AHC Chairman's Message


CHAIRMAN'S COMMENT

Our Club Chairman, John Keener, imparts his words of wisdom here each month!

Chairman's Comment

January 2022

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We now move towards hopefully a fuller year of excellent Austin Healey motoring. Events were somewhat curtailed in 2021 as we cautiously moved out of a covid filled year.

I would like to welcome all those new members who joined us throughout the preceding year and hope they will enjoy making new friends whilst driving their new cars or indeed being passengers.

Within our 7 Centres I am sure you will find an event in which you can join us in whichever part of the country you live. Also, for those wishing to compete with their cars we have a very active eighth Centre in Healey Sport to cater for you. It was unfortunate that Hillclimb/sprint events were limited last year but 29 drivers competed over 12 events to produce some worthy class winners including overall champion Steve Casson.

Our National event IHW at Stanbrook Abbey went off well with a full contingent of members filling the hotel and car park. Many thanks go to our Midlands Centre members for doing the organising. It was great driving and the visit to Eastnor Castle was a real treat. This year I’m pleased to say New Forest Centre are organising our National event IHW 2022 and it will be held in and around Winchester in September.

Progress is being made on improving our Registers with the help of Bob and Linda Kemp, Pete Dulieu and Robert Thornburrow, to make them more comprehensive and user friendly. Focus has been on the Sprite and 100 records, with the 100/6 and 3000 model registers soon to follow. If you have recently joined the club or have sold or purchased a car, please let the appropriate register know, so that we can keep an up-to-date record of all the cars that still exist. The year we also saw the anniversary of the introduction of the Mark II Sprite along with the 3000 Mark II.

During the year we lost several friends including Gerry Coker, Peter Browning, Murray Walker and Graham Robson with also the sad loss of Sabine Schmitz, Queen of the Nürburgring, must have been some taxi ride with that lady!

The Revcounter Shield is awarded to the most interesting article published in the year and this time it has been awarded to Bryan Miller for his articles written after the finding of a album of Jock Reid’s photos, a truly historical record.

Our concours competition was held on a virtual platform this year with a physical competition held in August in Halesowen in the Midlands.

Technical articles, including those from Norman Nock are now, not only published within the Revcounter pages, but can also be found in the member’s area of our national website, but if you have any specific enquiries, please contact your local Centre or send an email to our editor for inclusion in our Magazine.

The club remains in a good financial position over the recent difficult period of lockdown with many new members and now two new directors, in Eastern, Kath Everest and in Northern, Doug McClymond so we welcome them. Our NEC meetings have largely been held on a virtual platform which has worked well with some of the Centres also using this platform. I have passed the Editorship over to Steve Everest and in conjunction with our new publisher at Lavenham I think you will agree the club magazine has improved considerably.

At this point in my report, I cannot forget to thank all those officers and volunteers within the club who work hard to organise events and run the National and Centre committees for the enjoyment of the wider membership.

I trust you will enjoy your Healey through 2022 and of course - - - -
- - - Keep Overtaking! in 2022