British Invasion

March 11 & 12

The Austin Healey Association of Southern California, along with the Jaguar Owners club of LA present the British Invasion

Join the British Invasion along the Harbor Walkway from 10 AM to 4 PM and enjoy a unique display of fine British motorcars including Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, Triumphs and others.

Austin-Healey is a British sports car maker established in 1952 through a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company (Healey), a renowned automotive engineering and design firm. It was the first affordable mass produced sports car that could go over 100 MPH. Classic Austin-Healeys, “Big Healeys”, were produced from 1953 through 1967. The company also produced the Austin-Healey Sprite (1958 -69) and the Jensen-Healey (1972 -76). All of the Healeys were active in auto racing including European rallies, Le Mans, and Seibring. Most Austin Healeys were produced for the North American market, and California probably is the home to more Healeys today than any other state. For more, see http://www.austin-healey.org.

Jaguar is also the producer of classic British sports cars. Jaguar got its name by producing a series of successful eye-catching sports cars, the Jaguar XK120 (1948–54), Jaguar XK140 (1954-7), Jaguar XK150 (1957–61), and Jaguar E-Type (1961-75). The company is still producing cars today, more recently being owned by British Leyland, Ford and now by Tata Motors of India. Jaguar is synonymous with British racing prestige, dating back to Stirling Moss’ 1950s heyday. Jaguar enjoyed great success at Le Mans in the 50s – totaling five wins in seven years. It moved into the Formula 1 mainstream when Ford bought Jackie Stewart’s team in 1999, as Jaguar Racing’s first Grand Prix came at Australian in 2000. For more on Jaguars, see http://www.lajagclub.com.

Also joining the Austin Healeys and Jaguars will be other British cars, including Triumphs, Morgans and MGs.


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