"We mourn the passing in 2008 of Lifetime member Sandi Baker, past President of Austin-Healey Club USA and lifetime member since 1997, and Austin-Healey, Jensen-Healey and Sprite enthusiast."
by Terry Parsons
Some of you personally knew Sandi Baker and many knew of her. She was a true Healey enthusiast. Sandi was President of our Club from 1994 to 1996. She continued leading the way to where our great organization is today.
I believe her first healey was a Jensen-Healey which she purchased new in Texas in the early 70's. The Name of this Healey was 'Tealey'. She and her late husband Carl Ballay created a Healey corral of almost a dozen cars during the 1990s. This included Jensen-Healeys, Austin Healeys and Sprites. A few were going to be raced, but never made it to fruition.
Sandi and Carl were not only members of Austin Healey Club Pacific Centre and Golden Gate Austin Healey Club, but also that of the Association of Jensen Owners (AJO now defunct) and The Jensen Motor Car Club (a local club) of the San Francisco Bay Area. She was editor of AJO's magazine, The White Lady. She and Carl also held officer positions of the Jensen Motorcar Club.
Sandi always named her Healeys with colorful names such as Tealey, Purley, Yellow Peril, Lapis, Spritely, Geoffrey etc. They were very active members and participated in many club activities, including tours to Utah, Colorado, and British Columbia.
Sadly, Sandi lost a long hard fought battle with cancer in early September of last year, the same disease that took her husband Carl in the late '90's. They will always be remembered as contributing whole heartedly to the Healey Marque.
I'm sure Sandi is looking down on all of us Healey enthusiasts today and saying "Take your Healeys out and play with them as they like to be driven."