Anthony Heal is seen in the wet at Shelsley Walsh, a 1000-yard steep hill climb in Worcestershire, first used for hill climbs in 1905.
His family owned Heal and Son, the well known furnishing
store in Tottenham Court Road, London. Away from work, motoring and vintage
cars had always been his great interest.
Before the Second World War he rescued and raced a variety of old racing cars, including a Grand Prix Ballot and the 1910 10-litre Fiat S61 raced by Duff at Brooklands in the 1920s.
He also competed in many VSCC events with the 30/98 Vauxhall which he used as an everyday car. Anthony was an active member of the Vintage Sports Car Club, later becoming Captain.
He wrote extensively about motor racing, most notably about
Sunbeam Racing Cars.
He also saved several old racing Sunbeams, including the car shown in the print, the first supercharged British racing car and designed by Vincenzo Bertarione.
A Heal - Sunbeam
Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
21st June 1947
Sunbeam 2-litre Grand Prix Car
Engine: 6-cylinder twin overhead camshaft supercharged 1988cc (67 x 94 mm) developing 108 bhp at 5000 rpm. Gearbox: 4-speed. Chassis: channel-section with front and rear suspension by rigid axles suspended on semi-elliptic leaf springs. Wheelbase: 8ft 6.5in. Front track: 4fl 3in, Rear track: 3ft 11in