Midlands Concours 2017


What a difference a year makes – 12 months ago this event took place in what were virtually monsoon conditions, the rain relentlessly pouring throughout the day, but June 18th 2017 was an altogether different story with the sun blazing down on us from dawn to dusk: we were indeed blessed.
The venue for this year’s event was the Elford Hall Garden Project (unfortunately no connection to the eponymous ‘Quick Vic’ as far as I could tell!) which was both a beautiful and an ideal location just a few miles north Tamworth, although actually finding it did require adept navigational skills!

Entries for 2017 were well up on recent years with an overall total of 18 cars, including 9 in the Novice Class, which augers well for the future of this event.
The Overall Winner was Linda Kemp with her beautifully original and virtually unmolested, apart from a small ding in the bootlid (that was apparently her husband’s responsibility and which he claimed was patina!) MkIV Sprite.

Class Honours were:

100                                       1st Mervyn Coxon, 2nd Brian Dixon
100/6 3000 MKI & II             1st Jeff Sadd, 2nd Ian Robertson, 3rd Steve Jarrom
3000 MKIIA & III                   1st Stewart Clensy, 2nd Roy Woodward, 3rd Jonathan Soar
Modified Big Healey             1st Geoff Flight
Sprite MKI                            1st Jim Clark
Modified Sprite                     1st Paul Briggs
Masters                                1st Linda Kemp, 2nd Ron Walker, 3rd David Furnival
Novice                                  1st Jeff Sadd
Lucas Electrical                    1st Paul Briggs

It was a great day featuring some really terrific Austin Healeys – all, without exception, were a credit to their owners. Thanks were expressed from everybody to the judges, especially Mell and Mike Ward for their usual impeccable organisation, and for finding such an ideal and interesting venue. Thanks are also due to all those attending for their enthusiasm and support – it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Photographs by Bob Kemp.