2018 GOLDEN GATE AUSTIN HEALEY CLUB EVENT SCHEDULE
Includes non-GGAHC Major Healey Events and Club-recommended events
Indicates events sponsored by the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club.
The club is introducing some new stuff this year to encourage participation:
- The 100%er Club has been created to recognize club members that participate in ALL OFFICIAL CLUB ACTIVITIES. 100%er Club members will be recognized at the 2018 Christmas Party.
- The club is going to revive Club Member Name Badges but you MUST QUALIFY by participating in 5 official club events.
- An Annual Mileage Award will be presented at the 2018 Christmas Party to the club member that drives their Healey the most during the year. The Events Coordinator will record your odometer mileage at the first event you attend for the year.
Sunday, August 26: National Ice Cream Social
What: We return again to Foster’s Freeze in Vacaville. These events have been a great way to show off our Healeys to the public and to socialize over ice cream. Bring your grandchildren and let them know what Healeys are all about. SAVE THE DATE!!
More info: RSVP if you are coming (Fosters Freeze would like to be advised about how many to expect). Questions, comments, or RSVP, contact Len Hartnett, phone/fax 707-425-4805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 29 – 30: Fall Colors Tour
What: By popular demand, Dave Nock is hosting the Fall Colors Tour. We’ll drive the Sierra Passes and spend the night in Columbia. The Columbia Hotel is booked, but Dave is working on getting more accommodations. Look for more info as the date approaches.
More info: Coming.
November 3: Napa/Sonoma Wine Tour
What: You may recall we had the Australians visit Ken Nerlove’s Elkhorn Peak Cellars last September, but it was too hot for too many to drive their Healeys. Well, Ken has graciously agreed to have us back when the temperatures should be much more Healey-friendly. SAVE THE DATE!!
More info: Coming.
Early December: GGAHC Christmas Party
What: The Christmas Party will be held in early December. It’s still in planning.
2018 NON-GGAHC EVENTS
July 15 to 20: Conclave 2018
What: Conclave 2016 celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the first Conclave in 1976 in Bloomington, Indiana. Conclave 2018 will bring us “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the 42nd Anniversary of Conclave.
Central Indiana Austin Healey Club, along with many contributing AHCA regional clubs, invite you to enjoy Hoosier Hospitality in the Historic French Lick / West Baden Resort for a week of fun and frolic in the rolling southern Indiana hills.
More info: online at www.austinhealeyconclave.com_2018
August 5: Marin Cars & Coffee
What: On the First Sunday of every month, automotive enthusiasts gather in front of Starbuck’s in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Novato, California to share their vehicles and admire the other fabulous classics, exotics, rods and anything else with wheels and a motor. This has become a HUGE event and now commonly has well over 200 cars, ranging from serious vintage to modern. First Sunday of each month, from 8-10 am, though many spaces fill by 7:30. This is a great gathering of cars and car fans. FREE—no charge, no registration.
Points to know:
- The first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, in front of Starbucks in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Novato, California.
- 8:00 in the morning to 10:00 am. Arrive when you want.
- Check your ego at the stop sign.
- Park where you can.
- It’s free! Excluding your Starbucks purchases! Please do patronize the local stores!
- Leave when you want. BUT, behave yourself! No burnouts, no running over pedestrians, no sudden left turns into center dividers. Seriously, you won’t impress anyone and the other 100+ cars owners will not take kindly to any attempt you might make to screw up this event.
- Photographs will be taken of your car.Many of these photographs (including personalized license plates) will find their way to the web.
- The Marin Cars and Coffee Facebook page posts pictures, monthly, that participants may continue to revel in the experience and to allow others, who missed attending, to fill this void in their lives.
- This is a family friendly get-together.
- There is a welcomed police presence (hint, hint).
- Enjoy yourself! This is a wonderful assembly of diverse car owning folks! Lots to see and lots to learn!
More info: online at www.facebook.com/Marin-County-Cars-and-Coffee
September 2: Roaring Camp Railroads
What: The Santa Cruz British Motorcar Club is extending an invitation to the members of the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club to join us for our 2018 “Signature Event” of touring; car show on the lawn; full picnic lunch; steam train rides; walks in the Redwood forests and more at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton CA.
The day will start with two different morning tours, one starting in Watsonville, one in Los Gatos. Display of cars on the lawn at Roaring Camp for public viewing. A picnic lunch of burgers, (veggie burger also) salads, corn on the cob, ranch beans, sourdough roll and beverages is included. The day includes an optional hour long steam train ride into the redwood forest. Additional activities include an afternoon walk among the giant Redwoods at the adjacent Henry Cowell Redwood State Park.
All area British car clubs are invited and we have an amazing price of only $19.00 for the full day (including tax & fee)!
More Info: The morning tour begins at the Watsonville Chevron at Highway 1 and Route 129 at 9 am. The second tour begins at rear parking behind Big Bear Coffee in Los Gato (19 No. Santa Cruz Ave.). If you prefer, you can go directly to Roaring Camp at 10:30 am for the car show, picnic and train ride. You MUST be there by 10:30 am to participate. Roaring Camp Railroads is located at 5401 Graham Hill Road in Felton, CA. From San Jose, exit off Highway 17 at Mt. Hermon/Scotts Valley. After passing through Scotts Valley, take left on Graham Hill Rd. From Santa Cruz, take the Graham Hill Rd. at Ocean St./ Route 17 intersection. Show car parking on the Roaring Camp lawn at 10:30 am. Picnic lunch begins at 11:30 am. Train ride begins at 12:30 pm. Self-guided Redwood Forests walks all day and a docent lead tour at 2:30 pm. Car show concludes a 3:00 pm and participants may depart at any time.
The optional train ride will be $24.50 per person (including tax & fee). You will need to register and pay by Paypal in advance to participate. FINAL REGISTRATION DATE AUG. 18, TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE, REGISTER AT: https://form.jotform.com/82087206823154
September 16 to 21: 2018 Healey Rendezvous
What: The 2018 Healey Rendezvous will be held in Madras, Oregon, 120 road miles southeast of Portland. Madras is on the edge of Oregon’s “high desert country” with wonderful September climate, numerous regional attractions and fabulous touring roads. The event celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Austin-Healey Sprite.
Interest in the event has been so high that all 72 rooms at the host inn have already been reserved. Go to the event website for alternative hotel reservations.
More info: Online at www.healeyrendezvous.org/
September 22: Ironstone Concours d’Elegance
What: The Ironstone Concours d’Elegance is an antique and classic car show that takes place each year at the Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, CA. Some 300+ antique and classic cars participate in the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance. This classic car and automobile show also features vintage race cars, trucks, trailers, housecars and military vehicles.
Honored vehicle marques vary but this year include Tucker, Alfa Romeo, Studebaker, Packard, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar. Special classes spotlight early Fords, sports cars, exotics, race cars, coachbuilt luxury marques, plus unrestored and original automobiles.
Proceeds from the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance benefit Central and Northern California youth in agriculture, notably Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H. In addition, the non-profit Ironstone Foundation has helped fund the California State FFA headquarters in Galt CAlifornia; scholarships in partnership with the California State Fair; and the Calaveras County Fair scholarship program.
Applications are now open.
More info: online at www.ironstonefoundation.org/.
October 6 to 7: CSRG Charity Challange
What: The Charity Challenge is the most exciting, bang for the buck, feel-good vintage racing event on the West Coast. Over the past five years it’s grown at a phenomenal rate to the point where it’s on every racer’s short list. From the driver’s gift at registration to the last checkered flag on Sunday, the Charity Challenge is a delight.
For 2018 CSRG Masters F1 has returned to Sonoma. Enjoy some phenomenal cars & drivers from the halcyon days of Formula 1. Marques like Williams, Arrows, Lotus, Shadow & March are of typical the expected entries.
The Charity Challenge is more than a car event. It’s an immersion into the type of road racing experience that people loved back in the 60s and earlier—only without the drawback of Port-a-Potties or spec cars with spec motors & drivers with the personality of dead grass. Instead, you get great cars, great racing and great people with a love of the sport to match your own. You will probably eat too much from the food and beverages available at the track, and be exhausted when it’s over, but it’s worth it. You just cannot do any better….
The feel-good aspect of the event comes from the money CSRG raises for the Sonoma Chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charities through it’s three-lap Track Rides for Charity program. The track rides consist of an out lap, a near-racing-speed lap and an in lap in one of the entered race cars. Last year we had everything from Can-Am cars to a Ferrari 250 GTO available for rides.
More info: Online at www.csrgracing.org/11th CSRG Charity Challenge
October 13: Downtown Alameda’s 25th Annual Classic Car Show
What: The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show is one of the best car shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring over 400 classic vehicles on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district.It is open to 1987 and older cars, trucks, and other classic vehicles. Entry fee is $35. Participants receive a commemorative silver anniversary t-shirt, dash plaque, and goodie bag.
More info: Online at downtownalameda.com/events/classic-car-show
October 13 to 14: The 7th Annual British Fall Classic
What: The 7th Annual British Fall Classic will be sponsored and organized by “On the Road Again Classics” in downtown Morgan Hill. A fundraising event with the net proceeds donated to Community Solutions, a nonprofit organization that serves families in need in south San Jose and Santa Clara County.
The weekend activities start on Saturday with a tour through the surrounding country hillsides. The tour is followed by a reception at On the Road Again Classics showroom for the registered show participants, their guests and event sponsors.
Sunday, the car show is held in downtown Morgan Hill showcasing a variety of British cars ranging from Rolls Royces to Aston Martins to Morris Minors, Triumphs, Austin Healeys, MG’s, and more. The cars are judged by several British car club members and the event concludes with the presentation of first in class awards.
More info: Online at www.ontheroadagainclassics.com
October 17 to 21: California Healey Week
What: California Healey Week 2018 will be held in Solvang, California. The event will be headquartered at the Hotel Corque in downtown Solvang.
The historic Danish village of Solvang offers the best of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara wine country in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at our world-famous bakeries. Stroll through the village and admire the old-world European architecture, plus find the perfect souvenir at a variety of charming boutiques and shops.
Fall is typically beautiful in the Santa Ynez Valley. We plan to have some beautiful drives through back roads in the Valley, with the option of visiting several of the many vineyards for wine tasting. You will have the option to visit the Vintage Motorcycle Museum in town. We also plan a visit to the Mendenhall’s Museum, which is one of the largest collections on the west coast of gasoline pumps, petroliana, road signs, license plates, race cars, racing history, miscellaneous antiques. The car show will be the highlight of the week, and we’re negotiating to have it in a special location.
Many more activities are currently in the planning stages. Be sure and mark your calendar so you do not miss this special Austin Healey event. The registration form will be published by the end of 2017.
More info: Online at www.austin-healey.org
October 21: All-British Motor Show 2018
What: The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is pleased to host the 2018 All British Motor Show presented by The Mini Owners of America, San Francisco Chapter (MOASF). http://moasf.com
2018 marks the 28th year of this annual gathering of all British automobiles, and the third year since the event has moved to the Blackhawk Museums & Plaza in Danville, CA and has been expanded to include all British cars and motorcycles. All participating show car owners will receive complimentary admission to the Blackhawk Museums the day of the show.
More info: Online at http://allbritishmotorshow.com
2019 NON-GGAHC EVENTS
September 7 to 12: Conclave 2019
What: The AHCA membership has been asking for a Conclave outside the heat of the summer months for years, so ….
The Minnesota AHC will be hosting Conclave 2019 in Deadwood, South Dakota, September 7- 12, 2019.
Deadwood is about 1,400 from San Francisco. Yes, that is a pretty long haul for sure, but given the “freshness” of the roads and the region – in being little-known territory to Healey owners – there might be some number of owners from the far west who would like to make the trek and see those new-to-them roads and sights despite the distances involved.
More info: Later!!
UPCOMING BIG EVENTS!
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July 15 – 20, 2018
French Lick, IN
Healey Rendezvous 2018
September 16 – 21, 2018
California Healey Week 2018
October 17 – 21, 2018
For Healey Events Nationwide, go to the Austin Healey Club of America at AHCA Events Calender
Go to UK Healey events for the year-round schedule of the Austin Healey Club UK.