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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.