Austin Healey Club USA, Golden Gate Austin Healey Club, and the Austin Healey
Association of Southern California team together to present Rendezvous 2017, to be known as Monterey International Healey Week 2017 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of Big Healey production.
Donald Mitchell Healey, the father of our cars, was born July 3, 1898 in Perranporth, North Cornwall, England and lived an illustrious life. Following an apprenticeship at Sopwith Aviation, he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps and earned his “wings” in 1916. After WWI, he returned home to study motorcars and engineering, opening a garage where his interest grew in rally competition.
Immediately after WWII, Healey began to build his own cars. In 1946 his Elliot was the
fastest production sedan, reaching the speed of 100 miles an hour. He also built the Silverstone and the Nash-Healey which finished third overall at Le Mans in 1952.
Best-known were the Austin Healeys, introduced in October 1952. Various models including the 100, 100-6, 3000 and Sprite were produced until a total run of nearly 200,000 were completed, most of which were exported to America.
In 1953 and 1954, Healey set American and international records with his cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats and recorded 203.11 mph in an Austin-Healey 100-6 Streamliner which elevated him to the exclusive 200 MPH Club in 1956. In 1972, with Healey as chairman of Jensen Motors, the Jensen-Healey was introduced. For his “services to export,” Healey was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. His achievements are unparalleled. Donald M. Healey passed away in Perranporth on January 15, 1988, but his automobiles are still being raced, driven, collected, and enjoyed today.
We have set the quality bar high for Monterey International Healey Week 2017, and we will exceed your expectations. Monterey is in our home turf and is arguably the premier automobile gathering place in North America.