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  • British Cars Built for Racing

    British Parts Northwest Classic Car Racing

    Vintage Sports Car Racing is something that many British car enthusiasts may find of interest.  There are several classic British cars that were built specifically for racing and we wanted to highlight a few of those cars.

    Austin Healey- The Austin Healey was one of the most popular British racing cars. It was raced by the Donald Healey Motor Company in Europe at Le Mans and in Sebring in the U.S . The last Big Healey to win an SCCA National Championship was the class E Production Austin-Healey 100-6 driven by Alan Barker at the Daytona ARRC in 1965. You can find parts for several Austin Healey models here at BP.

    Jaguar- There were multiple models of the Jaguar that were involved in racing, including the C-Type, D-Type, E-Type, XJ13, XJ-C, XJ41 and XJ42. If you are the proud owner of an E-Type, you can get parts for your car, right here from our website!

    Land Rover- There are a couple of modified Land Rovers that have competed in off-road racing, specifically the Dakar Rally and the Camel Trophy.

    MG- In the MG family, the MGA, MGB, and Midget (MG Midget Racing Coupes) all had models that participated in racing. The MGA had considerable success, racing extensively in the U.S. There were MGBs that were specially tuned for racing, which achieved success including a Grand Touring category victory in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally. There were 3 Midgets that were ordered by MG racing driver, Dick Jacobs. The cars were campaigned from 1962-1964. We have parts for the MGA, MGB and the Midget, in addition to other models of the MG.

    Triumph- The Triumph Spitfire and GT6 both had models that were built for racing. We proudly carry parts for both of these Triumph models, in addition to other Triumphs!

  • Austin-Healey Racing Car at Center of 1955 La Mans Tragedy to Be Sold

    An Austin-Healey racing car involved in the worst crash in motor sport history is set to sell for nearly £1million.

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    The disaster at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1955 saw 84 people killed after the car was clipped by a Mercedes, which then flew into the crowd.

    But now, the Austin-Healey's anonymous owner has decided to sell it at auction after keeping it locked up for the past 42 years at a garage in the north of England.

    Scores of spectators were killed instantly as debris hurtled towards them at 150mph and fires erupted in the grandstand from the wreckage. The French driver of the Mercedes, Pierre Levegh, also died in the crash, in north-west France.

    After the tragedy, the Austin-Healey - driven by British racer Lance Macklin - was impounded by the French authorities before it was released to the British company the following year.

    It was later sold to several private buyers before the current owner of the car - registration NOJ 393 - bought it for £155 in 1969.
    Despite its macabre past and rusty state, motor sport enthusiasts are said to be willing to pay huge sums for it as it is a 'crucially historic landmark car', according to U.K.’s MailOnline news.

    Austin-Healey remains a beloved British car. With is sleek and unique styling and performance, collectors continue to lovingly refurbish and restore these cars back to its original finery. At British Parts Northwest, we have a large selection of parts for your Austin Healey, or for your Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph for that matter.

    Unlike many other British parts supply stores, we stock what we sell. Our motto is to have returning satisfied customers who can count on our fair prices, fast shipping and availability of parts. Currently, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $750.

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