Chris Poole and his BN4
Back to Members ShowcaseMy Ferrari red 1959 BN4 was purchased for $1080 in 1966 and served as my "student driver" for three trips to/from grad school in Boston. I then took it to Brussels where I was assigned to the Canadian Embassy, cannibalized a tired BJ7, and installed the BJ7 engine, centre mount gearbox, and disc brakes on my BN4. (Nothing against BJ7's, but I preferred the classic sports car lines of the older Healeys and was also loath to give up my "first" Healey).
A trip to the UK in 1970 included a visit to Warwick where I met Donald Healey's service manager, Geoff Price. I also toured Denmark, Germany, Holland, and France in my Healey. Most memorable trips: Fall autumn colours in New Hampshire, driving in Paris down the Champs Elysees, and Rendezvous 2014 in Bend, Oregon.
Frame off restoration done in 1996 by Abingdon Motors and RX Restorations, North Vancouver. Engine, gearbox, and overdrive completely re-built in 2011-12 by Bob Macherioni in Eugene, OR. In 2015, SU carbs totally re-built by Canadian Carburetor Company, Port Coquitlam, and original 4.11 rear axle replaced by IWE Rear Axles in Burnaby with a Mike Lempert 3.54 crown and pinion, giving the car a higher cruising speed with less noise. The main up-grades include Pertronix electronic ignition, electronic fuel pump, Delco alternator, Midland brake servo, hi-torque starter and Dayton chrome spoke wheels .
My wife, Linda, and I, look forward to Rendezvous 2016 in Penticton this June
On the Belgium Coast - in Porsche colours
Storing the Car in a Barn - 1975
Donald Healey and I after Rendezvous 1986