“Works”Austin/Morris Mini Cooper “S”
Registration No: 569 FMO
First Registered: 12/11/63
Chassis No: CAS7482488
Engine No: GFSAH26586
Austin Healey 3000 MK 1
Two Seater Sports Roadster
Registration No: UJB 143
Chassis No: H-BN7 / 6685
Engine No: 29 D-U-H / 7326
Registration No: ADU 311B
Chassis No: B947001(1)
Engine No: 1051 E7.KL.FE
Body Number (JAL) 550006.
Austin Healey 100/4
“Works”Austin/Morris Mini Cooper “S”
Registration Number: 569 FMO
First Registered: 12/11/63
Chassis No: CAS7482488
Engine No: GFSAH26586
First entered by BMC as a “Works” entry: 1964 Monte Carlo Rally
Entered as “Morris” Driven by Rauno Aaltonen/Tony Ambros
Result: 7th o/a – 3rd Class. Winning Team Car. Manufacturer’s Team Prize
All the Team cars were immediately retired from Competition due to their monumental success and appeared at various publicity events up and down the country. 33EJB appeared at the “Sunday Night at the London Palladium” with Bruce Forsyth. The other two successful Team cars being 570 FMO driven by Timo Makkinen and 569 FMO Rauno Aaltonen. All three cars appeared soon after, at the Prestwich Hill Climb which was covered by the BBC. 33 EJB suffered from mechanical problems so Paddy Hopkirk drove 569 FMO bearing the race number “37” to emulate the winning car and recorded best time of the day. This was the last time 569 FMO appeared in public as a “Works” car and soon after was sold to
favoured “Works driver” Mike Woods in November 1964.
In 1965 569 FMO appeared at the Bolton Motoring News Rally, driven by Geoff Halliwell and navigated by Mike Wood. It also appeared that same year at the Mullard Trophy Rally this time driven by Mike Wood/Geoff Halliwell, who were the winners closely persued by Tony Fall in his BRT tuned Appleyard car, CAK 500C (see photos in the Mini Cooper Register June/2010 addition) The car was entered for numerous other events during that year.
569 FMO went to a number of different owners (see list) until ending up in a private collection and later sold to Bernard Griffen in the 1980s. Bernard set about a full restoration over a period of time. Two further owners and it finally ended up in the present ownership of Paul Roberts who acquired the car on the 5th Nov/2003. Paul carried out further restoration to the body work and a full mechanical over hall carried out by Chris Keith Lucas at CKL Developments Ltd.
For the car’s first outing it appeared at a private gathering in Scotland, where the car had spent many years of its life, called the “Scottish Gathering” held by an elite gathering of ex- Ecurie Ecoss cars.
The Mini Club Register were carrying out a “Minis to Monte Rally” in 2004, which seemed an appropriate event to enter, especially as it was to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, which 569 FMO played such an important.
In 2005 569 FMO was invited to appear at the Vienna Motor Show to promote the new BMW Mini and appeared resplendent on the motor show stand in its original red and white livery. Later that year FMO appeared at the MCR Day at Beaulieu with other “Works” cars. 2005 also saw FMO appear, at the invitation of Lord March, at her first of many participations in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, on the Rally Stage and driven by no less than Rauno Aaltonen. When interviewed, on the press day by Tony Mason of the BBC and asked “what was it like driving your old car after more than 40 years”, Rauno’s reply was “Just as I remembered it”.
January 2009 saw FMO again in action at Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, where she was again driven on the rally course by Rauno (see write up in the MCR mag. P 16 / 2009). That same year FMO appeared at The Gaydon Heritage Museum where she was on show next to her sister car 33EJB, for the first time for 45 years. (see photos)
2011 saw FMO at the HRCR Open Day again at The Gaydon Heritage Museum. FMO then underwent a complete engine and gearbox (straight cut gears) re-built.
It is now 2014 and FMO, driven by Rauno has appeared at Goodwood every year without fail, with the exception of 2007 when it was driven by Paddy Hopkirk, and famously rolled onto her side.
The car remained in the ownership of the MG Car Company for advertising and sales until it was sold to its first private owner, favoured Works Driver Mike Wood in November 1964. It was entered for numerous rallies, after which it had a number of owners mainly in Scotland.
List of Owners:
1) MG Car Co. 12th Nov/1963
2) Mike Wood. Burnley Nov/1964
3) Blackburn Feb/1966
4) Westmoreland Dec/1966
5) Burnley Feb/1968
6) Aberdeen Jun/1968
7) Inverness Nov/1972
8) Medlothian Jan/1974
9) Fife Mar/1974
10) Private collection
11) Bernard Griffin 1980s
12) Michael Townsend 6th Aug/1990
13) W R Warburton 8th Dec/1991
14) Paul Roberts 5th Nov/2003
Summary of Events:
1964: Monte Carlo Rally driven by Rauno Aaltonen/Tony Ambrose 7th O/A and 3rd in class Team Winning Car for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) Prescott Hill Climb with the other team cars. Driven by Paddy Hopkirk (fastest time of the day)
1965: Bolton Motor News Rally driven by Geoff Halliwell/Mike Wood.
Mullard Trophy Rally Driven by Mike Wood/Geoff Halliwell – Winners.
Numerous other rallies.
1980s: Full restoration by Bernard Griffin
2003: It eventually passed to Paul Roberts who saw the car in the Coys of Kensington
Since then FMO has appeared in many high profile events reigniting its celebrity status and driven by Rauno Aaltonen, Paddy Hopkirk and Rosemary Smith.
Make: Austin Healey. Model: 3000 MK 1.
Type: Two Seater Sports Roadster. Registration No: UJB 143.
Chassis No: H-BN7 / 6685. Engine No: 29 D-U-H / 7326.
Engine Type: BMC 6 CYL OHV Petrol. Engine Capacity: 3017 cc.
Year of Manufacture: 1961. Year of Re- Registration in UK: 1995.
FIA Papers: 25th. May 1998. Form No: 009.03.05
UJB 143 was one of the rare breed of Works prepared Team Cars for the 1961 International Rally season. UJB has a fascinating history apart from its Works Rally career. For many years it was muddled up with the first UJB 143 which was also a Works car prepared for racing. Peter Riley was the test driver for BMC and it was his job to test drive the three cars for the 1960 Sebring 12hrs Race. UJB 143, which was the smoothest of the three cars, was allocated to Jack Sears and Peter Riley for the race. The car was painted Green, on S.U. Carbs. and fitted with a Laycock overdrive. After Sebring 141 and 142 were sold in North America. 143 came home for Jack Sears and Peter Riley to run at Le Mans. The car performed well but in the closing stages developed trace of a bearing rattle and shortly after the car was retired.
So the green car passed on and was bought by David Dixon who was a private owner and who rallied a mini with the Reg.no. DD 300 and who wanted his personal number on the new car. Now we enter into the world of supposition. Norman Higgins was the company secretary of MG’s, not a man to miss a trick. I doubt that the green car had ever been used on the road, although it was taxed for road use and purchase tax would have been paid. If he re-registered the green car as DD 300, Dixon would get his date of first registration much newer than the real age of the car, while not thinking it unusual to pay purchase tax on any car bought direct from a manufacturer. If this was done, Norman would end up with a tax paid set of number plates which could go on to the next new car built by the Comp. Shop i.e. the new red rally car being prepared for the Swedish Midnight Sun Rally.
In 1961 DD 300 (the original UJB 143) was raced at Le Mans and again in 1962
Marcus Chambers decided to send two cars to Sweden in 1961, one Healey for Peter Riley and Tony Ambrose and an A40 for Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom. So the number UJB 143 was allocated to a new red/white AH 3000 rally car, as the MG Car Co. still retained the Registration Book. This chassis would have been fitted with the same engine and chassis numbers as UJB 143, so that it matched the Registration Book. At this time the original UJB 143 was in effect fitted with a new chassis/body. This is now the car referred to as UJB 143 and explains why the engine, chassis and body numbers match those of the original UJB 143 as shown in the BMIHT Certificate. New engine and chassis numbers would have been allocated to DD 300 from the factory.
In 1961 Bill Price delivered UJB 143 to Düsseldorf to meet up with Peter Riley and Tony Ambrose. They were due to drive up from Switzerland in the ‘Works’ Austin A40 Farina which they had been using for an Alpine race. However, the A40 steering broke away from the chassis and Peter had to leave the car in Montréal to be repaired. Peter’s parents were living in Montréal and he drove up with Tony in his father’s Citroen ID19. Bill duly met them at Düsseldorf. Peter and Tony left the next morning for Sweden.
It was quite a big event to have to have a new car built for a driver. Peter and Tony were delighted with the way it ran, straight out of the box. We knew how good these Scandinavians were, but we also knew that they had not seen a proper Healey 3000 in action. In the 8 successive events entered by the model, one or other of the drivers had secured the class, which was an advertisable success. The 1961 Swedish was to be the 10th in a row, and a big spread in the motoring papers had been envisaged. Back at the office they were not at all impressed with their second place, asking them what the trouble had been. In fact Tony and Peter look back on it as the best and most satisfying drive they ever had irrespective of the result.
To close the 1961 season Pat and Ann drove a lone 3000 (UJB 143) to compete in the Tour of Corsica, a ‘road race event’ over tortuous, narrow tarmac roads around the island, not totally suitable for the big Healey. However, the event was abandoned after 12 hours because of a freak snow storm which blanketed the island. The results were announced according to the position of the cars at the time the event was stopped, Pat and Ann winning their class when placed 17th overall.
UJB 143 was involved in one more event during its Works career on 10th March 1962 when Ann and Peter were married. Marcus Chambers suggested that they left the reception in a Healey and what better car than UJB which both had rallied in during the previous year. They readily agreed as it meant they could secrete the honeymoon Volvo in Tom Wisdom’s garage, letting the mechanics get at the decoy. They walked out of the reception to see UJB sitting shining in the dusk with a large expectant crowd gathered. When Peter opened the door for his bride he found a tray of a dozen stickers on the seat which he promptly handed to his best man.
The car was covered in rude stickers, one on the bonnet read “WEATHER FORCAST HOT AND STICKY TONIGHT, A LITTLE SON LATER” Peter got in, pressed the starter, no joy. Trusty best man sorted the plug leads, so they put it in gear and let in the clutch, no joy again, car stayed still. By now the eggs had been passed round and were bursting against the screen and side windows while foul smelling smoke seeped through the floor from smoked salmon skins wired to the exhaust. It became apparent that under the back axle was a pair of Comp. Shop special blocks lifting the tyres one inch off the ground. When the eggs were all thrown and the smoke in the cockpit at satisfactory density they pushed them off the blocks to loud cheers. The fuses had also been taken out of the wipers so they zigzagged blindly away down the drive to start the rest of their lives.
The next owner was George Humble who raced it in BARC/BRSCC races and a number of club events. Natalie Goodwin owned the car in 1964 and changed the number plate to 513 BTV because it was an easier number to remember. In 1978 it was sold to Laurie Lynch who exported it to Australia where it was sold to Roger Rayson who completely renovated it and changed it into a 2+2 because he had two children. Eventually it was bought by Tony Parkinson who entered it in many events including the 1992 Targa Tasmania, 1997 Classic Adelaide, and 1998 Historic events at Mallala and Collingrove all on video.
UJB eventually found its way back to the UK when the original registration number was reapplied for and successfully obtained. It was then purchased by the present owner in 2002 who entered it in the prestigious 2002 Revival Meeting at Goodwood driven by Chris Keith Lucas of CKL Developments Ltd., who prepared the car most beautifully and also the Jersey Festival of Motoring in 2003 and again in 2006. The present owner has improved the car throughout keeping it as original as possible and changing it back to its original 2 seater shroud.
UJB 143 was the first of the Works cars to be fitted with an all aluminium body and wing vents.
Sunbeam Tiger Reg: ADU 311B. Chassis No: B947001(1)
Engine No: 1051 E7.KL.FE. Body Number (JAL) 550006
Engine Capacity: 4220 cc. Year of Manufacture: 1964
Registration Number ADU 311B was allocated to the first production Sunbeam “Tiger”, hence the number 311. The second “Tiger” was allocated number 312. ADU was not only the first production “Tiger” to be built but also the first of only seven Works Rally “Tigers” used on International Rallies.
ADU 311B was the first “Tiger” to appear in an International Rally in 1964 (San Martino di Castozza) and the last “Tiger” to appear in an International Rally in 1966 (Gulf London) as a Works entered car. This means that “311” encompassed the entire Works Rallying life of the Sunbeam “Tiger”.
ADU 311B was the only “Tiger” to start life painted in Red & White Works Livery and later to be changed to Blue & Black livery with all FIA upgrades, keeping its original body shell. The car’s two year career as a Work’s Car entry, in no fewer than seven International Rallies and two Monte Carlo recces merely hinted at what might have been. It is only recently, in historics, that the model has been fully developed and finally shone.
ADU 311 has undergone a complete two year rebuild utilising all original parts making this car almost entirely original and now appears in Acropolis Blue & Black Livery together with original Acropolis Rally Plate and very rare original Tachometer.
Best performance was in the 1966 Acropolis Rally without doubt one of the toughest rallies on the International calendar. Driven by Peter Harper / Ian Hall, “311” wearing number one finished 7th overall and 1st in Class, led from start to finish.
The present owner Paul Roberts purchased the car from Peter Riley a well known rally driver from the 1950/60s who had owned it for many years. “311” last appeared in public in the 1989 Coronation Rally, driven by Peter Riley, and has not been seen for the last 21 years. The two year rebuild started in 2008 and was undertaken by Jonathan Everard of JME Healeys in Warwick. Although Jonathan would be the first to admit that he was not an expert on Sunbeam “Tigers” his standard of work was of the highest quality having rebuilt and renovated many Works Austin Healeys, the most famous being URX 727. Under the guidance of Graham Rood, a past owner of the car and author of recently published book “Works Tigers”, together with Graham Vickery President of the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club, and no less than David McDermott a Works “Tiger” owner living in the U.S.A., with enormous technical knowledge, the rebuild has turned out to be sensational.
It is such a great shame when a mark, with so much potential is not given sufficient time to be developed fully but with the Chrysler takeover, the model was soon to be discontinued and it would be 25 years before the likes of Don Pither and Jane Wignall spearheaded a revival and showed the world what these charismatic cars could achieve.
Together the British Motor Corporation and the Roots Group, both headed by Marcus Chambers, dominated International rallying throughout the 1960s. This was the most successful and important period in British rallying history, never to be repeated, for both British manufacturers and British drivers, starting with the monumental outright victory in the 1960 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally by Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom in the famous URX 727 Austin Healey MK1. 1964 saw the birth of the Sunbeam “Tiger” Works rally cars in their 4.2 litre V8s and the famous “Giant Killer” victory in the Monte Carlo Rally by Paddy Hopkirk in a Mini Cooper “S”. The Mini continued to dominate the Monte for the next three years.
Austin Healey 100/4 Grand Prix car Chassis No: 145426
Chassis no 145426 is an incredibly rare survivor of the era of racing when sports cars would compete against single seaters. The race was staged at
Airdrome over 210 miles, 100 laps. Three Austin Healey 100/4s were sent over, straight from the factory in England, to contest the first New Zealand Grand
Prix. These were private entries built to Works prepared specification with extra large Carburettors and 16" wheels. Out of the 38 starters 24 failed to finish
but all three Austin Healeys successfully completed the race. Chassis no 145426, driven by Keith Roper, an experienced racing driver from Auckland finished
13th o/a. After a successful racing carrier the car was placed into storage in 1971 for 34 years and underwent restoration in 2005. It was repatriated from
New Zealand in 2014 when it was bought by Paul and undertook a one year race preparation for historic racing.
1st NEW ZEALAND GRAND PRIX - ARDMORE - 13th o/all
CWF HAMILTON TROPHY - MAIREHAU - 3rd o/all
FLYING 1/4 MILE - WAIMEA WEST - 2nd o/all, exceeding 100 mph
NIGHT TRIAL - TEAL VALLEY - 2nd o/all
GOULD & TOUT CUP - HAVELOCK - 1st o/all
FLYING 1/4 MILE - HAVELOCK - 2nd o/all, exceeding 100mph
REDEX HANDICAP - ARDMORE - 3rd o/all