UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Austin-Healey is synonymous with the full spectrum of motor sport. We try three different examples that show off their competitive edge
From class successes in endurance racing at Sebring and Le Mans, to breaking near-countless records on the Bonneville Salt Flats and in Montlhery, before then becoming the allconquering force of the Sixties European rally stage, there’s not a single area of competitive motor sport in which an Austin-Healey has not being entered and been victorious. Even today they remain mainstays of classic events. In fact, readers need look no further than last weekend’s Castle Combe Autumn Classic, where a 25-minute single marque race of 100s, Sprites and 3000s demonstrated the enduring competition pedigree of these fabled sports cars. Our report starts on page 18. Moreover, this year marks a number of important marque anniversaries: It’s 65 years since the first car to wear the Austin-Healey badge entered the world of motor sport, examples of the 100 participating in both the Mille Miglia and Le Mans of 1953. 60 years ago saw Austin-Healey achieve its first rally honours, winning its class in the legendary Liege-Rome-Liege rally with Pat Moss, sister to Stirling and wife to Erik Carlsson, behind the wheel of a ‘Big Healey’, sparking off one of the great rally partnerships. That this Sunday (14 October) also marks ten years since the passing of Pat Moss-Carlsson, now seems to be the perfect moment to look in detail at what in the DNA of these machines makes them so special.