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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.
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.
It is with sadness that I have to inform you that Mike Johnston's wife, Cynthia, passed away at the beginning of the month. Unfortunately, as she progressively suffered pain and loss of mobility over several years it became more difficult for her to enjoy a ride in Mike’s Austin 7. Several members attended her funeral, on October 20th, at All Saints Church, Ryde.
We have heard that one of our former members, Paul Whitehall, had also passed away.
We send our condolences to both families.
Following on from his book, 'DL: Isle of Wight motor vehicles 1896 – 1939', Mark Chessel has just published his latest book 'DL: The Classic Years' This covers the period from 1939 to 1964. Quite a few Austin vehicles are featured in the book, including a coal delivery vehicle (GDL 722), an Austin A90 Atlantic (JDL 88), an Austin A40 Somerset (JDL 506), an Austin A40 van (KDL 683), an Austin A35 (PDL 906), an Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite (TDL 728) and several Minis. Members featured in the book are Colin Thomas who, in addition to owning two A10s, has a collection of Island registered vehicles including several Vauxhalls. Also, Bill Steward, who has carried out complete restorations of a Seddon lorry and a Bristol coach, Mike Howell who at one time owned an MG 1100 saloon (776 BDL) and David White who once owned the 'Frogeye' Sprite (TDL 728).
Two other ‘books’ recently published are the 'Practical Classics Guide to the Austin Seven' at £6.99 and the Practical Classics Guide to the Austin Seven (Collectors' Edition)'at £20. They have different covers but the content is the same. The added few extras are not worth the difference in price unless the latter really does become a collector's item.
Finally, with this Newsletter, you will find the Booking Form for our Annual Christmas Dinner which takes place on Monday, December 18th, at the Regency Suite, Shanklin. The format follows that of previous years and our thanks must go to Peter Taylor for making all of the arrangements. If you would like to attend, please complete the form on the Events Insert and return it to Peter before December 1st. After the Dinner, entertainment will be provided by Tony Hayden.
Oct. 1st. The month did not get off to a good start, the morning being very damp. There was just a token presence of 4 classics at Godshill but, it really was a morning for using moderns. Some members had retreated to the Old Smithy Café before most of us motored to Butterfly World, near Wootton, for our morning refreshments. There was a good turnout of members with 29 of us taking over a large area of the Café.
Oct. 8th. With a dry day forecast, it was great to see a good turnout of ‘real’ vehicles at Godshill. In the car park, were 14 Austins and 5 'classics'. It was nice to see Tony and Jan Dymott arrive in their 1959 Austin J2 Camper Van. Also present was the replica 1938 Morris 8 van that Stephen Ward has been working on for the best part of this year.
Later, most of us motored to Sandown to have refreshments in the Brown’s Golf Course Café.
Oct 15th. A nice warm day but with little sun! This was the second day of the Isle of Wight Classic Buses and Beer Weekend, so during the morning there was the opportunity to see some of the 70 'old' buses that were conveying enthusiasts, free of charge, to various parts of the Island, out of Newport and Ryde. Also on the road were 12 of our Austins and 9 'classics'. After meeting at Godshill, many members motored to Brighstone for morning refreshments at the 'Three Bishops'. Some members had gone there directly. Incidentally this was one of some 80 pubs, served by the buses, where many different draught types of ale were available.
Oct 22nd.After the recent storms and heavy showers, the morning was dry, with some sun. Another opportunity for members to get their 'real' cars out, with 11 Austins and 8 classics on the road. We gathered at Godshill as usual but, unfortunately, Neil Gibbs A7 Chummy entered the car park on a flat tyre! He had left his tools at home, so Mike Hutton set to and fitted the spare for him. Colin Thomas arrived in his recently acquired left hand drive 1956 Vauxhall Cresta E Series Most of us retired to the Old Smithy Café for morning refreshments before motoring for our first Autumn Sunday Lunch at the 'Horse and Groom', at Ningwood. This was well supported with 35 of us enjoying a carvery there.
Oct.29th. We had the first really cold morning of the autumn. Some parts of the Island had also experienced early rain and, possibly, because of this there was a bigger turnout of 'classics' than Austins. For the first time ever, the Austins lost out 10 – 11! It was nice to see Terry Knight’s new acquisition at Godshill, a 1953 Wolseley Police car with a working bell . After the usual social interaction 32 members motored to the Bembridge Coast Hotel for morning refreshments.

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