The Issigonis Effect

Without Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis, there’d be no Mini. The car’s chief engineer and designer—raised a subject of the Ottoman Empire by his Greek father and Bavarian mother—was widely known for penciling freehand engineering sketches. The stubborn eccentric designed the original Mini by eye and despised mathematics. “You must not mix function with fashion in…


Coldplay and the British Sports Car

I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used to roam                                        — From Viva La Vida by Coldplay I spend way…

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Whither Britannia

Later today the checkered flag will fall once more to mark the start of another 24 Hours of Le Mans. As many of you may have read in the most recent edition of Moss Motoring, British sports cars have had a long and (sometimes tragic) association with the great race. Perhaps the single event most…

NOJ393 after its restoration by Steve Pike and before its sale at auction by Bonhams

Inside the 1955 Le Mans Tragedy

Inside the 1955 Le Mans Tragedy There were no sponsorship liveries on the 60 cars that started at Le Mans in 1955. Instead, they were adorned in the national racing colors of the countries that each represented: Rosso Corsa, Bleu de France, British Racing Green and German silver. As an endurance contest there was no…


Austin-Healey NOJ 393

Notwithstanding its participation in the ill-fated race at Le Mans in 1955, NOJ 393 has an unparalleled provenance among Healey competition cars. It was constructed in 1953 as one of four Special Test Cars for use by the factory racing team and is one of only two that were later converted to 100S specification. NOJ…

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Aston Martin and Abingdon – The Jacobs Midgets

Dick Jacobs already had an MG dealership and was an established racer when he was asked to drive one of the prototype alloy-bodied MGA racers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955 by his friends in the BMC Competition Department at Abingdon.The race, however, was ill-fated for almost all concerned and shortly after…

Putting a Mayflower through its paces at a VTR event

In the Eye of the Beholder – Triumph Mayflower

No less a personage than Top Gear presenter James May considers the Triumph Mayflower the ugliest car of all time. The first monocoque Triumph was designed by Leslie Moore who was the Design Chief at Mulliners (responsible for much of the coachwork for Rolls-Royce and Bentley) and was given an interpretation of Triumph’s pre-war razor edge…

Oh, Those Wacky Relatives

We all have them, or maybe are them ourselves. Today, being an owner of Little British Cars makes one something of an offbeat, if not downright eccentric individual. And in the event one is labeled eccentric, your best bet is to blame it on others. “You think I’m nutty, I had an uncle who collected…


Austin-Healey Club of America

Serving Healey Enthusiasts Since 1961 From its beginnings in 1961, the AHCA has grown to become the largest Austin-Healey club in the world. It is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and enjoyment of the Austin-Healey marque. As the AHCA has grown in the past 50+ years, added emphasis has been given to the “people” aspect…

Pictured from left to right: Carrol Shelby, Roy Jackson-Moore and Donald Healey.

August 23 and 24, 1954

Nine short years is what Carroll Shelby spent as a race car driver. During his abbreviated driving career, one cut short by a heart condition that would partially confine his career, but never define him, Carroll Shelby raced heads up against some of the most prominent and preeminent drivers of the 1950s. Sterling Moss, Juan…

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