Volume 23 Number 5 www.ahcm.ca May 2012
Let the Fun Begin
Greetings all and welcome to May and the put together a list of short drives to a Saturday
official start of a busy season for our clubs and the morning breakfast spot. It is meant to get you and
people involved in them. your car out of the city and onto some open roads
for a drive to do something we all like to do – EAT.
I would like to thank everyone who came out to
The first breakfast is May 12th to Morris, MB and
support Ted and my efforts at the Spring Garage
the second is May 26th to Stonewall, MB. See
Tour. We had a lot of fun and saw some
Events Calendar, or March issue of Healey
interesting stuff. Everybody seemed to enjoy
Happenings, for more details.
themselves and what they saw. And thanks to the
people who opened their doors and let us in – Clear Lake is an overnighter May 11 – 13. We
especially Graeme & Joyce Lowden for the use of have never been, but have heard it is a nice place
their Bar-B-Q, Henry Fast (TDC) for barbequing to be for some R & R.
our lunch, and Brian & Brenda Lanoway for hosting
May 20th is the official start of Pony Corral’s
the chili dinner afterwards.
Sunday Cruise Nights. A lot of Northern American
Happy Be-Lated 50th Wedding Anniversary to cars, but you can meet up with some British car
Graeme and Joyce Lowden ! club folks at the same time and same place and
then go for drive together to some ice cream
I see that the British car clubs have made the
press. The Saturday April 28th issue of the
Winnipeg Free Press ran a 1/3 page article on the May 26 – June 3 is Drive Your British Car
local British car scene. It mentioned the four local Week. See www.britishcarweek.org for more
clubs and gave a plug to the up and coming details.
Northern Lights Rendezvous. It also had a picture
And, last but not least, the “big one”, June 14 –
of some of our members which included club
17. Northern Lights Rendezvous in Kenora.
president Roger Morcilla front and center with his
This event has a Manitoba record of 119
registrations as of the beginning of this month. If
We also appeared in print in the Summer 2012 you haven’t registered yet, go to
issue of Going Places , the local CAA magazine. http://www.britishcar.ca/rendezvous/ to do so. If
Our cars were included in two of the article photos, you want to help one of the committees during this
but no specific club information included. Oh well, event or have a donation for the Silent Auction or
our British cars still included for everyone to see. Door Prizes, call or email our club’s co-chair, Tom
Struthers, at 888-5633 or email@example.com .
Now as for letting the fun begin, let’s review
some of the upcoming events. Jean Caron has Let the fun begin…
President: Roger Morcilla Vice-President: Richard Weide
Treasurer: Todd Chivers Secretary: Jim Jackson Past-President & Delegate: Elaine Davidson
Newsletter Editors: Ann Blonski & Mark Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster: Ed Driver email@example.com
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Delegate’s Report made: scholarships, drives at high schools,
colleges/universities and military bases, sponsor
- Elaine Davidson projects by donating a car to a high school or
technical school for restoration, distribute past
The Bluegrass Austin Healey Club hosted the issues of the Healey Marques and more public
AHCA BOD meeting in Louisville Kentucky on promotion for our events.
November 11 to 13, 2011. There were 45
delegates present. The next delegate meeting is scheduled for
November 9 to 11, 2012 in Chicago. The AHCA
Ben Moore from the Bluegrass Austin Healey executive and delegates were a pleasure to work
Club did an excellent presentation for the Louisville with and I look forward to growing this relationship.
Kentucky 2012 conclave which is just 45 days from
now. Ben and his staff have put together a Fun and
Exciting event for all Healey Enthusiasts. As you
watch the Kentucky Derby on TV envision that you This & That
could be sitting on Millionaires Row in June.
- Jean Caron
There will be Derby hats for the ladies and a full
day of horse racing. A great Car Show location is To start with this month, I’d like to pass along
planned for Waterfront Park. A fun Rally, some information about tools. A while back, I
Funkhana, Gymkhana and plenty of relaxing social suggested to one of our Club member that he
activities will make your visit to this Conclave a should get a set of Pozidrive screwdrivers as he
memorable experience. would find it very useful when putting his car back
together. The reason for that is many of the screws
If you are planning to participate in this
and machined screws on an Austin-Healey have
wonderful event, don't delay, register today.
Pozidrive heads. It very much looks like a Phillips
Regalia pre-orders, with a choice of over 30 colors,
head but there are substantial differences when
are due by May 15 and the Hotel special rate and
you look at it closely. In order to tighten those
room block requires a reservation be made by May
properly, it is best to use the right Pozidrive . While
15. For more information visit
a Phillips head screwdriver will work for a time,
eventually it will damage the head and you will no
Preparations for the 2013 Conclave are well longer be able to tighten it without slipping. I gave
underway. This event will be held at the beautiful him the contact person’s name from Mac Tools as
Fairmont Hotel – Le Manior Richelieu at La this is where I got my set several years ago.
Malbaie, Quebec which is 2 hours north of Quebec However, it now appears that Mac Tools no longer
City. The hotel cost will be $140.00 per night. carry a line of Pozidrive screwdrivers. So, I ran into
They have secured the airport for driving events. one of the supplier from Snap-On the other day
Roger Hamel from the Quebec Austin Healey Club and he informed me that they indeed carry the
is organizing the 2013 Quebec Conclave. screwdrivers, so here it is: Louis Beaudry, PH:
(204)471-3748 or via email:
The AHCA Registries Program has been set up
firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete set
for Austin Healey owners to register their car(s) to
currently sells for $94.00.
store and maintain all pertinent info/data. This will
benefit Healey owners and enthusiasts in the A couple of weeks ago, I was looking into
preservation of the marque. various ways to change the bottom seal on the
steering box of an Austin-Healey BJ8. The best
A new membership directory is currently being
way to do it is when doing a restoration, which I had
worked on by Mike Schneider, AHCA Membership
done on this particular car but for some reason it
Secretary. This is a huge undertaking and should
was now leaking. Removing the steering wheel,
be out soon. The AHCA website is currently being
the grille assembly and the left front steering
components was not overly appealing to change a
Another of the AHCA projects is the “Future 50” $5.00 part. If the steering lever and the side rod
which was initiated to generate interest amongst assembly come off without too much trouble, then
young people. A variety of suggestions were the steering box cover can be removed and the
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rocker shaft peg lifted allowing for the bottom seal shows how many miles some owners like to drive
to be drifted out and a new one installed. But what their cars. A case in point here is that three couples
if it still leaks? Since this last seal was installed, from Southern Ontario are planning to attend the
about three years ago, there is no way it should 2012 Austin-Healey Rendezvous 2012 in
have started leaking. So, I started to look at other Parksville, British Columbia. They will be joined on
solutions and ended up calling Bob Yule of their trip by two other couples from Atlanta,
Autofarm in Ontario. He has a lot more experience Georgia and one couple from New Mexico and
that I have with Austin-Healeys and does not mind another from Kansas. They then plan to drive all
sharing his knowledge. While he agreed about the the way to the west coast just north of Los Angeles,
ways to remove the seal, he felt that a new one then up to Victoria and Parksville. Then the return
would likely still leak and it is likely caused by wear trip will take them to Port Hardy, BC to Prince
on the rocker shaft over the last 40 + years. He Rupert, then Jasper, Banff, Winnipeg and back
found a solution to all this by using a light grease. home in Ontario. By then they will have traveled
He went on to say that the Healeys initially used some 7500 miles in their Austin-Healey. I talked to
80/90 oil in the steering box simply because it was Bob Yule, the main guy behind this planned trip,
light and heavy enough for summer and winter and it is possible that they will be in Winnipeg for a
temperature variations we have in many parts of couple of days since one of the couples on the trip
North America. However, now that these cars are has a brother here. Bob will let us know and it is
not driven in winter and that uneven wear on the possible that we can spend an evening with these
shaft can wreak havoc with leaking, he and his guys here sometimes in the first part of July. As
mechanics had looked into various options for a soon as their plans are firmed up, Bob will advise
while and came to the conclusion that light grease us.
would be a good solution. They experimented with
a few and found that John Deere Cornhead Grease
Part #AN102562 possessed the qualities they 2012 Garage Tour
were looking for. They have used it for about three
years now with no problems. He told me that first - Mark Rogers
remove all the oil, if it has not already all leaked out
and just replace it with the grease. It takes about On April 14th, the 13 Annual Garage Tour took
½ a tube to fill the steering box properly. I will place. It’s been a yearly tradition that Ted and I,
certainly try it, sounds like a good option to me. along with Roger Morcilla, Brian Lanoway and Bill
Sullivan in the past, have organized over time.
Tom Struthers, one of our Club members,
found a source for parts to build a Brake Bleeder It started as a group of enthusiasts in a caravan
Vacuum unit. What this set up does, is that it can of cars and vans to a school bus full travelling to
easily be used by one individual to bleed brakes. It different points of interests in garages and
sucks the air out of the system and does a great job businesses.
of bleeding brakes. Initially Jim Jackson, another
Club member had such unit but it got damaged and
Tom searched all over the internet to find some of
the difficult parts to locate and ended up making
several of these units. He donated one each to the
Austin-Healey Club of Manitoba and the Triumph
Drivers Club. One will be raffled at this summer
Rendezvous as well. I have talked to Jim and he
agreed to have a Tech. Session to show how to
use this system as well as put it in paper form so
that when some Club member borrow it, they will
know exactly how to operate it. A big thank you to
This year we made six stops along our
both Tom and Jim.
chartered bus ride. We met at Tom Pearson’s
A short article in Healey Marque of May 2012 (TDC) to view his 1980 TR7 which is getting a V-6
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engine modification and his next project, a 1958
Bugeye with Speedwell bonnet and a Mazda rotary
Off to Graeme Lowden’s place where his shop
holds at least ten member cars that are worked on
over the winter as well as a storage area within the
Roger Morcilla’s was next. Roger is shop which has at least fifteen more cars – even a
assembling an early MG Midget for an Big Healey chassis on top of another. This was
acquaintance with a planned summer ready date. also our lunch stop where Joyce Lowden make lots
He also has his beautifully restored BT7, a driver of coffee and Henry Fast (TDC) worked the grill for
100-4 and a project TR-4 in his collection. a Smokie lunch. It was great.
This year’s business stop was The House of A quick stop at Bob Wilkinson’s place to see his
Sliver, a local chroming shop, to see the chroming Austin-Healey 100-4 and his newly acquired driver
process. It was not as bright and shiny as the 1980 TR7 brought home from Conklin, Alberta.
finished product, but was quite interesting to see There was also a lot interest in his 1958 Austin
the different steps on how chroming is done. Like Gipsy Jeep.
most things, it’s 90% pre work and 10% finishing
work. Outstanding work done there.
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The last stop was Rick Unrau’s (TDC) place to June14-17 Northern Lights Rendezvous, Kenora
see his 1960 Triumph Herald project which he
June 23 Breakfast - Depart at 9:00 am from the
hopes to take to Rendezvous in June. It is a nice
Winnipeg Mint to the Slice of Life
car that you do not see on the road often.
Bakery and Cafe in Niverville, MB
located at 290 Main St, Niverville.
Check out the Calendar on our website for a
complete listing of club events.
Visitor from Australia
- Jean Caron
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from Frank
Mancini, the owner of Metro Motors here in
Winnipeg, that he had a visitor from Australia at his
shop and he was asking if Frank knew any
The day was topped off with the tasty Chili
Dinner at Brian and Brenda Lanoway’s (TDC) Austin-Healey owners. I got him on the line and
found out that he was a keen Austin-Healey
enthusiast from Victoria, Australia on a visit to
Many thanks to all that opened their garages Winnipeg. He was wondering if there was any
and shops to people who just want to see how the chance we could get together to see some Healeys
next guy does it. as he was getting a little tired of just watching “ice
hockey” at his host place. I made arrangements to
take him to Graeme Lowden the next day to see
Upcoming Club Events the eclectic group of cars stored and worked on
there during the winter months.
May11-13 Clear Lake Weekend @ McTavish’s,
contact Jodi Bolger
May 12 Breakfast - Depart at 9:00 am from the
Co-Op gas station in St. Norbert, on the
west side of PTH#75. We will drive to
Burke's Restaurant at the
southwest end of Morris, MB for
May 21 Sunday Night Cruise Night, Pony
Corral, Grant & Wilton Jeff Gilland owns a Healey Blue BT7 that was
restored at “The Healey Factory” a restoration
May 26 Breakfast - Depart at 9:00 am from the
facility in Australia. He went on to say that his car
corner of the North Perimeter Hwy and
has many engine upgrades and was converted
PTH#7 to Cravings Restaurant,
from a left hand drive car to right hand drive for
Stonewall, MB corner of #67 and #236.
Australia as the car was originally delivered to the
June 4 Club Meeting, 7:30pm, Ann & Mark’s USA. An interesting fact that Jeff told me is that
home, St Adolphe while there were many Austin-Healey 100 exported
to Australia, the BJ8 models were quite rare as
June 9 Breakfast - Depart at 9:00 am from
there were only 13 sent there originally. He went on
Deacon's Corner Hwy #1/#207 to
to say that there are two major Austin-Healey
G'News in Oakbank, MB located on
Clubs in Australia and the one he belongs to, have
Main St. in Oakbank.
their own Clubhouse, purchased several years ago
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along with the local Jaguar Club.
Unfortunately his visit had to be short, a couple
of hours only, otherwise I would have gathered a
group from our Club to meet with Jeff and discuss
things of mutual interest.
In the Land of the Sleeping
Giant – Part Two
- Ted Clarke (Editors’ Note: Ted is a friend
of Frank Mancini. Some members may
have visited Russ Wanzuk’s collection,
included in Part One, at a previous
Rendezvous in Thunder Bay)
More on Russ Wanzuk’s “Toy Car” After viewing Chuck's and Russ's collections, I
felt like Goldilocks. Chuck's three gleaming Fords
were at one extreme of some sort of spectrum;
while Russ's massive museum, totally lacking a
completely restored genuine classic car, was at the
Like Goldilocks, I found the happy medium, on
Reg Vaillant's acreage on the outskirts of Thunder
Bay. In a
two vehicles -- a
restored, and a
a Maxwell was
his daily driver,
Maxwell is the
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A 1941 Buick Century adjoined a 1939 Dodge.
Next was a 1953 Ford and an enormous
Oldsmobile convertible hidden under a cover in the
shadows. Reg asserted that the convertible is
twenty feet long; I stifled my skepticism. And at the
extreme right end of the garage was a 1950 Buick
Super, Reg's personal buck-toothed favourite.
Next to that sat the evidence that Reg is more
accepting of foreign cars than the other collectors I
visited that day. Despite the Buick being his
favourite, it was a beautiful "granny" Rover, a
six-cylinder 105 model, that Reg elected to start
and proudly drive out to be captured by my Nikon.
Once again, despite little or no advance notice, Some slightly-pitted chrome was all that
this classic started readily, and shone when distinguished the Rover from new.
backed into the sunshine. But these two gems
were only the tip of the iceberg. A long hike to the
rear of the Vaillant property took us, not to yet
another "service station," but to a more modest
garage - if six-car capacity can be deemed modest.
And what a sextet was stored therein. The Big
Three were well represented.
All of Reg's cars in that garage looked like
late-model used cars, though not quite in the
showroom condition of the '25 Maxwell.
Tearing ourselves reluctantly away from Reg's
impressive collection, not all of which he showed
us, we proceeded back to Thunder Bay, where we
called on Jack Stevens, who has driven the same
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1961 Chevy 10 4WD pickup truck for fifty years.
Whether it has been merely preserved or instead
has been restored can be debated; apparently it is
on its second cab and third pickup bed.
The amount of energy, skill, devotion and
tenacity required to restore a handsome antique
car is enormous, and this is nowhere more
apparent than in the 1931 Ford Model A pickup
truck owned by Bob Walker, who was my guide on
this memorable September Monday.
The Model A pickup is probably better than
when it was new. Bob has several "project"
vehicles. The Model A is at the most advanced
stage of restoration, while others are approaching
completion. Foremost among these, intended to be
driven more frequently than the Model A, is a 1961
Pontiac Parisienne pillarless four-door hardtop
which I am hopeful will be complete and ready for
the Nikon when next I travel to my favourite
destination -- Thunder Bay!
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The 2012 Vintage Sports Car RENDEZVOUS
is looking for
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the MGB.
The Vintage Sports Car Rendezvous is an annual event that attracts British Sports Car
enthusiasts from Manitoba, Ontario, North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This
year, our three day event will be held June 14 – 17, 2012 in Kenora, Ontario.
We are looking for product sponsors and product donations for our silent and charity auctions.
Proceeds from these auctions will go to our designated charity and will help defray the costs of
offering a quality event to our registered attendees.
Product donations can be large or small, a single donation or multiples.
Depending on the size of your donation, Product Sponsors will receive recognition such as:
A listing in our published sponsor’s directory,
Inclusion of your advertising or promotional material in our attendee registration kit,
Sponsor recognition alongside each product display
Sponsor recognition on the sponsor page at our event web site,
An appropriately-sized advertisement in our event program brochure,
Sign-board displays at one or more of our program events.
Visit our event web site at http://www.britishcar.ca/rendezvous/ to learn more about the 2012
Northern Lights Rendezvous.
Need even more information? Contact our 2012 Rendezvous co-chair: Tom Struthers at
email@example.com or phone Tom at (204) 771-5214.
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