Austin Healey At 2014 Colorado Grand

This week Kevin Healey sent me a photo of five Austin Healey cars that took part in the recently completed 2014 Colorado Grand.  Earlier Kevin had sent me some pictures of Terry Hall’s new Austin Healey 100 that Terry was going to use in the Colorado Grand.

Healeys Colorado 2014

Austin Healeys At The 2014 Colorado Grand

In the above photo, Terry Hall’s Austin Healey is the second car from the left.  This is a new car for Terry, who also competed in this year’s Mille Miglia is an AC Ace.

Terry Hall Austin Healey (1)

Terry Hall’s Austin Healey 100

Visually, the big Austin Healey sports cars are about as nice as sports cars get.  The main visual feature of this car is the folding windshield.  High speed tests in the early 1950s showed that reducing the windshield height increased the speed of the car.  The folding windshield was a good compromise for a car that could be used on the street, as well as a car that could be driven to the track and be competitive on the weekends.

Terry Hall Austin Healey (4)

The Austin Healeys Had Very Smooth, Flowing Lines

In these pictures, note how large the drum brakes are!  The brake drums are about as large as wheels.

Terry Hall Austin Healey (5)

The Folding Windshield Noticably Effects the Car’s Profile

In addition to the folding windshield, note the hood louvres and the leather hood strap.  These help to give the car a classic, racy look.

Terry Hall Austin Healey (2)

The Austin Healey 100 Has A Simple Dash

In the photo above, note the goggles hanging from the rear view mirrors.  These goggles would come in handy with the windshield in the down position.

Terry Hall Austin Healey (3)

The Engine In Terry Hall’s Austin Healey 100

I don’t know the details, but I understand that the engine in Terry Hall’s Austin Healey 100 is tuned beyond the typical 100 engine.

One thing that is clear is that the Austin Healey 100, or any other of the big Healeys, would be a good choice for a touring rally like the Colorado Grand.

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5 Responses to Austin Healey At 2014 Colorado Grand

  1. Jay Nemeth-Johannes says:

    “One thing that is clear is that the Austin Healey 100, or any other of the big Healeys, would be a good choice for a touring rally like the Colorado Grand.”

    Just a couple of nits, Steve. First, the Colorado Grand is a non-competitive event. I think tour is a better description than rally, which in my mind is a competition.
    Second, the big Healeys, while being accepted, would tend to be the poor kids from the wrong side of the tracks for this event. Look at the entry lists from the last several years, and you will see Ferarris from the ’50s, pre-war MGs, Mercedes Gull wings, Bugattis, pre war Alfas, etc.
    The Colorado Grand certainly has its place in the event schedule, but IMO that place is to be seen and have your car admired among other high tier vehicles. The Healeys would get lost in the crowd.

    • Hi Jay,
      I realize that the Colorado Grand is not a competitive (or timed) event which is why I referred to it as a “touring rally”. This use of the word rally means that it is gathering of cars and touring refers to what those car do – take a take a tour. While I prefer competitive rallies, there is a place for an enjoyable tour through interesting countryside in a nice touring car along with other nice cars and other car people.
      While some of these events do attract high end spectacular cars, I don’t think that the big Austin Healey cars would be out of place.
      Good to hear from you!
      Steve McKelvie

  2. Jared Hoke says:

    Mr. Nemeth-Johannes believes that a Healey is uncomfortably outclassed by the likes of several “fancy” cars he mentions. With standout Healey examples now bringing over 6 figures at auctions, I beg to differ. A Healey is every inch a “classic”. It’s humble beginnings only underscore Donald Healey’s achievement in developing a competitive car that could sell for so little (Jaguar did the same, only a bit higher on the price scale). That over 43,000 Healeys were sold only underlines the point, while emphasizing how beautiful the car is. It’ll also run circles around a prewar MG or Alfa, and will beat the MB or Ferrari by being virtually unbreakable (can’t say that about Ferrari or MB!) I consider myself lucky, indeed, to have had one in my garage for almost 40 years.

    • Jay Nemeth-Johannes says:

      Don’t get me wrong. I admire the big Healeys and came close to having one several times. I believe it is a solid car and perfectly fit a niche between MG/Triumph and Jaguar.
      I also lived in Colorado for over 30 years and was very active in the rally scene. I was quite familiar with the Grand and how it fit with the other events. Perhaps it has changed character since I left the area in 2007, but the Grands I knew from the period had cars like K2 Magnettes, SS100 Jags and 60s vintage Ferraris filling out most of the field. I made my comment because the original article implied that cars like the Healey were a major focus of this event. MY point was that in the fields I was familiar with an immaculate Healey would be consider a filler car, suitable for rounding out the field, but not one that was the crowd stopper.

      • Jared Hoke says:

        You are actually quite correct; Healeys are too commonplace to be considered really special for such a show. But I felt I had to defend the honor of the car and the brilliant engineers and enthusiasts that conceived it in the first place. BTW: I note the current press enthusiasm for the new Alfa Romeo 4C, whose standout feature is touted to be the carbon fiber structure that restrains its weight to around 2650 lbs, with predictably delightful effect on its dynamics. But may I remind the world that my Healey, with its big iron 6 and ladder frame, itself weighs a hundred pounds LESS, at 2550? Maybe those Brit engineers of bygone days really knew what they were doing? Ya ‘spose??

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