Thursday, 30 October 2014

Austin Healey Club stand at the NEC Classic Car Show

 Austin Healey Club stand at the NEC Classic Car Show
Celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Austin Healey 3000
Winning the last Liege Rally

The Club plans to re-unite the 3 works cars which competed in the 1964 Liege Rally on its stand in Hall 12 at the NEC Classic Car Show on November 14th to 16th.

BMC Comps entered 3 works Healeys for the 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liege Rally, which was the last of the non-stop 3000 mile and 94-hour events.  After crashing on the Vivione Pass whilst leading the rally the previous year - Rauno Aaltonen and Tony Ambrose now made no mistake and completely dominated the 1964 event winning the rally outright and by nearly 30 minutes from the SAAB of Eric Carlson and the Mercedes of Eugen Bohringer.

Aaltonen and Ambrose won what will go down in motor racing history as the last of the classic road rallies. Their dominance and victory in ‘64, along with Pat Moss’s victory in the 1960 Liege, are regarded as 2 of the marque’s greatest competition achievements.

The Liege rally was a thinly disguised road race across Europe taking in many of the classic Alpine passes and victory was only possible because of the skilful preparation of the cars by the mechanics and the superb organisation of the team by the team manager at BMC’s Competition department. It is hoped that the Club stand will re-unite the 3 works Healeys which competed in the last Liege. We hope that former members of the BMC Competition Department will join Club members at midday on Friday Nov 14th to celebrate the golden jubilee of this very special outright win on the last Liege. 



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