These lecture-based sessions allow you to brush up on your Healey tech-knowledge or perhaps learn something new. Whether you’re new to the hobby or you’ve been working on Healeys since they were new, we all have some skills to improve. Topics vary by day and are always a great opportunity to network and ask that question that’s been churning in your brain, like “what’s the burning smell?”
TOP TIER AND LEAD FREE GASOLINE
“ITS JUST GASOLINE ISN’T IT?”
CountryMark is an American owned oil exploration, production, refining and marketing company located in central Indiana. Their products are sold in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois.
Engines have become more precise, operating under tighter tolerance and higher compression, while targeting cleaner emissions and increased fuel economy. In 2004 Top Tier gasoline was developed to go beyond the minimum standards for detergent additives. This Top Tier gas was supported by 8 auto manufacturers – GM, Audi, BMW Fiat-Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Mercedes Benz. CountryMark makes a wide array of fuels but the gasoline we are focusing on is their ethanol-free 91 octane gasoline. It is sold at over 25 stations in Indiana, the closest to French Lick being in Huntingburg, Indiana 25 miles away.
Mick Calvin, Senior Business Development Manger from CountryMark will explain the advantages high detergency fuels and how to determine when ethanol-free gasoline is your best choice. Mick has been with CountryMark for over 30 years and has a passion for quality fuels.
ENGINE BALANCING AND REBUILDING
Tucker Madawick, Autosport owner for over 40 years, spent several years as a crew member on various East Coast racing teams. Leaving the busy New York scene in his quest for California, he eventually ended up in Bloomington, Indiana setting up a 1972 Datsun 210 for a local businessman. This led to a deal to prep the car for the IMSA Daytona 24 hour race in 1978. In 1981, the team won the Daytona 24 hour, 12 hours of Sebring, and ultimately the IMSA GTU Championship. By 1983, it was time to quit all the traveling and, with the birth of his daughter, he felt it was time to become a family man. Autosport had stayed viable during those racing and traveling years and it needed to be on a sustainable path.
Autosport’s business today specializes in pre-1980’s classic British cars with an occasional sideline diversion to a Peugot collector. Their prime Forte is engine, transmission, and rear end maintenance, repair and rebuilding. This is accomplished with his 50+ years of experience and a very well equipped machine shop. Not every Brit Classic car repair shop has a crank-shaft balancer, piston balancer, and a Dyno along with the standard machinist equipment.
Tucker still has the racing bug and continues to prepare and race his own car in Vintage racing, where possible. Tucker is a MOSS Motors dealer and stocks several items in his shop. He has agreed to be our repair shop of record for Conclave 2018.
At Conclave 2018, Tucker will explain what to look for in an engine rebuild and what is essential to ensure a long running motor. He will be glad to answer questions about our British Classic automobiles.
VINTAGE SPORTS CAR RACING
Ever get the urge to throw your Healey around the curves of a track in actual competition with others? Do we have the session for you.
Long time Central Indiana Austin-Healey member Doug Bruce can explain the “be carefuls” of vintage racing. Racing has long been in his blood, starting with bicycles at age 15 and continuing throughout college. With automobiles he has raced at Indy, Blackhawk Farms, Mid-Ohio, Pittsburgh and Road America and others in his 10 years of competing with a race modified Bugeye Sprite.
Doug will outline what it takes to prepare for a race and what you need equipment wise as well as the mental and financial duress of this exciting sport.
AUSTIN HEALEY JOURNAL WORKSHOP
Conclave 2018 is promising to be a unique gathering and you will want this Unique Austin Healey Journal in which to capture thoughts, mileage, autographs and other mementos. Central Indiana Austin Healey Club’s own Bonnie Stahlecker will conduct a hands on workshop to construct a leather bound journal with an embossed Austin Healey Script logo for each attendee.
Bonnie is an accomplished artist who has conducted work-shops nationally. Her work is exhibited in both private and public collections. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and obtained her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She will be conducting two 1-1/2 hour sessions of 31 persons each, ably assisted by members of the Central Indiana club. Seating is limited.
There is a $25 fee to cover the cost of materials.