AUSTIN 7 JOURNALS
THE MAGAZINE OF THE AUSTIN 7 CLUB OF SA INC
JULY 2016 VOLUME 217
Painting of Bruce Williams in his 1929 Austin 7 Roadster by John Hamilton.
Like the joy of eating fresh fruit from an orchard, your experience is just
as sweet when you drive your Austin 7 through orchard and trail.
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AUSTIN 7 CLUB OF S.A. INC
Club Patron: Hon Stephen Mullighan MP State Member for Lee.
2016 COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT: RALPH DRAGE,
Ph: 8251 2637 or 0418 846 082
email: [email protected]pond.net.au
SECRETARY: MARTIN LEWIS,
Ph: 8377 0893 or 0414 727 893
email: lewistraining@ozemail.com.au
TREASURER: LAURIE SUTTON,
Ph: 8358 3421 or: 0418 831 974
email: [email protected]ot.net.au
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY:
GRAHAM BUESNEL,
Ph: 8449 4764 or 0438 794 979
email: buesnelgc@hotmail.com
ASST TREASURER RON SCHACHE,
Ph: 8264 6317 email: grace.sc[email protected]
COMPETITION SECRETARY:
TONY MORGAN,
Ph: 8264 7179 email: [email protected]ommtech.com.au
REGISTRAR & LOG BOOKS
GEOFF STEPHENS,
Ph: 8365 1343 or 0437 061 569
email: [email protected]ingtonweddingcars.com.au
SPARES MANAGER & Vice President:
DAVID GREAR,
Ph: 8296 1689 email: [email protected]net.com.au
The Austin 7 Spares Shed is open prior to Monthly
Club Meetings, Austin 7 Technical Nights and other
times as notified by the Manager.
TOURING: VACANT,
A comprehensive touring programme is conducted
annually, any suggestions of events or places to
visit are welcomed.
PROPERTY ALAN BAKER,
Ph: 8261 1175 or 0437 428 543
email:rodne[email protected].au
Working Bees to maintain the property are held on
an "as required basis". Members will be advised of
any working bee planned at a meeting prior or by
email.
EDITOR, A7 Journals: DAVID SEARLES,
Ph: 8445 1444 or 0408 700 047
email: [email protected]igpond.com
The Austin 7 Journals is published quarterly by the
club and is available on the club web site and at
meetings in January, April, July and October. Items
for inclusion of each issue close at the end of the
previous month.
CAMS Delegate: TONY MORGAN,
Ph: 8264 7179 email: [email protected]commtech.com.au
FEDERATION Delegate DARRYL BYFIELD
Ph;8266 1762 email: sanitrocmk[email protected]
LIBRARIAN: BARRY PANNELL,
Ph: 8255 1371 email: [email protected]yahoo.com.au
Conditional Registration Inspectors &
Authorised Officers
Scott Appleyard: Southern Suburbs
Ph: 0427 243 879
Rick Hoffman: Southern Vales
Ph: 0408 898 736
Wolf Semler: Southern Vales.
Ph: 8556 6405
Trevor Clerke: Yorke Peninsula.
Ph: 0428 851 139
Geoff Stephens; All areas.
Ph: 0437 061 569
Ralph Drage: All areas.
Ph: 8251 2637 or 0418 846 082
David Garnett All areas
Ph: 0457 434 718
Graham Buesnel North Western Suburbs.
Ph: 0438 794 979
THE AUSTIN 7 CLUB OF S.A. INC IS
AFFILIATED WITH:
CONFEDERATION OF AUSTRALIAN MOTOR
SPORT, and
FEDERATION OF HISTORIC MOTORING CLUBS
SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC.
FINANCIAL: The Club is able to accept payment
of subscriptions, for events or fees by Internet
Banking.
Banking details are: BSB 085-333 A/c 838545354.
When transferring funds to the Club please quote
your name or a reference so that the Treasurer is
able to identify your payment.
All correspondence to:
The Secretary
AUSTIN 7 CLUBROOMS: 262 TAPLEYS HILL ROAD, SEATON 5023
Annual subscriptions Full: $70.00: Associate/Remote: $40.00
The Austin 7 Club SA Internet address is: www.austin7clubsa.com.au
Monthly Club Meetings (second Monday* of each month) commence at 7.30pm, please bring
plate of supper to share. *Check club calendar for correct date.
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Volume 217 - July 2016
PRESIDENT’S PREAMBLE
Since the last Preamble, the following 4 members delivered very interesting & informative
talks.
At the March General meeting Dan Burt gave an interesting talk about his recent
acquisition. He has become re-acquainted with the Austin 7 he had previously owned
when he was living in England. He had only just taken delivery of it after having been
shipped from England.
At the March Technical night Trevor Gent spoke about restoring running boards
At the May General meeting Ron Schache showed a homemade video of the old Lion
Factory which used to be in the west end of North Terrace where they blended &
packaged consumable items from tea bags, jellies & flour.
At the May Technical night Bob Gell, a renowned expert in battery technology, spoke
about the development to date of “plug-In” electric cars and what could be their future of
this exciting new technology.
I would like to thank these members for the time & effort they put in to preparing their topics.
Due to the increased number of Modern Regularity entrants in recent times the Timing Team
has requested that Dorian automatic timing devises be made mandatory in all vehicles
competing in Groups A & B (not required for Rookies). Whilst there is a considerable cost
associated with purchasing a Dorian, to ease the load on competitors, particularly those who
don’t want to buy one at this stage, the committee have agreed to purchase a number of them
so they can be hired out to new & maybe not so new competitors. It is expected that the
mandatory use of Dorians will be introduced & included in the Supplementary Regulations by
this October’s event. Apart from reducing the pressure on the volunteer timing team
members, it also provides more accurate lap times & improved timing information to the
competitors.
Our supply of Austin 7 parts has been boosted by the purchase of some very good and
equally rare parts from the Late Dave Hall’s estate. If you need any mechanical things for
your Austin 7, David Grear should either have it in stock or be able to get it for you. Thanks
David for being proactive and continuing to foster the Austin 7 movement.
The 11 vehicles owned by the Late Dave Hall were sold by auctioned on May 21, including 5
Austin 7’s, 2 Mercedes, 2 Holden’s a Chevrolet and an MGY.
The committee was asked by 2 ladies (non Members) if the clubrooms could be hired for a
Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea. The committee agreed to the request and the morning
tea was held on Sunday May 29. Nine members attended the event which was well organised
and extremely well catered for. They raised $1,300 on the day and with other activities they
organised, made a total of $2,500 which included a $100 donation from our club.
Barry Pannell, our Librarian, has done an excellent job of rearranging & cataloguing the club’s
collection of books. The next time you are at the clubrooms, have a look at the list of books
which are available & if there is anything you would like to borrow, see Barry.
There is still a vacancy on the committee for a Touring Coordinator. If you are interested in
becoming a committee member, please let me or one of the other committee know.
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I would like you to join me in welcoming the following new members & wish them a long &
enjoyable time within the club.
Jim BAKOPANOS
Barry BROKATE
Julia CLANCY
Ray DUNN
Tania KOTLAR
Fred MIFSUD
David SCHOLTZ
Will VICTOR
To any member who is currently on the sick list, I wish you a speedy recovery.
REMEMBER All meetings (General & Technical) start at 7.30pm.
Ralph Drage
President
COMING EVENTS for 2016
July 2016
17 Social Day Run to Gawler Gliding Club
followed by lunch at the Haley's
residence in Sandy Creek. Run sheet
at the clubrooms.
19 A7 Leisure Run.
25 A7 Technical Night, 7.30pm A7 spares
open from 6.30pm.
August 2016
1 Committee Meeting.
7 State Championship Modern Regularity
R5 Mallala.
8 Monthly Club Meeting.
16 A7 Leisure Run.
20/21 Race Meeting Mallala.
21 Hills Luncheon to Auchendarroch
Tavern at Mount Barker. Meets at
McDonalds Magill Road Tranmere
before heading up via Norton Summit,
Woods Hill Road, Tregarthen Road
Uraidla, Balhannah, Littlehampton &
Mt Barker. Run sheet at Clubrooms
please register your attendance through
David Searles.
22 A7 Technical Night 7.30pm A7 spares
open from 6.30pm.
26 Quarterly Luncheon.
September 2016
1 Old Car Day to Bethany or to wherever
you wish to drive your 'old' vehicle.
5 Committee Meeting.
11 Modern Regularity R6 Mallala.
12 Monthly and Annual General Meetings.
18 Social Sunday at the Clubrooms.
19/30 Federation Motorfest 2016.
20 A7 Leisure Run.
25 Bay to Birdwood Run for pre 1960
vehicles, entry form available from
www.baytobirdwood.com.au.
26 A7 Technical Night 7.30pm A7 spares
open from 6.30pm.
October 2016
3 Committee Meeting.
8 Know your Austin 7 Day at the
Clubrooms. Starts 9am.
10 Monthly Club Meeting.
16 Social Day Run to Modern Regularity
with invitation to clubs to join us on
the day.
16 Modern Regularity R7 Mallala
18 A7 Leisure Run.
24 A7 Technical Night 7.30pm A7 spares
open from 6.30pm.
November 2016
6 Herbert Austin's 150th birthday at the
Clubrooms. Please register your
interest in attending with The
Secretary, Martin Lewis.
7 Committee Meeting.
12/13 Bendigo Swap Meet.
13 Modern Regularity R8 Mallala.
14 Monthly Club Meeting.
15 A7 Leisure Run.
18/20 Adelaide Motorsport Festival & Classic
Adelaide Rally.
19 Race Meeting Mallala.
21 A7 Technical Night & Run.
25 Quarterly Luncheon.
December 2016
3 Subs & Cond Rego Stat Dec Day at the
Clubrooms 10am to 2pm.
5 Committee Meeting.
6 A7 Leisure Run.
11 Subs & Cond Rego Stat Dec Day at the
Clubrooms 10am to 2pm.
11 Christmas Function organised by A7
Club at West Beach Sea Rescue
Function Room 1st Floor. Patio viewing
area overlooking the gulf at West Beach
and the setting sun, bar facilities,
catering by Texas Bull Machine.
Elevator Access.
12 Monthly Club Meeting.
April 2017
8-13 95th Anniversary Austin 7 Rally
Toowoomba, Queensland.
14-17 Austins Over Australia Ipswich,
Queensland.
September 2019
23 -27 Austins Over Australia hosted by us in
the Barossa Valley.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Club's A G M will be held at the Clubrooms on Monday 12 September 2016 following the normal
Monthly Meeting. All positions on the Committee will be declared vacant by the Returning Officer,
and nominations will be called for the following positions: PRESIDENT; SECRETARY;
TREASURER; COMPETITION SECRETARY; ASSISTANT SECRETARY and up to 7 positions of
COMMITTEE MEMBER. These committee member positions currently carry out duties of : SPARE
PARTS MANAGER; MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY; PROPERTY MANAGER; CONDITIONAL
REGISTRAR (LOG BOOKS); EDITOR; TOURING CO-ORDINATOR and ASSISTANT
TREASURER.
Also on the night, appointed positions of LIBRARIAN, CAMS DELEGATE and FEDERATION
DELEGATE will be made. All nominations to be in the hands of the returning Officer by 7.30pm on
Monday 12 September 2016. Please assist your club in its administration, nomination forms will be
available at the clubrooms before the meeting.
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: $1.00
Austin 7 Club Decal large $2.00
Austin script hat/lapel badge: $3.00
Austin 7 Club Cap $12.50
Austin 7 Club Hat $12.50
Austin 7 Club Badge Metal Radiator $22.00
Austin 7 Club 50
th
year history book: $20.00
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Yellow & Blue top: $20.00
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.
Track Time Motorsport Cap $10.00
Track Time Motorsport Polo Shirt $34.00
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95th AUSTIN SEVEN NATIONAL RALLY
TOOWOOMBA, QLD
Saturday 8 April to Thursday 13 April, 2017
Austin Seven Register of Queensland Inc
Newsletter Number 2
Welcome to Newsletter Number 2 for the Austin Seven National Rally organised by
the Austin Seven Register of Queensland Inc, advising you of the latest rally
information.
Entry Form
An Entry Form for the rally is attached. (Available from the Austin 7 SA Clubrooms).
A lower entry fee of $150 for a vehicle and driver will apply to entries received prior
to 30 September 2016. The entry fee for an entry received after 30 September and by
30 November which is the closing date for an entry, is $185.
Additional adult passengers are $50 and children are $15 during either entry period.
If you would like to participate in the rally but are not able to bring an Austin 7, you
must talk to the Tour Chairman before submitting an entry.
The rally committee would greatly appreciate the early return of the Entry Form and
photo to assist with rally planning.
Rally details
The rally starts with a Welcome Dinner on Saturday 8 April. From Monday 10 April,
there will four drive days to a variety of destinations providing interest for all tastes. The
weather in Toowoomba for the rally period is normally from 13 to 23 degrees but at the
moment with one year to go, it is slightly warmer than usual like many parts of
Australia. The week’s events will conclude with a Farewell Dinner on Thursday 13 April.
To date we have received over 100 Expressions of Interest and we know of a number of
people who are proposing to attend but have not lodged an Expression of Interest. The
organising committee appreciates the level of support received to this point.
Daily Program and meal information
Below is the current proposed daily program. To assist intending entrants with their
planning for the rally, the cost of meals has been provided as a guide. A
Meal/Catering Form will be sent later in the year when the cost of meals has been
finalised. Arrangements are being made where possible to cater for persons with
dietary requirements.
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Breakfast of cereal, bacon and egg roll, tea and coffee will be available at rally
headquarters from Monday to Thursday inclusive for $5.
Morning teas will be available from Monday to Thursday for between $5 to $8.
Day 1: Saturday 8
th
April Registration during the day & Welcome Dinner from
6pm.
Rally registration will be at the Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Motor Club
clubrooms at Glenvale on the western side of Toowoomba.
After registration, entrants can go on a drive to places of interest in Toowoomba
including the Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, Picnic Point Lookout, Empire Theatre,
Russell Street Historic Walk, Southern Downs Steam Railway, Milne Bay Museum,
Bulls Head Inn, art galleries, antique shops and a variety of gardens.
Entrants will be able to meet old friends and make new ones at the Welcome Dinner
to be held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Meal estimate is
$30.
Day 2: Sunday 9
th
April Swap & Sell, Ladies High Tea at Toowoomba Railway
Station and Austin 7 display at the Cobb & Co Museum and a tour of Toowoomba.
A special Morning High Tea for the ladies only will be served at the Toowoomba
Railway Station, Toowoomba. Meal cost is $25.* (SEE PAGE 5)
Bring your excess A7 parts, cars and memorabilia to the Swap and Sell event being
held at the event headquarters. Left it a bit late to finish restoring the Austin? You
may be able to buy the missing part/s here but don’t rely on finding a going engine
though.
After the swap and sell has finished mid morning, cars will go to the Cobb & Co
Museum in down town Toowoomba for a car display and tour of the museum. Cobb
& Co Museum admission is included for all entrants and lunch can be bought at the
museum cafe. Meals start from around $7.
The Cobb and Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is home to the
National Carriage Collection, Australia’s finest collection of horse drawn vehicles
including Cobb and Co Coaches, farm wagons, hawker’s barrows, delivery carts,
buggies and an elegant landau. There are also galleries showcasing the natural and
cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
Day 3: Monday 10
th
April Qld Auto Museum or Highfields Pioneer Village;
Goombungee town and visiting attractions on the return home
There is a choice of two morning runs. One run is to the Qld Auto Museum for a
museum; workshop and orchard tour OR go to the Highfields Pioneer Village for
tours of the village.
The Queensland Auto Museum is home to over 100 vintage, veteran, classic and
modern vehicles. The collection contains a number of rare vehicles in original
condition, Australian muscle cars and a Peter Brock collection. There is also a fifties
café and age collection of memorabilia.
At the Highfields Pioneer Village items to view include farm machinery, Toowoomba
Fire Brigade Museum, Queensland Energy Museum, Queensland Ambulance
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Museum and the Southern Cross Museum featuring products made by the
Toowoomba Foundry including the Southern Cross Windmills. There is wide range
of other attractions.
From these venues our next stop will be to a pre-paid Lunch at the Goombungee
Public Hall. No we won’t be bungee jumping at Goombungee. Meal cost is $12.
On the return journey to Toowoomba, places to visit are a winery, an Alpaca farm,
woodturning display and a turkey farm.
Alternatively you may want some retail therapy at the variety of shops in Highfields.
The Village Green is where you will find antiques, art and other specialty stores, and
a great view towards Brisbane. Across the road you can pay a visit to Abbie Lane
Arts and Craft Village.
Day 4: Tuesday 11
th
April - Jondaryan Wool Shed & Adora Downs property.
Today’s run is to the Jondaryan Woolshed for morning tea, a woolshed tour and
blacksmith and shearing demonstrations. The heritage listed woolshed is the oldest
and largest operating woolshed in the world with over 150 years of history.
Following morning tea, we are off to Adora Downs Homestay farming property at Mt
Tyson where a pre-paid buffet lunch will be available in the barn. Meal cost is $20.
Day 5: Wednesday 12
th
April - Allora Show Grounds, Clifton & Nobby
Down south today to the Allora Showgrounds for an A7 rally group photo at the
showgrounds and morning tea. After morning tea to the main street of Allora and
stroll or fly past the front of Mary Poppins parent’s house where they lived around
1913.
By the back roads we travel to Clifton and on to the township of Nobby. Here we pay
a visit to the Nobby Pub and the Sister Kenny Memorial. These roads were traversed
by Steele Rudd, (author Arthur Hoey Davis) known for the 1920 movie “On Our
Selection” and the long running radio series “Dad and Dave”. At the Nobby Pub there
is extensive memorabilia to view and enjoy.
Across the road from the pub, we will view the innovative internationally recognized
polio research work in the 1950s carried out by Sister Kenny at the Sister Kenny
Museum.
Over the railway line we go to the School of Arts Hall for our lunch. Lunch cost is
$15. You can also visit the Nobby craft shop and the Nobby Shed.
Day 6: Thursday 13
th
April - Pittsworth Showgrounds & Museum. Farewell
Dinner at the University of Southern Queensland.
Go west young entrants to the Pittsworth Showgrounds for friendly rivalry at the A7
Funkhana involving interstate contestants. Some entrants might like to go on a bus
tour of four local attractions for $1. Travel to Pittsworth Pioneer Historic Museum
where entry is free to entrants and a pre-paid lunch for $12 will be available.
After lunch back to Toowoomba and dress in theme for the Farewell Dinner at the
University of Southern Queensland. Cost is $45 for adults and $18 for children.
NOTE We are thinking of ideas for a theme for the dinner as from previous national
rallies and a Roaring 1920’s theme appears to be the most popular one. Many of you
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may already have suitable costumes from previous events. (See the last page of this
newsletter).
Sadly, after the farewell dinner, our rally will have come to an end. Alas!!! But a
reminder that the next day, Friday 14
th
April is the registration day for Austins Over
Australia at Ipswich. This event is being run by the Austin Motor Vehicle Club of
Queensland.
Ipswich is a drive of about 90 kilometres east from Toowoomba towards Brisbane on
mainly dual lane highway. Or you can take a more scenic route off the highway
through the old Cobb and Co Tourist Route which is about 40kms longer at around
130kms. The Cobb & Co Tourist Drive celebrates the early days of stage coach
transportation in south-east Queensland and follows the railway line and the
original road from Ipswich to Gatton and visits a number of country towns.
Future information about the rally will be sent via email where possible. Information
will be mailed to interested persons who do not have email access.
For enquiries about the rally please contact John Que on home 07 33960882,
mobile 0409893305 or email [email protected].
John Que
for the organizing committee, 2017 Austin 7 National Rally
Austin Seven Register of Queensland Inc
A FEW FINAL NOTES from Tim Braby (Rally Committee)
Trailer parking,
We have been offered the use of two
private properties to park our trailers.
These belong to Members of the local
vintage car club. They are in two
separate locations; one is near the rally
head quarters and the other not very far
from the venue for the farewell dinner on
the Southside and motels. It is advised
however you make sure you can lock up
your trailer as they will still be out in the
open.
Commemorative Bottle of Wine
The Committee is liaising with an exciting boutique winery to produce a Special
Commemorative Issue of a Port Wine to celebrate the success of the 2017 Rally. At
this very moment a limited edition label is being discussed and hopefully we can give
you a sneak preview in Newsletter No. 3.
Toowoomba Weather
Even in the best of seasons the weather in Toowoomba can be very changeable, as it
is at an elevated location on top of an escarpment, temperatures can drop with the
wind and even colder overnight.
The mean daytime temperature for April is 22.9 degrees, overnight 12.3 degrees. The
mean temperature at 9am is 18 degrees. The mean wind speed is 18 km/hour.
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High Fashion at the High Tea
Two of the ladies on the rally committee thought it would be fun for the ladies who
are going to the High Tea to dress up for the occasion. And why not in the fashions of
the 1920s and 1930s, the time when our Austin Sevens were Kings of the Road?
“Op Shopping” is the way to go, as ladies from the Veteran Car Club have found
many of their clothes there. And as we know fashions go in cycles. For example
clothing in 1970s and 1980s were greatly influenced by the movies of the time, such
as “Bonny & Clyde”, “The Sting”, “Paper Moon” & “The Great Gatsby” (The Robert
Redford and Mia Farrow version) which are set around 1925 to 1934 with authentic
clothing of the time a feature.
We have added some pictures of fashions from both decades for inspiration. Also the
internet and the library are very good resources, so go search those shops Ladies!
Fashions of the 1920s
Fashions of the 1930s
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Contact Chris HaubrichUnit 2/ 49 South Tce Wingfield SA 5013
Ph: 8445 7215 Fax: 8346 0293 Mob: 0433 162 354
ADVANCE NOTICE:
The Austin 7 Club spares service presents a "Know your Austin 7 Day" at the
clubrooms on Saturday 8 October 2016 commencing at 9am. The Spare Parts
Manager will conduct a talk and discussion on all attributes of the Austin 7 from the
starting handle to the tail light, so please bring your Austin 7 along and join in on the
day. You are encouraged to go for a ride in another Austin 7 and take others in your
Austin 7 to compare noises. Morning tea will be supplied along with a light BBQ/salad
luncheon later. Please come along and use the facilities of the Clubrooms to further
your interest in our grand little cars.
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PAST EVENTS
INAUGURAL GAWLER VETERAN & VINTAGE RUN TO BAROSSA VALLEY
On 3 April 2016, a couple of Austin 7 Club members attended this inaugural run
which featured a run from Gawler to Greenock via Seppeltsfield without
encountering any traffic lights. On leaving the Gawler TAFE car park the route
included morning tea on the Lyndoch village green, then via Tanunda, and
Seppeltsfield before arriving at the Greenock oval for byo lunch. This event will be
repeated next year on 9 April 2017 which unfortunately for the Gawler Club
coincides with our travels to Toowoomba & Ipswich. From reports given, the day was
enjoyed by all who attended.
Participants enjoying conversation at Greenock Oval.
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PAST EVENTS: PRE WAR AUSTIN 7 RUN TO BURRA 23/25 APRIL 2016
Yet another weekend of relaxed motoring in interesting cars with like minded
company .The weather gods were 95% cooperative (the wind could not be totally
ignored) and most could follow the run sheet despite last minute adjustments. The
venues for the day were interesting to say the least. I am sure the stores at Spalding
and Robertstown had above average sales of ice cream and lollies (and brass screws)
while the bar at Whyte Yarcowie simply wasn't big enough for us all to fit in. Lunch
at Jamestown was available from an extensive menu to suit everyone.
The aspect of the weekend which I found most satisfying was the involvement of
younger members .Really young, under 40 !! who drove Austin 7s with confidence
and pride. The future of the OLD car movement is in the hands of members like
these. Well done. (and the old farts aren't that boring after all are they?)
Greg & Julie.
THE START AT KRISPY KREME'S BOLIVAR SATURDAY 23 APRIL
MORNING TEA STOP AT KAPUNDA
ON THE WAY AT ROBERTSTOWN'S GENERAL STORE
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PAST EVENTS: PRE WAR AUSTIN 7 RUN TO BURRA 23/25 APRIL 2016
LUNCHTIME STOP AT BURRA GORGE
SUNDAY RUN 24 APRIL AFTER BREAKFAST THE LINE UP BEFORE DEPARTURE
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PAST EVENTS: PRE WAR AUSTIN 7 RUN TO BURRA 23/25 APRIL 2016
LUNCH TIME AT JAMESTOWN:
REFRESHMENT TIME AT WHYTE YARCOWIE:
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PAST EVENTS: PRE WAR AUSTIN 7 RUN TO BURRA 23/25 APRIL 2016
HAPPY HOUR TIME AT PAXTON COTTAGES BURRA
DOING A DRIVE BY AT THE HAPPY HOUR
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PAST EVENTS: PRE WAR AUSTIN 7 RUN TO BURRA 23/25 APRIL 2016
Thanks to Beryl Thorpe for this ditty:
Its time for our next jaunt
Paxton Cottages will be our haunt
Trevor Gent in his Roadster a new
addition
To the cars on the road and he's got a
mission
To get this trip under his belt
Without a breakdown or so he felt
Dave Garnett is first one down
Broken crank makes him frown
Picnic lunch at Burra Creek
The sun is fine and the crowd is meek
Onwards to Burra township for all to
rest
Keys in a basket all gets beds for the
best
Tea Time at the hotel, it starts at six
Everyone is early and all in the mix
The staff aren’t ready, haven’t clocked
on yet
the bar is slow and the food too you
bet
The orders are taken the Lamb shanks
run out,
its change your mind or go without.
Bright and Early the next morning and
off we go
Spalding Whyte Yarcowie and another
town or two
Back via Mount Bryan but some poor
Chap
Run out of petrol but no mishap
A couple of other breakdowns for a
member
(or 2) and A new adventure and we will
all remember
The Burra Pre War Run of 2016
COAST TO COAST RUN - SUNDAY 22 MAY 2016
In the absence of any organised event planned for this date, a couple of members
attended this inaugural run promoted by the Morris Register of SA. The run met at
Wigley Reserve Glenelg, and after due speeches by notaries, the route to Port
Adelaide was achieved without fuss. The destination was adjacent to the Aviation
museum, which was fine until the forecasted rain set in, so I left.
Next year's run will be in reverse to the one just held.
At the Austin 7 Club Technical night at the Clubrooms on 23 May 2016, Bob
Gell an Austin 7 Club member and owner of a Vanden Plas Princess 1100 gave a
presentation on Batteries and Battery powered vehicles.
Bob spoke about Battery charging stations, different types of Battery
connections, and new advances in battery and motor vehicle technology, both
in Australia and overseas.
GELCOservices is an Automotive Industry Consulting firm, specialising in
Electrochemical Engineering, particularly related to the testing of automotive
batteries, Electric Vehicle charge systems and infrastructure.
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MODERN REGULARITY 10 APRIL 2016
Objectives of Regularity
Regularity is a competition where the driver nominates a lap time and endeavours to maintain that
time over a number of flying laps of the race circuit. Each tenth of a second away from the nominated
time scores penalty points. The driver with the least points wins, or the driver with the most points, eg.
furthest from their nominated lap time comes last.
It’s a relatively safe form of competition, as outright speed or lap time is not a consideration in scoring.
Therefore, you don’t need an expensive race car – your street car can be just as competitive as even
the latest sports car. A car passing you on the track is not perceived as beating you, as competitors
are not permitted to block or dice with each other, as in racing or sprinting. These rules result in much
safer competition and any competitor who blocks or dices will attract a penalty from the event officials.
1: Don STACEY 2: Frank CHESSELL
3: David FREER 4: Adam NEWTON
Austin 7 Journals Page 20 July 2016
MODERN REGULARITY 10 APRIL 2016
Austin 7 Journals Page 21 July 2016
MODERN REGULARITY 10 APRIL 2016
1: Brett WATTERS 2: Anthony VERNER
3: Neil MARTIN 4: Gavin LYMN
5: John ELLIS 6: Geoff STEPHENS
7: Stephen DRURY 8: Sandy WATTERS
Austin 7 Journals Page 22 July 2016
MODERN REGULARITY 15 MAY 2016
Austin 7 Journals Page 23 July 2016
MODERN REGULARITY 15 MAY 2016
1: Sandy WATTERS 2: Colin TUCKER
3: Richard BAILEY 4: Michelle WEGENER
5: Paul WISE 6: Neil MARTIN
7: Jason THIELE 8: Brett WATTERS
Austin 7 Journals Page 24 July 2016
MODERN REGULARITY 15 MAY 2016
The third Modern Regularity event was held on 15 May 2016. It was a fine sunny
Autumn day with a slight breeze making it a fast track. The number of competitors
was down from the previous event but in part this was due to car casualties from
the Peter Hall Memorial 6 Hour event held 2 weeks prior - Andrew Baohm, Anthony
Verner and Rachel Hoffmeyer to name a few.
There were 3 competitors pulled out of form up. One for failing to sign on at driver’s
briefing, one for not showing his CAMS licence and booklet. The Clerk of Course has
made it clear that both the CAMS licence and booklet must be sighted and sign on
at driver’s briefing completed or the competitor will not be allowed on the track.
Brandan Marston was also called out of form up due to a significant oil leak from his
power steering. Unfortunately Brandan was unable to rectify the issue and was out
for the day. His father Bruce joined him with mechanical issues part way through
Heat 3. Wayne Hoffmeyer came in before completing his first lap in Heat 4 due to
muffler concerns. Just as well, as he pulled up in the paddock next to his trailer his
exhaust system fell off.
The work the Gear Knobs have done on
their cars showed dividends with each
achieving a personal best time. To their
credit they also achieved some great
results with Richard Bailey and Michelle
Wegner coming 2
nd
and 4
th
in Heat 4,
respectively.
Sandy Watters showed her class and
dominance by winning Heats 1, 2, and 4
and taking a commanding lead in both
the overall and the Ladies Series. The
surprise of the day was the winner of Heat 3, 16 year old James Arneric. Not only
was he the only junior in the field, it was his first drive of that car.
Austin 7 Journals Page 25 July 2016
MODERN REGULARITY OPEN WHEELERS 15 MAY 2016
1: Donald STACEY 2: Ron STEVENS
3: Lou CALICCHIO 4: Ben REBBECK
5: Adam NEWTON 6: Callum NORRIS
7: Jay THOMPSON 8: Frank CHESSELL
Austin 7 Journals Page 26 July 2016
2016 SA/VIC BORDER RUN TO NHILL
The Border Run 2016 as reported by Beryl and Steve Thorpe
Well this was our 2
nd
Border run, our first being Penola in 2015. A couple of dozen
(or so) of us South Aussies travelled to just out of Nhill, but due to wild wind and
rain forecast most Austin 7’s were trailered. Only two of our members Barney
Bunker and David Garnett drove their fine machines to and from Nhill. Our base
camp was at the Little Desert Nature Lodge approx. 14km out of Nhill in the Little
Desert National Park.
The first afternoon and evening was mostly spent watching SA and Vic members as
they unloaded their Austin 7s from trailers and members chatting, checking out the
other cars and meeting new friends and reviving old acquaintances.
There was definitely a chill in the air temperature but loads of warmth with
members meeting chatting and reliving previous experiences. An air conditioner in
the common lounge got cranked up and a lovely welcoming open fire was located in
the dining room.
The bar opened at 5:30 and many stood around the cosy open fire in the dining
room before dinner was served. A choice of Chicken or Beef laid alternately before
us, both were delicious from all accounts. Dessert was Lemon Curd Tart or Fruit
and Cream Pavlova and not too many were left. A very delicious meal had by all.
The evening finished with Coffee and tea and an early night for some.
Austin 7 Journals Page 27 July 2016
2016 SA/VIC BORDER RUN TO NHILL
Austin 7 Journals Page 28 July 2016
2016 SA/VIC BORDER RUN TO NHILL
The morning started well with an 8am breakfast call for a full cooked country
breakfast with all the trimmings. Then it was “start the motors” as we prepared for
out 9am start out. About 15 Austin 7s and a few varying other vintage or classic
cars then drove in procession to Kiata to Inverness Motors. Inverness Motors is a
privately owned car museum (Ron & Maureen Warwick) featuring an extensive range
of Leyland P76, other classic cars and memorabilia. Our members meandered
through the four sheds of cars and memorabilia then returning to the main shed for
a sumptuous fully catered sweet and savoury morning tea with tea and coffee.
Back to our cars and another 25 miles or so we arrived at the Wimmera Mallee
Pioneer Museum at Jeparit. Our group were parked in display at the entry gate and
many an attendee stopped to look at the cars and chat to owners. There was much
to see at the museum with Tractors aplenty and ploughs cultivators grain cleaning
equipment just to name a few. There was also a display of the old Jails, the School
Room, Chemist, Church and varying other historical relics to interest all.
Austin 7 Journals Page 29 July 2016
2016 SA/VIC BORDER RUN TO NHILL
There was no dedicated time to leave Jeparit so attendees gradually ambled back to
the Little Desert Park, mostly all back by 4pm. Some chose to walk around the
designated walking trails, some reloaded their vehicles onto trailers and some chose
to just have a drink a chat and a laugh.
Dinner on Sunday again by the cosy open fire, was a choice of Duck or Pork and
both were once again well received by the attendees. The Athol Lamont Trophy was
awarded to Barney and Jean Bunker with the warning that they will have to return
next year and return the perpetual trophy for the next recipient. The evening
finished off with dessert coffee and tea. Once again an early night was enjoyed by
some.
Monday morning, fully cooked breakfast and pack up the rooms. Most were out and
on the road before 9am and another successful Border Run enjoyed by us with
thanks to the Victorian organising committee and the D & D Tours of South Aussie.
SA members who attended the Border Run were:
Alan & Valerie Baker drove their 1976
Mercedes.
Ralph & Marie Drage drove their 1958
Austin A95.
David & Michele Grear trailered their
'35 Austin 7 behind their Fairlane.
David Searles drove his 1967 Austin
1800.
David Garnett drove his '35 Austin 7
Roadster.
Steve & Beryl Thorpe trailered their
'32 Austin 7 Roadster.
Trevor & Rosalie Gent trailered their
'35 Austin 7 Tourer.
Simon & Trevor Mander trailered their '37 A7 behind Simon's new Holden SS.
Barney Bunker drove his '35 A7 Tourer with Jean driving trailer backup.
Greg & Julie Lindsay trailered their '29 Austin 7 Ace from Casterton.
Ian & Cheryl Jones drove their Hillman Gazelle, and
Jim & Lynne Nicholson drove their Leyland P76.
Graham & Marilou Pearce nearly made it but had a mechanical problem at Mt
Barker requiring RAA attention. This necessitated repatriation of their Landrover
and Caravan to their home, however this took most of the day as the tow truck
suffered a mechanical problem to add to the situation.
Austin 7 Journals Page 30 July 2016
A STORY FROM THE OTHER SIDE
"ALL THIS AND A SEVEN TOO..."
There once was a man who cherished a 1929 Austin 7 for most of his life. He spent
all his spare time working on it, and talked of little else in his conversation. He died,
and was met on the Other Side by a polite young man who said "You have led a
blameless life and have been able to achieve a measure of earthly happiness without
causing misery to others. We know how you would like to spent your Eternal Life,
and the necessary arrangements have been made,"
The polite young man led him to a garage wherein was a 1929 Austin 7, just like the
one he had left behind him but with none of the defects which were still awaiting his
attention when the last Trump called him from his workshop.
"It is yours forever" said the polite young man, "and the Open Road is just over there
to the left."
Both joyful and relieved, (for he had not
been quite confident of his destination)
he drove the little Austin along the
Open Road. He never ran out of petrol
or oil. The car remained in perfect
concours condition for mile after mile,
and he never had to lay a spanner to it.
After a while he found the Open Road
took him near the garage again, so he
drew in and sought out the polite young
man, for there was a question he wanted to ask.
"Will I never have any maintenance to do? will she never go wrong throughout
Eternity? Is there nothing I can do but drive her?"
"No," said the polite young man: "nothing will ever go wrong. You will never even
have to wash and polish her."
"Oh Hell" he said, for he was sorely disappointed.
"Yes", said the polite young man with a fiendish grin. Hadn't you realised where you
were?"
And the moral of this story is that you should never grumble when you run a big
end in the early hours of a rainy morning two hundred miles from home.
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Austin Sevens turned up in a variety of unusual applications, none so strange as in
a motorcycle, this one in a twin rear wheeled Brough Superior 750cc BS4 model
with shaft drive. This model referred commonly as the Rolls Royce of Motor Cycles
had a modified Austin 7 motor in the interest of smoothness and quietness
compared with the normal big V twins.
Ron Burchett recalls that after WW2 when reading in "Australian Motor Sport" of an
enthusiast who managed to install one in a thirties Harley Davidson frame.
Austin 7 Journals Page 31 July 2016
DAVE HALL'S COLLECTION GOES UNDER THE HAMMER
Our mate, and Life Member of the Austin 7 Club in SA, Dave Hall, who died suddenly on 19
November 2014 had a sizeable collection of vehicles. These vehicles including five Austin
Sevens went under the hammer at the Theodore Bruce Auction Rooms Magill Road Norwood
on Saturday 21 May 2016. Several hundred interested people along with dozens of Austin 7
Club members viewed the vehicles from 10am before the auction commenced at 12 noon.
While there was some initial slow bidding, the tempo soon picked up with prices reflecting
more buoyant bidding.
Vehicle
Lot
Estimate
Bid
Purchase
Lot 1
2004 Holden
Sedan Berlina
Series II
$2,000 - $3,000
$4,500
$5,119
Lot 2
1928 Austin Seven
Tourer
$4,000 - $6,000
$11,400
$12,968
Lot 3
2004 Mercedes-
Benz E240 Classic
$4,000 - $6,000
$16,000
$18,200
Lot 4
1975 Mercedes-
Benz 250 Compact
Saloon
$5,000 - $7,000
$4,400
$5,005
Lot 5
1947 MG "YA"
Sedan
$8,000 - $10,000
$11,250
$12,797
Lot 6
1937 Austin Seven
Tourer
$7,000 - $10,000
$11,250
$12,797
Lot 7
1932 Austin Seven
RN Saloon
$5,000 - $7,000
$11,750
$13,366
Austin 7 Journals Page 32 July 2016
Lot 8
Austin 7 "Ulster"
Replica
$7,000 - $10,000
$16,250
$18,484
Lot 9
1954 Holden FJ
Special
$7,000 - $10,000
$16,000
$18,200
Lot 10
1927 Chevrolet
Tourer
$9,000 - $11,000
$13,250
$15,072
Lot 11
1929 Austin Seven
Roadster
$6,000 - $8,000
$12,000
$13,650
For Sale……..1978 - 280 SE Mercedes
Benz Sedan
Featuring:- 2.8 litre dohc 6 cylinder motor,
fuel injected, 4 speed auto, 4 wheel
independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes,
as new tyres, electric windows and all the
other Mercedes luxury and safety features.
Interior is in very good condition. Body has
some minor paint blemishes but not too
major. Sun roof is silicone shut (which may be
an advantage as it does not leak).
213,000 k’s on odometer. I have only used the
car on 6 days in the last two years and the longest journey was to Mannum. It is an
excellent cruising car and very easy to drive. Currently on non-transferable Club
registration.
Over $3000 spent on new front and rear suspension bushes, rear wheel bearing,
front brakes and rear self levelling ‘spheres’ and aircraft grade suspension oil.
Asking $ 6,500 o.n.o. Contact Laurie O'Connell on 0412 724 199
This Merc is an ideal vehicle to attend Austin 7 Club Leisure Runs in.
FOR SALE
Austin 10, 1937/38 Cambridge parts for sale inc radiators x 2, complete diff, engine
and gearbox parts, dash parts and much more, $150.
Phone Chris Frayne on ...0477 013 773.
Austin 7 Journals Page 33 July 2016
In the April 2014 edition of these Journals we reported on the Austin 7 Club entry in the 1954 Redex
Trial as above. It was noticed that in the April to June 2016 edition of the "BMC Experience", this
photo (below) appeared with the following caption "An Austin A30 with SA number plate gets a
check-over at Katherine NT on the 1954 Redex Round Australia Trial. Note the flymesh draped over
the windscreen, and the oil stains on the rear wheel seem a bit worrying." It made no mention that the
A30 was entered by our Club and its driver & navigator were Lloyd Thorpe and Brian Cooper.
Austin 7 Journals Page 34 July 2016
HISTORIC WINTON - 40 YEARS
A number of members each year at the end of May make a journey to the Historic
Races at Winton put on by the Austin 7 Club in Victoria, and this year was no
exception with Historic Winton celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Here are a few
photos of the event of what goes on:
Austin 7 Journals Page 35 July 2016
HISTORIC WINTON - 40 YEARS
Late afternoon and the final race at Winton 2016
Austin 7 Journals Page 36 July 2016
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Ian Motley enjoying his annual tour of duty at Winton, and a successful one at that!