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Throughout the year we attend events and rallies, both on the Island and Mainland. In the past the group have even taken some of their cars over to France for a short break.
In November 2005, the Group were featured in the 'Antiques Roadshow' programme that was recorded on the Island earlier in that year.
Our ladies actively support these activities and are an essential part of our success.
As of March 2019, we now have 95 members and some 40 active partners.
A breakdown of vehicles that we have in the Club (March 2019), shows that there are,
Austin 7s – 47, American Austin – 2, Big 7 – 1, Austin 10 – 26, Other pre-war Austins, e.g. 12/4, 16/6 etc. – 11, Post WW2 Austins – 18.
In addition to the 106 Austins in the Club, between them, members also own 82 other ‘classic’ vehicles.
At long last, we had several days of dry weather as well as some frost which resulted in a lot of roads being salted!
Just recently two of our members have spent time in Hospital, Neil Gibbs and Gillian Edwards. We wish them both well and that they have a speedy recovery.
I have been working my way through a lot of old Austin 7 photographs that I was given last year. Several feature the various stages in the manufacture of the Austin Swallow and these are to be found in this Newsletter. There are also some showing examples of the German made Dixi.
More of these will be used as space fillers in future Newsletters.
Do enjoy your motoring during the month ahead, hopefully, in much better weather.
Finally, just two reminders. Firstly, we shall be holding our annual Business Meeting on Monday, February 24th at the Arreton Community Centre, at 8.00 p.m. Please do your best to attend.
Secondly, your subscription becomes due at the end of the month. Rick Leader, our Treasurer, tells me that a lot of members have already paid up.
Jan 5th. A lovely sunrise turned to cloud and light rain when members were thinking of motoring to Godshill. As a result there were only 5 Austins, 6 classics and many moderns in the car park. We did have a dry window at Godshill which enabled me to get rid of a lot of Newsletters. Whilst there, Ray Trueman made a surprise presentation to Rick Leader, who was a very close friend of our founder, Viv Orchard. Viv owned a 1932 Austin 7 4- seat tourer, which he named ‘Goonbarrow’ and it had nameplates on both sides of the bonnet. After he died the car was subsequently sold and recently Garry Fatt, one of our members and also a member of the Dorset Austin Seven Club, found out that it was now owned by one of its members. Goonbarrow meant nothing to him and he was happy that the nameplates be passed on to Ray, hence the presentation to Rick. Afterwards, it was a case of motoring to our refreshment venues. 28 members went to the Wight Mouse, at Chale.
Jan. 12th. A sunny morning encouraged a good turnout of some 45 members, with 11 Austins and 5 classics. Also present was Colin Grieg and his wife, from the North Hampshire Austin Enthusiasts Group, who were spending the weekend on the Island.
After chatting, in a cold wind, it was nice to get into our cars and head for some warm refreshments. 36 went to the 'Fighting Cocks', at Hale Common, and the others to nearby venues.
Jan. 19th. A most welcome sunny morning but, quite frosty in places. There were 9 Austins and 3 classics at Godshill and, a lot of members. There was plenty of nattering going on before those present went into the Old Smithy Café and other nearby venues for refreshments. Later, 26 members went to the White Horse, at Whitwell for lunch. It was David Yates Birthday and he had brought along a Birthday cake which he had made, so no need for a sweet! After a choral rendition of 'Happy Birthday', he cut the cake and distributed slices of it to those present. Another member celebrating her Birthday was Sheila Bonner – Williams. We are all getting younger, hopefully!!!
Jan. 26th. Heavy early morning rain in some places and the fact that the roads had been salted during a dry week might have accounted for the smaller than usual turnout of our old cars. However there were 4 Austins and 1 classic at Godshill but a lot of members had used their moderns. After a convivial get together, members dispersed for refreshments with 17 going to the White Lion, at Niton. Some of the cars that went there are pictured.
Since we were last there, it has been refurbished and it is now a very attractive venue.

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