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.
April 21: GGAHC Season Opener – West Marin/Sonoma Tour
What: It’s Time to go Coastal!!! Come cruise the winding shoreline roads of Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
After a brief warmup through the spring green and flowered hills of West Marin, we’ll meet for brunch at picturesque Nick’s Cove, right on the edge of Tamales Bay. The staff is opening the restaurant an hour early just for us, and they’ll offer mimosas, other beverages, and a menu of several delicious brunch dishes. We can stretch our legs on the dock over the bay, and then we’re off to some of the most beautiful shoreline roads in the area. Explore parts of the Point Reyes National Seashore, then roll down past Stinson Beach, up and over Mt Tam, and finish in Mill Valley, an easy launch point for everyone to return home.
- Sign up early—email your names and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We need an accurate headcount for the restaurant.
- Arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 am at Starbucks in Novato Vintage Oaks (132 Vintage Way, Novato) — we leave at 9:00 sharp
- Member and one guest will be $25 each. Additional guest will be the full $50 each. GGAHC is subsidizing members only.
- Please send your checks to Tim Murphy, 180 Montego Key, Novato, 94949–by April 10. NO LATE ENTRIES.
- If you have Family Radio Service (FRS) walkie talkies, bring them
- Show up with a full tank of gas (Chevron is near the start)
- Be ready for a great day of driving and camaraderie
Sunday, May 6: Tri-Valley Beer Trail
What: In a partial break from our traditional wine tasting, John & Cathy Turney will be leading us on a tour of the Tri-Valley (Pleasanton/Livermore area) Beer Trail, followed with a stop at a new, exciting winery. SAVE THE NEW DATE!!
The first part of our trip will test your steering as we wind through the East Bay hills on a scenic drive to the First Street Brewery in Pleasanton for lunch and our first tastes of their offerings.
More info: We will start at McDonald’s, 2905 Grove Way, Castro Valley at 10:30 AM. Please RSVP to John at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 787-8304 if you will be coming.
June 2: Sonoma/Napa Beer Tour
What: Steve Korbay has been wanting to show us what his area has in local craft breweries for some time. This will provide you an opportunity to compare/contrast Sonoma/Napa with Alameda/Contra Costa Counties. SAVE THE DATE!!
More info: Coming.
June 16: Mines Road/Mt. Hamilton Tour
What: Marc Lewis will lead us on a back roads tour of the Livermore Valley and Mt. Hamilton. SAVE THE DATE!!
More info: Coming.
July 14: Alameda and the USS Hornet
What: If you’ve never visited the retired WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet, now is your chance. It, and the aircraft exhibits are a real treat! Especially in July! SAVE THE DATE!!
More info: Coming.
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 email@example.com
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 Colombia. The date is still tentative, but 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
April 1: Easter
What: What better way to show off that Easter Bonnet than a ride in the Healey.
April 1: 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
April 6 to 8: Texas Healey Roundup 38
What: This year’s Roundup is hosted by the Gulf Coast Healey Club – Houston
This year’s meet will be held in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas and the terminus of the ancient El Camino Real from Mexico City to East Texas. East Texas is known as the Piney Woods corner of Texas with thick stands of pine trees, rolling hills and outstanding quiet roads just right for open-top touring.
The host hotel is the newly renovated Fredonia Hotel in the heart of downtown Nacogdoches. Call the hotel directly at (936) 564-1234.
More info: For additional information or to obtain a registration form, email the event organizer, Mike Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6 to 8: CSRG David Love Vintage Races at Sonoma Raceway
What: The David Love Memorial honors one of CSRG’s founders, David Love. David was a racer like few others. He began racing in the ’50s and he raced virtually uninterrupted from the ’60s through the ’90s at all the important West Coast vintage events.
For the spectator this is a chance to do a little time travel back to the ’50s, ’60s & early ’70s to see the evolution of race car design & development in the wonderful environment of the Sonoma wine country. Bring a picnic or enjoy the excellent food and craft beer and wine that are available in the paddock. If you want some exercise, bring a bike and ride the perimeter roads & watch the track action while overlooking the bay & the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Additionally, during the lunch hour on both days, we have a Mechanical Picnic, that allows a member entrant to drive another member’s car, or to take a friend for a ride for a few laps at near racing speed.
More info: online at www.sonomaraceway.com
April 8: 54th Annual April Fools Rallye
What: A rallye is jokingly referred to as the longest distance between two points. In a variety rallye, participants are given a set of instructions for a route several miles long. It is a test of the ability of the driver and navigator to follow those instructions as they travel on the roads looking for signs and situations that fit the definitions of the rallye. A rallye is not a race. Empire Sports Car Association (ESCA) sponsors the annual April Fools Rallye, which is open to the public as well as several others for the enjoyment of club members. Several of ESCA‘s rallyes have won the NCSCC Variety Rallye of the Year Award .
~ Bob the Beard, Rallyemaster
This is the only rallye which ESCA currently opens to the public, Profits from this rallye will go to Canine Companions for Independence ®. In 2017, the rallye donated $650.
More info: online at www.sonic.net/~thebeard/index.html.
April 9 to 13: 2018 Australian National Austin Healey Rally
What: The Austin Healey Owners Club of New South Wales (AHOC-NSW) is pleased to announce that the 2018 National Rally will be held at the home of Australian motor sport, the iconic Mt. Panorama Racing Circuit at Bathurst, approximately 120 mi north-west of Sydney. Accommodations have been arranged at Rydges Hotel. Located just yards away from Conrod Straight, all rooms have far reaching views over the Pit Complex and surrounding countryside. Your Healey will be well looked after with undercover parking and car washing facilities available for all guests. There are three different room types available, and so there is sure to be one to suit your specific needs. A full buffet breakfast is included as part of your accommodation package. The Aussies had a huge turnout at Monterey International Healey Week 2017, so it will be time to return the favor and join up with a great bunch!
More info: online at www.austinhealeynsw.com.au/ahoc_national_rally_2018.html
April 15 to 19: 28th Annual California Mille
What: One of the premier vintage motoring events in the world – 1000 miles over four days on California’s best back roads.
The event is open to cars manufactured prior to Jan. 1st, 1958. Approx. 65 cars are chosen from those submitted for entry. The event space is limited due to the hotel accommodations chosen for the route each year. Registration is open NOW!
More info: online at californiamille.com/california_mille/
April 29: Pacific Coast Dream Machines
What: Half Moon Bay California’s Festival of Magnificent Machines Marks 28th Year
There are car shows, air shows, motorcycle shows, tractor shows, maker fairs, music festivals, food festivals, and living history festivals galore. Mix them all together in one venue on one day and you’ve got Half Moon Bay California’s remarkable, one and only Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show—marking its 28th year in 2018 with a massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style.
More info: online at dreammachines.miramarevents.com
May 13: Mother’s Day
What: Take your Mother/Children’s Mother/Mother-in-Law for a ride in the Healey.
May 20: UBSCC Dixon All British Motoring Show
What: Annual Dixon all British car show and swap meet.
More info: Online at www.ubscc.org/CarShow.htm
May 26 to June 3: 22nd Annual British Car Week
What: British Car Week is an annual awareness week intended for owners of Classic British Cars to get their cars out of the garage and drive them. While doing so, all who are involved will help create awareness of the classic British car hobby in local communities wherever there is participation.
It doesn’t matter whether your car is in better than new condition, or perhaps it’s a less than perfect unrestored gem, we love them all! As long as it can be safely driven down the road, this is a great opportunity to show off your favorite car and take advantage of what British car motoring is all about.
More info: online at www.britishcarweek.org
May 31 to June 3: 2018 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
What: Known for decades as Sears Point and briefly as Infineon Raceway, Sonoma Raceway is in the middle of wine country just north of San Francisco. A combination of rhythmic sweeping corners and long straights, makes up this 12 turn, 2.52 mile road course. This Gold Medallion event showcases examples of some of the most iconic period prepared cars in the world. The feature this year will be The Trans Am Series.
More info: online at www.svra.com/2018-sonoma-historic-motorsports-festival/
June 10 to 16: European Healey Meeting Five, Black Forest 2018
What: The Austin Healey Owners Club of the Netherlands (AHOC NL) and the Austin Healey Club Switzerland (AHCS) are initiating and organizing the European Healey Meeting (EHM) which will be held from June 10 to 16, 2018. As communicated at the EHM in Scotland 2013, the location chosen for this event is situated between the Alsace in France and the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. A truly diversified area for great driving, impressive culture and fun.
The fifth EHM will be celebrated in style and nobody will have to be refused. Plenty of capacity is available including hotel accommodations and camping facilities within the same complex.
As in the past, it is recommended and essential to book as early as possible. Registration will open early 2017.
More info: online at www.euromeet2018.com
June 17: Blackhawk Museum Father’s Day Car Show
What: Bring a collectible, rod, classic, or muscle car. Dads may bring their favorite vehicle regardless of make since it’s Father’s Day. Drivers receive free admission to the Museum and a Goodie Bag (First 100 Cars). The Show is from 8:00 AM to Noon. Live music is from 9:00 AM to noon, and a Father’s Day brunch will be held in the Museum from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
More info: online at Blackhawkmuseum.org/fathers-day-2018/.
June 29 – July 1: The Classic Motor Rally
What: The Classic Motor Rally is a new celebration of classic cars. It will be conducted over a summer weekend and it will begin in Wilsonville, Oregon, at Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. For the second annual event our destination is Madras, Oregon, on the edge of Oregon’s high desert country.
The Rally is a new addition to the motorsports calendar in the Pacific Northwest and is organized around a traditional time-speed-distance rally and comprised of pre-1981 collector cars and their enthusiastic owners. We will assemble a rich variety of classic cars whose owners share a common passion – driving and enjoying them. We will do this in a spirit of friendly competition over some of the Pacific Northwest’s most scenic roads, combined with delicious meals and always in an atmosphere of outstanding camaraderie.
More info: online at www.classicmotorrally.org
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
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
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 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.