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Austin-Healey Club of Oregon

March 2000


Healey Northwest


March 2000

Austin-Healey Club of Oregon 1999 Officers President:

Vice President:



Bob Bollinger 1530 W. 28th Place Eugene, OR 97405 (541) 687-8218

Jack Jakobsen 3801 Wy’east Road Hood River, OR 97031 (541) 354-3971 & FAX with prior call.

Stephanie Hellickson 1618 Avon Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 357-8969

Gary Jackson 3118 Northridge Way Eugene, OR 97408 (541) 343-0117 gary.jackson@





Mary Gross 8217 NE 71st. Street Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 254-4527

Allan Gross 8217 NE 71st. Street Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 254-4527

Terry Hellickson 1618 Avon Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 357-8969

Betty Hand & JaAnn Hoisington 1520 NE Lincoln Street Hillsboro, OR 97124 (503) 693-9293

Advertising Mgr.:

Club Cordinator:


Club Address:

Skip Monaco 7710 SW 89th Portland, OR 97223 (503) 245-0174 FAX (503) 472-9953

Bill Bolton 82923 Bear Creek Road Creswell, OR 97426 (541) 895-5576 FAX (541) 895-4029

Doug Auburg 7215 NE 61st Avenue Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 694-7769 FAX (360) 694-7998

A-H Club of Oregon 82923 Bear Creek Road Creswell, OR 97426

Club Web Site: March Meeting March 11, 2000

Contents: Club Activities Other Car Events President’s Message Editor’s Corner Membership Report December Meeting Minutes Wilson’s Chilli Feed Charitable Donations Proposal Charitable Donations Ballot Infatuation Meet Our Advertisers Rendevous Registration Forms Rendezvous RV Parks Healey Web Sites New Restoration Guide Constitutional Voting Ballot Classified Ads Healeys in Heaven

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Date: Program: 1:00 p.m. Tech session at Guy’s Interior Restorations, 431 NW 9th Ave., Portland Meeting: 3:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Brew Pub, 1313 NW Marshall St., Portland Dinner: Drinks and Pub Grub following meeting. Please note: Program change since last issue. See page 4 for more information ....

Cover This months cover was photographed by Stephanie Hellickson. Bert and Betty Hand lead Allan and Kathleen Wales along the scenic Highway 101 California coast line on the return tour from Fiesta de los Healeys, in San Diego.

Thanks for your Help

Bob Bollinger, Allan & Mary Gross, Gary Meyer, Stephanie Hellickson, Tom & Skip Monaco, Doug Auburg, Jack Jakobsen, Nancy Santee, British Wire Wheel, Gary Anderson, Cascade Healey Club, our new advertisers Healey Northwest


March 2000


Healey Northwest

AHCO Activities Calendar

© 2000 AHCO

by Allan Gross

The official publication of the AustinHealey Club of Oregon, Healey Northwest, is published monthly for the benefit of its members. Articles which appear in Healey Northwest express the opinions of the author and do not express the official Austin-Healey Club of Oregon position on any subject unless specifically noted. We do our best to insure accuracy, but can not be responsible for any errors or omission of fact. Contributions are welcome on any subject related to Healeys, Club members, or of general interest to the classic car hobby. Material from Healey Northwest may be reprinted in other publications, provided credit is given to the author and source and reciprocal article use permission is offered by that publication. Please address correspondence to: Healey Northwest Editor Terry Hellickson 1618 Avon Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 357-8969 e-mail: AHCO MEMBERSHIPS Membership in the Austin-Healey Club of Oregon is available to anyone with an interest in cars bearing the Healey marque. Individuals need not own a Healey to join nor is membership restricted to any regional, national or continental boundaries. Members are encouraged to participate in all Club activities. Winter activities are normally indoor technical sessions or social events. Summer activities are normally outdoors involving tours and car events. Calendar year memberships are available in person at any meeting or by mail: $25.00 per individual or couple (add $10.00 for international mail). Checks should be made payable to AHCO and sent to the Club Membership Director. DEADLINES The Healey Northwest submittal deadline is the 20th of the preceding month.

Editor’s note: Some information or dates may change after originally published. Check the calendar each month for current information. March 11, 2000 (NOTE PROGRAM LOCATION CHANGE) The March meeting will be hosted by Doug Auburg. It will begin at 1:00pm with a tech session at Guy's Interior Restorations, 431 NW 9th Avenue, in Portland. Guy Recordon will talk to us about installing tops, upholstry and other “soft” Healey parts. He'll provide doit-yourself tips and answer questions. He'll also have whatever interesting cars are in his shop for work uncovered for our appreciation. Afterwards, the meeting will be held at about 3:30pm at the Bridgeport Brew Pub, 1313 NW Marshall Street, Portland (We will have reserved tables in a corner of the general area.) Drinks and pub grub will be available.


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April 15,2000 (NOTE DATE and LOCATION CHANGE) Gary and Dee Meyer will host the April meeting. The day will begin at 12:30 PM with a tour of The End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. From Hwy. 205 take the OR-213 exit, exit 10, towards Parkplace/Molalla. Merge onto OR-213, turn right on to Washington Street. The center is at 1726 Washington Street. The car tour will depart from there after the tour of the center. The club meeting and a BBQ will be held at the Meyer's house and will follow the car tour. Donations for the meal. Meeting to begin at 4:00 PM. The Meyer's live at 20660 S. Beavercreek Rd. in Oregon City. Continue on OR-213 (Parkplace) and head east to S. Beavercreek Rd. Turn left and proceed approximately 2.3 miles. Their place is the third driveway on the left after the light at Henrici Rd. May 13, 2000 Hosts: Jerry and Pat Barron. Progressive dinner party. June 17, 2000 (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Host: Ellen Hector. Tour of eastern Oregon in the La Grande area. July 8, 2000 Meeting to be held in conjunction with the Historical races at PIR. August 12, 2000 Hosts: Skip and Tom Monaco-tour to be announced and BBQ. September 2,2000 (Note: 1st Saturday of the month) Meeting to be held in conjunction the All British Field Meet. October 14, 2000 Hosts: Gene and Barbara Lambert, Todd and Carrie Schelling. The planned activities include a wine tour. November 11, 2000 Hosts: Kevin and Marie Cowan. Activity to be identified at a later time. December 2 , 2000 (Note: 1st Saturday of the month) A catered Christmas party at the Shriner’s facility in the Wilsonville area. u March 2000

Other Car Events 2000 Texas Healey Roundup April 7 - 9, 2000

New England 2000 May 21 - 26, 2000

They say that this is one of the best Healey meets in the United States. How about considering this venue for your Spring destination. To be held in Kerville, Texas. For more information, contact Mike & Anne Johnson, (713) 664-6445.

Presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, this event is a time/speed/distance rally through the gorgeous New England springtime. Additionally, there will be half-a-dozen timed events at local tracks. Exotic cars and incredible scenery should provide lots of fun. For more information call Vintage Rallies, Inc. at 800-645-6069, FAX 860364-5899 or visit their web site at

2000 Portland Swap Meet April 7 - 9, 2000 If you can’t make it to Texas consider taking in the 36th annual “Always in April” Portland Swap Meet. It will be held at the Exposition Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive in Portland. Friday and Saturday hours are 7AM to 7PM, Sunday hours are 8AM to 1PM. Come and see pre-1975 cars, parts, collectibles and memorabilia for sale. You might find something for your Healey you just can’t live without.

4th Annual AUTOJUMBLE April 30, 2000 The Club T-MG presents their fourth annual All British Swap Meet. The event will be held in the Montgomery Park parking structure for shelter in case of rain. Any British car club committing to at least five spaces will get an additional free space for membership or regalia activities. Come find what you need to get your car ready for the summer. The location is 2101 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR. Contact Tim Foren at 503-287-2024 for more details.

Year 2000 Vancouver All British Field Meet May 19 - 20, 2000 Billed as “The Greatest Show on British Wheels, ABFM 2000” is held on Victoria Day weekend at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This 15th annual event is the largest celebration of the British motor car in Canada with over 450 cars on display. Entrants registered by April 15, 2000 are eligible for a drawing to win a trip for two to Britain. Festivities start Friday, May 19, with socializing, dinner and silent auction. Saturday activities include car displays, swap meet, entrants’ choice voting, non-concours judging and awards presentation. For more information and registration forms contact ABFM 2000 by phone at (604) 736-6754, FAX at (605) 736-6750 or e-mail at They also have a web site to look over at Several AHCO members have attended this event in the past and report it is a good one. This year’s event will be no exception.

2000 British Car Drivers Week May 20 - 28, 2000

2nd Annual All British “Run to the Gorge” May 27 - 28, 2000 The Second Annual All British “ Run to the Gorge” will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, departing Puyallup, WA for Hood River Oregon. This event can be either a one or two day event. Giving the entrant a chance to drive some exciting back roads. You will have the option of just enjoying the drive down, and returning via I-5, on Saturday, or you can stay over night and enjoy some more great roads on a return run on Sunday. For Entry Form, check our website: or contact: Arnie Taub at (425) 6447874 or FAX (425) 747-0205.

Pacific Northwest Historic Races July 1 -3, 2000 If vintage auto racing is in your blood be sure to schedule in the Pacific Northwest Historic Races in Seattle, Washington. Held at the Seattle International Raceway, racing enthusiasts from competitors to spectators will find plenty of excitement to get their blood pumping. With a little planning a pleasant Healey tour could get you there in a good mood. Watch for more information as it becomes available.

Zupan’s Historic Races July 7 - 9, 2000 Following on the heels of the Pacific Northwest Historic Races there will be lots of racing action as competitors seek to avenge or uphold their honor at Zupan’s Historic Races. Take your Healey to Portland International Raceway for display in the Healey Corral and a chance to take your car for a parade lap. Don’t miss this one, since the AHCO meeting will be on the field after Saturday’s racing. A perfect excuse, if one is needed, to enjoy some vintage racing.

12th Annual Western Washington All British Field Meet July 21 -22, 2000

Held on the grounds of Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA, the 12th Annual Western Washington All British Field Meet, Car This annual event is designed to “bring out those British cars”. Mark Show and Swap Meet, begins with a Cocktail Party on Friday July your calendar with these dates and plan to have your Healey on the 21. This show of over 500 entrants and 6000 spectators in addition road for all your normal driving activities. For more information, go to its regular Marque Displays will have a special “SALUTE TO to: MORGAN”. Call Arnie Taub at (425) 644-7874 or enter using their website: continued on page 8... Healey Northwest u March 2000 5

President’s Message

Membership Report

by Bob Bollinger

by Mary Gross

Well, here it is, the height of the of the raining season in Oregon and certainly not good Healey weather as shown by the number of Healeys other than John and Shirley’s at the February meeting. We do occasionally get a dry day here and there and this is the time we should give our cars a little exercise. The doctors say that we should all exercise and this goes for Healey’s too to keep all the moving parts working as we expect them to. So in between rain showers, bundle up, put the top down and hit the back roads. It will do wonders for that “cabin fever” feeling we all get this time of year.

BIRTHDAYS-MARCH 1- Russell Dale 2- Pamela Routt, James Hanks 4- Jerry Barron 5- Jerry Holz, Claudia Lee 13- David Porter 16- Diane Keaton, Bob Macherione 17- Susan Ahern 18- Patty Dale 20- Pat Freeman, Eric Hayes 22- Irene Rounsefell 23- Rachel Levitch 24- Betty Hand, Bill McCauley 27- Don Lee 28- Earl Yarnal 31- Jim Grace, Lori Robinson ...and we wish you all many more!

Stephanie had a great idea for an article for the Healey Northwest. In fact, I was going to present the same thing in a President’s Message but she stole my thunder and I’m glad she did. How did your infatuation begin? You can read about my first experience further on in this issue. So let Stephanie hear from you along with pictures from those bygone days.

Thanks to all of you who have sent in your renewals. For those who haven’t gotten around to it, to make sure that you will be in the new roster and will continue to receive the newsletter, your renewal should be in no later than March 3, 2000. It will take a little while after that date to get the new books printed, but there will be no guarantees that late information will be included.

We have two ballots issues to be voted on in the next two up coming months. The first is the ballot on the constitution changes that appeared in the February issue of the HNW. Be sure to mark your ballot and return it prior to March 7, 2000 or bring it to the next general membership meeting on March 11. The other ballot issue is concerning Gary Meyer’s motion establishing a yearly Charity Fund. The motion was seconded at the February meeting and will appear in the March HNW along with a ballot so everyone can vote on the matter. Ballots will be counted at the April meeting. Hope you can all make the next meeting in Portland at Guy’s Interior Restorations. It should be extremely interesting especially for those who are planning to do some interior work in preparation for the good driving weather ahead.

We are happy to welcome Dick and Geri Lynch as new members. Dick is a civil engineer and Geri is a homemaker. They have a ’61 BN7 which is in many pieces and they are looking for inspiration to get it finished. At least several members should be able to sympathize with them. The Lynch’s have three children and eight grandchildren and enjoy camping, hunting, fishing- the outdoors in general. Dick and Geri Lynch 17598 SE Cook St. Milwaukie, OR 97267 503-659-9204


Editor’s Corner Some of you have expressed difficulty accessing the AHCO web page at recent meetings. Information I have found just lately indicates it may be due to your internet service. If your service is provided by America OnLine it is quite likely you either won’t be able to access the site at all, or some pages won’t display or will be corrupted. Unfortunately, this is not a problem with the AHCO web site. You will have similar problems with other sites and likely won’t have full access to the World Wide Web. If you know someone who is using a different internet service try looking at our site on their PC. If the problem persists let me know. Talk to me at the club meeting, call me or e-mail me. I’ll be happy to help where I can.

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General Membership Meeting February 12, 2000 Minutes by Stephanie Hellickson The meeting was called to order 3:30 p.m. at the home of John and Shirley Wilson in Marcola, Oregon. Bob thanked John and Shirley for hosting the meeting which included a great chili feed for after the meeting. The planned tech session was canceled as the planned guest was unable to attend. The minutes of the January meeting were accepted as published in the February newsletter with the correction that the West Coast Meet, not the Northwest Meet has been re-named Healey Rendezvous. Treasurer, Gary Jackson, reported a beginning balance of $19,733.07 with an income of $2952.31, most of which was membership dues. Expenses amounted to $846.59, giving us an ending balance of $21,838.79. Membership, Mary Gross, reported she has sent out reminders to those members who have not yet renewed. These must be in by March 1st to be included in the new roster. Activities, Allan Gross, reported that the social coffee with John and Joy Healey would be held February 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Bill and Pat Bolton’s. The club has sanction this event, so people who want to drive their cars are welcome. March, which was still open will be hosted by Doug and Tammy Auburg and will be a tech session at Guy’s Interiors. Further information will be published in the March newsletter. The meeting for June is a planned tour to La Grande to the home of Helen Hector. A possibility is having it as a two day event because it is such a long drive and a repeat of a previous tour designed by Ellen’s late husband, Bob, could be included. This was a much enjoyed tour, with lots of interesting things to see along the way, for those who participated the first time. We would have a rendezvous in Central Oregon of a group from the south and a group from the north and then continue on to La Grande. Lodging is available for about $53 single and $57 double. Ellen is hoping that some of the members can fix the brakes on one of her cars. There is no one available in her area to work on Healeys. The other problem is the date; the original dates were the 10th and 11th. The problem is that this is graduation and there will be a lot of visitors and celebration going on. The proposal is to push it out to the 17th and 18th. The motion was made and passed. In regards to Rendezvous 200 in July, Allan did some research into alternative accommodations. He came up with a list of about 15-16 other places. High quote was $209 and a low of $88 before the10.9% tax, so the deal we are getting at Shilo is pretty good. More information plus the registration form for the meet will be in the March newsletter. Registration is $85 and includes two meals. There is an RV park not too far away. It was brought up that the April meeting, which is planned for the 8th conflicts with the big swap meet. A motion was made and passed to move the meeting to the15th contingent on whether Meyers are able to make that change. Terry will call them. Editor, Terry Hellickson, reported a typo in the last newsletter; the April meeting is the 8th not the 18th. He also brought up the potenHealey Northwest


tial for classifieds on the club web page. An added advantage here is that we can have photos to accompany ads. If we do use the web site for classified ads, should we open it up to non-members for a charge. After some discussion, including discussion as to if and what we should be charging for ads in the newsletter, a motion was made and passed to offer free classified ads on our web site for members only including our exchange clubs. Terry is working on establishing more links to other club web sites. Some people have been having trouble finding the web site with a standard search. According to Terry, if you enter Healey Oregon it will come right up at he top of the list. Advertising, Skip Monaco, reported that notices have gone out with the request that anyone wanting to place an ad must notify us by the 15th of the month. She working on getting more advertisers, including none car related ads from the businesses of club members. Club Coordinator, Bill Bolton, had nothing new to report Librarian, Doug Auburg, had nothing to report other than he is still looking for someone to take over the responsibility of the library. Regalia, Betty Hand, reported she had some regalia with her and that the monthly drawing would use peoples badges as there were no tickets available. The All British Field Committee has a new member; Doug Auburg is taking over Registration from Gary Meyer, who will now do Popular Choice. Tom Monaco will continue with Promotion and Advertising. More of the members of the other clubs that help put on this event get involved in the process because the committee position is rotated among the members. AHCO club members are welcome to attend the meetings to get an idea of what is involved in the production of this event. Under Old Business, the Cascade Club has decided not to have a special guest for Rendezvous 2000. As a result our club will not need to pay for bringing a guest to the meet. We were going to invite Jerry Coker. Nils Jensen, a member of the Cascade Club is looking for some lady members to do craft demonstrations. Interested members can contact Nils. They are also looking for some of the ladies to organize the Memorabilia Room which will have things from past West Coast Meets. If you can help, please contact Joyce Toms. Concerning Rendezvous 2001, the club will make a decision in March as to who will be the chairman . Bill Bolton has volunteered to chair the committee and Gary Jackson has volunteered to do the accounting, but we will leave it open to others until the March meeting. Possible sites include Klamath Falls, where a new convention center is being built, and Grants Pass which was the site of the first Northwest Meet and is near the Jeff Healey Memorial. Grants Pass has recently added public transportation and is within driving

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Minutes, continued from page 7 .... distance of several places of interest. Several of the west coast clubs have expressed an interest in having the meet in grants Pass again. Bill Bolton again reiterated the idea of keeping the meet simple with no banquets or special events that use extra rooms and cost more money. We could have a people’s choice show and a picnic at the Jeff Healey Memorial. The Charitable Donations proposal received a second motion and will now be republished in the March newsletter for a vote. Results of voting on the changes to the constitution, also published in the February newsletter, will be delayed until the March meeting to allow more members to get their ballots in. Under New Business, a proposal was made that the club purchase a copy of the Austin Healey Guide to Historic Colors. This book costs $25; it is an excellent source and the motion passed easily.

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1st Austin Healey Rendezvous July 24 - 28, 2000 Remember the Austin Healey West Coast Meet that we have attended for many years? Well it is now the Austin Healey Rendezvous, and will be hosted by the Cascade Austin Healey Club in beautiful Ocean Shores, Washington. Activities will center around the Shilo Inn Hotel - Conference Center. Make your plans for the event that promises to be the “event of the year”. Early registrants will be entered in a drawing, to be held May 22, 2000 for four nights lodging (excluding taxes) - a $500 value. To make your reservation at Shilo Inn call (800) 334-1015. For more information contact: Joyce Toms at (360) 876-8236. Registration forms are available starting on page 11 of this issue.

Portland Oregon All British Field Meet September 1 -3, 2000 Billed as the biggest 3-day event of its kind, the Portland All British Field Meet begins Friday evening with a social event for pre-registrants. Over 600 British vehicles of all types are on display on Saturday. Saturday activities include popular choice voting, Jaguar concours judging, car club regalia tents, food stands and roving bagpipes. More information will be published as it becomes available or contact Doug Auburg, Gary Meyer or Tom Monaco. Put the ABFM on your ‘must-do’ events calender.


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by Nancy Santee Not many Healeys appear at winter meetings. Ours stays in its nice dry garage, too. So we decided to take the Triumph Stag (our other British car). It has roll up windows! It was a nice drive out into the valley to John and Shirley Wilson’s home. Approximately 32 members had arrived by the time the meeting started. There were a number of Healeys to view in various stages of restoration. Some members were gathered around them discussing the finer points of assembly or something. Other members looked at photo albums that were available. Most people had a good time catching up with the news from the others. We all enjoyed the delicious snacks prepared by Shirley. Many also appreciated the Golden Delicious apples brought by Kent Lambert. They really lived up to their name! I don’t know how we found room for the great chili and cornbread muffins that was available for dinner after the meeting. Thank you John and Shirley for another afternoon of great camaraderie and food!

The meeting was adjourned at 4:39 p.m. and everyone headed for the chili.


Wilson’s Chili Feed

Maryhill Loops Hillclimb October 7 - 8, 2000 Sponsored by SOVREN, the Society Of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, the Maryhill Loops Hillclimb is an adrenaline pumper for competitors and spectators alike. The course follows a section of the Maryhill Loops Road located in south central Washington between Maryhill and Goldendale. Described as a course with, on a scale of 1 to 10, a pucker factor of 12, this should provide any racing enthusiast exciting fall entertainment. Stay tuned for more information.

Texas 2000 November 12 - 17, 2000 Presented by the Ford Motor Company, this is another Vintage Rallies affiliated event. Enjoy a time/speed/distance rally in a part of Texas that is anything but hot, flat and boring. This is a laid-back rally through rolling hills, picturesque river canyons, Victorian towns and fall-colored oaks on curvy roads car lovers dream about. This event is open to any pre-1974 sports, racing or GT car, as well as any Ford-powered performance car. With a lineup like this be prepared to get some wind in your hair. More information can be found by calling Vintage Rallies, Inc. at 800-645-6069, FAX 860-364-5899 or visit their web site at

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Official Ballot Should the Austin Healey Club of Oregon adopt the Charitable Donations Proposal as written:


Proposal I make a motion that the Austin Healey Club of Oregon (AHCO) establish an annual Charity Fund that would be created using funds generated by sources such as the All British Field Meet, Raffles, Auction, etc. The annual contribution to be a minimum of $1,000 as long as the club treasury maintains a balance of $10,000. Surplus funds available as determined by the Executive Committee will be reported to the members and a vote taken whether or not to allocate funds in addition to the minimum $1,000.

Member #1: Yay:


Member #2: Yay:


Bring completed ballot to April 15, 2000 meeting in Oregon City or mail completed ballot to: Austin Healey Club of Oregon 82923 Bear Creek Road Creswell, OR 97426 Ballot must be received by April 11, 2000 to be counted.

The Charity I would suggest that all members have an opportunity to recommend charities to a 3 member appointed committee which in-turn would research the charities, make recommendations to the Executive Committee for further approval by the membership and administer the Charity Fund. Some ground rules would be as follows: The charity must be one recognized by the state of Oregon. AHCO should define how the donations are to be used. The charity must provide help to all in need regardless of race, creed, religious affiliation. Final choice of charities to be determined by a vote of the members (by ballot, published in the news letter). The donation is to be given for charitable purposes in the state of Oregon. The donation must be presented in a manner as to give maximum publicity exposure to the AHCO. The charity must be an efficient organization as determined by the Executive Committee.

Allocation of Funds Money surplus to the needs of the AHCO would be determined by the Executive Committee. If the club treasury falls below $10,000, the Executive Committee shall determine if and how much should be donated to charity. All funds to be dispensed within the calendar year.

Presentation of Donation The name of the charity and date, time and location of the gift will be published in the HNW no later than the month prior to the actual donation so that as many members as possible can participate in the presentation.

LOST TITLE Tim Foren of the Club T-MG AUTOJUMBLE reports finding a title of ownership for a Austin Healey. The title was found during cleanup after last year’s event. If you are recently missing a title for your car or project this may be your lucky day. Contact Tim Foren at 503-287-2024 for more details on identifying and claiming this document. Healey Northwest


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HOW MY INFATUATION BEGAN By Bob Bollinger During my senior year at college, a fraternity brother received a new white tri-carb for his birthday. I immediately fell in love, with the car that is. If you have never driven a Healey through the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania in the fall when the trees are in full color, you just haven’t lived. During the winter we made one such trip over a long weekend to attend the sports car races on frozen Naomi Lake. We arrived a day early to find the lake deserted yet the oval track was plowed in anticipation of the next day’s races. It was too inviting. As studded tires were unheard of back then, it took us a little to get up to a good speed. About the second time around on the oval ice we reached 50 MPH. On the back straightaway John said, “HOLD ON” and cranked the wheel hard left. Instantly, the snow-covered trees around the lake became a blur. After four 360’s we gently ended up in a snow bank at the far third turn. The races Sunday were fun but not as much as our icy trip the previous day. On spring break I asked my Father if I could get an Austin Healey. To my delight, he said, “Yes”. I told him there was a small matter of money, to which he replied that I now had a big problem. Thirtyone years later my dream was achieved when I found Gary and Dee Meyer’s BJ7 for sale in the Oregonian. And, as they say, “the rest is history”. Editor’s note: There are many more stories like this out there. Let’s hear yours (include photos if you have them).


Columbia Commercial Properties LLC Dave Brown Dave Brown had his first exposure to Healeys twenty years ago when he got a ride in his friend’s father’s 100S. He was infatuated by the Healey, a yearning that never went away. Three years ago Dave bought his own, first Healey from Tom Monaco and has been satisfying his infatuation ever since. Dave started his company, Columbia Commercial Properties, 3 years ago this March. He owns the company with a partner, Keenan Boyle. He has been in the commercial real estate business for 13 years, Keenan approximately 10 years. They have an office in Tigard and Vancouver, WA. Their company focuses on leasing and managing Industrial, Office, and Retail properties. They often are involved with projects from “the ground up”, assisting developers in their site plan options to design the most suitable facilities given the target market. They have been involved with properties as far away as Klamath Falls to Bend and Vancouver, WA. Their goals are to determine how to best add value to their client’s properties through professional leasing, sales and property management. If you are a tenant in a property and want impartial market information, or are considering expansion, Dave and Keenan represent tenants in all facets of lease negotiations with office, retail and industrial properties. If you have a specific need to lease or sell a commercial property they would welcome the opportunity to talk with you to determine how to best meet your goals.

Keep an eye open for Dave Brown’s full “INFATUATION” story in an upcoming issue.

British Wire Wheel has moved from to Watsonville, California. After starting as a hobby/business in 1977 out of his home in Aptos, CA, Bruce Erfer moved the business to Santa Cruz. In 1991 British Wire Wheel moved to the old Jaguar dealership facility where it has been located until the present. The business was purchased by Barry Nottoli in the mid ‘90s. The business has continually grown under Barry’s guidance until it has outgrown the Santa Cruz location. The new location in Watsonville should take the business well into the new millennium. As in the past, British car owners are welcome to visit British Wire Wheel at the new facility (20 minutes south of the old location). The new location will allow space for a greater number of specialty tires. The new inventory of OE tires will be one of the largest in the industry. As in the past, British Wire Wheel will not offer “sales”. Everyday low prices are generally the lowest in the industry.

Trident Enterprises-AMSOIL Products Terry and Stephanie Hellickson Terry and Stephanie Hellickson bought their first Healey together in 1970, before they were married. They have owned that same car ever since. Along the way they picked up two more Healeys, one of which is acutally drivable. In addition to their other pursuits they own and operate Trident Enterprises. They have been marketing AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants since 1979. Their goal is to aid their customers, and fellow Austin Healey lovers, in extending the life of their equipment, lowering fuel and oil consumption and reducing the environmental impact of motor vehicle operation. Terry and Stephanie are developing a AMSOIL section on their website located at They are always happy to provide assistance with lubrication issues, by phone, em ailorletter. Theire-m

The crew at British Wire Wheel hopes you will continue to help them keep the cars we all love... on the road...throughout the new millennium. British Wire Wheel’s new address is 444 Airport Blvd., Suite #114, Watsonville, CA, 95076, and their phone number is 1-800-732-9866 10

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motion and will now be republished in the March newsletter for a vote. Results of voting on the changes to the constitution, also published in the February newsletter, will be delayed until the March meeting to allow more members to get their ballots in. Under New Business, a proposal was made that the club purchase a copy of the Austin Healey Guide to Historic Colors. This book costs $25; it is an excellent source and the motion passed easily. The meeting was adjourned at 4:39 p.m. and everyone headed for the chili.


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RENDEZVOUS 2000 RV Locations


AHCO members wanting to take trailers or motor homes to the RENDEZVOUS 2000 festivities are in luck. There are three RV parks rumored to be nearby. There may be others but these are the ones we have information on. Listed below are names and phone numbers of the sites we know about.

In case some of you are new to the internet or are having difficulty with relevant search results, here are some link names you can type in and go to directly. This is by no means all of them and doesn’t include vendors, unless by accident, but you can range far and wide from these. Your comments on the value of these and other sites are welcome. As time and investigation permits these and other links will be included in the AHCO web site. Happy browsing!

Ocean Shores Marina and RV Park 360-289-0414 1-800-742-0414 Yesterday's RV Park 360-289-9227 or 360-289-3459 Ocean City State Park 360-289-3553 1-800-233-0321

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Trident Enterprises-Big Planet Telecommunications Products and Services Terry and Stephanie Hellickson Terry and Stephanie Hellickson added Big Planet products and services to their business in April of 1998. They were attracted to the opportunity offered by Big Planet by recognizing the growing interest in the Internet. This vast new market, combined with the increasing demand for personal communications products and services is Big Planet’s focus. Terry and Stephanie offer Big Planet products and services, as well as business opportunities, to friends, customers and business contacts. To learn more about, Trident Enterprises or Big Planet visit their website at http:// Their e-mail address is continued on page 17... Healey Northwest


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NEW BIG-HEALEY RESTORATION GUIDE SOON TO BE AVAILABLE Restoration Guide for the Big Healeys to be Published The first new book on restoration of the Big Healey to be released in several years will be published by Motorbooks International at the end of March. Part of MBI’s Authentic Guides to Restoration series, the book will cover the Austin-Healey 100s, 100-Sixes, and 3000s. The authors, Gary Anderson and Roger Moment, note that the agreement by Motorbooks to publish this book has allowed them to significantly update and expand the Restoration Guidelines that have been published annually since 1991 by the Austin-Healey Concours Registry. The book was written and photographed over the past eighteen months. “I am excited about the book, since it will include nearly 350 photographs of overall areas and details of cars that have been restored to original specifications,” said Gary Anderson. “For several years we have wanted to include photographs in the Concours Guidelines, but there is no way the committee could have afforded to take the pictures, much less publish them. Just film, processing, and making the prints cost over $3,000.” Roger Moment noted that the process of preparing the book also required that the authors completely revise every aspect of the concours guidelines. “Motorbooks asked us to change the format to make it easier for a restorer to use,” he said. The first chapter of the book traces the evolution of the cars from the first prototype to the end of production. This is followed by three detail chapters, one for the four-cylinder roadsters, one for the six-cylinder roadsters, and one for the sports convertibles. “Since this meant that we had to review and rewrite the entire guidelines,” Roger explained, “it became an opportunity to do a ‘ground-up restoration,’ making many needed corrections and significantly expanding written information. This also is something we have wanted to do for several years, but probably wouldn’t have been undertaken if we weren’t writing a book that will be distributed all over the world.” The book will be 192 pages long, and in words alone, it is more than twice as long as the current guidelines. A series of tables of change points by section of the car is also included, allowing the reader to see exactly when, for example, a particular part of the interior was modified, with the change listed by date and body, chassis, or engine number.

“During the development of the book, we also went back and examined a number of unrestored original cars, and asked other people to look at details on unrestored cars in their regions to clarify points where we were in doubt. However, we decided early on to use restored cars as the basis for our pictures, simply because it is considerably easier to see details on a clean restored car than on an original car which may be dirty or rusty.” Unlike many previous books, however, each of the cars that was used for photographs was a “gold level” car, so that in the reader can use the entire picture as a reference, rather than having to ignore some non-original portions of a photo. “Nevertheless, we still expect that readers will find an occasional error in the book, and that some of the details we discussed will be contradicted by future research,” Anderson pointed out. “For that reason, we will welcome corrections and additions to our work.” As errors are found, or changes accepted, this information will be placed on an Internet page that will be maintained on a website within The various Healey club sites will be asked to maintain a link to this “errors and omissions” page. Anderson and Moment agreed that it was a great relief to have finished the book. “I could have restored an entire car in the time that the book required,” declared Moment. “Nevertheless, we think it will save others a considerable amount of time in research as they work on their own restorations,” Anderson stated. An Authentic Restoration Guide to the Austin-Healey 100, 100-6, and 3000. by Gary Anderson and Roger Moment, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, 2000. 192 pages, softbound, 8.5x11 inches, 346 black and white illustrations. $29.95. Available in April from Classic Motorbooks, British Car Magazine, and other sellers of Austin-Healey books. For questions regarding this release, contact Gary Anderson at 650949-9680 or at

Both authors agree that this book could not have been written without the contribution of many Healey enthusiasts over a decade of effort. “It was fortunate that we were able to start with the Concours guidelines,” Anderson said. “These guidelines have been developed through the contributions of about fifteen Healey specialists. Then, as we worked, we consulted many of them as well as other originality enthusiasts in England, Australia, and Europe, and the United States and Canada to confirm or revise information. Drafts of the book were reviewed and corrected by many of these specialists, with each chapter reviewed in draft by at least three individuals who are acknowledged as expert in that particular model. In addition, Gerry Coker and Graham Robson read the entire manuscript in draft, and Coker wrote the introduction.” 16

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Bob Nagel Distributing Sandy Bushore Sandy Bushore’s first Austin Healey was a ’56 which he bought right out of high school. He was so taken by the car that by 1982 he owned a 1959 l00-6 - 4 place which his wife used as a driver, plus another ’59 2-seater which was restored by Rex Urban. Upon completion of the restorative process, Urban bought the car from Sandy. In years to come, family health problems necessitated the absence of his beloved sportscar. As the years rolled by, Bushore realized how much he missed that throaty sound of the exhaust system, that great ride, and the beautiful style belonging to only the Austin Healey. So, in December of 1998, he finally bought a 1960 BT7 which he loves to death. Fact is, he plans to keep it until he dies! He has been correcting rust problems which the car previously had, and in general working on upgrades. In his own words, “ I bought this car to drive, and I even had fun driving it in the rain not long ago. I’m not getting any younger, and I really want to enjoy it...not just idolize it like some people do their cars.” His next car will be a l00-4 cylinder which he will restore while driving the one he now owns.

In addition to all his other duties, Will has another business sideline of custom fabricating headers & welding. He has quite a list of accomplishments in that field as well. He has worked on a lot of great cars and has met some truly interesting people in the process. There are even a few at the All British Field Meet each year which have received his special touch. With the challenges of all these things going on at seemingly the same time, Will Wahlin wants to make it clear that his greatest accomplishment of all is his family. He feels truly blessed with his life.

In the work-a-day world, Sandy is employed by Bob Nagel Distributing where he has been in outside sales for the past 7 years. They deal mostly with large volume users such as hospitals, schools, manufacturers, contract cleaning businesses, industrial shops and so on. He personally has much of the Rose Quarter district, plus PCC, Linfield College, George Fox University, Newberg Schools and many others. They carry everything needed to maintain a clean environment. Club members should remember the Bob Nagel name if they ever have a need for industrial products in a larger consumption situation. They get a lot of walk-ins for those who want small quantities of industrial strength products for home use at their store at 2101 SE 7th in Portland.

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Meineke Discount Muffler Shops Will Wahlin For $800 Mr. Wahlin Sr. and son, Will, purchased an Austin Healey in 1972. Mr. Wahlin had always wanted one for himself, but this first one was for his beloved Will. With his Dad’s passing in 1987 the car has always held great sentimental value. His second Healey was a 1955 100-4 Le Mans. It was a fun car to drive, but in 1976, against his Mother’s stern warning not to sell it, Will parted with the car anyway for $3,000. Since that time Wahlin has had perhaps 80 different cars including his 1960 AH 3000 which he currently owns.





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Classified Ads Classified Ads are free to all paid up members of AHCO, the Austin-Healey Owners Association of BC and the Cascade Austin Healey Club, and $2.00 each to nonmembers. These rates do not apply to commercial ads. Ads normally run three issues unless renewed by the advertiser. O=AHCO, C=Cascade, B=BC. Commercial Ad Rates: Monthly payment: Full page: $30, 1/2 page: $18, 1/4 page: $10, 1/8 page: $6, Business Card: $4. Inside cover (f or b): Full page: $35, 1/2 page: $21, Back cover, 1/2 page: $24. Annual payment in advance w/monthly appearance: Full page: $300, 1/2 page: $180, 1/4 page $100, 1/8 page $60, business card: $40. Inside cover (f or b), full page: $350, 1/2 page: $210. Back cover, 1/2 page: $240. Non-member business classifieds: $5 per month per six lines. Commercial display ads will be rotated between various positions. (Max. sizes: Full: 7.5” x 10”, Half: 7.5” x 5”, Quater: 3.5” x 5”, Eighth: 2-1/8” x 5”, Bus. Card: 2’ x 3.5”.)

Cars for Sale 1959 AH Bug Eye Sprite. Original, very complete car with original 948cc engine. Needs complete restoration. Dean Willoughby (503) 286-4042. (O-12) 1959 BN6. Healy blue, factory hardtop, new soft top, ground up rebuild of front end, including conversion to disc brakes. Mini lite reproduction wheels and good rubber, original spoke wheels also. Motor is strong. New battery. This is a low miles car. Michael Cameron 541-345-7631 (2-00)

Parts for Sale Parts for a ‘59 AH BN4: 2-doors need patch panels; 1-trunk lid needs patch panel; 1-shroud front excellent shape; 4-tires new 165SR15, mounted on 4-48 spoke painted rims; 1-rear bumper needs chrome; 1-grill (horizontal); 1-new black top but needs the wood brace and clasps; 1-generator; 2-horns; 1-coil. $1500.00 takes all. Buzz Nelson, 541-779-8969 - Medford Heavy Duty Poly Front Suspension Bushings for all Austin Healeys - big and small. Correctly done in black. Competitively priced. Tom Monaco (503) 245-0174. (O-4) Heavy Duty Brake Shoes for all Austin Healey models. Impervious to all oils and fluids. Experience 25% better stopping power cheap at any price. These can save your nose! Tom Monaco (503) 245-0174. (O-4) Lightened flywheels for big Healey models. They really make a big performance difference. You need one if you want your Healey to perform better in the corners and on the acceleration profile. Only the material not being used is removed. BN1 - BJ7 $120 plus a $40 core charge. BJ8 $140 plus a $60 core charge. Packing and shipping is extra. Bill Bolton (541) 895-5576. (O-6) New Side Curtain Pouches made of felt lined black vinyl from original pattern. $45 ea. John Wilson (541) 933-2016 (O-7) Hardtop windows for BN6/BT7/BN7. These windows are specifically manufactured of the treated poly-carbonate material used by the Indy race cars. They don’t fog or scratch like the currently advertised ones do! Fit it and forget it! You won’t need to replace it for years. $260 plus packing and shipping. Bill Bolton (541) 895-5576. (O-2)

HEALEYS IN HEAVEN Three men go to the gates of heaven after they die and speak to God. God tells the three men that they will need transportation around Heaven. The type of transportation each receives depends on how faithful they were to their spouses.

God asked the third man the same question, to which the man replied, “I have never cheated on my wife. I have always been completely faithful to her.” God gave this man a restored Austin Healey. He was the envy of the other men, driving around Heaven in his beautiful sports car. All the other men were jealous but they new they got what they deserved.

The first man is asked by God, “Were you faithful to your wife?” The man replied, “Uh, well, I might have cheated on her once or twice.” Sternly, God asked, “Exactly how many times did you cheat on your wife?” The man replied, “Well..., eleven times.” So God gave the man a Buick Skylark.

One day, the first two men passed by the third man sitting in his Austin Healey, looking very upset. They turned around and went back to see what the problem was. “What’s wrong,” asked the first man. “You have a gorgeous car! You should be having the best time of all three of us.”

Then God asked the second man the same question and the second The third man just stared down the road dejectedly. Finally he said, man answered, “I cheated on my wife five times.” So God gave the “I just passed my wife...on roller skates.” second man a Honda Accord. 18 Healey Northwest u March 2000

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