STRATTON >> Austin Healey's are a British sports car produced in the 1950s and 1960s. From Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, July 31, a group of Healey's and their owners will be exploring the backroads of Bennington County.
Over 100 Austin Healey enthusiasts from across New England, the Middle Atlantic States, Ontario, and Quebec will call the Stratton Mountain Resort home, as the headquarters for Summit@Stratton 2016.
"Summits" are an annual gathering of Healey enthusiasts from across the Northeast, to enjoy the marque which hasn't be produced for at least 50 years, explore the region, enjoy the outstanding cuisine, see great friends, and meet new ones.
Guests will arrive at Stratton Mountain Resort, Wednesday afternoon for registration, and enjoy dinner with friends at the many fine restaurants in the area. Thursday will be an action packed day to explore and shop in Manchester Village, a drive up to the top of Mt. Equinox for a picnic lunch, followed by a tour of Bennington County and the covered bridges. Guests will also have a chance to visit and tour the mecca for classic car enthusiasts at Hemmings Motor Museum in Bennington and a tech session on Austin Healey upgrades, and then a BBQ dinner at the Red Fox Inn in Bondville.
Friday will include the Vermont Route 100 rally, leisure activities, Ice Cream social, and valve cover races on a custom designed track at the Wentworth room at Stratton Mountain Resort. Saturday morning will start with the Gymkhana and Funkhana (timed driving through cones) at Stratton's parking lot. From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be we a car show at Orvis in Manchester Village, open to the public, where you can vote for your favorite Austin Healey.
Later Saturday afternoon there will be gondola rides and a chance to enjoy the Stratton Village. Summit@Stratton will conclude Saturday evening with the Awards Banquet at the Green Mountain Room at Stratton Mountain Resort. Sunday morning guests will have a chance to pick up their winnings from the auction and say their goodbyes to the Green Mountain State as these enthusiasts return to their homes across the northeast and Canada.
Stop by the car show Saturday afternoon at Orvis in Manchester from 1 to 3 p.m. to see these Austin Healeys all puffed and buffed. Owners love to show off their cars, and many will even allow children to sit inside for their parents to take pictures. For more information on Summit@Stratton, check out our website at www.ahca-newengland.org.