Healey Museum to be Built at VIR
Alton, Va. (June 12) -- The Healey Museum, commemorating the life of Donald M. Healey and the production of his automobiles, was announced today at VIRginia International Raceway. The 20,000-sq.ft. museum will showcase significant and unique automobiles, trophies and memorabilia, offering the general public previously unseen views of private automobile collections. In addition to specific milestone cars, the Bill Wood Collection of Healey production documentation obtained from Geoff Healey, Donald's son, will be a major part of the museum's Resource Center. Also, a collection of photographs and literature relating to the Nash-Healey has been obtained from an anonymous donor. Additional acquisitions for the museum are being researched and evaluated.
Bill Emerson, curator of The Healey Museum, introduced special guests Harvey Siegel and Connie Nyholm, co-owners of VIRginia International Raceway; Allan Casavant, founder of The Healey Museum; Bill Denton, Architect; David Lenk, Displays Consultant; and Melody Cooke, Research and Acquisitions. In keeping with the worldwide appeal of Healey automobiles, visitors from Canada, Australia and the U.S. participated in the symbolic groundbreaking. Many in attendance were racers in the 2005 International Healey Challenge being held at VIR as part of the sixth annual Gold Cup Historic Races. The groundbreaking took place surrounded by historic Healeys representing milestones in the marque.
The philosophy of The Healey Museum was summarized by Emerson, who said, "Upon this site will be erected a building to historically preserve the cars and memories of Donald M. Healey, his family and all those who helped design, develop, produce, market and race the cars that bear the Healey name."
Casavant and Nyholm shared the honor of unveiling the sign announcing the future home of The Healey Museum. The museum opening is scheduled for 2007.
VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Va., and just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit (designed to be operated as two autonomous, full-service courses), VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, which is a sales showroom for high-end collector and racing cars; the VIR Safety and Security Institute, which provides specialized training for U.S. Government and military groups; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room hotel overlooking the track; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.
VIR made history from 1957 to 1974 and is doing so again. The renovated original circuit has 17 challenging turns and 130 feet of elevation change. In addition to spectator events, the track is also available to rent for testing, driving schools and club days.
For more information, visit the track's website at www.virclub.com or contact VIR at 434-822-7700. For further information on The Healey Museum, contact the museum's media office at 352-223-8840, visit www.healeymuseum.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.