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 DECEMBER
A Happy New Year to all IOWA members! Have you made your New Year resolutions yet?
What about, ‘I must let my Austin be seen in 2019’. We do have a lot of Austins in the Club. Believe it or not, some 80 here on the Island. Whilst a hard core of Austins were to be seen throughout 2018, there are many more that we would like to see make an appearance. So please do make a special effort this year.
I am not sure how many of you spotted my 'deliberate' mistake (?!) last month. If so, you would have wondered why you had two November issues of the Newsletter to file away. Issue 266 is, in fact, the December one!
Although the weather was dampish on several Sunday mornings, it did not deter members and there was always a good presence at Godshill. As usual, there were a number of pre-Christmas events during the month, the most important of which was our annual Christmas Dinner. This year, we decided to have a change of venue and hold it at the Island Sailing Club, in Cowes. In fact several of our members are also members of this well-known Club. So, on December 10th. 43 members attended what was a very successful evening, enjoying good food and company. Our thanks must go to Brian Stone who organized the evening for us, also to Tony and Margaret Parsons who organized the Raffle. There was a nice selection of really nice prizes to be won, some donated by members.
Later there was the pre-Christmas gathering of our cars at Godshill, reported on later.
Once again, I was asked by the Bembridge Business Association to transport Father Christmas from one end of the Village to the other, to celebrate the Hospice ‘Lights of Love’. A lot of villagers turned out, in heavy drizzle, with their lanterns to follow the local fire engine (with blue lights flashing!), two Shetland ponies and my A7 Chummy.
My Chummy was also out on Christmas Day when I transported another F.C. to the Bembridge Coast Hotel, where he greeted the guests who were staying there.
I should like to thank all who signed our 'collective' Christmas card. The donations made this year raised £67 for our Charity fund.
During the month, we welcomed two more new members. David and Sue Woodfull, who own a 1938 Austin 7 Ruby. They have already got to know many of us and, I am sure that they will be very active members.
During the month two of our members, Lesley Murdy and Ivor Hawkins, have undergone operations at St, Mary’s Hospital. Both appear to be progressing well.
Peter Taylor tells me that his son is about to start building an A7 Special. We shall watch its progress with interest as he made such a good job of restoring a Triumph Spitfire. A possible younger member? I recently put my 20 year old Grandson on my policy, to drive my Chummy. The extra premium required by RH Insurance was £0! Well done RH, who I know want to encourage younger drivers to get interested in older cars.
Finally, can I remind you that our Annual Business Meeting takes place on Monday, February 25th, at the Arreton Community Centre. Our current Chairman, Mike Johnston, will be standing down at the Meeting. However, we do have a member who is willing to take over. Should you wish to bring up any special business at the Meeting, then I should be grateful if you could notify me at least 14 days beforehand.
SUNDAY MORNING MEETINGS
Dec. 2nd. With many roads very wet, after heavy overnight rain, most members used their moderns to get to Godshill.
However, 3 Austins and classic did make it to the Bear Cafe at Lake.
Dec. 9th. A nice bright morning for a change! This encouraged 33 members to take to the road in 8 Austins, 6 classics and a number of moderns. Once again. It was pleasant to natter in the Godshill car park before 7 cars left and motored through very pleasant countryside to the Crown Inn, at Shorwell, for refreshments.
Dec. 16th . I was off the Island, but I understand that there was a good turnout of both cars and members at Godshill. Many later motored to Thompsons Garden Centre for their morning refreshments.
Dec. 23rd.Not really a good day for our Christmas get together at Godshill. After heavy overnight rain everywhere was so wet. At least 4 Austins sported some Christmas decoration but most of the members present did come in some form of Christmas attire, with even a Father Christmas present. We are grateful, once again, to the Parsons and Huttons for providing 'warmers' in the form of mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies. After consuming these, some 30 members then retired to the Old Smithy Café for more refreshments! We really did take over the café!
Dec. 30th. What a Grand Finale to the end of the year, with over 50 members present at Godshill! They had come in 11 Austins, 4 classics and moderns. It was nice to see new members, David and Sue Woodfull there with their recently acquired 1938 Austin 7 Ruby. Although there was dampness in the air, we were all quite happy to chat to one another in the car park before retiring to the Old Smithy Café for our refreshments. It was yet another IOWA ‘takeover’ of the Café! At times, what would they do without us?