A small group of Healey enthusiasts joined together to go to the Lymington Spectacular Summer Show on Sunday 2 August which was superbly organised by Lymington Rotary .We parked up and the more experienced members (old hands at the Show) went in search of the Lymington Girl Guides’ BBQ stand where they cook the best bacon butties – lashings of thick bacon and for me, brown sauce, washed down with a strong cup of tea. What more do you need to start the day I ask?
We had three Healeys on the Wessex Vehicle Preservation Club Stand, one of whom had only found out about the show at the Fox and Hounds NFC Natter and Noggins the Thursday before. On the Friday he (Nigel) high tailed it round to the organiser in Lymington to book in to the show and was only accepted because they had had a cancelation that day. Now he was very lucky but other members including Nick Dean had to park in the main classic car area. A 100S replica by Orchard Restorations joined the general display area and, after being approached by yours truly and the other members, the owner felt that it might be a good idea to join the Austin Healey Club, so we may yet have a new member sign up.
Alas, the auto jumble offered up no delights for the Healey connoisseurs present but in the boot of the Healey of one of our group was a very nice picture frame, released from the car boot sale after some hard bargaining by the new owners of it.
You must have guessed by now that there is a reason for all this preamble! The piece de résistance of the day was the prize giving and when it came to Best Car of the Show the Colton Nursing Trophy went to our members Nick and Jo Jenkins in their beautiful John Chatham BJ8 Rally replica. It has been rumoured that the sponsor of the award, Colton Care Nursing Homes, had included a discount voucher with the trophy for the winner’s future use!!!!!!
What a weekend it was. It started on Friday with a classic car auction at South Western Auctions in Poole where NUE855 AUSTIN HEALEY 100 – 2660cc, a pre-production car, build number 19 blue 16 July 1953 13,484 miles sold for £164,300! Yes you have read that correctly, and you could hear the champagne corks popping for miles!!!!!
OK so we now start dusting down all hidden Healeys to get them to the auction before the confetti money dries up!!!!