JULY 2015 VOLUME 213
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SPARES MANAGER & Vice President:
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The Austin 7 Spares Shed is open prior to Monthly
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Club Meetings, Austin 7 Technical Nights and other
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times as notified by the Manager.
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A comprehensive touring programme is conducted
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Austin 7
Volume 213
July 2015
At the March General Meeting Mark Virgin from the SA Ambulance Special Operations Group gave an
interesting talk about patient transport before SA Ambulance existed and what has happened since it was
created. He shared some of the vigorous training his group has to go through and spoke about some of the
more interesting, dangerous & hilarious retrievals he has had to attend. He had some of his tools of trade on
show as well (clothing, ropes & harnesses etc).
At the May General meeting the Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs representative on the Bay To Birdwood
Committee, Kevin Noel, gave a presentation on the history of the B-T-B and shared an analysis of past events
highlighting the problems which need to be addressed to ensure the viability and continuance of future events,
albeit maybe in a different format to what it has been. He gave members sufficient time to ask questions and
make recommendations, which he answered and greatly appreciated the input. He welcomed any further
suggestions, preferably through the Club Secretary, Martin Lewis.
At the June committee meeting it was decided that all monthly General Meetings will start at 7.30pm from
January 2016, not 8.00pm as it has been in the past. This will enable our aging members to get home at a bit
earlier they normally would.
At the conclusion of the Austin’s Over Australia rally held in Tasmania over Easter, David Grear was asked if our
club would host the 2019 rally in South Australia. After some discussion at the following committee meeting it
was agreed that we would. If you are interested in being a part of the organising group, please let David or me
Following a prompt from a member a few months ago, a club organised cruise on the Sea Princess is being
planned for late 2016 - see the details further on in this Journals. If you are interested in joining a group of club
members on this holiday, please let me know.
Our website has undergone a facelift thanks to the effort of Dave Winfield. It is running on a new platform with a
much enhanced format. It looks better & is more user friendly, both for the Administrator and the general user.
Sadly, since my last Preamble we have lost another respected club member, John Kennewell. I know you will
join me in offering our condolences to Judean and her family at this sad time.
I would like you to join me in welcoming the following new members & wish them a long & enjoyable time within
the club.
Vanessa COMLET
Michelle WEGENER
To any member who is currently on the sick list, I wish you a speedy recovery.
Ralph Drage
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July 2015
A7 Technical Night at the
Social Day Run (Hills Luncheon)
clubrooms starting at 7.30pm
Starts at Tower Hotel Magill with
with A7 spares shed open an
run to Crafers Hotel for morning
hour beforehand.
tea and then to the Belair Hotel
Committee Meeting.
for lunch. Cost $40 pp for the
October 2015
day, tickets from the Treasurer.
Modern Regularity Round 7
A7 Leisure Run.
Monthly Club Meeting starting at
A7 Technical Night at the
8pm, please bring a plate of
clubrooms starting at 7.30pm
supper to share. A7 spares shed
with A7 spares shed open an
open an hour beforehand.
hour beforehand.
A7 Leisure Run.
August 2015
Social Day Run to Barossa
Modern Regularity Round 5.
Committee Meeting.
18/25 Solar Challenge Darwin to
Monthly Club Meeting at the
Clubrooms starting at 8pm,
A7 Technical Night at the
please bring a plate of supper to
clubrooms starting at 7.30pm
share. A7 spares shed open an
with A7 spares shed open an
hour beforehand.
hour beforehand.
Social Day Run to Goolwa with
November 2015
BYO lunch at the Spangler
Committee Meeting.
Holiday Residence.
Monthly Club Meeting starting at
A7 Leisure Run.
8pm, please bring a plate of
22/23 Pre War Austin 7 Run to
supper to share. A7 spares shed
Mannum - Austin 7's only.
open an hour beforehand.
A7 Technical Night at the
14/15 Bendigo Swap Meet.
clubrooms starting at 7.30pm
A7 Run to Mannum & MMAC
with A7 spares shed open an
A7 Leisure Run.
hour beforehand.
Subs & Cond Rego Stat Dec Day
Quarterly Luncheon, Windsor
Modern Regularity Round 8
Hotel, North East Road.
Clayton Bay Invitation Picnic.
September 2015
A7 Technical Night & Run
Old Car Day.
starting at the clubrooms with
Committee Meeting.
departure time of 7pm and an
Modern Regularity Round 6.
eatery as our destination.
Monthly and Annual General
Quarterly Luncheon Broadway
Meetings starting at 8pm, please
Hotel, Glenelg.
bring a plate of supper to share.
December 2015
A7 spares shed open an hour
Committee Meeting
A7 Leisure Run
Leisure run.
Subs & Cond Rego Stat Dec Day.
Social Day Run.
Christmas Function.
21/25 Mid North Run to
Monthly Club Meeting starting at
8pm, please bring a plate of
Bay to Birdwood Classic for
supper to share. A7 spares shed
vehicles 1 Jan1956 to 31
open an hour beforehand.
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For the attention of members who have historic vehicles!
If so, annually, you must sign a Statutory Declaration in front of a JP stating
that your vehicle has not suffered any modification from both the original
inspection MR334 and the conditions set out in the Code of Practice. (C of P
available from the clubrooms). The Club will not update an existing or issue
you with a new Log Book unless the Statutory Declaration is produced to the
Club Registrar.
Members are advised that if your log book is not kept up to date with your
current membership and annual statutory declaration, your historic vehicle is
effectively, not driveable on the road, even though the registration may not
have expired.
Members must pay their club subscription before 31 December each year to
ensure continuity of membership and ability to drive their historic vehicle.
Your Vehicle must be inspected by a Club Authorised officer once in a three
year period. This will ideally be done at the issue of a new log book.
The Club requests that you carry out any Austin 7 log book business at the
many opportunities available at the Clubrooms.
Please do your part to preserve the integrity of this conditional registration system we
are privileged to have through our Austin 7 Club.
Club regalia for sale:
The club has a variety of items of interest to members which are available from the Treasurer
each meeting at the clubrooms.
Austin 7 Club Decal small:
Austin 7 Club Decal large
Austin script hat/lapel badge:
Austin 7 Club Cap
Austin 7 Club Hat
Austin 7 Club Badge Metal Radiator
Austin 7 Club 50th year history book:
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Yellow & Blue top:
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Dark Blue 3 button top
$30.00 sizes in stock M,L, & XL.
Austin 7 Long Sleeve Polar Fleece Jumpers:
$45.00 sizes in stock S,M,L & XL.
The Austin 7 Club SA Inc is now on Facebook, search
for Austin 7 Club of South Australia
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CAMS State News:
From March 2015 CAMS is issuing new style licence cards to new licence holders.
Four different card types will be introduced across Competitor and Officials licence
holders. Existing members will receive the new cards upon renewal of their next
licence. Members who hold Competitors and Officials licences will receive a card for
The new style cards are shown at:
It's that time again where your Committee stands down and all positions on the
Committee are available to members.
Positions on the Committee are: President, Secretary, Treasurer and 9 positions as
members of the Committee. The 9 positions include: Assistant Secretary; Assistant
Treasurer; Competition Secretary; Registrar & Log Books; Touring Co-Ordinators
(2); Spare Parts Manager; Property Manager and Editor A7 Journals.
Nomination Forms will be available at the August and Annual General Meetings.
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Graham and I set off for AOA in the Austin A105 on Saturday,
after seeing Australia defeat Pakistan at Adelaide Oval, in the
quarter final of the World Cup. Trouble free motoring to Ararat
where we stayed the night, before continuing on to Melbourne
and station pier on Sunday. We boarded the Spirit of Tasmania
and sailed overnight to Devonport where we woke to a cold and
rainy morning.
As we had left Adelaide early we had 10 days to tour Tasmania before the rally
began. We travelled first to Stanley, and to our surprise were passed by a campervan
belonging to Nadia and Arthur Addyman!! After stopping for a chat we made our way
to the caravan park and our stop for 2 days. Next was Strahan for 2 days, then
Hobart for 4 days, Bicheno for 2 days and then to Devonport on Thursday to settle
into our accommodation for the AOA Rally.
We drove to the Axeman’s Hall of Fame (AHOF) at Latrobe to register and collect our
rally pack and meet old friends from other AOA’s. We then returned to the caravan
park to check out all the goodies in the rally pack.
Bob & Christine Gell's Vanden Plas 1100
Martin Lewis's Austin 16
David & Michele Grear's 1935 Austin 7 Graham & Carol Buesnel's Austin A105
Good Friday was the start of the rally and we all met at the main central carpark in
Devonport for a welcoming address from the council. An official “start your engines”
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from the Devonport Mayor, and we were off to the town of Sheffield some 23
kilometres inland from Devonport. Sheffield has become a major tourist
attraction due to being promoted as a “Town of Murals.” It was a beautiful day and
we were treated to a sit-down meal for lunch. After lunch we were free to browse the
shops and view all the murals.
A couple of murals that grace the walls of Sheffield's buildings.
The return trip to Devonport was by a different route so we were able to see more of
the Tasmanian countryside. The evening saw us back at the AHOF for the Friday
evening dinner and a meet and greet.
The line up of Austins at Wings Wildlife Park.
Saturday’s trip to the Wings Wildlife Park was wet with drizzly rain for most of the
day. The first stop was for morning tea at Penguin school, with light rain still falling.
Wings Wildlife Park is a large animal park that provides accommodation and
displays a large collection of Tasmanian wildlife, plus an aquatic section with
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varieties of trout and Atlantic salmon.
On Saturday evening a group from SA went to the Irish Pub in Devonport for dinner.
Sunday was the usual display day held at the AHOF. A great display of all models of
Austins, and for the most part the weather was good,(just one shower!) There were 2
local markets within walking distance, an Easter bonnet parade, and Rocker Cover
races. I enjoyed the bonnet parade as there were some fabulous examples that
displayed great creativity.
Carol Buesnel with MC Adam Francis judging the best dressed gentleman.
The Gala Dinner was held that evening in the AHOF and the theme was the “Roaring
Twenties.” Many folk had spent time deciding on their costume and for me, judging
the best dressed male was a difficult one. I have decided that being chosen by the
MC to do the task means that I will need to be out of sight in future!! The meal was
great and the music excellent.
We made sure that we sat at table no 7
Presentations were made and George Keil won the hard luck award. George had
trailed his A7 from SA to Melbourne, only to have it expire shortly after he unloaded
it from the trailer. It was a great night enjoyed by all.
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George & Pam Keil with the Hard Luck Trophy at The Gala Dinner.
George & Pam luxuriated their way
around Tasmania in their Disco. The
Austin 7 is scheduled for the workshop
in the coming months.
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The morning briefing session and hand out of prizes Saturday & Monday
Monday was a great day weather wise and a trip to Railton, which is renowned for
its Topiary. We visited the Villarett Gardens for morning tea and then to Railton for
lunch and a visit by some to the Seven Sheds Brewery.
Villarett Gardens
Topiary at Railton
On the return trip was a visit to the Cherry Shed and Anvers Chocolate factory. We
joined others for a BBQ dinner at the AHOF, and a final farewell.
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On Tuesday, together with David Searles we visited the Don River Railway, went for
a train ride and had a picnic lunch. We boarded the ship for the journey back to
Melbourne. After disembarking the ship we proceeded to Ballarat for breakfast. After
breakfast, David left, wanting to be home that day and we continued on planning to
stay somewhere overnight. A few kms up the road and the car decided to STOP!!
Graham found the problem with the ignition switch and “hot wired” the car to keep
it going!! Another repair job to be done when we arrive home.
Carol Buesnel
South Australian A7 members who went on Austins Over Australia.
Graham & Carol Buesnel
1957 Austin A105
David & Michele Grear
1935 Austin 7
Lee & John Sandford
1936 Austin 7
Bob & Christine Gell
1965Vanden Plas 1100
Martin Lewis
1946 Austin 16
David Searles
1967 Austin 1800
Scott Appleyard
Some non-descript Hire Car
George & Pam Keil
Landrover Discovery
Greg & Julie Lindsay
Ford Territory
The Vintage Austin Register of Australia hosted this year's Austins Over Australia in
Tasmania. The Club which is based in Melbourne did a grand job in organising this
event. Here are a few photographs of the style of vehicles that feature in the Vintage
Austin Register.
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Here are the details of a proposed cruise on the Sea Princess, sailing in Queensland waters.
If you would like to be on this cruise with other club members, please contact Ralph Drage on
Ph 8251 2637 or email at [email protected]
Nov 17
Fly to Brisbane
Nov 18
Australia Zoo
Nov 19
Day - TBA
Eve - Outback Spectacular
Nov 20
am - free
pm - board ship
Nov 21
At Sea
Nov 22
Airlie Beach
Nov 23
Yorkey’s Knob (Cairns)
Nov 24
Port Douglas
Nov 25
Willis Island
Nov 26
At Sea
Nov 27
Depart ship & fly home
NB: Nov 17 - 19 are optional & details may change if better suggestions are made. If these optional
days are not chosen, Nov 19 would be the day to fly to Brisbane.
Air Fare (return)
Transfers to / from air port
in Adelaide & Brisbane (both ways)
Accomm in Brisbane (for 3 nights)
Transfer to the ship
Australia Zoo (Coach & Entry)
Tours from the ship
Outback Spectacular (travel & Entry)
$135 (incl 3 course meal)
Meals whilst in Brisbane
On board Gratuities
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1st No 69 Colin TUCKER - 2nd No 32 Peter HOOD
3rd No 1 Duane GENT - 4th No 26 Brett WATTERS
5th No 79 Noel HARRIS - 6th No 77 Andrew BAOHM
7th No 43 Brenton BAILEY - 8th No 71 Steve CONROY
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1st No 43 Brenton BAILEY - 2nd No 26 Brett WATTERS
3rd No 67 Darryl BRIGG - 4th No 53 Jason THELE
5th No 52 Shane DRURY - 6th No 88 Richard BAILEY
7th No 95 Kristen BAILEY - 8th No 36 Sandy WATTERS
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1st No 69 Colin TUCKER - 2nd No 36 Sandy WATTERS
3rd No 66 Philip SCADDING - 4th No 24 Stephen DRURY
5th No 43 Brenton BAILEY - 6th No 26 Brett WATTERS
7th No 12 Graham HEWETT - 8th No 27 Kevin HALEY
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Austin 7 Enthusiasts Night 25 May 2015.
Ian Leitch brought along his Austin 7 project which has progressed significantly
since the installation of the wooden framework manufactured by Graeme Logan in
Victoria. These nights continue to be popular amongst members, here are a few
photos taken on the night.
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2015 61st SA/Vic Austin 7 Club Border Run - Penola SA 6/8 June 2015
It was our turn to host the 2015 Border Run and a decision to try Penola as a venue
began in 2014 just after that year's Border run to Stawell hosted by the Victorian
Austin 7 Club. The early start proved beneficial as later on it became more difficult
to procure suitable accommodation.
Right from the beginning, it must be acknowledged that the success of this year's
Border Run is due mainly to the efforts of Greg & Julie Lindsay who live at
Casterton, just over the border. Many thanks to both of you for your commitment.
Headquarters for the Border Run was the Alexander Cameron Suites (a posh name
for a motel, but the rooms were really nice). A few stayed at the Caravan Park and
some at the Prince of Wales Hotel/Motel. All up we had 42 people on the Run.
A special welcome to the Border Run first timers: Steve & Beryl Thorpe; Trevor &
Rosalie Gent and Simon Mander. It was actually Simon's 2nd Border Run, but his
first one was in 1982 as a newborn baby, so we'll excuse him for not remembering
We travelled via Andrew & Debbie Dawes' home lakeside at Meningie, and then we
had the 2 hour drive on the Princes Highway to Kingston for a late lunch. We didn't
realise that a new bakery had opened in Kingston adjacent to the Shell servo as we
refuelled and bought a sandwich at the OTR servo. We corrected the situation on
the return trip by enjoying the culinary delights of the bakery.
A few of the Austins at the lunch-time stop adjacent to the Big Lobster at Kingston.
The Motel owners requested that we park the Austins up in the court-yard of the
Motel for photographs, so we happily obliged with 14 Austin 7s & 1 Austin 10.
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2015 61st SA/Vic Austin 7 Club Border Run - Penola SA 6/8 June 2015 Cont:
On the road between Penola and Dergholm, nice Austin 7 (&10) roads
The Menzies Hotel at Dergholm was the morning tea stop where a lavish buffet of
scones, sandwiches, pizzas, and a cheese & meat platter was presented for us to
demolish which we did quite successfully.
A mural showing the bar of years gone by depicting bar-tenders and customers all
looking a bit like they are related or was it the style of the artist?
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2015 61st SA/Vic Austin 7 Club Border Run - Penola SA 6/8 June 2015 Cont:
Inside the Menzies Dergholm Hotel.
Then it was off to Casterton for the Annual Kelpie Sales and display at the oval.
Sunday in the warm winter sunshine at Casterton where we settled in to enjoy the
spectacle of the kelpies.
Rear: Laurie Sutton; Pam Sutton; Jenny Styles.
Middle: Wayne Styles; Graeme Logan; Bev Logan.
Front: Marie Drage; Valerie Baker; Alan Baker.
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2015 61st SA/Vic Austin 7 Club Border Run - Penola SA 6/8 June 2015 Cont:
The kelpie goes into action herding sheep under the watchful eyes of prospective
buyers of the dog.
We lined up our Austins in the sunshine at the Casterton Oval where Joyce Garnett in the
blue Austin 7 Ruby chatted with passers-by while finishing off some knitting.
Our evening meals on Saturday & Sunday nights were held at the Penola Bowling
Club where good wholesome meals were served. We tried something a bit different
this year. As the motel did not have a restaurant we utilised the services of the local
school bus to ferry us from the motel & caravan park to the bowling club. This
allowed us to arrive together and obviated the requirement of driving our Austins at
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2015 61st SA/Vic Austin 7 Club Border Run - Penola SA 6/8 June 2015 Cont:
Graeme Logan introduced the Athol Lamont Trophy which recognises members who
drive their vehicles to the Border Run, and Simon Mander who drove his Austin 7
from Adelaide was the worthy recipient of the Trophy for the 2015 Run.
A note received from Brian Gibbons
Hi David.
Thank you for all your efforts (with David Searles and Greg Lindsay) in bringing
another Border Run together again this year. As usual it is all over so quickly just
as we are starting to renew friendships. It was great to see such a strong SA
contingent this year ( though a bit quiet from the VICs). I hope all arrived home
safely. I look forward to our next opportunity to see you all again soon. Please pass
on my regards to everyone. PS. I have the axle out in my A7 and have found that a
pinion tooth came off and was mashed into the crown-wheel which then took out
two more pinion teeth. New axle goes in tomorrow morning. Cheers, Brian Gibbons
Who came on the Border Run to Penola
From South Australian A7 Club
From Victorian A7 Club
Phil & Jean Bunker (A7)
Wayne & Jenny Styles (Mod)
Ralph & Marie Drage A95)*
Len & Carole Kerwood (A7)
Ian & Cheryl Jones (A7)*
Graeme & Bev Logan (A7)
Laurie & Pam Sutton (120Y)*
Bruce & Julie White (A7)
Geoff Stephens (A7)*
Brian & Glynis Gibbons (A7 broke)
David Searles (A10)*
Dennis & Jenny McIlroy (A7)
David Garnett & his mum, Joyce (A7)
Lee & John Sandford (A7)
Daryl & Margaret Beasy (A7 broke)
David & Michele Grear (A7)
Greg & Julie Lindsay (A7)
Alan & Val Baker (Merc)*
Bill & Veronica Gower (A55)*
Simon Mander (A7)*
Trevor Mander (A7)
Trevor & Rosalie Gent (Mod)
Steve & Beryl Thorpe (A7)
We had 14 Austin 7's; 1 Austin 10; 1 Austin A55; 1 Austin A95; 1 Datsun 120Y; 1
Mercedes Coupe; 2 Austin 7's suffering mechanical failure before the event, and a
few moderns to make up the numbers. Historic Vehicles marked * were driven from
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A Border Run Ditty penned by Beryl Greig (Thorpe)
It’s the 2015 Border Run
And we are out to have fun
So its on the road from Andrew Dawes
On to Kingston without a pause
Look here’s a big Lobster all bright red
And here comes Simon someone said
In the little red coupe that flies on the road
With a flat tyre and issues not that it showed
Lookout for the 'Roos and Wombats keep
Watch for the cows emus and sheep
As we travel the highway a motley crew
Cars and Trailers and a country view
Beryl took the wheel and hit forty five
The car's alright and Steve’s still alive
We arrive in Penola around four thirty
Off to the showers for anyone dirty
On to the bus at 6 O’Clock pickup points are three
And then to Dinner at the Bowls Club for tea
On Sunday its 8:30 start, up bright and early
Line up the cars don’t be too surly
Onwards we travel to Menzies Hotel,
All arrive and all is well
The building it looks a bit like a barn
We enjoy morning tea pizzas scones and a yarn
Then slow coaches the Thorpe's get going well
Well before the time to go bell
On the road to Casterton for lunch
We all line on the oval, such a happy bunch
Let's watch the sheep dogs as they strut their stuff
Or on to the galleries arts and craft the choice is tough
Off we go back to Penola for happy hour
Drinks and nibbles and others check power
Of the Austin 7s that cruise along strong
Discussions abound about the cars that are wrong
Tuned and tweaked exhausts and machine
The talk is technical and all are keen
So on to the bus again for dinner
Refunds are issued, everyone's a winner
So ends the Border Run for 2015
Its not where we are going is where we have been.
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Shortest Day Run Sunday 21 June 2015
It may have been the shortest day, but it was still sunny, so we assembled at the
clubrooms and then went for a drive. Down to Port Adelaide and Maccas where we
had coffee and cake. Good value too! The drive was to Outer Harbor and Mutton
Cove to view the ASC Air Warfare Destroyers under construction. Not much sign of
life in the construction area, so we parked by the Port River opposite the Torrens
Island Power Station.
After some time in the sunshine at Mutton Cove, we headed back to the clubrooms
for lunch from Trever's Fish & Chip Shop near the clubrooms. A grand day out!
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It's worthy to occasionally look back in time of the Austin 7 Club in South Australia
and 41 years ago was a momentous year for the Club as in 1974 it was our 21st
year and we had just purchased our Clubrooms at (then) 276 Tapleys Hill Road
Seaton. So it wasn't surprising to hear that three intrepid Austin 7 owners decided
to do what you do in an Austin 7 and to drive to Ayers Rock in the Northern
Territory and return within 21 days.
The President's Piece in the July 1974 issue of the Austin 7 Journals came with this
report for the magazine:
"Well I guess the talking piece must be the Austin 7's epic trip to Ayres (sic) Rock and
Alice Springs to celebrate the club's 21st birthday and the attached publicity.
Nowhere in Australia has any car club received as much publicity as consistently over
a prolonged period. Finally the cars were displayed in John Martins city store for a
week afterwards.
The club's congratulations must go to Ian (Doc) Jones, Ian (Revs) Motley and Gwilym
Henry-Edwards the three Austin 7 drivers, and of course the back up crew without
who's help it would have not all be possible. Of course there are other numerous
people both in and out of the club who contributed to the success of the venture and to
these people we must also add our thanks, particularly the birthday committee who
came up with the original idea.
The return of the Austin 7's coincided with our 21st Birthday dinner (3 x 7 = 21) held
at the Morphett Arms Hotel and would be one of the best in the history of the club. It
was nice to see a large party from the Sporting Car Club to help us celebrate.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and the floor show by "Long Arms" Dillon - our thanks to
the social committee. The Austin 7 owners were entertained at their last meeting by
John Walsh, who used to race most successfully an Austin 7 back in the Port
Wakefield days."...
Tony Grove, President
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On top of Ayers Rock, the successful crew from the Austin 7 Club of SA Inc
Back at Shell Service Station West Terrace Adelaide a toast on their return.
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As reported in the Austin 7 Journals July 1974
'The Austin 7 Club Ayers Rock team were flagged off from Victoria Square by Chief
Secretary, Mr. Kneebone, on the morning of June 1st after many nights of frantic
preparations at Ian Jones' Prospect Stable and a last minute engine swap by Ian
The send-off was terrific - the team appreciated the support of all those who
turned out and the cars that provided an escort out of the city and as far as Port
The weather throughout was perfect, day after day of bright, sunny, cloudless
skies. The night generally were freezers but were tolerable with plenty of blankets.
The roads were better than we dared to expect. The effects of the big rains could be
seen everywhere, but wherever the road was badly cut up or still under water, there
was always a loop around that section.
Corrugations were our worst enemy. Some could be taken at 30-35mph, but the
deeper ones threw the cars all over the road and they had to be negotiated at 20mph
or lower.
Early in the piece Gwilym Henry-Edwards' car was shedding bolts almost faster
than we could replace them, and on two separate occasions the hood on Ian Jones' car
threatened to part company with the car when windscreen supports fractured right
The Austin 7's did a marvellous job. Worst moments were Gwilym Henry-
Edwards' broken half shaft and Ian Jones' broken crank on consecutive days.
However, those problems were both overcome and the trip continued. In fairness it
should be pointed out that both breakages were found to have resulted at already
cracked sections and Ian Jones wasn't driving when his went!
Two days from home on the return trip Ian Jones car lost all power and was
found to have four burnt out exhaust valves. Unperturbed, Ian performed an instant
valve grind using Heather Lane's toothpaste.
Readers will note no mention of Ian Motley's car - he spent most of the trip
waiting for something to blow up and is still trying to work out why it didn't give
trouble! Apart from a loose flywheel at Ayers Rock it went like a rocket for the 2400
miles. The publicity received was tremendous and the Club and the sponsors, Shell,
Spartan Paints, John Mack Cameras, Edgells and Port Carriers received wonderful
The climax came when at exactly 10.30am 21 days after the start, the team of
three Austin 7's and two support vans arrived at the Shell Station on the corner of
West Terrace and Grote Street to be greeted by crowds of people, TV cameras, radio
interviewers, the lot! A truly memorable finish to a memorable event.
The thanks of the team go to those people who helped make the trip possible,
the sponsors, those who helped with preparations at Ian Jones' place and Margaret
and Trevor Mander and Bruce Bridgart who brought up fresh supplies at the end of
the first week.
Special thanks go to Heather Lane (cook), and Trevor Knuckey and Colin Hanks
who spent most of the trip driving the very essential support vans.
For the record the team comprised:
Austin 7 owners: Ian Motley, Ian Jones, and Gwilym Henry-Edwards,
plus Heather Lane, Trevor Knuckey, Colin Hanks, Mike Talbot, Geoff Kain, Stephen
Sneesby and Ron Burchett."
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I'm afraid that you will have to be a bit indulgent of me for a moment as 50 years
ago on 14 August 1965 I bought my 1935 Austin 10 (pictured above) from J.K.
Stump Ltd for £34 (Jim Stump thought it was a '34 Austin Ten hence the price) and
it's still going strong having recently completing a 620 mile round trip to Penola &
Casterton on the 2015 Austin 7 Club Border Run.
When purchased, the Austin Ten had done 30,000 miles and the motor was in
a very poor state using well over a gallon of oil (Used sump oil) on each of the Border
Runs in the late 70's. The previous owner was a Miss Alma Noreen Conaghty who
lived at 22 King William St Kent Town and the whole underside of the car was caked
in hardened road mud rendering the brakes unworkable and all grease points
ungreaseable. The paintwork was worn out as it was assumed the vehicle was
washed on a weekly basis after travelling an average of only 1,000 miles per annum.
The upholstery was worn out on the 2 front seats but the rear seat was and still is -
original. The Ten has a Holden body numbered 602 and was built at Woodville
about 1 km from where I now live (& went to high school).
The Austin 10 has been 5/7th of my life and I still enjoy driving it - The Ten (I
have never given it a name) has been extremely reliable. The odometer now reads
over 120,000 miles indicating that I have driven it for 90,000 miles in 50 years, still
not a high average of 1,800 miles per annum. I used to drive it to work very
regularly from 1965 to 1998 and was often seen parked outside the Customs House
at Port Adelaide. Ian Motley spotted me in 1974 driving into the ICI Oval at Largs for
an annual Customs Vs Customs Agents Sports Day (he worked at Port Carriers a
Customs Agency). In May 1974 I joined the Austin 7 Club and have never looked
back and enjoyed the camaraderie of all involved since.
If anyone else has a milestone to report with their Austin please let me know
for inclusion in future editions of the Club Journals.
David Searles Editor A7 Journals
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Laurie’s page of Stuff. The ramblings of an old man.
Beware the on-line car sales scammers
If you are selling a car, or any other item for that matter, beware of the on-line car
scammers. They work like this. On the first day your ad is posted you receive an e-
mail claiming it is just what they have been looking for, but unfortunately they are
working on an off-shore oil rig (or something similar) and have no phone contact
(they had left their satellite phone at home base etc.). They do not attempt to get a
better price or have anyone who can look at your car but are more than happy to
pay your asking price. They will then say that they live in Darwin or New Zealand or
some other distant place but it is ok as they will arrange a courier to make all
transport arrangements and then pick up the car when funds have been cleared.
Sounds good so far but now for the scam. The next e-mail says “Was just about to
transfer funds when the courier said that I will have to pay for the courier costs
(usually somewhere around $1000 to $2000) before they can schedule a pick-up
time etc..” The courier’s corporate international headquarters is in China (or India or
Indonesia etc.) and payment needs to be made through Western Union money
transfer. They then say that because they are unable to use their credit card
facilities that if YOU would make this payment they would add this cost onto your
asking price when they transfer funds.
By now you are thinking maybe
something is a little fishy here but the
bad guys have not yet given up. Next
comes an e-mail stating that the
money (asking price and courier costs)
has been paid into Pay-Pal and will be
credited to your account once they
have received the money you have
paid to Western Union. This is on
‘official looking’ Pay-Pal documentation. The e-mail contains the address (in China
or India etc.) where the Western Union money is to be sent. The e-mail also claims
that the money deposited with them cannot be returned to the buyer (very untrue)
and if you do not pay the transport costs they will take LEGAL ACTION (spelt out in
capitals) against you. The bad guys hope that the official looking Pay-Pal e-mail will
convince you that money is waiting to be transferred to your account and secondly
that the threat of legal action will convince you to send the transport costs through
the Western Union money transfer system. Time to pull the plug and ignore all of the
e-mails and be very wary in
the future.
It is not only older folk who
have been caught by this
scam. I know of one young
man who fell for this scam
when he advertised his
surfboard for sale. He lost
$200 on the bogus
transfer costs. My son in law a few years ago advertised his Aprillia motor bike for
sale and he got an e-mail supposedly from a lady in England very keen to buy the
bike and then the transport costs scam appeared and he immediately bailed out.
Many may know of this scam but for those who have not heard of it I hope this
article has made you aware. And also the bogus buyer is usually a woman as I think
(or they think) women are more trustworthy.
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The most ridiculous yet?
In a previous Journal I wrote of a car having a heap of speakers. Well it seems they
have been out done by the latest luxury Cadillac for it now boasts 34 speakers. As
you can imagine there are speakers everywhere, even in the headrests. There are two
tweeters in each A pillar and even a sub woofer under the drivers and front
passengers seat so that you ‘feel the music as well as hear the music’. Necessary? I
think not. Maybe emergency vehicles will need louder sirens. Perhaps hospitals will
need more deafness clinics in the future. I prefer to talk to my passengers rather
than deafen them with loud music, and besides with this beast boasting 400
horsepower from a twin turbo V6 why not fit a ‘sports’ exhaust, wind down the
windows and listen to some real music. But then again I am old.
And now the No 1 all time female racer
And in my opinion the all-time greatest ever female racer is Francis (Fay) Helen
Fay was born in Birr, Ireland on April 5th 1904. Born into a ‘comfortable’ family, her
father was a district inspector for the Royal Irish Constabulary, she gained a good
education. She learned to drive a car when 12 years old and then learnt to ride a
motorbike. She was also a very good sportsperson and represented Ireland in
hockey. But she had always loved motors and this was her destiny.
Shortly after buying her first bike she convinced an uncle to enter her in the
‘Southern Scots Scramble’, a cross country event covering 48 miles. How did she go?
She won such was her determination to succeed. With this success achieved she
approached motorcycle manufacturers for support but none were forthcoming
because of limited female appeal. However she did gain employment in the
showrooms of Rudge motorcycles in Birmingham. Fay continued to excel in trials
and scrambles but then she discovered the new speedway scene. Having attended
an event she knew this is what she also wanted to do. She obtained a bike and went
to enter an event. Her entry was refused. She tried to enter two more times but
again her entry was refused.
It was now time for the Isle of Mann T.T. races and all of
‘officials’ headed over to this event. This was the
opportunity that Fay needed as she took her bike to the
Crystal Palace speedway track and practiced and
practiced. The result was that when the ‘officials’ returned
she was able to demonstrate her proficiency. So she was
allowed to enter and she immediately became a star. Fay
defeated established champions from England and other
countries and also established track records at various
venues. (It would take a lot of space to detail all of her
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Now was the time for a new challenge and that challenge would be racing in
Australia. Using her own funds she packed her bikes and headed ‘down under’. She
became the first foreign rider to race speedway in Australia. Arriving in Perth her
first challenge was to race W.A. Champion and International rider Sig Schlam. This
she did by defeating Sid on his home Perth track. More acclaim was achieved when
she defeated the S.A. champion Dick Wise at Adelaide’s Speedway Royale track at
Wayville. (Frank Lietchfield was also in this event and both Dick and Frank went on
to be Adelaide engineering icons). On to the eastern states where more success was
achieved before heading over to New Zealand. This made her the first foreign rider to
ride there. Fay again showed her brilliance by defeating the NZ ace, Alf Matson. This
was early 1929 and an interesting footnote is that whilst in NZ Fay received a ticket
for speeding but she left the country before paying the fine. However when she
returned to NZ in 1953 the Traffic Officers of the day presented her again with the
speeding ticket.
Back home to England after a very successful tour ‘down under’. Fay’s next foray
was to enter the International Six Day Trial on a 500 cc ‘slopey’ Panther. Anyone
who has ridden one of these ‘old’ British bikes will know how un-wieldy they are and
here was Fay riding this bike across five countries, mainly on mountain passes and
tracks on a six day trial.
Then it was time for the next speedway season but the promoters dropped a bomb
shell when they banned all female competitors. They were worried about the public
backlash should a lady be seriously injured or worse. This curtailed Fay’s English
season but ladies were still permitted to give ‘demonstrations’ and attempt track
records. This Fay did and set a new track record at the famous Wembley Stadium
track. But the competition had gone and a new challenge was sought. This came in
the form of car racing.
With females now banned from speedway racing Fay
turned to cars for her thrills. Brooklands was the
place to be and driving a Talbot 105 she won at an
average speed of 107.8 mph. The following year at
the same track she finished second this time
lapping at 113.97 mph in a 2.6 litre Monza Alfa
Romeo. She loved this so much that after the race
she continued to circulate the track at very high
speed for several more laps and only stopped when
the flagman stepped out in front of her. (Brave guy).
She was fined and disqualified but she was still
smiling. In 1934 Fay returned to Ireland and won the Leinster Trophy road race
driving an Adler Trumpf. She was the only lady in the race. She was also the only
lady entrant when she drove a works Aston Martin in the Italian Mille Miglia. The
following years saw Fay competing at various events in many countries, including
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Ireland, England, Italy, Sweden, India and South Africa. Her most notable drive pre-
war was when she drove a Freddy Dixon tuned Riley in the 1938 South African
Grand Prix where she received a hero’s welcome for her spirited driving performing
before the car died.
The war years were a dark period of Fay’s life. She was influenced by British Fascist
leader Oswald Mosley, (who incidentally was the father of controversial former F1 big
wig Max Mosley), and was included in the membership of the British Union of
Fascists and as such was firstly interned in England before being sent to neutral
Ireland until war’s end. Following the war Fay worked in Ireland selling farm
machinery but fate soon had her back in the motor racing scene. In 1949 she was
asked to go to Hollywood and sell Jaguar and MG cars. This she accepted and it was
not long after she arrived that she discovered the sport of midget car racing on dirt
tracks. Shortly after she was competing where the commentators would call her
‘Lady Leadfoot’. After a few years racing in the U.S. she was off again to Australia
and New Zealand to race midgets.
She raced the Australian and NZ circuits in the early 1950’s. She competed at
Rowley Park in 1952 (possibly in Satan Brewer’s Ford V8-60
powered midget, but I am not a 100% sure. I was only 7
years old then.) She was a hot shot mixing it with the local
stars at all the tracks she raced. She upset NZ ace Snow
Morris by beating him two out of three in a match race
series. On paper Snow’s V8-60 powered midget was
superior to the Rugby powered midget Fay was loaned. This
girl could drive and she continued to show this where ever
she raced. In the late 1950’s Fay returned to England where
she continued to race. It is reported that she raced sedans
at Brands Hatch around 1958 and then went on to race a
500 cc Cooper around Britain for several more years. Fay finally retired from racing
in the 1960’s.
This short article cannot cover all the motoring exploits this
amazing lady experienced. Much more detail about Fay is in a
book ‘Fay Taylour - Queen of Speed’. I had read this book about a
year ago. I borrowed it from an old motorbike racer mate but when
I asked to re-borrow it for this article he told me he had lent it to
someone but he could not remember who Fay Taylour was a very
pretty girl. She is described as having auburn hair, laughing Irish
eyes and a very nice figure. She did not marry but had several
serious romances. One was to a very well to do English bike rider
with whom she toured the International motorcycle race meetings
with. But this man’s family did not think that Fay had the ‘social
status’ to marry their son so the relationship was ended and the man went on to
marry a ‘society girl’. Another serious relationship was with an Australian farmer
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with whom she met on her tours to Australia. I think he proposed to her but she
could not see herself settling down on an Australian farm. (These were a couple of
facts I wanted to confirm from the book).
She often said “If I had to choose between a man and a race car I’d choose a race car
every time. A man will pall after a time but a race car is always a challenge.”
When Fay first went car racing she drove in a jumper and tweed skirt. This later
gave way to tailored powder blue overalls which always had lipstick in the pockets.
Her racing kit also included a pair of silk pyjamas in case she was injured and
needed to go to hospital. Early in her career she had the misfortune of going to
hospital and could not stand the course hospital gown.
Fay was in Adelaide in early 1954 and in fact took part in speedboat racing at
Snowden’s Beach on January 4th. Fay was the ‘racing passenger’ in a speedboat
driven by a Mrs. Grace Walker from NSW. (This meeting was also Kym Bonython’s
first meeting in ‘Bullo bee’ and the meeting was witnessed by 8,500 people, of which
I was one.)
After Fay retired she went to live at Blandford in Dorset where she passed away on
August 2nd 1983.
So there you have it, the woman who took on the men and consistently beat them.
From motor cycle trials and speedway to car racing covering road racing, hillclimbs
and even a Grand Prix this lady shone. Then her exploits in the speedway midgets
just proved her amazing talents. So therefore in my opinion Fay Taylour was the
greatest ever female motor racing competitor. Does anyone agree with me?
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Club members may use the facilities of the Journals to advertise items for sale or wanted free
of charge. Items for sale are not restricted to motoring goods but can include interesting
items. Photographs of any sale item are more than welcome.
FOR SALE by Wayne Styles in Victoria.
Austin 7 Ruby [saloon] Mk 1, 1935.
Genuine English body with documented history & log book, goes well, looks
fantastic, colour white.
$11,500. Contact Wayne on 03 9592 1672.
FOR SALE by Stan Gafney:
Two 17” x 4½” Ruby UK wheels. Sound condition. Suit Girling drums. $10.00 each.
FOR SALE by Stan Gafney:
Marking out table with Vernier height gauge. Machined top plate is 540mm x
640mm x 22mm thick. On robust fabricated stand 1000mm high. Ex Chrysler tool
room. The vernier marking out gauge is in good order, in wooden case. Can mark to
300mm high. $60 lot.
FOR SALE by Malcolm Lake:
RECONDITIONED, can be heard running at the clubroom spare parts shed by
To Give Away by David Searles:
I have recently upgraded the tyres on my Austin 10 and now have available to give
away 7 5.25X16 tyres including Olympic Air Rides. They are in good condition and
have lots of tread, too good to dump, however are a bit old. Would be ideal for a
display car or use in your garage. See me at any meeting.
1956 Austin A30 Countryman, Briggs body, only 1,500
miles on completely reconditioned motor (4/11), 2 pack
original dark green body colour, new upholstery and head
lining. Original 803cc, o/s rings, brand new crankshaft,
gear box ok, new clutch, new radiator and hoses (11/14),
steering box resealed, power assisted brakes, new brake
shoe springs, Timkin type front wheel bearings,
reconditioned wiper motor and rack.
Very good radials all round, NO RUST, has to be seen to
be believed. Workshop manual, some spare parts, some
minor trim to finish (have material). Current NSW Club
registration (not transferable) Member of Aust Austin A30 Club and Austin Motor Vehicle
Club NSW $7,000 ono - photo on
Allan Hogg (Sydney) 02 9522.8184
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If undeliverable return to:
Austin 7 Club SA Inc
262 Tapleys Hill Road
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At Austins Over Australia Devonport, Lee & John Sandford's 1936 Austin 7
Ruby with its Pup Trailer.
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