Classic sports cars will motor into Park City
Ryan Summerlin July 23, 2013
Since 1983, the Bonneville Austin Healey Club has presented Healey Days, a celebration of all things Austin Healey that includes a classic sports car show.
Four years ago, the club partnered with the Wasatch Mountain Jaguar Register and began bringing the car show to Park City.
"The goal for these shows is to give the owners an opportunity to have a good time and expose the public to these older cars," Jim Revel, activities chairman of the Bonneville Austin Healey Club. "Of course they don’t make Austin Healeys anymore, and the Jaguars, while still made in England, are owned by a company in India."
This year’s show, which is free to the public to attend, will take place on lower Main Street on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"So far we have about 30 cars registered," Revel said during an interview with The Park Record. "We can take up to 60 cars and last year we had 50 show up.
"We still have some slots open if anyone who owns a classic sports car wants to register," he said.
There is a $15 registration fee and those interested can email Revel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (435) 640-3347.
"This year’s show will feature a 1950 Jaguar head coupe convertible, an Aston Martin and a 1937 Bentley drophead coupe," Revel said.
A drophead coupe is a convertible roadster that has a top that can be stored completely behind the back seats, he explained.
"The cars usually have some type of rear-seating arrangement, either jump seats or back seats," Revel said. "The Austin Healeys don’t have this feature, but some of the Jaguars that we will show will."
In addition to these cars, there will be numerous Austin Healeys from 1955 to 1967.
"All of these are quite exceptional," he Revel said.
One of the Healeys is a 1956 100M.
"The worth of 100Ms in good condition is between $100,000 to $150,000," Revel said.
Revel will also bring his own 1959 Mercedes 220S convertible.
"I bought if from a woman who lives in Park City who had it for nearly 30 years," he said. "It’s a neat car. It was the car I drove the Fourth of July Parade’s grand marshall Ted Ligety in down Main Street."
The show isn’t limited to foreign sportscars.
"We’re going to have a 1953 Thunder Bird and a 1970 Corvette on display as well," Revel said.
The show will culminate with an awards ceremony.
"We give out awards for a Jaguar and an Austin Healey," Revel said.
They include Best of Show, class awards and Best Classic Sports Car, given to a car other than a Jaguar or Austin Healey.
The awards are voted on by all the entrants, Revel said.
"Then we have a People’s Choice Award," he said. "Anyone who attends the show can vote for that one. We’ll have ballots at the registration desk."
The Bonneville Austin Healey Club and the Wasatch Mountain Jaguar Register will present a classic car show on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on lower Main Street. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in showing a car can register by calling Jim Revel at (435) 640-3347 or emailing email@example.com . There is a $15 registration fee.