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Climbing Polish Mountain

Forget the Sound of Music. On the first weekend of August, the hills near Flintstone, Maryland were alive with the sound of competition cars on a 1.2-mile, nine turn, rural road up Polish Mountain. Fred and Barney must love the deep-throated sound of the Yamaha-powered D Sports Racers, the Mustangs and Camaros, Mazdas and even…

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The Chariots of Canada

Roger Hamel of Le Club Austin Healey du Québec called. Would I like to participate in the Candian Grand Prix’s F1 Pilot’s Parade and watch the race? He then emailed a picture of his wife, Lise’s, 100-6—the car I’d be driving. The gears in my brain slipped into overdrive. I’m a huge F1 fan, so…

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Nurburgring Novice

At the end of August 1961, John Whitmore had been racing in Denmark at the Roskilde Ring, doing battle with the work’s Saabs. He and Eoin Young then hurried down motorways to arrive in Germany at Adenau, performing a handbrake turn in the car park to celebrate a non-stop marathon. John and I were to…

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Drive Like a Girl

I had no idea that the young girls of the post-World War II era dreamed of becoming race car drivers. Certainly a pony might appear in their hopeful plans for the future, and many of them took part very successfully in show jumping and cross-country events—Pat Moss included. But driving ambitions came as naturally to many…

Rough "roads" and sheer drops of the Vivione Pass in the Dolomites. Driving a Healey 100-6 in 1958.
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To Race the Alps

The Legacy of Yesterday’s Mountain Climbers I sometimes wonder if the British cars that we collect, restore and love so much still carry with them the legacy of the rallies and races in the 1950s and sixties. Back in those Golden Days of motor sport, the cars not only had to look the same as…

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Driving Jenson Button

A World Champion gets his first Healey ride. A dark sky, rain threatening; early Sunday morning 18 June, 2000, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, site of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada. “Follow the course marshal’s instructions and DON’T SCREW UP! We’ll be in front of tens of thousands of people and…

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Number 79

The classified add read: “FOR SALE: ’61 Sprite, partially race-prepared, Engine rebuilt – $300. SW 4-1622 days till 7:00 pm.” We drove to Tom’s ABC Auto Service and there it was, a Cherry Red, H Production Bugeye Sprite with roll-bar, open exhaust, no windshield or front bumper.  Too boot, it was a “Sebring Sprite” with…

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My Morgan Adventure

It was love at first sight when I finally found my vintage Bustle Back Morgan +4. In the past, I have owned an MG TD and several Jag XKE’s, but had always been enamored with the classic Morgan +4 It has always been so elusive.

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Targa Newfoundland

Targa was a great experience—an adventure.  The event includes five days, 500 km, of high speed, go-as-fast-as-you-can racing, on the streets of Newfoundland.  A friend of mine, living in Ontario, Canada was entered with his 1975 Jensen Healey.  About 4 wks prior to the event, knowing that I was skilled Jensen Healey mechanic, he invited…

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Spirit of MG Vintage Racing

I was so saddened to hear that Tony (David Anthony) Roth passed away on October 27th, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. He was Mr. MG in so many ways and for so many years. He was dedicated to enjoying MGs, having fun, and ensuring everyone else had fun. He had just turned 76 in September and…

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