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It Is Well With My Soul

“Service Manager” …The sign on the door looked official enough. Silver metal letters and a silver border raised above a rough textured black background. It just wasn’t what I expected to see. Then again, nothing about this place was anything like what I expected. Below the sign was a thin brass card holder with a…

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Healey Helpers

I have been asked to provide a female perspective about the Tech Team of our Ohio Valley Austin-Healey Club. My credentials? I’m a Healey wife who has observed this team at work. Now I can identify a transmission—when it’s out from under the car, that is. While I prefer things clearly labeled, these fellas thrive amongst…

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Powered by Rolls-Royce – Austin-Healey 4000

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier The Swinging Sixties represented the high-water mark for the British automotive industry. The Jaguar E-Type – introduced in 1961 – was widely considered one of the best sports cars in the world and more affordable…

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Class Struggle – British Sports Car Values

The question is asked of us quite often, “what’s my British sports car worth?” The easy answer, like most things in life, is it depends. British sports car values depend on many factors. What does it depend on? Largely, it hinges on condition, and then is followed by lesser contributing factors like color, timing, trim…

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Denise McCluggage – 1927 to 2015

Road & Track published an article earlier this year with the title “Denise McCluggage should be your hero.” In it, the author wrote that despite her advanced age it was impossible for any automotive journalist to keep up with her – “Not in speed, not in writing, and certainly not in grace.” I wish that I…

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1934 Singer 1.5-Liter Sports Tourer

Like Triumph, its Coventry neighbor, Singer Motors Limited started in business in 1874 as a bicycle manufacturer before turning to cars and commercial vehicles at the turn of the century. An established innovator in the industry, Singer brought to market the first practical small car that was an equal to contemporary larger cars (rather than…

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A Special Breed – 1953 MG TD Motto

The MG TD Motto was the result an effort by John Inskip and David Ash to create a car that could compete against the increasingly successful Porsche 550 Spyder and OSCA MT4 in the SCCA’s F-modified racing class. Inskip was the son of a renowned evangelical preacher who eschewed the church in favor of a…

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Places to Go – Penske Racing Museum

Admittedly, most of us do not expect to find much of interest at the local auto mall except for those occasions when we are in the market for a new car. An exception to that general rule is The Penske Racing Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Located on the grounds of the Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection…

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Holy Roller – Inskip MG TD Four-Seater

Considered the Bill Graham of his day, John S. Inskip was one of the most renowned evangelical Methodist preachers in the 19th century and he is often credited with making the “tent revival” a part of modern American religious practice. His eponymous son failed to go into the family business and instead became a salesman…

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