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Classic Healeys and Jags to pose on Main

In 1964, when Jim Revel and a college friend took summer jobs at Martha’s Vineyard, they shared a 1960 Austin Healey.

Revel never forgot that car, and when another friend asked him to participate in the 1,000-mile Colorado Grand Rally in 2003, Revel decided to do it in his own Healey.

"They are really fun to drive," Revel said during an interview with The Park Record. "Once restored, they drive like a new car."

Summit County residents will have a chance to see a collection of Austin Healeys and Jaguars during the Classic Sports Car Show on Saturday, July 30, on Park City’s Lower Main Street.

The roadsters will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We will have more than 40 cars on display," said Park City resident Revel of the Bonneville Austin Healey Club. "In addition to the 24 Healeys, we’ll also show six to eight Jaguars from the Wasatch Mountain Jaguar Register and other British sports cars as well."

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This will be the third year Park City has hosted the event, which has shown classic sports cars for 27 years, Revel said. "This is also the third year the Jaguars have been involved."

During the event, the clubs will hand out trophies for Best Austin Healey, Best Jaguar and their runners up.

"We also give a classic sports-car award for the autos that are not a Healey or Jaguar," he said. "Then we give out a people’s choice award."

That award is chosen by the general public.

"They can cast their votes on any car they want to win," Revel said.

Saturday’s public showing is only one of the events held during the show, he said.

"The club members hold a meeting on Friday at my home, and after the show on Saturday, meet for dinner and have an auction," he said. "We also hold drawings and the prizes are usually items that the car owners can use when restoring their cars."

Revel has owned four Austin Healeys and one Jaguar since 2003. He’s now down to one Healey.

"The Jaguar got too valuable to keep in my garage, so I took it to auction and sold it," he said. "It was a lifetime car, but since I was more connected with the Healey, I didn’t want to have two cars."

Some Austin Healeys, such as the 100 S model, can cost from $600,000 to $700,000, while other Healeys are in the five-digit range, from $15,000 to $85,000, Revel said.

"Austin Healey restoration is a great hobby for me," he said. "There are a lot more of them around than people may think. All the parts are readily available, and it’s easier to buy one off-frame restored, which essentially makes one into a brand-new car by replacing every nut and bolt."

The Bonneville Austin Healey Club and the Wasatch Mountain Jaguar Register will present their Classic Sports Car Show display on Saturday, July 30, on Lower Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.bonnevillehealeyclub.org.

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