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.

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