Scuderia-Cento-S is a race and rally team established by Marco Trevisan and Urs Ernst, two die-hard Austin Healey 100S drivers. Their aim is to support and share rallying and racing activities with other classic car enthusiasts. The Scuderia-Cento-S is the shrine of Austin Healey 100S. More than half of the original, still existing 100S are owned by Club members.
Club membership is limited to 55, which is the number of 100S originally constructed. With the worldwide network the Club can supply all information and tips needed to prepare historic rally and race cars and to participate in race and rally events all around the globe.
Members can participate in events run by the Club and can benefit from team support in national and international historical motor sport activities. Each season is crowned by the legendary "End- of- the- Race-Year Party " highlighting the international nature of the club and featuring well known guest speakers from the historic racing scene like Roy Jackson-Moore, Jack Sears, Clive Baker, John Chatham, Peter Healey, and many more.
After the 100 was successfully sold around the globe and well into production, Donald M. Healey came under heavy pressure from distributors, particularly in America, to build specially prepared cars to meet demands from customers in racing. DMH agreed to build a number of specially built cars that would be sold to selected customers. Morris Engines would build and supply special engines with single port Weslake-designed heads and Austin would supply all the components needed. Jensen were producing special all-aluminium alloy bodies of an extraordinary quality. Dunlop supplied racing disc brakes to be mounted all round, previously tested on special test cars and racing tyres.
The 100S was the first serial car to be equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels.
Gerry Coker was instructed to design some schemes for a body based on the “100” but with features that would make it distinctly different. A model was built based on the chosen designs for the best aerodynamics in a wind tunnel. Joe Jarick the 100S expert and our historian is still in possession of this model.
This special racing car received his name “100S”, S for Sebring after the success in the 1954 World Championship Sebring 12 Hours finishing 3rd overall and 1st in class. All 50 production cars were built in “The Cape” main hangar in Warwick, UK, south-east of Birmingham in batches of 10 cars at a time. Engineering under the direction of Geoffrey Healey, the eldest son of Donald M. Healey, had always complete control over the production and necessary modifications, every car was road tested by Geoffrey and/or by Roger Menadue. Geoffrey commented: ”It was a pleasure to road test an “S” and it was something we would not let others share”. It is also interesting to note that the chassis plate carries the name “Healey Motor Company Ltd” and not Austin Healey. This is taken from Geoffrey’s Book “The Healey Story”.