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.
AUSTINTATIOUS RAMBLINGS - FOR OCTOBER
A month in which we made the best of the weather, just before we exit BST.
Included with this Newsletter is the Booking Form for our Christmas Dinner which, this year, is being held at the Island Sailing Club, on Monday, December 10th. If you wish to go to this annual event then please complete the enclosed form and return it to Brian Stone, by 26th, November. Please make your cheque payable to Isle of Wight Austins, not IOWA. This is always a most enjoyable event, so please do come along.
Merry Henry has been in touch with me. Louis, 1935 A7 Nippy is still for sale and she also has a copy of the much sought after 'Austin Seven Source Boo'’, by Brian Purves. If you look on-line, you will find that they are selling from £100 to £450! If interested, please let me know. Merry tells me that the money received from the sale of the book will go to the Hospice.
This month, I am extremely grateful to Mike Howell, who has sent me several interesting articles about his Austineering days, particularly getting his Austins on the road. So, I now have some 'gap fillers' for this and future Newsletters. Thank you Mike!
Thank you also to Mike and Verda Bell, our 'overseas' members, for sending me a report about the Annual Bantam Society meet, at Pacific Grove, California, which they attended with their 1934 American Austin 7 Roadster.
This month we welcomed Ivor and Rosie Hawkins as members of IOWA. They have not long been on the Island and live in the same road as Tony and Margaret Parsons. Ivor tells me that once his workshop and garage are clear he hopes to bring his Austin 7, a 1934 RP de Luxe saloon, over to the Island in the near future. We look forward to seeing the car, once he has put it together but in the meantime it’s a case of using their modern. We do hope they will join us whenever they can.
During the month, Bryan Shaw attended the H and H Auction at Duxford, hoping to make a successful bid for Lot 117, a 1935 Austin Pickup. Unfortunately, he was outbid by a large margin. The hammer price was £27,000, but, for the buyer it was £30,050 with VAT and Commission! The estimated Catalogue price was (£14-18,000). As he said to me 'who says Austins don’t make good money'. The truck was entered by Bob Glennister, who is well known in Austin circles.
Oct.7th. For our first meeting of the month, we had a sunny but very cold morning. In the Godshill car park were 10 Austins and 4 Classics. I managed to distribute the latest Newsletter before most of us motored to the Roman Villa, near Brading, for our refreshments. It was great to see Mike and Helen Howell there. One advantage of this venue is that there is plenty of space for us.
Several members went to Amberley, in John Golding's 1931 Reo coach, for the 'Autumn Historic Vehicle Gathering' being held there. Always a good event to attend.
Oct.14th. On a very wet and windy morning, members opted to use their moderns. On my way from Bembrridge to Godshill, I encountered two ‘cloudbursts’which caused a lot of local flooding. It was particularly bad near Sandown Airport where it was over a foot deep. However, some 24 members did make it to Godshill. Later 12 members motored to Osborne House to join 15 members who had gone directly, to enjoy morning refreshments there.
Oct. 21st.A fine sunny day when members took 19 cars to Godshill, 13 Austins and 6 classics. Also there, were 2 classics, from the Mainland, one of the owners sent me this photograph, on the right
There was an unusual occurrence when all the passengers from two coaches decided to come over and look at our cars! Most of the members stayed at Godshill, having refreshments in the Old Smithy Café before 33 went over to the nearby Griffin Hotel for the monthly Sunday lunch. Can I please make a plea? If I am not able to be with you, as was the case this weekend, can you take some photographs (be it with camera or i-phone) to reflect what is going on.
Oct. 28th. On an unusually cold morning, for this time of the year, 8 Austins and 7 Classics took to the roads. It was so cold that there was little social interaction at Godshill. It was a case of to get in our cars and head for our refreshment venue, The Three Bishops at Brighstone. There, we were to meet up with other members from the West Wight.