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Show Results of March 7, 2009

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Best of Show
Bill Emerson 1948 Healey Westland
best of show
Second of Show
Barry Alexander 1953 Sunbeam Alpine
Second of Show
Third of Show
Duane Magnusonttee 1952 Bentley
Third of show
The Hemmings Sports and Exotic Award
Richard Martorell 1938 BMW 328
Hemming Award
Mayor’s Award
Paul Tsikuris  Austin Healey 1958 100-6
Mayor Award
AAA Auto Club South Award
Alec Knight 1947 Triumph 1800
AAA Award
Class Awards
Austin Healey 100   Class B
Charles Carpenter 1959 Austin Healey 100-6

Austin Healey 3000     Class C
First Place -Steve Kelly  1963 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7
Second Place -Marion Brantley, Jr.  1967 Austin Healey 3000

Jaguar E Type   Class G
Colin & Carol  Kraines 1973 Jaguar E  V-12

Jaguar Other   Class H
Robert Tone 1988 Jaguar XJSC

Lotus    Class I
Jack Tripp 1963 Lotus Super Seven

MGB   Class L
First Place-Rick Bucchino 1972 MGB
Second Place- Lou Ballard 1971 MGB
Third Place -Ralph Przybeck 1976 MGB

MGB-GT  & MGC     Class M
Dave and Rita Houser 1967 GT Special Edition

MGA  Class N
Bruce Rauch 1962 MGA

MG Other  Class O
Bill Lamb 1933 J 2

Morris    Class P
J. Keith Hartinger 1970 Morris Minor

Sunbeam  Class Q
Barry Alexander 1953 Sunbeam Alpine

Triumph TR2 & TR3 Class R
Richard Shewell 1961 TR 3

Triumph TR4  TR250 class S
Nick Pearce 1967 TR 4A

Triumph TR6  Class T
First Place -Lee Hansen 1972 TR 6
Second Place- Chuck Hornberger 1976 TR 6
Third Place -Jim Wilson 1973 TR 6

Triumph TR7  TR8   Class U
Mike Simon 1980 TR 8

Triumph Spitfire & GT6  Class V
Paul Logue 1977 Spitfire

Triumph 1800 Class TR
Martin Jones 1947 Triumph 1800

Mini  Class X
Patrick Clark 1974 Mini Pickup

R/R & Bentley thru 1965   Class Y
Duane Magnusonttee 1952 Bentley

Race Cars Class AA
Beau Gabel 1959 Turner

Alfa Romeo Spyder Open   Class BB
Jim Bernstein 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo Hardtop  Class  CC
Delmas Greene 1960 Alfa Romeo Vignale Coupe

Ferrari   Class DD
David Kjosa 1980 Ferrari 308 GTBi

Porsche  up to 1965  Class EE
Michael Owen 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster

Porsche 1966 and later   Class  FF
Gary Novak 1973 Porsche 911T

VW Other  Class  HH
Eric Shipley 1984 VW Westfaula

BMW  Class JJ
Richard Martorell 1938 BMW 328

Mercedes Benz  Class KK
Nancilou  Patton 1972 Mercedes

Fiat/Abarth Class MM
Mike Santoro 1961 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet

Other European Class  NN
Bill Emerson 1948 Healey Westland

European Motorcycles  Class OO
Jeff Zorn 1969 BSA

DeLorean Class QQ
Louis Perez 1981 DMC-12

Citroen  Class RR
Veronica  DeGuenther 1985 Deux Chevaux

2009 Zephyrhills Celtic Festival and British and European Car Show
By Dennis J. Magee, CPM, Editor

Thousands of spectators enjoyed fantastic weather at the Zephyrhills Celtic Festival and British and European Car Show on March 7, 2009, as well as a large variety of British and European Cars, some rarely seen. There were automobiles which were manufactured in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy. Along with the variety of cars, there was Celtic  music with bagpipes and drummers marching close at hand, dancers, and of course the Highland Games. The Highland Games were conducted directly across from the car show which provided a fantastic view for all, and Celtic music in the background  added to the spirit of the festival. Mixed in with the colorful cars, one could see a mixture of Kilts and other Celtic wear.

Over one hundred cars attended this year’s event, which left little room for growth for next year’s event. Car Show sponsors included the Little British Car Company, FireMaster, Wolverine Concessions, and AAA Auto Club South.

The winner of the “Best Of Show” was Bill Emerson with his 1948 Healey Westland roadster named “The Green Goddess.” This classic Healey has been named for the very unusual color green paint used. The name of the color is Metallic Pearl Green, as shown in the original Healey Westland sales brochure of the era.
The engine is the same high caliber as the bodywork. He started it  many times during the show in response to spectator requests. The 2.4 Riley engine that powers the Healey develops 105 hp and is capable of propelling  this 1948 sports car to over 115 mph.  In 1948 Donald Healey averaged 67MPH during the 1,000 mile long Mille Miglia.

The  Westland roadster was acquired in  Los Angeles, California in the mid-1990s as a complete car that had been sitting on blocks since 1957. During this period the ash frame underneath the aluminum body had deteriorated to the point that a ground-up restoration was undertaken to restore the car to its original beauty.

The restoration was performed in Bacchus Marsh, a small town outside of Melbourne, Australia that is well known for the high quality of their panel beating and mechanical restoration of unique automobiles.  The  Westland was shipped,  by sea, from the East Coast of the United States to Australia, restored, and returned to the East Coast in a sealed container within eight months (including time on the water).

Immediately after being returned to the United States  it won “Best Of Show” at the 2005 Austin Healey Conclave in North Carolina. This was followed by “Best Of Show” at the  British Invasion of Stowe in Vermont. Since then, the car has won “Best Of Show” at the Winter Park Concours d’ Elegance, in Florida and the “Peoples Choice” at 2008 Eurofest in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The “Green Goddess”  has won  numerous beautiful trophies and awards, but nothing of the magnitude of the 5 foot long Highlander sword  from the 2009 Zephyrhills Celtic Festival.

The Hemmings Sports and Exotic Award

This was the only award that was a judged event and the award was presented to Richard Martorell and his 1938 BMW 328. Just eight years after BMW bought Dixi, along with with  its Austin Seven copy, it revealed a model that is still thought  of as one of the finest sports car ever built—the 328.

The first appearance of the 328  was in 1936, when it won the Eifelrennen race, one of the biggest races of the season. It looked incredible with a curvy open-top two-seater body, much smaller running boards than were usual on cars of this era, and no windows, just cut-down doors.

Under the beautiful bodywork was a completely redesigned 2-liter version of the 303’s six-cylinder engine, which produced an impressive 80bhp –a lot for such a small, light car. The engine sat high in its bay, partly due to the size of the new aluminium cylinder head but mostly because of the three Solex downdraught carburetors. The body was mounted on a tubular frame and the brakes were hydraulic, front and rear.

The 328 won race after race, and its finest hour came in the 1940 Mille Miglia, with special-bodied 328s finishing first, third, fifth, and sixth.



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