[Healeys] Fwd: Re: Steve McQueen's Healey
healey.nut at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 10:52:06 MST 2007
Hey Joe -
You forgot all about the very first true celebrity Healey fan... Mel
And also Jackie Cooper.
On Dec 20, 2007 4:43 PM, <sebring at illawarra.hotkey.net.au> wrote:
> Donald Healey was an wise man with wide experience in the fields of
> engineering,manufacturing,promotion and all cultivated to service his
> desire to compete.
> Promotion was one of his best talents. Ask yourself how a small
> British 'garagista' (Enzo Ferrari's description of the English motor
> fraternity) was so successful as a pimple on the side of BMC and its
> derivitatives. It came to an end when BMC proposed to attach the Healey to
> in production but not yet released MGB GT. I am told his response was
> to the effect of "no bloody way!"
> Donald was held in high regard within motor racing because of his driving
> results and achievements with cars entered into erly post war endurance
> He was quick to use celebrity identities as drivers of his reliable cars.
> McQueen,Stirling Moss,Bruce McLaren and US drivers most likely drivers
> to the the East Coast distribution network and therefore likely to be
> influencial to potential buyers of British sports cars and so influence
> to Healeys. I suggest the US East Coast distributors paid or part paid for
> drivers,garaging,local transport and mechanics. There seems that part of
> racing/promotion system had a pre-arranged sale of the works car to
> costs. Usually there were two car entries with a proven known quantity
> driving team. It is well known that Healeys did not always pick the
> driver but the ones disciplined enough to go the distance with good
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