His­toric Austin-Healey to de­but at Race Retro

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A 1953 Austin-Healey 100/4 that took part in the first New Zealand Grand Prix is to make its pub­lic show de­but at Race Retro this month.

The Healey BN1, chas­sis No 145426 will be on dis­play at Stoneleigh Park, War­wick­shire, on 26-28 Fe­bru­ary, the first time it has been on pub­lic dis­play any­where in the world. The car is one of three works rac­ers en­tered for the in­au­gu­ral New Zealand GP in Jan­uary 1954, at a time when sports cars would com­pete against sin­gle-seaters. Just 14 of the 24 starters com­pleted the race, with

all the Austin-Healeys man­ag­ing the 100 laps. This car came 13th driven by Keith Roper. It also achieved a record speed of 100mph in its third New Zealand event, a fly­ing-quar­ter mile at Have­lock.

Sold in Oc­to­ber 1954, the Healey had sev­eral own­ers be­fore be­ing placed into stor­age in 1971, where it re­mained for 24 years. It re­turned to the UK in 2014.

Owned by Paul Roberts, the Healey has been pre­pared by Sam Thomas Rac­ing for his­toric rac­ing events in 2016, in­clud­ing the Monaco His­toric Grand Prix.

The Austin-Healey works team cars line up for the 1954 New Zealand Grand Prix.

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