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THE GROUP OPERATES AS AN APPROVED CENTRE OF THE AUSTIN SEVEN OWNERS CLUB (LONDON), AND WELCOMES ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN AUSTIN PRODUCTS.
THERE IS ANNUAL GROUP SUBSCRIPTION OF £15.
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.
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Our ladies actively support these activities and are an essential part of our success.
WE NOW HAVE 94 MEMBERS, SOME OF WHOM OWN MORE THAN ONE AUSTIN.
The Austins we have in the Club are
Austin 7s – 46, Big 7s - 2, American Austin 7 - 1, Austin 10s – 29, other pre-war Austins, e.g. 12/4, 16/6 etc. – 13 and post war Austins – 19. The oldest Austin is a 1923 A7 Chummy.
Between them, members own 84 other 'classic vehicles', including a 1922 Rolls-Royce Siver Ghost and a 1923 Rover Coupe.
AUSTINTATIOUS RAMBLINGS - FOR JANUARY
We currently have three members battling against cancer, with both Mike Howell and Jan Dymott currently undergoing chemotherapy. David Potts has recently undergone facial surgery. Our thoughts are with them and we hope all goes well for these very determined, strong, individuals.
We need to look to the future, so please make a special effort to attend our annual Business Meeting. This will take place at our February monthly meeting on Monday, 26th February. Please do make a special effort to come along.
This month, we welcomed some real ‘overseas’ members, Mike and Verda Bell. We had the pleasure of meeting them last August, when they spent a day on the Island with us. At home in Sun City West, Arizona, they own a 1934 American Austin Roadster. They were keen to keep in touch with us and decided that the best way was to join us. We now have American ‘correspondents’ and, no doubt, they will keep us up to date with the American Austin scene.
It is so nice to receive some feedback from new members. Recently, Tony and Linda Bedell purchased a 1935 A7 PD tourer. Tony is now getting it ready for the better weather and is currently having the radiator repaired. He is also touching up parts of the paint work, having obtained a paint match from ‘The Body Shop Direct’ Tel: 716769 located in the side road opposite the Newport main Post Office Depot. They use a scanner to match the colour
Tony tells me that this is not the first A7 that he has owned. Back in 1962 when an engineering apprentice, he purchased a 1937 A7 Ruby for the sum of £2.50 before he could drive. A friend drove it home for him and put it on the drive. His father’s comment when he saw it was ‘what have you got that for, you can’t drive’! He soon started to take driving lessons! In March 1964, Linda and Tony used the Ruby for their honeymoon, driving in snow from Cleethorpes, via the Humber Ferry, to Scarborough. A year later, a motor bike ran into the car and sadly the car went to the 'Big Austin Club in the Sky'.
SUNDAY MEETINGS
Jan. 7th. At last, a beautiful sunny morning. This accounted for a really good turnout of members. In the end, there were 55 of us! Early arrivals parked on the tarmacked area of the Godshill car park, as it was quite muddy lower down. This resulted in some random parking of the 12 Austins and 8 classics. However, due to a very cold wind most quickly retired to the Old Smithy Café. It was nice to see Stan and Carolyne Brading there, with the ex Viv Orchard A12/4 Truck and Ray Trueman with his latest acquisition, a 1967 Austin A40. Later 43 of us motored to the Dairyman’s Daughter’ for our morning refreshments.
Jan. 14th. I was on the Mainland but I gather that there was a good turnout of our cars, on what was, a cold but dry morning. This was the second occasion, recently, when classics have outnumbered Austins! Maybe, the former offered more comfort on the cold morning. At Godshill were 7 Austins, 12 classics and a motorcycle combination belonging to Tony Dymott. The morning run was to Thompsons Garden Centre, where 33 members gathered for morning refreshments.
Jan. 21st. A thoroughly miserable, very wet, morning. As a result, members decided to use their moderns to get to Godshill. However, a very brave Louis Henry arrived in his 1936 A7 Nippy. He just loves driving it in wet weather! On arrival it was a quick retreat to the Old Smithy Café and, in the end, there were 42 of us enjoying refreshments and one another’s company. Later, 32 of us walked over to the nearby 'Griffin' for a carvery lunch, where we were joined by 6 other members.
Jan. 28th. On a dull morning, there were 8 Austins, 4 classics and several moderns on the road. Most of us gathered at Godshill, but some went directly to the 'Hare and Hounds', at Arreton, where 28 of us sat down for refreshments. It was so nice to see Mike and Helen Howell join us there.

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