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Official Newsletter of the Austin-Healey Club of Southern Ontario

"Prez Sez" HANG IN THERE SUMMER! I know the calendar says October and fall, but summer just refuses to let go. With temperatures in the mid 20's, it's just perfect for getting out in the Healey and taking some time to simply enjoy the ride. I know Levina and I are doing just that, having been without our car since early April. Now that the damage has been all repaired, and our car put back to "good as new" we are trying to make up for lost (driving) time. There are still some Club drives (Run for the Leaves) and sponsored events (Toy Drive) to keep you in the drivers seat, so watch the web site and the Resonator for all upcoming events, dates & times. I know it is a little early to be reminding you all of this, but November pub is our Club election night. All the officer positions are annual terms and as such, available to be filled. It would certainly be beneficial to the health of the Club to see some new faces step up and put their names forward for any of the positions. If you would like to have a hand in the running of your Club give Mark Doust, VP in charge of the election, a call ( and tell him which position you would like to help out at. Who knows, you might even enjoy it and the Club would surely benefit from your participation. Early November also brings the Delegates Meeting, in which all the local chapter delegates congregate with the National Board, discuss and hopefully resolve matters of interest and importance to AHCA as a whole. If you have any concerns or thoughts on matters that should be addressed, let me (your delegate) know. Now it remains for me to tell you go enjoy the rest of the driving season, because too soon we will be shoveling the white stuff!! Drive your Healey. They like it and you will too! Bob Yule

View From the Navigator's Seat It seems 'Fall' has arrived but we certainly cannot complain about the beautiful month of September we all enjoyed. At AHCSO we had a fun packed summer of Healey driving and many great events and if the weather holds up perhaps we can squeeze in another event everyone looks forward to - "Run For The Leaves" for the month of October! Stay tuned and our Events guys will see what they can do and let us know if and when this can happen. Ed continues to work on our new 'little green gem' unfolding in our Healey Barn so perhaps by the next driving season, she will be able to make her debut, depending on what transpires this winter for as everyone who has rebuilt their cars know, this is a 'painstaking' process so we will just hope for the best and see what 2014 brings! "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" TO ONE AND ALL!!


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It was a beautiful Saturday in August for an easy four hour drive (honestly, it was only four hours this time) to Kingston. The Yules met us in their MGB since their Healey was still not repaired after the shunt returning from Amelia Island in April. It is painful to be without a Healey for that long! We headed east along the 401, and since traffic was flowing at the 407 cut-off, decided to continue. Did I ever tell you how much I hate driving the Healey on the 401? If not, I hate it, hate it, and hate it! The drive across the top of Toronto was slow, hot, and bumper to bumper. I thought it would open up after the 400. No such luck! Finally when we were past Bowmanville traffic got up to speed. The rest of the drive was as nice as it ever gets on that highway. We arrived at the Ambassador in Kingston and settled in. Bob and Levina wanted to go for dinner downtown so we drove straight down Princess Street to the water. It was busy, lots of cars and pedestrians but we found a spot to park near the Kingston Brew Pub. As we buttoned the car up we met and talked to a number of people; including one couple with a Mini from Haliburton that drove in for the show tomorrow. Street parking brought lots of attention to the Healey. After a relaxing pint or two, a leisurely Pub style dinner, and a Gelato on the main drag, we headed back to the hotel after talking to at least a dozen people telling us the Healey was the most beautiful car they had ever seen. We know that don't we? The car show was in City Park, the same spot as our Conclave Popularity event. It was a beautiful sunny day under the trees with over 200 British cars including 20 Healeys. Lois Logan was helping organize the event and her Ivory White BN1 was a great contrast to Gord John's beautiful Carmine Red BN1. The Quebec Austin Healey Club was there in force and we enjoyed reminiscing about Conclave Charlevoix and our recent Gaspe tour. There was a wide variety of British cars on display, from Austin to Zephyr as well as Gil and Maria Melo from the club who drove their perfect E Type Jag. There were vendor booths set up along the main road for shopping and a BBQ lunch was included for all participants. Too soon it was time to leave for home. We were met on our entrance to the 401 with a half hour traffic jam caused by an accident. Did I ever tell you how much I hate the 401? The rest of the drive was uneventful and this time we took the 407 across Toronto. What a treat in comparison, worth every penny of the toll charge. We have not been to this event for a few years and this weekend left us wondering why. Hope to see you there next year. Laurie



2013 SALMON BBQ Saturday September 14th was a beautiful day for a Healey drive and a Salmon BBQ. Over 60 Healey club members spent the day enjoying an easy two hour rural drive and each other’s company for our annual Salmon feast. The fishing Gods were smiling this year and there was lots of Coho and Chinook for everyone. 10 Healeys and the Allison’s BJ9 met at Tim Horton’s in Milton for the tour. The drive took us along winding back roads to Fergus and Elora Gorge and through the covered “Kissing Bridge” in West Montrose. We ended at Gord and Julia Koch’s home in Aberfoyle around 5:00. This was our largest BBQ ever with the 62 AHCSO members as well as around 20 friends and neighbours enjoying the BBQ and a cake in memory of David Koch. The pot luck dinner was delicious with a huge variety of salads and lots of dessert plus the cake with a great likeness of Dave and Janet Koch’s 100M. There was a tent, a band, and a bartender this year as well as a huge lawn area for the Healeys. We even allowed Oliver and Nerissa Douglas to park their Mini, Mark and Heather Doust their Lamborghini, and Gerry Maguire his shiny new Jag XKR on the grass with the Healeys. At the end of the evening all departed healthy, happy, and full of fish. Thanks to those who came out. We will plan it again next year Laurie and Diane



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BRONTE BRITISH CAR DAY Although it threatened a few times it did not rain for this glorious Fall Day at Bronte British Car Day! A record attendance of over 1000 cars came to celebrate the "30th Anniversary" of this wonderful event. This is the largest 1 day British Car Show in North America! The special treat of the day was a thrilling and nostalgic mock dogfight in their replica aircraft, courtesy of teh Great War Flying Museum from Brampton. AHCSO made a fine line up of our LBC's and managed to also collect a few awards as well. WINNERS LIST AUSTIN HEALEY 100, MK1



1st. Gil Melo 2nd. Heather & Mark Doust 3rd. Eoin Galvin

1st. Ed & Anna Orr 2nd. Steve Hall 3rd. Wayne Varcoe

1st. Ron Redshaw 2nd. Brian Young 3rd. Phil Dvnjko

BEST OF SHOW: car # 295 - TVR Chimera - Leo DeMeo A most enjoyable day in Bronte Park - a fitting highlight to a summer of great events (thanks Mark & David) our club members were able to enjoy. Our Bobcaygeon and Gravenhurst events remind us of the beautiful north country our province has to offer. Just great!!



NEWS & INFORMATION Just a last minute reminder for you and your club for our upcoming flea market on October 20th. Please email or call with any questions or concerns. Looking forward to seeing some of you at the meet... Don Nicholls 905-541-1975



1910 FORD

Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren! The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1910: The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars & only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower! The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME. Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.' Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo. Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason. The Five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30! Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels,and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'. Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


HEALEY SMILE In My Hand I Hold A Ball, White And Dimpled, And Rather Small.. Oh, How Bland It Does Appear, This Harmless Looking Little Sphere. By Its Size I Could Not Guess The Awesome Strength It Does Possess. But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell, I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell. My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game. It Rules My Mind For Hours On End; A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend. It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry, And Hate Myself And Want To Die. It Promises Me A Thing Called Par, If I Hit It Straight And Far. To Master Such A Tiny Ball, Should Not Be Very Hard At All. But My Desires The Ball Refuses, And Does Exactly As It Chooses. It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies, And Disappears Before My Eyes. Often It Will Have A Whim, To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim. With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land, It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand. Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul, If Only It Would Find The Hole. It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup, And Swear That I Will Give It Up. And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow, But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow. Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs and losers of GOLF balls! A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. This means that, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon! Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you feel like a hybrid.


The Resonator October 2013  
The Resonator October 2013  

The Resonator October 2013