanks because without their help we would never have achieved half of what we did. What I didn’t mention however was the thing that made me the proudest, and that was the support given to the event by our suppliers and restorers. I am really pleased to say that the two main Austin Healey parts suppliers - AH Spares & Ahead4Healey’s both supported the event only being trumped by Gold sponsors Frederique Constant. This is something I was really proud of as I had worked hard in the background to get them there. Also companies like Rawles and JME supported the event as did Longstone Tyres, Blockey Tyres and Vredestein UK, . Add to this Bonhams, The Haynes Motor Museum & Moss UK who donated fantastic prizes to the Tombola and Event Raffle. Together we clearly made a huge impact on the success of the event which has been recognised by Vic Jacob, the event Chairman in a personal letter to me since our return home. The UK are still big in Europe never mind what they are saying in Parliament. Already I have been contacted by the head of the Norwegian group who have picked up the baton for the 6th European Healey Meeting and I expect as they continue with their planning we will continue to be a source of advice and support for their event in 4 – 5 years time.

I was saddened to learn earlier this week of the very sad passing of Ruth Astle and our deepest condolences go out to Robin, Charlotte, Thomas & Duncan at this very sad time. I know there are many people in the club that share their loss and pass our love to Robin and his family during this difficult time. I understand that the family are asking that any donations be made to the Loros Hospice who took cars of Ruth for the short period she was with them. Anyone wishing to donate should make their cheque payable to “Loros” and send it to Ginns & Gutteridge Funeral Directors, St Nicholas House,51 Vaughan Way. Leicester. LE1 4NR. Would you please mention Ruth’s name and confirm if you are a UK tax payer if you wish Loros to claim gift aid for your donation. Thank you.

Is anyone like me totally bemused by the new MOT regulations? I still don’t know if I need to get the BJ7 MOT’d this month because the road tax isn’t due until April next year and that is when you are supposed to declare it “VHI”. I can’t see how you can avoid having to MOT the car even though the regulation came into effect in May. I don’t have a problem getting the car MOT’d but it seems odd in view of the regulation starting in May and the car’s MOT due in July. I did think if I “SORNed” the car for a week then went to re-tax it I could declare it “VHI” but that seems excessive. By the time you read this I will have had to do something about it but I would love to hear from you on this subject. Perhaps you could put pen to paper and share your concerns and discoveries with everyone through our members page in Revcounter, I look forward to hearing from you on the subject.

What will I be doing next! Well Caroline and I will be off to Silverstone this weekend so I will tell you about that next month. This month Healeysport have two meetings over the same weekend 4th – 5th at Croft & Harewood so good for local Northern members to get to and support our hillclimb guys and girls. New Forest Centre are at the Lymington Classic Car Show and the White Dove Classic Festival again over the same weekend 4th - 5th. Midlands have a planned drive & lunch planned for the 12th. Southwestern Centre are at the Cotswold Festival of Motoring again on the 12th and Thames Valley have a planned drive and visit to Hidcote Manor on the 15th. Northern Centre have the Tatton Park Passion for Power on the 18th – 19th and Oulton Park Gold Cup on the 25th – 27th. Finally Eastern Centre have their Sprite 60th weekend on the 31st – 3rd Sept.

As you can see there is plenty for you to get up to during this month and even more to be found on the action planner on the club website @ www.austinhealeyclub.com. As ever Caroline and I will be out and about somewhere and hope to meet as many of you as possible. So get the cars out, give them a wash and polish (provided we aren’t on hosepipe bans by then) and enjoy our Austin Healey Club scene as we do.

That’s all from me this month until next time keep well, stay safe and KEEP HEALEYING!!!