Austin Healey… For the Man in Command

“Talk to the man in the Austin Healey. He’s a real guy. “A man of parts,” as Commander Whitehead might say. A gent with a flair for living, if you please.

And live he does in his Austin Healey. A tromp on the loud-padal and his AH hums to 60 in 11 seconds or so. That’s performance.

You know, of course, that the AH holds more than 100 American and International records. In fact, every record in its class.

Pray, sir, when will you drive your Austin Healey.”

I just never get tired of hyperbolic advertising copy.

Virginia International Raceway 1961 “President’s Cup”

Available in the UK: Ex-Pedro Rodríguez BRM P133 Formula 1 Car

The restoration masters at Hall & Hall call this ex-Pedro Rodríguez BRM P133 one of the most original 3 liter Formula 1 cars left. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt as Hall & Hall have no shortage of remarkable Formula car restorations under their belts. Which means they’ve seen lots of F1 cars at their worst, and in desperate need of restoration. This car, chassis P133-01, on the other hand, retains a good portion of the car as it was when Pedro crossed the finish line in 2nd place at the 1968 Belgian GP at Spa. Or 2nd at the Brands Hatch Race of Champions in March, ’68. Or 3rd at the ’68 Dutch GP at Zandvoort. Or 3rd at the Canadian GP. Or 4th at his home race in Mexico.

And that leaves out entirely the car’s history with Jackie Oliver the following season. There’s no doubt the car has a brilliant history.

Hall & Hall mentions that the current owner bought the car directly from the team to enter in F1 races in 1971. They must mean Robs Lamplough, who entered the car in the ’71 Jochen Rindt trophy at Hockenheim and in Brands Hatch the same year (without much success, I’m afraid).

I’ve always thought that BRM’s 60’s livery as among the most beautiful of all time. The simple orange belt around the nose that is immediately recognizable but subtle. The dealer’s photos show the car both with and without it’s nose and rear wings. Which makes me think it’s still possible to run the car with the setup Pedro preferred in the ’68 season. See the dealer’s detail page for more.

Racing Icon: The Momo Prototipo

Art Appreciation: Blitzen Benz

1937 GP Season on Film

Excellent Gallery of Italian Iron

Grand Prix Guide ’74

Finnish Cycle Racing Stickers

That sucker totaled out his iron!