BRITISH DIVISION

#3 1961 Triumph TR3A Sports Roadster

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Triumph TR3A 1961

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Vintage triumph registry double national champion. British racing green with tan trim piped white. Tan top, tonneau, and matching sidecurtains. 4-Speed, standard wheels. Tripods, foglamps, luggage rack. Excellent ground-up restoration.

#4 1953 Austin-Healey 100

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Austin-Healey Model 100 1953

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Designed by veteran car builder and racer Donald Healey, his son Geoff, and stylist Gerry Coker (whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet), the car debuted to instant acclaim at London’s Earls Court Motor Show in late 1952 as simply the Healey 100. A deal was struck on the spot between Donald Healey and Leonard Lord of British Motor Corporation—hence the name change to Austin-Healey. Since the car already used a drivetrain from BMC’s Austin division, it was a natural fit for the company, which was looking for a sports car to slot in between the low-priced MG TD and the premium Jaguar XK120 and could build more of them for less money than could Donald Healey’s independent concern. While the six-cylinder 100-6 and 3000 Healeys are best-known to most people, the four-cylinder Austin-Healey 100, built from 1953 through mid-1956 before being replaced by the 100-6, is what started it all. It’s also considered the purest of the marque, with its signature Healey wedge grille, some 300 to 400 pounds less weight than the six-cylinder versions, and its unique slide-forward windshield.

With body number 237 out of some 73,000 production Austin-Healeys built between 1953 and 1967, my car is among the earliest surviving examples, having left the Longbridge, England, factory in September of 1953. An aluminum hood and trunk, a blue-painted engine, a two-piece dash, and several other rare and early features separate this one from later Healeys. And with its massive, long-stroke 2.7-liter OHV four, it has boatloads of torque and nearly as many cubic centimeters of engine displacement as the later 3-liter, six-cylinder 3000 models. And again, it’s significantly lighter, which helped these early Healeys do extremely well at LeMans, Sebring, the Targa Florio, and numerous other venues, with drivers that included Sir Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, John Fitch, Dick Thompson, and actor Jackie Cooper.

#5 1968 Jaguar E-Type

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Jaguar  E-Type  1968

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I purchased the E-Type new in October 1968. It was my only car for 4 years, during which time I accumulated 100,000 miles. Many trips to Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, contributed to the mileage, as well as normal everyday use. In 1970, I took the car across country to California and back in 2 weeks – 6,000+ miles. With 90,000 miles on the clock, a buddy of mine and I went to Nova Scotia, and back in the fall of 1972. Only one water pump belt, one fuel pump, two flat tires, and one alternator failure delayed any journeys during my ownership. During winters, I used 4 snow tires on the car. I never got stuck anywhere, but did do a 360-degree spin once outside Scranton, PA. All along, I preformed the necessary maintenance (and kept a logbook record), and occasional repairs required.

Around the 100,000-mile mark, I rebuilt the engine, fixed some rust, refurbished the interior and painted the car. In 1990, after another 58,000 miles, the car essentially went into storage as we travelled around the world for work. In 2013, I started to work on the car to bring it back to usable condition, but realized that the body work and paint needed attention. That fall, it was completely disassembled for restoration. In April of this year, it was finally completed with all rust removed, chrome re=plated, new original-type tires and wheels, new interior and rubber bits replaced, complete mechanical renewal (except engine), and painted with modern materials.

#9 1965 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

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Jaguar E-Type Roadster  1965

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This car is an unrestored “Survivor”. I am the second owner, having purchased the car in 1972. It has always been in reliable service and has participated in many sport car rallies, gymkhanas and track events. I have driven this car at Jaguar Club events at Bridgehampton and Lime Rock.

#10 1953 MG TD Roadster Convertible

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MG TD Roadster Convertible  1953

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My wife and I acquired our 1953 MG TD in 2007 from a local Mechanic. We believe that it spent its entire life in the Ossining area. When the little “midget” came to us, it was in a very sad state requiring a full restoration and engine rebuild. Not being a “numbers matching” car, we had some flexibility in how we wanted to complete the project. A concourse trophy was not in our future. That being said, we decided not to complete the car in standard MG Livery. Rather we chose to imitate the two tone colors of a “snap together” model MG TD I had as a boy.   This model would in part inspire my lifelong love with the MG marque and the TD model in particular. Needless to say, when approached by Rich Pepe about the Peekskill Grand Prix we were intrigued. The Hudson Valley has an old racing history beginning with the 19th century Irvington-New York City race, the 1908 Briarcliff Grand Prix and the inaugural ARCA races of 1934 and 1935. This event will be a continuation of that legacy, and my wife and I are excited to participate.

#13 1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

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Jaguar E-Type Roadster  1968

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This is a 1968 E-Type Jaguar Series 1.5 Roadster. The 1.5 designation, while commonly used, is unofficial. It has an XK twin cam 4.2 liter inline six engine that is said to produce 265 hp. The car was purchased in 1971 from the original owner as a result of my scouring the NY Times Classified section for several months. Over the years the Jag has been driven from New York to California twice, and from New York to Florida four times. The first trip to California was done in 58 hours and the return trip in 56 hours.

The 1968 E-Type is unique because it was produced for just one year and represents the transition from the Series 1 Jaguar to the Series 2 E-Type. It therefore has certain feathers of both models but is closer in styling and performance to the Series 1.

I’ve always enjoyed driving this car because of its power, torque, responsiveness and the steering feedback which keeps you completely in touch with the driving environment and elements. The engine, refined from Le Mans racers of the early to late 50’s, never tires of driving at speed for long distances.

For me, it’s beautiful and sensuous lines and design cues represent the culmination of automotive art and function at its best.

#17 1966 Austin-Healy 3000 MKIII

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Austin-Healy 3000 MKIII  1966

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I have owned this car for almost 50 years. I purchased it in New Haven, CT while in college in the early 1970’s. It was my “daily driver”. I decided to keep it while all of my other “sports car friends” sold theirs for various reasons. It has been restored and currently has received a Gold Concours certificate with the Austin Healy Concours committee, and an AACA senior winner.

I have been involved with Austin Healy Sports and Touring Club in the northeast as president and newsletter editor. The club, hosts an annual convention called “Encounter”, which I have been involved with numerous times as an organizer and the recent event was held in Princeton, NJ in August with over 200 attendees and 100 Austin Healeys.

I am very involved in promoting the marquee, restored automobiles, and am pleased to see events like the Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix. I believe these events generate awareness of a period in American history that centered around the automobile and the growth of America.

#20 1953 MG TD

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MG TD  1953

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James has owned this TD for 45 years. It was given to him by the parents of his fiancé after her untimely passing from cancer. It has been a treasured possession ever since. He has made the following improvements: Supercharger, 5 Speed Transmission, 4.3 differential and an Oil Cooler. He is a member of the NY/CONN Chapter of the New England MG T-Register.

#18 1966 Austin-Healy 3000 MKIII

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Austin-Healy 3000 MKIII  1966

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I have had the joy of being the caretaker of my 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII for over 48 years. It was my primary transportation for the first 12 years that I have been driving it.

It has not only given me many enjoyable hours of pure joy in just driving it, but has also allowed me to meet several wonderful individuals. I have developed a great relationship with Gerry Coker, the designer of the Austin Healey and he has signed my car in two places. I have also had the joy of chauffeuring Jenson Button around the Montreal F1 track for the Pilots Parade before the 2016 race. In addition, it helped me in meeting Sir Sterling Moss and his lovely wife Lady Susie. I only hope that there are many others that have had the same joy that I have had over the many years I have been caretaker.

#26 1962 TVR Grantura MK2A

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 TVR  Grantura MK2a Coupe  1962

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In March of 2006 I found a car tucked under a tarp in a tiny town just south of me in the Hudson Valley. I thought I recognized the shape as an old TVR and further investigation proved that suspicion. My initial attempts to purchase the car were unsuccessful, but early in 2007 the TVR’s current owner and I came to an agreement. What I thought would be an interesting restoration project has turned into an archeological expedition. The car had a roll cage and racing tires so I thought it might have been raced at some time. After much work to uncover this car’s provenance and history, I found that it raced all the time! During this process I have talked to dozens of friendly and helpful people who have not only made this project possible, but an absolute blast. I have gathered receipts, race documents, photos, and more. The car is 99% restored now. It has been an amazing year (2015) with 2 Best of Show awards and other recognitions. I still spend a large portion of time continuing to trace it’s history. I am up to 33 races I can prove it entered and raced. We believe it did 55-60 races total. I invite you to continue to join me on my journey. My intent is to share as much information and entertainment as I can. I expect this to be a continuing process for quite some time.

#19 1949 MG TC

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MG TC  1949

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This green 1949 MG TC is a multiple award winning preservation class car.

#23 1967 MGB Convertible MGB

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MG MGB Convertible  1967

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This car has been completely restored and has won multiply awards in car shows.

#27 1973 Triumph Stag MK2

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Triumph Stag MK2  1973

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Restored in 1998, original Triumph V8, J type overdrive transmission, Dayton wire wheels, Dunlop Sport A2 tires. Conducted 4 Autocross runs at vintage Triumph register conventions and other places. Valley Forge, PA – Rockford, IL – Richmond, VA – Schenley Park, PA – Stowe, VT Limerock, CT.

#34 1955 MG TF 1500

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MG TF 1500  1955

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My MG was owned by my son who lived in San Francisco. In 1989 when he decided to move to the New Jersey area he decided to sell the MG and I said “I’ll buy it”. I did not know that the 2 front fenders had been stolen and the car was unassembled. I had the car restored and have had about 27 years of great trips, new friendships and lots of fun. In 1990, 89 of us shipped our cars to England and for 3 weeks we toured from Penzanee in the southern tip of England to Inverness in northern Scotland. We even visited Abingdon. The site of thw MG Factory.

For 24 years I have organized an event for the NY/CT MG club in October called “Culture in the Country”,

#36 1947 MG TC

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MG  TC  1947

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My father had a 1947 MG TC that he bought in 1954 as a second family car. Around 2000 he did a hill climb in it and decided racing was fun! So, he started to enter races with it. Mom was upset as she paid for the car back in 1954 and told him he was going to damage it racing. So, we found this car as a collector of parts in Canada and made it into the race car you see today. Dad has since passed on, but I continue to race the car for him.

#40 1953 MG TD

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MG TD  1953

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Winner MGT register Nova Scotia hill climb. Engine has my Abingdon Performance Roller camshaft. 4.30: 1 rear axle gears installed. MGB front sway bar with MGB rubber bumper high performance front road springs, poly suspension bushings in all locations. Larger carburetors, larger engine valves, lightened fly wheel, ported and polished cylinder head. Manley Fords’ tubular tuned intake / exhaust manifold, & larger exhaust system

#47 1974 MG B

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MG  B 1974

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My first car was a 1959 Itillman Minx Convertible. My buddy next door received a now red MGR for his 16th birthday and I always wanted one ever since! Years later I enjoyed the hunt, was told if I was not mechanical to buy a miata, but I wanted an MG! After looking all over for probably two years I ended up buying my car from a collector right next door in Croton who needed to make room in his fleet for a Ford Pantera! I have had my car for approximately 25 years and love driving it, especially on country roads in perfect MG weather.