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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
During the month, it was nice to meet up with members of visiting car clubs, who joined us at Godshill on Sunday mornings. They are always made welcome.
As I shall be off the Island before the end of the month, I have had to send a copy of this Newsletter to the printers before I go. As a result, the report on 'Drive it Day' will now appear next month.
Finally, Margaret Parsons has asked me to thank all those members who have sent her sympathy cards.
Mar 31st. In my absence, Chris Broom reports – 'I thought that you would like to know it was very busy at Godshill as we were joined by a visiting Rover Club. Their 10 cars swelled the number of classic cars present to 14. Not to be outdone, we also had 12 Austins in the Austin row. Austin wise, on the day, we had 15 Austins out as 3 joined us at Tapnell Farm - a great turnout in the sunshine. We went onto the café there where there were 32 of us for Coffee, including several West Wight members There was a Scarlet Red A40 Farina that turned up just as we were about to leave. Did anybody know who the owner was?.'
Apr. 7th. A better than expected day and, with the sun making it feel rather warm, we had a good selection of cars on the road. On arriving at Godshill, a surprise was the presence of 5 A35s belonging to members of the Gloucester section of the A30/35 Owners Club. They were spending the weekend on the Island and appeared to be having a great time and being well looked after at the Grange Bank Hotel, in Shanklin. Whilst at Godshill I managed to distribute quite a lot of the April Newsletters before most of us, including the A35s, motored to Albert Lodge, East Cowes, for morning refreshments. There, we were joined by members who had gone directly. This was the first time that we have visited this venue and it proved to be a very good one. They had to cope with 33 of us and 14 visitors! Member’s cars on the road were 6 Austins and 6 classics.
Apr. 14th. On a sunny, but very cold, morning, the Godshill car park was graced with an interesting selection of vehicles. Members, Stuart and Celia Wells arrived with their recent acquisition, a 1923 A12/4 Mulliner bodied two seat tourer, with dickey. Stuart had originally thought about carrying out an Austin van restoration, but this car caught his eye so he bought it. Also present was ATDC member, Tony Westmore. He has visited the Island on many occasions with one of his Austins, but this time it was with his 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle. David Yates arrived on a 1961 BSA C15. This he had won in a raffle yesterday! He owns other old motorcycles so has a mode of transport whilst the engine of his 1937 A7 Ruby is being overhauled. From what I hear somebody, down the line, had made a botched job of putting it together. John Golding arrived with his 1931 Reo truck, soon to be joined by Stan Brading's 1925 Austin 12/4 truck. So, by 10.30 a.m., there were 16 Austins and 4 classics in the car park. Our Chairman, Chris Broom, informed those present about the sudden death of Tony Parsons, who was almost always part of the Godshill scene. Later, some 28 members, motored to the nearby Donkey Sanctuary for morning refreshments.
Apr. 21st. Easter Sunday, a day when members are encouraged to don their Easter Bonnets and what a day it turned out to be! The very cold winds of last week had gone and now we were enjoying a spell of summer like weather, with temperatures in the mid 20s. This resulted in an excellent turn out of members and cars some, like my A7 Chummy, not seen at Godshill for some time. On the day we had 23 Austins on the road, 4 of them joining us at our refreshment stop at Butterfly World, near Wootton. Making its first appearance at Godshill was Carolyne Brading's 1935 Austin 7 AAK tourer, a really nice example of this model. She seemed quite at home driving it. It is nice to see some Austin lady owners in the Club, using their cars.
Members certainly entered into the spirit of the day, with many bonnets to be seen as well as some decorated cars. Later, many of us at Godshill motored to Butterfly World where we enjoyed our refreshments outside, in the glorious weather. Afterwards, 10 of us stayed on to picnic there.
April 23rd.St. George's Day Celebration.
On Tuesday, the 23rd April, we held our annual celebration of St. George's Day. We met up in the Godshill car park just after 11.00 a.m., with cars sporting flags and members regaled in red and white. We certainly created quite a spectacle for visitors to Godshill!
Later, 35 members with 16 cars (14 Austins and two classics) motored to the 'Fighting Cocks', at Hale Common, where we all enjoyed good food and good company. Many thanks to Fran Shelley, who once again organized this popular event for us.
It is a great pity that more is not made of St. George’s Day around the country. For some reason (political correctness?), it does not achieve the sort of recognition that St. David's Day, St. Andrew's Day and St. Patrick's Day get. Other than those on our cars, I only saw two other St. George's Day flags between home and Godshill.

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