Category Archives: Classic Rallying

Polyurethane Suspension Bushes

For many years now aftermarket vendors have been extolling the virtues of polyurethane suspension bushes. I have yet to be convinced. Several years back, at the request of a Healey owner we installed a set of these which he supplied. … Continue reading

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Revised Rear Suspension for AHX12

Any comments in the space provived below would be welcome. After fighting with the cart springs on the back of AHX12 and other Healey race cars for many years I have decided that the time has come to get this … Continue reading

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Wanna run a Targa Stage

If you have ever wondered what it is like to run a Targa Stage here is your chance. This is a picture of my buddy Dick Paterson’s very hot 1959 Mini “Betty” taken by Gordon Sleigh. You can see the … Continue reading

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Healey Handling Improvements

WHY CONSIDER IMPROVEMENTS   Although I seem to have gained a reputation for being somewhat of a Healey modifier I still believe strongly that a standard Healey in good mechanical condition is a fine car to drive and preserve, and I … Continue reading

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Maximum Useable R.P.M. (My Theory)

Those of you who have been paying attention will have noticed that in my previous post I lamented the fact that we were unable to get more than about 6000 r.p.m. out of AHX12’s engine. I’ve done a lot of … Continue reading

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Cam Issues

The cam we were using for the first run of AHX12 in 2002 and 2003 was designed and built especially for the engine by Dema Elgin of Elgin Cams. We had asked Dema to build us up another more aggressive … Continue reading

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Why I’m Raising AHX12 and Fitting a Sump Guard

The roads in Newfoundland are somewhat rough; that is to say they are actually very rough. In the 2004 event the first turn of the Clarenville stage was a down hill right hander with a steep uphill exit. I was set … Continue reading

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More on Preparing AHX12 for TN ’07

I decided that I had better do some more checking on the root causes of the handling problems we experienced with AHX12 that I described in my previous post. I got out the old Alemite Portable Model 3064 Cross Sight Alignment … Continue reading

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Targa Saga 2002

  I wrote this article in September 2002 after returning from the first Targa Newfoundland. TARGA SAGA When the Targa Newfoundland was first announced in June 2002, I was immediately interested in competing in my Austin Healey 100S. I have … Continue reading

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Getting ready to Targa

After a 2 year hiatus I have decided to enter the Targa Newfoundland again in 2007. We (Dick Paterson and I) had a disastrous start to our Targa career when we crashed my 100S into the remnants of a Volvo … Continue reading

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