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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.
Our ladies actively support these activities and are an essential part of our success.
As of March 2018, we now have 88 members and somw 40 active partners.
A breakdown of vehicles that we have in the Club (March 2018), shows that there are,
Austin 7s – 42
American Austin - 2
Austin Big 7s - 1
Austin 10s – 28
Other pre-war Austins, e.g. 12/4, 16/6 etc. - 12
Post war Austins – 24
There are 5 non car owning members.
In addition to the 108 Austins in the Club, between them, members also own 78 other ‘classic’ vehicles, including a 1922 Rolls-Royce Siver Ghost and a 1923 Rover Coup.
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AUSTINTATIOUS RAMBLINGS - FOR APRIL
Weatherwise, a month of extremes! But even on the bad days our events were well supported.
Can I thank all of you who have returned your Data Protection consent forms and remind those who have yet to do so, to let me have them by May 25th 2018, the official cutoff date. Like me, many of you are, no doubt, being contacted by many companies and organizations to consent to how they contact you, i.e. by telephone, post or e-mail. It is important to note that, if you do not opt in, your current personal data will be removed from the Club’s database. This effectively means that you will lose touch with the Club and not be sent a Newsletter. So put it on your Job List now!
Once again the Club celebrated St. George's Day, on the 23rd April. With cars sporting flags and members regaled in red and white. One group met at Godshill before motoring to the 'Blacksmiths Arms' for lunch. Others went there directly and, in the end, 37 of us enjoyed good food and good company. Many thanks to Fran Shelley, who once again organized this event for us.
I know that many members could not find any flags for sale. With the World Cup imminent, there will be plenty of England flags for sale. Stock up while you can!
Looking ahead it looks as though, unfortunately, there are going to be some clashes on certain weekends. The options for you will appear on the Events List.
Ray Perkins has told me that, for health reasons, he has been told not to drive. He so much enjoyed driving his 1935 Austin 12/4 Hertford.
Mike Howell, Louis Henry and David Potts are still undergoing treatment and meet up with us when they can. Jan Dymott is now back at home, after undergoing an extensive range of treatments at Southampton Hospital. However, she has to return there twice a week for blood tests. We wish them all well.
On Friday, May 11th, we shall be visiting 'Airframe Assemblies', at Sandown Airport. Please note that the revised meeting time is 12.15 p.m.
Vic Gallucci, the organizer of the big Island Classic Car Show to be held over the weekend of September 15th/16th, has been in touch with me. He wants me to let him have the names, and car details, of Club members who would like to display their cars on either the Saturday, at Newport, or the Sunday, at Ryde. Due to the fact that it could be the biggest show yet, he wants these details from me as soon as possible, otherwise we could be restricted in the number of cars we can take along. Please let me know, at future Club events, if you want to attend.
Apr. 1st. How lucky were we! Easter Sunday was the best day of the weekend and we took advantage of it. At Godshill were 11 Austins and 5 of our classics, with many members wandering around in their Easter Bonnets. After a 'photoshoot', Mike Hutton handed out some Easter eggs which had been kindly donated by Kevin Bane, who visited the Island on the previous Sunday. Although dry, it was rather cool and it was nice to get into our cars and motor to the Roman Villa, Brading, where 28 of us enjoyed refreshments. On the way home, the sun did make an appearance!
Apr. 8th. Weather-wise, a very miserable wet day! However, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of members to meet up at Godshill and our refreshment venue, the Sun Inn, at Calbourne. Those who met at Godshill took shelter from the rain, in the Old Smithy Café, before motoring to the Sun Inn, meeting up with other members who had gone there directly. Car wise, 3 Austins and 2 classics braved the elements, as did 41 members. On the way home several members decided to stop off at the Newclose Cricket Ground. In the Pavilion was an extensive display of Barry Price’s 'Days gone by - Isle of Wight Nostalgia' photographs. It is an incredible collection of 1000s of images that Barry has collected over the years. Before setting up his own Garage, he worked for Fowlers, the Morris agents in Newport. As was to be expected there were many photographs of old vehicles going back to 1905, that was when the first buses appeared on the Island.
Apr. 15th. The rain forecast for mid-day, possibly affected the number of ‘real cars’ on the road. In the end we had 9 Austins, 6 classics and a lot of moderns at Godshill. It did try to rain before we motored to the Propeller Inn, at Bembridge Airport, for our morning refreshments. I believe we had a record turnout, for the year, with 44 members present. This is Alan Sugar’s favourite haunt, when he flies himself over to the Island.. It was just a pity that it was not a sunny day; otherwise we could have sat outside and enjoyed some aircraft activity.
Apr. 22nd. ‘Drive it Day’ attracted a good selection of our cars at Godshill, on what was a very sunny and warm morning. In the car park were 15 Austins and 8 classics. Whilst there, we were joined by 5 Austins from the Solent Sevens Club (pictured right, below).
Their owners were spending the weekend on the Island. Later, we all moved off for refreshments at the Chequers Inn, at Rookley. With so many of us there it was a bit of a squeeze in the area that they had set aside for us! Apparently, members of the Rover P6 Club were also staying on the Island with their cars. I also saw several Morgans on my way home. So, what with other Island Clubs out with their cars as well, it was a very successful ‘Drive it Day’ on the Island. The weather could not have been better for open top motoring!
Apr. 22nd. ‘Drive it Day’ attracted a good selection of our cars at Godshill, on what was a very sunny and warm morning. In the car park were 15 Austins and 8 classics. Whilst there, we were joined by 5 Austins from the Solent Sevens Club (pictured right, below).
Their owners were spending the weekend on the Island. Later, we all moved off for refreshments at the Chequers Inn, at Rookley. With so many of us there it was a bit of a squeeze in the area that they had set aside for us! Apparently, members of the Rover P6 Club were also staying on the Island with their cars. I also saw several Morgans on my way home. So, what with other Island Clubs out with their cars as well, it was a very successful ‘Drive it Day’ on the Island. The weather could not have been better for open top motoring!
Apr. 22nd. ‘Drive it Day’ attracted a good selection of our cars at Godshill, on what was a very sunny and warm morning. In the car park were 15 Austins and 8 classics. Whilst there, we were joined by 5 Austins from the Solent Sevens Club (pictured right, below).
Their owners were spending the weekend on the Island. Later, we all moved off for refreshments at the Chequers Inn, at Rookley. With so many of us there it was a bit of a squeeze in the area that they had set aside for us! Apparently, members of the Rover P6 Club were also staying on the Island with their cars. I also saw several Morgans on my way home. So, what with other Island Clubs out with their cars as well, it was a very successful ‘Drive it Day’ on the Island. The weather could not have been better for open top motoring!
Apr. 22nd. ‘Drive it Day’ attracted a good selection of our cars at Godshill, on what was a very sunny and warm morning. In the car park were 15 Austins and 8 classics. Whilst there, we were joined by 5 Austins from the Solent Sevens Club (pictured right, below).
Their owners were spending the weekend on the Island. Later, we all moved off for refreshments at the Chequers Inn, at Rookley. With so many of us there it was a bit of a squeeze in the area that they had set aside for us! Apparently, members of the Rover P6 Club were also staying on the Island with their cars. I also saw several Morgans on my way home. So, what with other Island Clubs out with their cars as well, it was a very successful 'Drive it Day' on the Island. The weather could not have been better for open top motoring!
Apr. 29th. What a contrast to last Sunday! It really was a very cold dull morning with rain falling in some parts of the Island. However, there were plenty of members at Godshill and also a couple who were thinking of buying an Austin 7 Ruby. It was nice to see Jan Dymott there, with Tony and their Austin 7 Van. Car wise, at Godshill were 7 Austins, 7 Classics and many moderns. Most present motored to Isle of Wight Pearl for their morning refreshments

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