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.
June 2: Got Brew?
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.
Does your Healey run hot? Have you thought of a change in your coolant? Is your fluid circulatory system functioning properly? Have you checked your thermostat? How about your vertical containment reservoir? Well my friends, now it’s possible to remedy those ALE-ments with some alternative liquid infusion that has been in existence since the extinction of the dinosaurs (or thereabouts).
By a fortunate coincidence, this essential elixir is now available at several locations throughout the Bay Region, one of which is in the vicinity of Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. As we discovered two weeks ago in Livermore, this ancient liquid is called “brew” and is a concoction conceived by a mysterious process at strange facilities with large shiny tanks connected to a complex assortment of various sized pipes that go every which way. These facilities are now available to the public and are known as “brewpubs”.
As a result, we can fix this dilemma by a scenic (ie., hilly) drive from Napa to the Bear Republic Brewpub in Rohnert Park (BRBRP) for lunch. But first we must cross the mighty Coast Ranges that separate the Napa Valley (also known as wineland) and Sonoma Valley (ditto). The BRBRP has about 20 craft beers on tap, a large dining room, two bars (one with wine), an outside eating area next to a lake, and a large parking area. Highway 101 is the large, paved road next door.
More info: Our trip will start at 10 AM on Saturday, June 2nd. Driving details will be provided when we first gather at the Starbucks parking lot in the Redwood Plaza on Solano Avenue just east of Highway 29 (2007 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558). As always, a full tank (gas, not beer), is a must. Downtown Napa is nearby and gas stations, restaurants, and motels are close by.
Our drive to BRBRP will take about 2 hours depending on road conditions; pot holes, some hairpin turns, and road repairs. Try not to look at the destroyed homes and trees from last year’s fires. After lunch we will travel north on Highway 116 to Kozlowski Farms where we can sample and purchase homemade pies, jams, and jellies.
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
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 3: 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
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.