[Healeys] Memories of an Austin Healey Drag Racer

richard mayor boyracer466 at gmail.com
Sun May 9 21:28:23 MDT 2021

It is with much regret that I must report that Danny's car has been
"restored" by a person in the Vancouver, Washington area.  The car has been
on the Portland, Oregon Craigslist over the last year and listed for
$59,000.  It has been painted black and does not look like Danny's car any
longer.  I just checked but it is not on Craigslist at this moment.

I saw this car and met Danny for the first time in 1978 or '79.  The car
was in the Forest Grove Concour D'elegance. The Chevy six (or was a Jimmy
six?) was painted Healey green and had triple carbs.  I was fairly new to
Healeys at the time but I knew that something wasn't quite right with that
engine.  Danny explained to me that he held the NHRA record in his class
with the Austin 3000 engine but then the NHRA changed the rules. That's why
he upgraded to the Chevy/GMC six.

When I saw the photos of his "restored" car on Craigslist I was
dumbfounded. What had been an iconic gold colored, record holding,  unique
looking drag race car,  is now a black, BN4, street Healey with the wrong
engine.  So sad!

On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 12:47 PM Perry Small via Healeys <
healeys at autox.team.net> wrote:

> Looking through some of my old papers today and came across a 1987 photo
> of Dan Kilcup who passed years ago. Dan was an Austin Healey enthusiast
> that found his fun thing to do at the drag strip in Oregon. After his
> passing I was able to visit his widow and she graciously let us look at his
> old racer in the garage. I believe the car was sold but was still together
> as Dan raced it.
> There are many interesting Austin Healey stories out there. ....
> P
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