The Golden Gate Austin Healey Club Inc. Sunnyvale CA
VOLUME 9, NUMBER 6-7 JUNE/JULY 2007
In this issue:
OpenRoads British Car Show
Rally…………….1 at Tahoe June 8-10 2007
HEALEY EVENT Lucas-Marelli Rally Registration form is on
Thunderhill Re- Don Reichel
page 10 of this issue and
port……….……..6 Los Gatos on the club web site
PC Dream Ma-
chines…………...8 WHEN: June 23
WHERE: Santa Cruz Mountains Golden Gate Austin Healey Club
OpenRoads Regis- START: Osos Café Los Gatos
tration form …..10 will host the annual OpenRoads
After many years of owning both Weekend for owners and enthu-
President British cars and Italian cars siasts of Healeys and all other
(Austin Healey for 35+ years and
British cars at the Horizon Ca-
Healeydoc@sbcglobal,net Alfa Romeos for 10+ years), I
decided to do some research sino and Resort at Stateline NV
John Trifari into the background of both of (Lake Tahoe South Shore) from
the companies who supplied the Friday June 8 to Sunday June
electrical components for our
VP/Counsel and cars. 10, 2007. Make your reserva-
Lee Bardellini tions now!
510-582-6246 Many British car owners
know Lucas as the “Heart of
VP/Events Darkness”, due to their legen- The meet will be open to
408-776-0133 dary electrical parts. But few Alfa all British cars. It will kick off
firstname.lastname@example.org owners know that Lucas parts with on Friday June 8, 2007
made their way into a number of
Loren Cross Italian cars some of them being with check-in and evening recep-
Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 9
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 1
Editor’s Page and Club News ADVERTISING RATES
by Rates effective January 1, 2007 (space only).
John Trifari Full Page B&W (6 ½ ” by 8 ¼”)…………..$350
One-Half Page B&W Horizontal
(6 ½” wide by 4 1/4” high…...………...…...$200
The issue of whether Healey Marque,
One Half Page Vertical
the monthly publication of Golden (8 ½” high by 3 ¼” wide)…………………..$200
Gate’s national affiliate, the Austin
One Quarter Page B&W
Healey Club of America (AHCA), should (4” high by 3/14” wide)…………………….$120
be shipped in a plastic bag (or not) has
One Eight Page Horizontal (Business Card)
occupied the Healey e-mail list re- 2” high by 3 ½” wide………………………..$80
cently, with complaints of the magazine
For advertising information, contact:
being damaged through faulty handling Steve Cloyes
at the post office the prime concern. 925-935-9044 or at
Professionalism—i.e. how the magazine
appears in your mailbox--took second Send artwork in JPG format to:
place. John Trifari at
Damage to the magazine clearly The Golden Gate Austin Healey Club
is the most important consideration is affiliated nationally with the
here and we’d like to hear from the
Golden Gate membership regarding
this. Has Healey Marque come to you in For the latest Golden Gate news
a damaged condition? Do you think Visit our new 2007 web site at
AHCA should package the magazine in a www.GoldenGateHealeys.com
plastic bag? Editorial Staff
Editor John Trifari
Before you answer, take note of 408-373-6479
the bad news: estimates place the Valley Editor Cyndy Nesheim
charge of bagging the magazine at an 916-783-7762
additional $6000 per year. The good Production: George Henke
news, that comes to something like
$2.00 per AHCA member. This issue is Golden Gate Healey Happenings is the official publication of the
Golden Gate Austin Healey Club Inc. and is published for the bene-
certain to come up at the annual AHCA fit of its members. Material which appears in Golden Gate Healey
Happenings represents the opinion(s) of the author(s) and does
Delegates’ Meeting in November, and if not express the position(s) of the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club
Inc. unless specifically noted. We do our best to insure accuracy,
Continued on next page but cannot be held responsible for omissions or errors.
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 2
anyyone has some
thoughts on the mat-
ter, please let me
(your AHCA Dele-
Also to come
on the agenda of the
Delegates’ Meeting is
a raise in AHCA
dues. Right now they
are $40 per year and
that gets you the
(Healey Marque), and
the club national
Out in the Nevada High Desert off Route 50 there
membership directory, plus national in-
is a tree that ‘s something of a local sight. People
dispensable support from the national take their old sneakers, ties them together and
club. A raise in membership dues (not throw them up over the branches. Those aren’t
necessarily a refection of whether or clumps of leaves on this tree—they’re several
hundred pairs of used sneakers. Steve Cloyes
not the magazine should be bagged in posed his BN4 by the tree during his trip to North
plastic) came up at last year’s Delegates’ Carolina for the 2005 Conclave.
meet and was defeated. I expect, how-
ever, that it will come up again. I per- GED (along with English) and the open-
sonally am against a membership in- ing day of classes and the opening re-
crease. However, I would appreciate ception at Conclave are both scheduled
hearing form all of you on this issue for the same day despite my repeated
also. Please send your comments to me attempts to get my school to push their
at email@example.com. Thanks. start date back a month or two. Some
people are just plain inconsiderate.
Looks like I won’t be able to take Rendezvous in WA still looks like a “go”,
the big drive back to Conclave in Ver- but a drive to Richland WA just won’t
mont this year. I’ve started teaching be quite the same as driving across the
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 3
Golden Gate 2007 July 16-20 2007—Rendezvous 2007: Shilo
Event Schedule Inn, Richland WA. Event hosted by the
Cascade Austin Healey Club. Go to
The following events have been scheduled for www.cascadeAHC.homestead.com/home.
2007. If you wish to have an event listed, html.
contact Tracy Drummond at 408-776-0133
or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Events are on July 22—Central Coast British Car Club An-
Sundays unless specified. nual Show at the Channel Islands Harbor,
Oxnard CA. $25.00 For additional informa-
tion contact Don Greene 805-652-0330 or
June 8 (Friday) to June 10
email@example.com, C. Darryl Struth, 805-
(Sunday) —OpenRoads 2007 weekend 644-6211, or Gary Rice 805-644-3290 or
at Tahoe. Registration now open. For firstname.lastname@example.org.
registration form go to the club web
site at www.GoldenGateHealeys.com. July 31-August 8--Hot August Nights:
Classic car show held in Reno NV. Go to
Registration form also on page 10.
www.hotaugustnights.net for more info. If
you plan to be at the event or if you’re
Saturday, June 23--Lucas/Morelli tour of
anywhere in the Tahoe area this week,
the Peninsula back roads with local Alfa and
make your hotel reservations NOW.
Morgan clubs. Contact Don Reichel at
August 11-19—Race week at Laguna Seca.
For all information on Race Week at Laguna
June 24, Palo Alto Concours--Contact Tracy
Seca and associated events, Contact Tracy
Drummond at 408-776-0133 or at
Drummond at 408-776-0133 or at
email@example.com for more information.
June 24-29 2007—Conclave Burlington VT.
August 11-12--Day at the Races
Event hosted by the New England Region of
Watch the Pre-Historics.
the Austin Healey Club of America. Go to
August 14—Special Healey Display.
www.conclave.com for registration info, event
August 15-16—Concours in Carmel.
schedule and details concerning the meet.
August 17-19—Monterey Historics.
Saturday, July 7: Route 1 Tour—Tour
August 17 (Friday)—Pacific Grove Concours
starts in Half Moon Bay. Contact Roger
and Rally. Car show and tour of 17-Mile
Swales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drive. $65 drive only; $80 drive and din-
ner. For more info call 831-373-6585.
Wednesday July 11 to Monday July 15--
Pre-tour of California, Oregon and Washing-
August 25-26—Passes Tour. Drive across
ton prior to Rendezvous 2007 in Richland
the Sierras in your Healey. Contact Dave
WA. Registration fee for tour goes to char-
Nock at 209-924-1562 or at
ity. Join in the whole tour or just drive a
segment. Details to come in club newsletter.
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 4
August 26—Annual Ice Cream Social. Con- Saturday November 3—Santa Cruz Moun-
tact Len Hartnett at 707-448-3027 or at tains tour. Details to come.
Palo Alto car
Show. Tour the
Details to come.
show in great
to come. Con-
tact Dave Nock
1562 or at
Dave Nock at
or at healey-
ber 13—Tour Castle Air Force Base and Mu- December 2—Annual Holiday party and Club
seum. Contact Dave Nock at 209-924-1562 meeting. Details to come.
For Healey Events Nationwide, go
October 21—Autumn Classic, San Juan Bauti-
to the the Austin Healey Club of
sta. Always a large Healey turnout. Don’t
miss it. Saturday tour and dinner.
America at http://www.serve.com/
Info: Bill Meade at BillMeade@charter.net. AHCA/ahcaevnt.htm.
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 5
Thunderhill Report one common thread throughout. The G4 and
its derivatives have been with us now for
over forty years.” (See http://www.
Unlike my previous visits to Thun-
The Thunderhill Park Raceway near Willows, derhill, this time an Austin Healey was
CA was host to the “Rolling Thunder”
weekend sponsored by the Classic
Sports Racing Group (CSRG) on
May 18 - 21. As I approached the
Raceway at noon on Sunday I no-
ticed numerous cars being trailered
out before the afternoon races, which
is typical of this three-day event. Ve-
hicle attrition and the need to get
home Sunday evening take their toll.
Participation in the seven afternoon
races averaged about 60% of the
cars listed so, if you have a choice,
Saturday is better for viewing.
The F1 race included 11 cars
dating from 1968 – 1979. Except for
McClaren, most of the cars bear names which John Shirley of Sonoma brought the only
have faded into historyùMarch, Wolf, Tyrell, Haley to the race—a 100 LeMans set up for
Shadow, Ensign, McRae, Brabham, Lola, and racing.
Gurney Eagle. A 1976 March ran away with
the race. The speed and noise were sufficient racedùa 100-4 Le Mans owned and driven
to get oneøs automotive adrenalin going for the by John Shirley of Sonoma. He acquired the
afternoon, not to mention two spinouts on the car in 2005. This car is set up strictly for
first lap. racing, and has been on the West Coast cir-
cuit for some years now. John didnøt know
Among the highlights of the seven races about the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club,
was the Group 2 race for production cars in but he does now.
which a 1967 Alfa GTV beat three 1960-era
Corvettes. Afterward the driver told me that All in all it was a pleasant afternoon
the Corvettes had plenty of power but struggled at Thunderhill. The weather was superb, the
on curves. The only total accident of the after- competition was spirited, and the ambience
noon occurred during this race when a 1964 was mellow. The only announcements over
Ginetta G4R lost a wheel and spun to a stop on the PA system were calls for the next race
the edge of the track. Since I had never heard group to assemble on the pad, plus an occa-
of a Ginetta, I looked it up on the internet. It sional safety announcement. If you want to
was immediately obvious that the Ginetta is know who won each class you must keep
British because the description includes the track of the cars yourself or go to the office
word “whilst.” It goes like this: “Whilst the and inquire.
Ginetta name has adorned a great variety of See the CSRG racing schedule at
cars of different shapes and sizes, there is http://www.csrgracing.org/aboutcsrg.html
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 6
Lucas-Marelli Rally—continued arrangements.
the Alfa Romeos of the 1950s. During our drive we will be stopping for lunch
on the coast and the cost will be approxi-
Now as for the wonderful Marelli igni- mately $15.00 per person.
tion systems that appeared also in the 1950s
and continued on into the 1980s. I personally Contact information for the event is the follow-
believe after close inspection that some of ing; Don Reichel at home at 408-354-2222 or
the parts were surreptitiously copied by at email@example.com.
Marelli from Lucas. Furthermore, for us poor
souls who are un-
aware of these facts,
we do not know who
to blame when we
do have electrical
problems with our
Well, I am
here to tell you ac-
cording to legend,
there was a conspir-
acy between the two
as they loved to play
dirty jokes on one
another when they
were roommates at
the University and this behavior continued on
into their professional lives. So in recognition
of this dirty trick, I have decided to put on the
Lucas-Marelli Rally. To commemorate this Advertiser Web Sites
event I have invited the Golden Gate Austin
Healey Club, the Morgan Club and the Alfa British Car Specialists
Romeo Club to a day of Burning Up the back www.britishcarspecialists.com/
roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
British Wire Wheel
Those of you attending might want to www.britishwirewheel.com/
bring the following; Nomex driving suit, fire
extinguisher, tow rope, extra points, rotor and Collins Classics
cap, regulator, a six pack of beer (for me), CollinsClassics@comcast.net
and a good sense of humor.
Due to logistics, we are only accepting www.occonnorlcassics.com
15 cars from each club. Also we would like to
have only spiders and coupes no newer than Shadetree Motors
1975 from the Alfa Club. Please register as www.shadetreemotors.com/
soon as possible so we can take care of our
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 7
Morton and their white ’64 BJ7, and farther
Pacific Coast Dream back in the mass of parked cars was Roger
Machines Conte and his ’64 MkIII. While departing the
airport, I spotted another Healey in the exit
By line. This was a car that I remember from
Len Hartnett years ago. It is a 100 that has been modified
Vacaville to look like a Cobra and carries the license
. plate “uncobra”.
Plans to cross the Bay Bridge to get to
Half Moon Bay and the Pacific Coast
Dream Machines event were thwarted by
the tanker truck fire that closed the
McArthur Maze. With the San Mateo or
Golden Gate Bridges the other options,
the Golden Gate Bridge was chosen so
that if I were late, I would see the other
Healeys heading north to the airport and
be able to join them. However, with
minimal traffic on the road at 4:00 AM,
I arrived at Cameron’s Pub south of Half One of the highlights of the show was a B-17 , Re-
Moon Bay at 6:25 AM, and departed for the stored World War II bomber was making a tour of the
Half Moon Bay airport at 7:10 AM. The gates Bay Area along with a B-24 and a B-25.
As usual, the show was excellent
with all manner of vehicles including
bicycles, motorcycles, hot rods, cus-
toms, race cars and trucks, airplanes,
solar powered and other ‘green’ ve-
hicles, steam powered engines, etc.,
etc. Virtually anything that had
wings or wheels was represented.
Weather was overcast all day,
cool in the morning but pleasant in
Line-up in the haze: Cars of all descriptions tool the afternoon. With the McArthur
down the Half Moon Bay Airport runway in the morning Maze incident, the trip home took about an
haze. Cool coastal weather also mandated jackets. hour longer than going down possibly due to
added traffic that was detouring around the
had opened at 6:00 AM so we found ourselves
well down the rows of vehicles that had al- At least I had the opportunity to get
ready entered. the Healey on the road. That is usually the
Subsequently, I found Jim and Ida point anyway, isn’t it?
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 8
OpenRoads 2007—Continued Horizon at a special rate of $97 per
night (single or double); $107 (triple
tion. On Saturday, June 9, there will be occupancy) and $117 (four). Taxes
a day of tours and autocrossing and tours are not included.
followed by an awards event in the even-
ing. Registrants must have a regis-
tration number issued by the Golden
On Sunday morning, June 10 there Gate Austin Healey Club to obtain this
will be a morning car show and awards special hotel rate.
ceremony followed by departure early
that afternoon. Further information and Regis-
tration forms for OpenRoads 2007
A registration fee of $50 will can be found on the club web site
cover one car and two adults. Additional www.GoldenGateHealeys.com, or you
adults are $20 each; additional cars $20. can use the registration form on page
There is no charge for children under 15. 10 of this issue of Golden Gate
Double rooms will be available at the Healey Happenings.
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 9
OpenRoads 2007 -- June 8-10, 2007
Street Address ________________________________________________________
Telephone _______________E-mail ________________________________________
Children attending _______________ __________________ ___________________
(name/age) (name /age) (name/age)
Local Club ________________________ National Club _________________________
Attendees must be registered. Fee covers one car and up to two adults, hospitality functions, registration packet,
tours and car show. There will be additional charges for other events as specified below. Children under 15 are
admitted free of charge. Accommodations. Accommodations at the Horizon Casino/Resort for Tahoe 2007 can be
obtained only through the Horizon and only after a registration number has been issued. All charges and taxes
relating to accommodations and other Horizon services are the sole responsibility of the attendee. A registration
number will be provided upon receipt of this form. All payments are in US dollars. Payment is by check only.
Make check payable to OpenRoads 2007 and send payment along with this form to
1160B La Rochelle Terrace
Sunnyvale CA 94089 Registration: ____/@$50 ______________
I would like to participate in Additional Cars ____/@$20 ______________
___ Car Show ___ Touring
Additional adults ____/@$20 ______________
Vehicles to Register
Austin Healey ___ Model ____________
Awards dinner ____/@$48______________
Jaguar ________ Model ____________
Year __________ Autocross per car ____/@$30______________
MG ___________ Model _____________
Year __________ TOTAL ______________
Triumph _______ Model _____________
Make check payable to OpenRoads 2007 and send to John
Other _________ Model ______________
Trifari. 1160B La Rochelle Terrace, Sunnyvale CA 94089
Release and Waiver
By signature below I/we release the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club, the Austin Healey Club of America and any
and all other participating organizations, their officers and members, and any and all event sponsors from any and
all liability for any loss, damage or other claim resulting from any injury to any person(s) or property resulting
from my/our participation in OpenRoads 2007, including travel to and from this event. The car(s) I have regis-
tered for this event are covered by liability insurance.
__________________________ ______________________________ _____________
Signature Print name Date
Wanted rear end for Healey BT7, cur-
rent one eating wheel bearings.
Contact Tom Vargo at
BN2 for sale: Contact Terry O’Connor
510-849-1824 or at tvar-
at 559-431-8866 or 559-351-6411
MKII Sprite for sale. Partially re-
PARTS FOR SALE
stored/stored for last two years. Car
BN1 Overdrive Throttle Switch. Taken
is in Lincoln CA $7500. Contact Mi-
off my BN1. $30.
chael Levine at 916-434-9058 or at
Contact John Trifari at
Golden Gate Healey Happenings June/July 2007 Page 11
Golden Gate Healey Happenings FIRST CLASS
1160B La Rochelle Terrace
Sunnyvale CA 94089