Daily Archives: January 1, 2005


The Heit of Healeydom

Track or show, Jim Heit has a hit on his hands By Tom Morr Like many Americans, Jim Heit of Simi Valley, California, was bitten by the Brit bug while stationed overseas. During his stint in Germany, Jim fell for his first Big Healey: a ’60 BN7 Mk I. Jim enjoyed the car so much…


Tech Q&A: Winter 2005

By Kelvin Dodd Jag XJ-S Axle ID I am working on the rear brakes of a Jaguar XJ-S. How do I determine if it has a Dana rear end? —Cliff Singer Take a look at the side of the rearend assembly where the stub axles come out of the differential case. The flange that holds…


Reader Letters: Winter 2005

Healey Adventure I’ve owned my 1963 Austin Healey BJ7 for 20 years. After retiring, my wife Pat and I have driven the car from coast to coast and border to border. Our greatest adventure was in 2000, when we shipped our car to England along with other Healey enthusiasts and spent three weeks driving through…

Vintage racers will live out their dreams once again at the 2005 Walter Mitty Weekend.

News: Winter 2005

By Ken Smith British Extravaganza Turns 10 In 2005 Moss Motors and VARA will team up for the tenth year running for the 2005 British Extravaganza. Held at Buttonwillow Raceway near Bakersfield, California, the anniversary bash will happen May 14-15, 2005. In addition to the usual VARA vintage races, Moss car show, and barbecue followed…

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Hot and Clammy TR3A-GT

A Professor’s Triumph runs wide-open and opens wide By Tom Morr No joke: Dr. J.S. “Noble” Eisenlauer’s Triumph was built on April Fool’s Day, 1959. Thanks to painstaking maintenance and many performance modifications, the car runs better today than at any point in its lifetime: Intelligent “resto-mod” upgrades successfully improve drivability and reliability without compromising…


Editorial: Emissions Laws

As Goes California, So Go The Other 49 By Ken Smith Recently, we had occasion to write to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “The Terminator,” “The Governator”) to ask for his assistance in terminating Assembly Bill 2683, which constitutes a direct attack on the future of the old-car hobby. Jay Leno even made a personal…


Classic Car Insurance

Correctly Covering Your Assests! By Jim McGowan Insurance is like taxes—you just hate to write the check. It’s a nebulous thing: You send out money but nothing comes back. We all hate buying something we can’t touch or feel. But for anyone who’s had reason to call in that insurance investment, filing a claim can…


Car Show Spectacular

Whoever said that British car shows ain’t what they used to be hasn’t been to one recently. Just as used to span the globe to cover the constant variety of sports, we spent the summer and fall attending British car shows. Here are highlights of five outstanding meets. Whoever said that British car shows ain’t…


British Value Guide: A-H Sprite/MG Midget

By Rick Feibusch These cheap and cheerful little roadsters were the mainstays of entry-level sportscar ownership for decades as well as fierce little battlers on the racetrack. They still can be seen as viable contenders in contemporary SCCA sportscar racing as well as very capable and competitive vintage racecars. This guide will concentrate on the…


British Lead Price Rise in Collector Cars

Big Healeys and MGTs log strong sales It’s no secret in the world of fine collector cars: Quality sells at a premium often higher than established values guides’ limitations. Almost every weekend in 2004, record prices were paid at public auctions for popular British sportscars. If the price increases seen for such models as Austin-Healey…

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