Austin 7 Coil Ignition engine 1936 - 1939
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Austin 7 Journals Page 2 April 2010
Volume 192 April 2010
As you should be aware, the club’s financial year is from Jan 1 to Dec 31 & there is a
window of 2 months in which subs must be paid to continue membership, ie by the end of
February. Unfortunately this year was similar to previous years with 99 of our 380
members being un-financial members at the end of February, despite having all
Membership Renewals in the slow mail by mid November. However, following a number of
phone calls, this number is now down to a single figure. I would like to thank all members
for renewing their membership.
Earlier this year, Barry Frost realised that later this year it will be 50 years since the Austin
7 Club of SA held its first motor race meeting. It was held on 14 th August 1960 at Port
Wakefield. He also realised that by a quirk of nature we had another race meeting
scheduled for 15th August this year (Modern Regularity State Championship) – 50 years & 1
day since our first race meeting. Also, coincidentally, the committee had planned to have
the Day Run for August be a run to Mallala. With this knowledge, Barry requested to the
committee that the meeting to be held on 15th August this year be recognised &
commemorated as being 50 years of Motor Racing. His request was met favourably by the
committee, & as a result, planning for this event is underway. You will be hearing more
about it as the time gets closer.
With David Garnett resigning as the club’s Federation Rep we needed to find a member who
was prepared to give up a Saturday night every 2 months & represent our club at Federation
meetings. Ian Motley was willing to represent the club & was duly approved by the
committee earlier this year and I would like to thank Ian for taking on this duty.
You may recall that in my last President’s Preamble I advised that the Property Manager’s
position was vacant & unfortunately it still is. Luckily a number of members have stepped
up to the plate to assist with some of the duties, namely Rick Hoffmann, who is cleaning the
toilets & the hall floors, Graham Bishop is cutting the lawns & putting out the rubbish,
Brenton Spangler is looking after the watering system, & Chris Frayne is keeping the weeds
under control & doing some of the light pruning. To those people I say thank you very
much, but we still need to find a member to take care of the property overall & coordinate
all of the things required to keep the property up to scratch. If you have a little time on your
hands, live reasonably close to the clubrooms & would like to do your part in assisting the
club, please let us know & you may well become the next Property Manager.
For those of you who are on the sick list, I wish you a speedy recovery.
I would like you to join me in welcoming the following new members & wish them a long &
enjoyable time within the club.
Anthony VERNER Duane GENT Steve BORDIGNON
Peter FINCH John MILLS Antonio APOLLONI
Andrew TUCKER (rejoining) Paul LANGLEY
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18 A7 Day Run to Ingalalla Falls.
20 Leisure Run to Robin Hood Hotel at Strathalbyn.
26 A7 Enthusiasts Night – which is a swap meet of automotive related items 7.30pm at the
clubrooms. Gates open about an hour beforehand to set up and also the A7 spares shed will
be open for those important new and secondhand A7 bits.
24/26 Meningie Run.
1/2 Pre war Austin 7 Run to Burra staying at Paxton Square Cottages with meals at the Burra
Hotel. Bookings have now closed for this popular event where the importance of driving your
Austin 7 is made relevant by making all equal.
10 Club Meeting at the clubrooms, 8pm with A7 spares open from 7pm, please bring plate of
supper to share.
16 A7C Day Run – this is going to be a dog of a run, bring along your pooch and we’ll be visiting
all the pooch parks in the area.
18 Leisure Run.
24 A7 Enthusiasts Night, back to ‘normal’ 7.30pm at the clubrooms.
28 Quarterly Luncheon – The Regency Tavern on Days Road Regency Park is the venue.
29/30 Historic Winton: where the Austin 7 Club in Victoria is celebrating its 60th year. The featured
vehicle for Winton is the Austin 7. A number of SA members are taking their Austin 7’s to
Winton to join in this event.
12/14 SA/Vic Border Run this year is going to Naracoorte having been organised by the Victorian
Austin 7 Club. Accommodation has been arranged at the Wm. MacIntosh Motel.
20 Modern Regularity Round 3 at Mallala Motor Sport Park.
21 Club Meeting at the clubrooms, 8pm with A7 spares open from 7pm, please bring plate of
supper to share.
22 Leisure Run.
27 A7C Day Run to Clare.
28 A7 Enthusiasts Night.
12 Club Meeting at the clubrooms, 8pm with A7 spares open from 7pm, please bring plate of
supper to share.
18 Modern Regularity Round 4 at Mallala Motor Sport Park.
20 Leisure Run.
25 Hills Luncheon & Run.
26 A7 Enthusiasts Night.
2 Committee Meeting.
9 Club Meeting at the clubrooms, 8pm with A7 spares open from 7pm, please bring plate of
supper to share.
15 A7C Day Run.
15 Modern Regularity Round 5 at Mallala Motor Sport Park.
17 Leisure Run.
23 A7 Enthusiasts Night.
27 Quarterly Luncheon.
During the period November 30 to December 5 the club has organised a trip over to Kangaroo Island.
Brenton Spangler is handling bookings for this event and indications show that this event will be
popular with about 20 bookings already made. Please see Brenton at the next couple of meetings if
you are interested in coming along.
Austin 7 Journals Page 4 April 2010
The first race meeting organised by the Club was on 14 August 1960.
The following extracts from October 1960 Australian Motor Sports tell part of the story.
“On August the fourteenth, the Austin Seven Club of South Australia made history by
organising a race meeting at Port Wakefield. From small beginnings a few years ago, this club has
increased in stature and for the past two years has had a reputation for the smooth organising of
sprints. Last year it was decided to take the big plunge, and under the direction of President Max
Bowden, the committee and members worked like navvies with the result that on the day everything
went like well-oiled clockwork. One innovation was in the timekeeping department. Max Bowden had
suggested to one of the committee members that a large clock on the opposite side of the track to the
timekeepers might be the answer. This worthy agreed, then blandly said he didn’t know of a suitable
clock movement and proceeded to make one. The finished product excited quite a lot of comment
having a matt black dial four feet in diameter with yellow hands and figures. With all timekeepers quite
new to the job the only trouble was when stopwatches were used”.
Six entries were received from Victoria, including Eddie Perkins (father of Larry), and an eight-
event program was conducted, beginning with an A7 race, for which there were only 3 entries. Other
notable entries were from Garrie Cooper and Murray Lewis (Elfins), Dud Dansie (BBM) and Russ
Court, debuting his Elfin. Mel McEwin entered his Skoda road car, which he used to tow his Tornado
racing car! “One thing that caused anxiety during the week preceding the meeting was the wet
weather, but the rain stopped on Saturday and Sunday could not have been improved upon”.
Senior officials were: Clerk of Course, Max Bowden; Secretary of the Meeting, Doug Trengove;
Starter, Ian Dodd; Chief flag marshal, John Morton; Chief spectator marshal, Mike Adamson.
Members of the SCC handled handicapping and scrutineering. The timing team was under the control
of Jean Bowden (Max’s wife). Tony Grove was the announcer and Bruce Went was in charge of
trackside communications (telephone system). Bruce’s Elfin had suffered a blown engine at the
previous meeting, so he couldn’t compete.
50 years later, on 15 August 2010, we will be commemorating this occasion when we hold
the SA State Championship for Modern Regularity. We will be endeavouring to contact as
many people as we can who were there either as an official, a driver or a spectator at the first
meeting. We are also inviting members of other pre-1960 car clubs to come to Mallala on the
day and join us in a drive around the track at lunch time. We are also seeking any information
on the whereabouts of any car which competed at that meeting; we know of two – Terry
Ireland’s A7 and Russ Court’s Elfin – now owned by Ian Brock. There may be an opportunity
for A7 specials to compete – Ian Motley and Scott Appleyard are working on this.
The logo for this commemoration has been designed by Andrew Baohm of Ochre Digital and
will be used on a plaque/certificate to be presented to all race officials and drivers at this
If you can help with any information on either a person or a car which was involved, please
Austin 7 Journals Page 5 April 2010
AUSTINS OVER AUSTRALIA
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April
NEWSLETTER NUMBER 1:
The Austin Motor Vehicle Club of NSW
has selected Forbes as the venue for
AOA 2011. The interest and co-operation
by the local council and all local
businesses in Forbes has been extremely
positive in the early planning stages.
They have offered the use of many local facilities and the closure of streets as
required. All accommodation available in Forbes has been reserved for our use and
only accommodation not booked by the end of September 2010 will be made
available to the general public.
BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH YOUR CHOSEN ACCOMMODATION
As Anzac Day falls on Easter Monday in 2011, those interested will be welcome to
participate in the local Anzac Day parade.
Rally Director, DON GRANT: Phone: (02) 9544 3828
Secretary, JENNY BARNETT-BAISTOW: Phone/Fax: (02) 9834 1701
Postal Address: The Secretary
PO Box 413
ST CLAIR NSW 2759
or by visiting our web site at www.amvcnsw.com.au/aoa11.html
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
I wish to express my interest in attending Austins Over Australia 2011 based in
NUMBER ATTENDING: Adult/s: Children:
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Austin 7 Journals Page 7 April 2010
IS YOUR VEHICLE A CONDITIONALLY
REGISTERED HISTORIC VEHICLE THROUGH THE
AUSTIN 7 CLUB?
If so, you must get your Log Book endorsed by the Club Registrar (Geoff
Stephens) as soon as possible after you have paid your subscription for
2010 and also
if renewing your registration, have Geoff endorse your current
The Club requests that you do NOT attend to any verification or updating
of log books at Geoff’s business premises – any Austin 7 business should
be carried out at the Clubrooms.
Please do your part to preserve the integrity of this conditional registration system we
are privileged to have through our Austin 7 Club.
Answer to John Kennewell's Photo - Austin 7
Journals, January 2010. The Darwin’s Garage
photo was taken in 1964 at the end of Cumming
Street, Blackwood,in the Sturt Gorge Reserve.
The end of Cumming Street is now closed at the
Blackwood Football Club, as "HOONS" and
arsonists would frequent the end of the road and
The Sturt Gorge was used by the Blackwood Car Club and Sporting Car Club for English Type
Trials now called Observed Section Trials (OST) in Victoria, no longer run in S.A., Mud Sprints
and Gymkhanas, now called Motorkhanas up to the early 70's.
The Event was a Mud Sprint organized by the Blackwood Car Club. Darwin’s Garage was a
very popular garage with BP Fuel, run by Keith and George Darwin with George's sons Robert
and Neville. Ken Darwin is a brother of Keith and George. The driver in the photo was more
than likely Robert. Robert died in the mid 80's and Neville now competes in super sprints in
his Kit Clubman Sports Car.
I was a member of the Blackwood Car Club for only 2 years in 1959/60 or 1960/61.
Austin 7 Journals – Back issues
The Austin 7 Journals is published 4 times a year and distributed to members at the January,
April, July and October club meetings.
Back issues going back many years are available on request to the Editor, please contact me
at any meeting or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin 7 Journals Page 8 April 2010
Club regalia for sale:
The club has a variety of items of interest to members which are available from the Treasurer each
meeting at the clubrooms.
Austin 7 Club Ezi grip pen: $1.00
Austin 7 Club Decal small: $1.00
Austin 7 Club Decal large: $2.00
Austin script hat/lapel badge: $3.00
Austin 7 Club Badge Cloth: $3.00
Austin 7 Club Cap $12.50
Austin 7 Club Hat $12.50
Austin 7 Club Badge Metal Radiator $20.00
Austin 7 Club 50th year history book: $20.00
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Yellow & Blue top: $20.00
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Dark Blue 3 button top $28.00 sizes in stock M,L, & XL.
Austin 7 Long Sleeve Polar Fleece Jumpers: $45.00 sizes in stock S,M,L & XL.
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The Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs SA Inc is conducting its 5th Meet The
Clubs Tour to the South East & Kangaroo Island. The Tour named “The Regal
Ramble” will be visiting Bordertown, Penola, Mt Gambier, Kingston Victor Harbor
and Kingscote KI. over the period Monday 28 March 2011 to Sunday 10 April 2011.
Expressions of Interest Forms are available from the club or the Federation web-site.
Austin 7 Journals Page 9 April 2010
CAMS RECOGNISES ACHIEVEMENTS BY AUSTIN 7 CLUB MEMBERS.
Tony Morgan (left) was the recipient of the CAMS Service Award at the SA/NT CAMS
Awards Presentation evening on 6 February 2010 held at The Shores Function
Centre. He was awarded this in recognition of his diligent service to the sport by
being involved in motor sport activities on a continual basis and displaying a high
level of dedication over a long period of time.
Also at the Presentation Night awards were handed to the South Australian
Champions for 2009 being Graham Bishop (third from left) first; Andrew Baohm
(second from left) Second and John Tiller (right) attaining third position. –
congratulations go to all concerned.
Modern Regularity vehicles of Graham Bishop, Andrew Baohm and John Tiller
Austin 7 Journals Page 10 April 2010
Austin 7 Journals Page 11 April 2010
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Austin 7 Journals Page 12 April 2010
Recollections of an Austin 7 owner and a modern regularity supporter:
We did the Australia Day Cavalcade of Cars
in late January; this is a drive through of
retirement villages & nursing homes in the
Elizabeth & Salisbury area and something
we’ve enjoyed doing for the past few years.
On the Sunday prior to the Tuesday event,
all I had to do was pick up the Austin from
the workshop, drive it home and give it a bit
of a clean up and polish; it was one of those
days 100+ in the shade. Hopped in the car
and well on the way home when I noticed
the temperature getting hotter in the car than
it was when I started, stopped and lifted the
bonnet to find rusty water stains distributed
around the engine bay, a welsh plug had given way (I did check the water before leaving the
workshop), luckily; I carry a spare in my tool box (brought 2 when the rear one went), I had a
couple of spanners and a screw driver and my trusty pen knife. I rang the RAA for assistance and
a tow back to the workshop, only to be told that they could take up to an hour and a half, but I
wasn’t planning to go anywhere in a hurry.
To cure the boredom I pushed the Austin into the shade and started by removing the bonnet then
the radiator, then removed the remaining bits of plug and cleaned up the hole ready for the new
one. The young RAA mechanic arrived to fine this partially disassembled car with the motor
sitting between the two mudguards and all the other bits on the side of the road. “What’s wrong?”
he asks as if he regularly finds old people on the side of the road with dismantled cars. “Well I
need some silicone, a hammer and some water please” I said.
Ten minutes rummaging in the back of his van and out he comes with a flattened almost empty
tube of silicone, unscrewing the top found the contents to be solid. My trusty pen knife makes a
hole in the bottom of the tube and I squeeze out the remaining contents, just enough to smear the
area for the new plug.
I pointed out that he could now get a whole new tube especially if he showed the old tube to
Now back into the van for a hammer, another ten minutes and out he comes with what I guess
was about a 5 ounce hammer, not exactly what I had hoped for but the only hammer available,
not wanting to ruin any of his tools I chose to set the welsh plug into position with my screw driver,
this screwdriver is a multi use tool, having been used as chisel, pinch bar, a can opener, a tent
peg and a log splitter and is considered by me to be indestructible. I hold the screw driver in my
left hand and position the tip on the centre of the plug, in my right hand is this light weight
hammer, I swing the hammer backwards to prime it for a solid hit on the screwdriver, the
momentum sends the hammer head flying across the road, narrowly missing a cyclist on the other
side. I and the mechanic both look at the hammer handle still in my right hand like a baton of a
relay runner. Another ten minutes and the plug is secured in place, radiator propped in position
with hoses secured and now all we need is water, something that the RAA carries in quantity. As
I waved goodbye to the RAA mechanic, his parting words were that he had never replaced a
welsh plug before, and I wonder what his version of this story would be. All I had to do was
reassemble the body parts.
All the above is only the beginning of the end for the Austin, during the Australia Day run it
became evident that the compression rings were on the way out, oil overflowing from the filler and
out of the engine front where the crank handle fits. The next event was the All British Day at
Uraidla Oval on 14th February which is up one of the steepest and longest hills around Adelaide, a
good test for any old car, let alone one suffering a compression reduction and oil spraying
Austin 7 Journals Page 13 April 2010
symptoms, the event was attended with the group from the club, we made it up the hill lubricating
the engine bay, bystanders and road in diminishing quantities as the sump was drained.
So now the Austin is in the workshop waiting for a new set of rings, and time to do the work.
21st February was Modern Regularity, the Hillman
primed and ready and trailer hired to transport to
Mallala. Leaving home at 6.30am with a forecast
temperature in the mid 30’s.
Scrutineering at 8.00 am which is worrying for any
first timer. I had cleaned the underside of the
motor removing spare oil which always seems to
gather at the lowest point; the car was polished to
blind the scrutineers from seeing any other faults,
so I hoped.
As the saying goes “the best laid plans”, several
faults were found including failing to cover the
headlight glass with tape, spare wheel to be
removed from the boot, battery not secured in
place. All fixable and the car was passed with a
promise to fix everything.
Practice started at 10.00am and so I lined up with the other cars in the paddock.
Panic, alarm, dread, fear, trepidation not at the thought of going out on the track, but the
scrutineers were heading my way and pointing at the Imp.
I remember seeing on the telly, pictures of historic sedan races with the car headlights crossed
with a couple of strips of sticky tape and the Imp was proudly displaying 8 bits of yellow electrical
tape stretched across each light glass looking very fetching I thought. Not good enough I was
told, and then followed a complete description of what was required and why, all good stuff, but
would they let me go out to practice? An agreement was reached in the huddle of scrutineers but
I gather the agreement wasn’t unanimous, however off I went.
Knowing that I had to circulate at around 2 minutes, I pushed the 875cc motor into work.
Handling was terrible for the first couple of laps but did improve; this I mentally put down to new
tyres and tyre pressure, anything except the driver.
On the slowdown lap I went through the usual checks on oil pressure, engine temperature, and
hand brake !!!!!!!! I left the hand brake on.! 2:02 with the hand brake on, could only
My times didn’t improve but stayed around the 2 minute mark regardless of how I tried.
In hindsight I might have been trying too hard and the Imp certainly wasn’t running at full potential,
but I had always intended the first day out as a trial, with no great expectations.
My times got worst - 2:05 and I think everyone went past me at least twice.
Every time I applied the brakes the car would pull one way or the other, an uncomfortable feeling
when going down the back straight flat out knowing the requirement to almost stop before turning
into the hairpin bend. On the last lap my rear brakes locked up at the end of the straight sending
me sideways and alerting me to the fact that there is a real problem developing, and it’s time to
quit whilst still in one piece.
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Rounds 3,4,& 5
Spectator for the rest of the day,
Now I know what is wrong with the Imp. There is a tab washer that holds the hub nut in place
on each rear hub, with out it properly assembled nut unwinds and the hub complete with brake
drum and securely attached wheel slowly removes itself away from the axle. The left tab washer
had suffered from fatigue and no longer secured the nut in place and were a couple of turns away
coming off, hence the handling and braking problems and slow times.
New washers have been ordered and a greater respect has been found for the humble washer.
The Hillman was put together with the idea of having fun at a minimal expense, and having
enjoyed a few laps around Mallala I relish the thought of doing it all again. I would love to see
more early cars going around maybe a couple of mini’s even an A35 as they do in England, an
older Jag or Holden, you don’t have to have an exotic or expensive car to run around.
Results of Round 1 Modern Regularity 21 February 2010.
Austin 7 Journals Page 15 April 2010
Modern Regularity 21/02/2010
After seeing a Doctor at 11AM Friday and being advised not to compete in modern
regularity I prepared my car, just in case, my shoulder felt better, on the day.
Once at the track, I thought, I would just do practice and see how it felt.
After 6 laps, and being impatient; whilst trying to overtake Andrew Baohm in the
Red Ford at the end of the main straight, I over cooked it; wrenching at the steering
wheel in the process and re-inflamed my shoulder BADLY.
As I careered across the road, I accidentally hit the indicator switch in both
directions, and saw lots of Red Ford in my rear window. In the pits afterwards,
Andrew reported that he had no idea where I was going; I agreed with him, I didn’t
Colin Tucker in his Cortina also only made it onto the track for practice, and had
mechanical failure while I had physical failure. Resulting in both incurring the
maximum points per heat for the day of 2004.
At the other extreme Phil Scadding in his Toyota MR2 had a magnificent day, only
scoring 6 points in the first heat, and 8 points in the last heat (20, 23 & 24 in
intermediate heats), giving him only 81 points for the day, naturally he claimed first
Closely behind in second place was the irrepressible Geoff Stephens with 132 points
Bruce Marston also had a good day with 159 points and taking out third place.
Kevin Haley brought out his much worked on Hillman Imp, and showed us how to
flog the whole 875cc around the track commencing with 2:11 lap time and getting it
down to 1:58.97.
After practice, when I inquired how it was going, he replied I think I could have gone
a little faster, if I had left the hand brake off.
The Black Flag team had much to-ing and fro-ing to get the correct numbers in time
for Duane Gent to run in the Nissan 300ZX, formerly Rob Baohm’s car
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All British Day – Uraidla Oval Sunday 14 February 2010
About 10 members and their vehicles assembled at Hazelwood Park in readiness to ascend
Greenhill Road for Uraidla and the All British Day. The climb was a bit arduous for some of us
but we all made it and after parking erected our club sun shelter. Here we met up with others
who had arrived earlier All up the Austin 7 Club had 20 vehicles on its site. The club’s
modern regularity quill banner was borrowed for the day and it blew proudly in the breeze.
Austin 7 Journals Page 17 April 2010
All British Day – Uraidla Oval Sunday 14 February 2010
The club tent brought up by Rick Hoffmann in his 1800 proved to be a winner as many club
members used the shelter for their lunch and relaxing out of the sunshine. On erection, we
realised the shelter had no pegs so we used screw drivers, only to be told at the end of the
day that Rick had the shelter poles in his car. Anyway they worked well keeping the shelter
from cannoning into the Jaguar Drivers’ Club display.
Tony Marston was in his element fielding questions about his Austin 7, he was kept busy all
day and no doubt many of the passersby were more informed about his Austin 7 than they did
when they arrived at Uraidla. Thanks to Scott Appleyard for being the Club’s representative
on the ABD committee and to Rick Hoffmann for getting up there early.
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STRATHALBYN & BEYOND – Sunday 21 March 2010
A beautiful morning saw 15 people & approx 8/9 cars gather at Ridge Park Reserve
Myrtle Bank for our monthly tour. A mixture of cars present with only 2 Austins –
our 1933 A10 and an A30 owned by Graham & Carol Buesnel. A departure of
9:15am may have been a little early, but our Touring Co-ordinator knows best & the
whole day was timed to perfection.
The Freeway was the first test for the older cars. Driving an Austin 10 is rather like
being in our old VW Camper in the UK, always travelling in the left lane & never
overtaking anyone. Anyone that is, except, the cyclists who were testing their leg
strength through the hills. Arriving at Stirling we were sure we read the instructions
correctly, turning right at the roundabout, maybe it was a new way to Aldgate.
Needless to say we had to back-track in the main street of Stirling witnessed by all
the group. We drove jauntily along to Aldgate, where we picked up Laurie, Sandra &
Joy, to make our way to Strath and morning tea. The countryside was truly
wonderful, the smell of rain from the previous evening wafted through the window &
there at Mylor a cricket game being played out, very reminiscent of the Old Village
Green atmosphere. A lone sheep stood on the brow of the hill gazing down at our
little cars travelling onwards to Strath. Maybe I’m getting in the mood here, for our
holiday in the UK.
It’s here I must mention Matthew in his bright yellow Morris Minor Ute complete
with “L” Plates. It must have been quite testing for him driving on the winding roads
through the hills. We were behind you Matthew & you did it with great skill,
keeping in the lines and handling the acceleration through the bends. Well done!
Arriving at morning tea stop at Strath right on time, first stop for most of us was the
bakery & a walk over to the markets to find some bargains or at least fresh country
produce. We even had entertainment by way of a busking guitarist/singer. Brenton
called us to muster at 11am for a visit to the local Museum. All our visits to Strath
& we’d never visited this fascinating place.
The National Trust Heritage Museum occupies the old Court House of 1867 and the
Police Station & house built in 1858. Mr Ken Knight gave an introductory talk of the
history of the buildings, and then we were free to wander amongst the displays of
pioneering history. A basic rustic kitchen; child’s bedroom; dressmaker’s room; a
doctor’s surgery with all the equipment’ including portable operating table that he
would have taken on his rounds. All the rooms were set out just as they would have
been in earlier times. There were many photographs including a showcase of old
cameras. The sizes of the displays were incredible, because looking from the outside
of the building it wouldn’t seem that there was enough space to house it all.
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Outside, we were guided by Ron Bert (volunteer) around
the outbuildings. Here is an extensive display of farm
machinery, horse drawn carriages etc. Ron gave a Chaff
Cutter demonstration, showed us how the Wheel-Wright
would have made the steel banded wheels for the wagons
and best of all showed us how to make rope from baling
twine. He had copied a derelict rope making machine that
had been found on site and had since made all the rope
that was used in the museum. There was also a display of
old bicycles including one that was the Tailor’s bike. Ron
is amongst the band of volunteers at the museum who
attend a working bee every Thursday morning, as well as
doing tours on Sundays. The museum is a great
testament to their hard work over the years. We were also
provided with coffee, biscuits & rock cakes. Yummy!!
Time to move on to our next watering hole at the Meadows Hotel, to meet up with
Ralph & Marie, David F & Rosemary, for lunch & a natter. We did notice one of the
cars a Datsun 120Y had a battery problem, but not to worry the spare (battery) was
in the boot.
Our next destination was Prospect Hill Museum & Dairy Museum. I hope someone
took a photo of the “Dunny in the field with the Dummy on the toilet seat.” I planned
to take a photo on our return journey but somehow missed it.
When we arrived at the Prospect Hill Museum, there was Ashton Spangler under a
car a Triumph TR7. The muffler had become loose from the brackets and the only
option was to remove it altogether. We hope it got home without attracting
The Prospect Hill Museum was built in 1872 and became the home of the Griggs
family. The building served as General Store & Post Office. Mr Griggs was the first
postmaster at Prospect Hill and the family held that position for 3 generations. The
museum included an exhibition from the Ash Wednesday bushfires.
There is also an old school house set
up as it would have been in the late
1800’s, a Dairy Museum, Blacksmith’s
shop. We were particularly interested
in this as Arthur’s Uncle Walter was a
blacksmith in Filey UK. Some of us sat
at the old school desks and reminisced
on old school days, chalk on slate only
to advance to pen nibs & ink wells and
ink blobs, when you could write in a
It was here that we ended our day’s outing, said farewell to cars and friends after a
memorable day out, visiting places we didn’t know existed. Brenton & Ashton as we
didn’t gather to say thanks at the end of the day please accept our thanks now & to
Cindy even though she couldn’t attend.
Nadia & Arthur
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Austin 7 Enthusiasts night Monday 22 March 2010
The venue for this night was Scott Appleyard’s ‘factory’ at Somerton where he had
on display the ‘Doc’ Grosvenor Austin 7 which he acquired last year from John
Heagney of Victoria. Also on display was Ian Motley’s Austin 7 racer. Both gave
interesting insights to their vehicles with Ian Motley ever enthusiastic about recent
events he has participated. A goodly number of members attended and some new
faces too, welcome which was capped off with a sausage sizzle expertly cooked by an
old Taxation colleague.
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The next Austin 7 enthusiasts night at the clubrooms is a swap meet night, so bring
along those automotive parts ready for sale at 7.30pm on Monday 26 April 2010.
This is the evening of the public holiday for Anzac Day. Gates to the clubrooms will
be open about an hour beforehand allowing time to set up tables etc.
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WANTED a 1937 Austin 7 head in good order. Contact Tony Bishop on 83621094.
A non-member, Brian Selth of Glenelg has an Austin 8 engine for sale. His phone
number is 8295-7171 and the price is negotiable. The engine is complete except for
the manifold and the sump has a cooling coil in it. The actual condition of the
engine is unknown although the seller said it looks presentable. It has been kept
1966 AUSTIN 1800 MK1
Very rare to find MK1 in this excellent
Original, unmodified 109,000
2nd owner from new
Strong motor, original trim in
Used regularly on club plates
Modified upgraded clutch
No rust or dents and chrome in
Towbar and rear venetian
New front tyres rear 50+%
A7 Club Member
We will miss the LANDCRAB but other projects demand the space.
Spare parts – suspension pump, manuals etc.
Call Michael Russell 0414 972 266
Asking price $2,850.
Is this what you did over Easter – away with the family on a camping holiday?
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Many thanks to Dale Palamountain for supplying the RAA tourist guide of the
Flinders Ranges dated 1957 for the following advertisements that featured.
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90th Anniversary National Hub Rally for Austin 7's
Tanunda, South Australia
2012 - October 1 to 5
The Austin 7 Club of SA is hosting this rally.
The start date of this rally has been chosen to coincide with the Bay to Birdwood
Run, the largest event for pre 1950 vehicles in the southern hemisphere, which is
being held on 30/09/2012. This will enable Austin 7 Owners to enter both events;
the Bay to Birdwood Run followed immediately by the Hub Rally.
The Rally will be centred at Tanunda in the picturesque Barossa Valley Wine Region,
which is located about 70kms from Adelaide. It will be 5 days of touring, fellowship
Planning for the week’s activities is well underway with Registration, an Orientation
drive and Welcome Dinner on Monday October 1. There will be day runs away from
the Barossa into the surrounding countryside on the Tuesday & Thursday.
Wednesday will be the opportunity to explore the Barossa itself and visit attractions
you may not have seen on the Monday. On Friday there will be a relatively short
drive to the Roseworthy Agricultural Campus (set 1886) for lunch and to inspect the
Agricultural Machinery Museum. You'll be back in plenty of time to put on your
glad rags and be bussed to the finale Presentation Dinner in Nuriootpa.
Entrants will need to make their own accommodation arrangements, of which there
is ample to choose form. A list of possible accommodation venues will be posted
when entry forms are available in 2011. Trailer parking will also be made available.
Should you need any further information or assistance, please contact any of the
Rally committee. David Grear, Ralph Drage, Lyn Clerke, Scott Appleyard or Bronwyn
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M & C Doyle
30 Deloraine Road Edwardstown SA 5039.
Ph 8277 7868
Experience - Quality - Reliability
+ Restorations & Unique Finishes
+ Metal Finishing & Modifications
+ Plastic Component Repair
+ Mazda Rotary Specialists
+ Accident Repairs - Insurance
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LUXURIOUS, LONG AND LOONY W.O.Bentley as technical director and
L CARS in 1937 a V12 was produced. But then
WW2 intervened and the company did
LADA (ZHIGULI) RUSSIA 1970 to not recover and was sold to the David
date Brown group in 1947. The Lagonda
Built in a factory established with Fiat name re-appeared in 1961 with the DB
aid the Lada is based on the obsolete engined Rapide but production ceased
Fiat 124. A four wheel drive model, in 1963. An Aston Martin based
the Niva appeared in 1978 and a front Lagonda saloon of grand proportions
wheel drive hatch appeared in 1987 with elaborate electronic controls
but the bulk of production is still the reached private owners in 1978. This
original Lada. was the last Lagonda although the
LAFAYETTE USA 1920 – 1924 name remains part of the Aston Martin
Designed by D. McCall White (who also stable.
designed the Cadillac V8 of 1915), the LAMBERT USA 1905 – 1916
La Fayette was a V8 powered car that In 1891 John Lambert of Ohio built
combined luxury and breeding with and attempted to market America’s
endurance and excellent first petrol car. The three wheeler was
craftsmanship. The La Fayette (which powered by a single cylinder four
was powerful, fast and luxurious) had stroke engine. He began full scale
an engine developing 100 bhp and also production in 1902 with the ‘Union’
had thermostatically controlled car. About 300 cars are thought to
radiator shutters which were a novelty have been built before the Lambert
at that time. La Fayette was absorbed Automobile company was formed. By
by Nash Motors in 1923 and continued 1910 production of Lambert cars was
for a time as Nash’s luxury line. There said to be running at 3,000 a year.
is a LaFayette somewhere in South Trucks and tractors were also built.
Australia and is has appeared in some The company manufactured
rallies and shows. It is truly beautiful armaments and military fire engines
and processes the WOW factor similar during the First World War and then
to a Duesenberg or Auburn. decided to diversify after the Armistice.
LAGONDA ENGLAND 1906 – LAMBORGHINI ITALY 1963 to
1963 1978 to date date
Wilbur Gunn, an American of Scottish Tractor manufacturer Ferruccio
descent, began building cars in Lamborghini built his first car as a
Middlesex (UK) and in 1907 he hobby using modified Fiat parts. When
produced a 20 hp four and a 30hp six. he saw the need for large, exclusive
Much of this production was exported sports cars he founded his Bologna
to Russia. In 1913 a one model policy factory. Among his creations were the
was adopted. This was an 1100 cc car transverse engined V12 Miura, the V8
with unit construction gearbox and Urraco, the V12 Jarama and the
transverse front suspension, a fabulous 300+ kph Countach. In 1972
marketing policy and design clearly Lamborghini was sold to a Swiss group
inspired by the Ford model T. During which continued production on a
the 1920’s another policy shift saw the smaller scale but in 1987 ownership
company enter the sports car field with passed to the Chrysler group and new
a 2 litre twin cam Speed Model. From models began to appear. In 1990 the
1934 the Meadows 4.5 litre engine was Countach, after many revisions, was
fitted. This engine powered the replaced by the awesome 500 bhp, 322
company’s winning car at LeMans in kph Diablo (I think this means the
1935. Despite this the company went ‘Devil’). The Diablo evolved into several
broke and was purchased by solicitor variants and at the time was the
Alan Good. Good brought in world’s fastest car.
LANCHESTER ENGLAND 1895 - winning many major rally’s and races
1956 in their time. Their sports cars of the
The Lanchester brothers built the first early 50’s featured 3 litre V6 engines
truly all-British car in 1895. Initially with twin ohc and some were also
under powered it was rebuilt the super-charged. Even with their
following year with a balanced air success the company experienced
cooled twin cylinder engine. Only one financial difficulties in the mid 50’s
valve was fitted to each cylinder which and was bought out by Fiat. Today
acted as both inlet and exhaust thanks Lancia remains as Italy’s premier
to a concentric ‘cross-over’ disc valve. upper-class brand.
Always one to experiment, the
Lanchester featured right hand tiller LANDINI ITALY 1919
steering, Lanchester worm final drive, Initially intended to train pilots, this V-
three speed epicycle transmission and twin cycle-car was steered by the feet,
a disc brake in the transmission. In with gears and accelerator operated by
1902 a water cooled version appeared the knees. Later models had more
and in 1904 a new 18 hp model and an conventional controls.
all new over square four cylinder 20 hp LASALLE USA 1927 – 1940
model made its debut. Rudyard Californian stylist Harley J Earl
Kipling, an early owner, reflected his created this General Motors marque as
enthusiasm for the car in his short a lower priced running mate for
stories. Frederick Lanchester solved Cadillac. Powered by V8 engines of 5
the problem of crankshaft vibration on litres, later 5.8 litre, these stylish cars
his 38 hp model by devising his received chrome plating and
famous crankshaft damper. After WW1 synchromesh gearboxes in 1929.
several exciting models appeared, Between 1934 and 1937 the cars were
including a six cylinder 40 hp in 1919 fitted with a straight eight engine.
and in 1924 a new ohc six. In 1928 the There is a local Lasalle which I have
last ‘real’ Lanchester, a 4.4 litre ohc seen at the Power of the Past and other
straight eight, was launched at the rallys. It is a beautiful car.
Southport Rally for in 1931 the
company was acquired by Daimler and LAURIN & KLEMENT
Lanchesters became re-radiatored CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1906 – 1928
Daimlers. Laurin & Klement built superb motor-
cycles from 1899 and cars from 1906.
LANCIA ITALY 1906 - to date The factory became part of Skoda in
The son of a wealthy soup 1925 and from 1929 the Skoda
manufacturer, Vincenzo Lancia trademark was used. Although the first
founded his factory in 1906. His first cars had Vee twin engines, four, six
production model appeared in 1907. and eights were later used. The 1907
All of his models followed the Greek model was powered by a 4873 cc
alphabet. First came the Alpha, then straight eight. The factory also built
the Beta, then the Gamma and so on. buses and trucks. Along with this they
Always innovative the 1914 Theta also gained much success from their
model was said to be the first many racing pursuit
European car with standardised
electric lighting and starting. Although LAWRENCE ENGLAND 1972 to
many of his engines appeared to be in- date
line they were actually V formation Syd Lawrence began building his Mark
with a very narrow angle (somewhere 6 Bentley specials because he was
around only 6 degrees included angle I reportedly disgusted at the efforts of
think, can anyone confirm this for me). others. With well finished glass fibre
Lancia cars were also very sporting bodies and alloy wheels the SLs are a
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subtle blend of vintage and modern think, Len Golding. It was number 13.
design. (I had never seen or heard of Does anyone remember this car?
this car. Have you? Sure has a cool
name though). LEON LAISNE FRANCE 1921 –
LEADER ENGLAND 1904 – 1906 This car had tubular chassis side
Charles Binks sold Leader four members housing hydraulic damped
cylinder 10 and 14 hp cars from 1904. coil springs giving all round
However by 1906 a V8 of 15.5 litres independent suspension.
was offered which was almost certainly
the biggest eight cylinder car ever sold. LEWIS AUSTRALIA 1900 – 1906
After building a single cylinder buggy
LEA - FRANCIS ENGLAND 1904 – in 1900 Vivian Lewis produced a series
1906, 1920 – 1935, 1937 – of lightweight cars as well as a range of
1953, 1960, 1988 to date motorcycles. Car production ceased in
As can be seen Lea Francis have had 1906 but motorcycles were built for
many starts and ends. The first three several more years.
cylinder horizontal engine cars were
taken over by Singer. Lea Francis re- LEXUS JAPAN 1988 to date
emerged in 1911 as a motor-cycle Toyota invented a new name marque
manufacturer and in 1920 re- for its assault on the luxury car
commenced car production. A sports market. The body shape and
car, the 12/40, was announced in mechanicals were deliberately tuned to
1925 and this model remained in appeal to Mercedes and BMW buyers.
production until its next demise in After early initial success it has now
1935. It was during this period that expanded its range to cover all sectors
two very good sports cars were of the luxury car range.
produced. In 1928 the Hyper Sports, LEYLAND ENGLAND 1920 – 1923
with Cozette super-charged 1.5 litre A commercial vehicle builder since
Meadows engine appeared and in 1931 1897 Leyland Motors decided to enter
the ‘Ace of Spades’ model with 2 litre, the luxury car market in 1920. The car
six cylinder ohc engine appeared. was a 7.3 litre straight eight, (the first
Lea Francis was again reconstituted in British produced straight eight), the
1937 with two models of 1.5 and 1.6 “Leyland Eight’. The car featured
litres. Production continued after the servo-assisted brakes, leaf valve
war and in 1948 a tuned sports model springs and torsion bar assisted
made its appearance. But again sales suspension. Unfortunately with a very
dwindled and production ceased again. high price tag only 18 were ever built.
In 1960 a controversially styled Ford
Zephyr powered Leaf-Lynx was LEYLAND AUSTRALIA 1973 –
displayed at the Motor Show, but no 1975
orders resulted and the project died. Leyland Australia was born out of a
Then in 1978, Barry Price of merger between the Austin and Morris
Warwickshire, announced that Lea (BMC) subsidiary companies. The P76
Francis was to resume production with was the car designed to take on the
engines supplied by Jaguar. The ‘Ace Falcon and the Commodore. Body
of Spades’ is a modern, built to order, styling was by Italian stylist Michelotti.
re-interpretation. Poor sales saw the factory close in
The first time I became aware of a Lea 1975. Like the Ford Edsel, ugly has
Francis was of a very good and fast now become fashionable.
speedcar that was raced at Kilburn
and Rowley Park Speedways by, I LEYAT FRANCE 1913 – 1925
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This very strange car was remarkable Model 48 (the ‘Exclusive Car for
for the use of a propeller at the front Exclusive People’) made its
and rear wheel steering. Later models appearance. A Gordon Bennett replica
were powered by a three cylinder race car (with 17.7 litre four cylinder
Anzani aero engine. engine) was also offered in 1906.
LINCOLN AUSTRALIA 1919 – LORRAINE USA 1907 – 1908
1924 John Hobbs of Chicago built his first
Built in Sydney this car was powered self starting car in 1903. The starter
by a Continental six cylinder engine was powered by compressed air (an
and had a radiator not dissimilar to a ingenious idea). The first Lorraine was
Packard. In 1923 the company was completed in May 1907 and featured
requested to drop its name by the Hobb’s ‘elastic driving shaft’ which was
Lincoln Motor Co. of Detroit, but the built up from 24 steel torsion rods
pleas went unheeded and Australia’s (another ingenious idea).
Lincoln went out of business in 1924.
Two cars still exist. LOST CAUSE USA 1963 – 1964
Charles Peasley’s ‘Lost Cause’ was
LINCOLN USA 1920 to date basically a Chevrolet Corvair
Named after Henry Leland’s boyhood luxuriously modified. Equipment
hero, Abraham Lincoln, the first included an altimeter, (now that would
Lincoln car appeared in 1920. be handy), mint julep cups and
However soon after a bill for alleged tax matching luggage. I think it was a lost
arrears plunged Lincoln into financial cause.
crisis and the company was bought by
Ford. The V8 powered Lincoln with LOTUS ENGLAND 1947 to date
rapid acceleration and high speed Colin Chapman began building
made it a favourite with gangsters and specials based on the Austin 7. (Marks
police alike. A police model with four 1 to 4). The Mark 5 never happened
wheel brakes was offered in 1924 (not and the Mark 6 went into production
generally available until 1927). Also in around 1954. The Mark 7 was the car
1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first that set the company in motion and
US President to own a Lincoln. Other the Mark 7 still lives on today. Many
Lincoln highlights include the release more modern varieties followed such
of a V12 in 1932, the ultra streamlined as the Elite, Elan, Europa, Eclat and
Lincoln-Zephyr released in 1936, the Espirit. The 1980’s saw Lotus
(there is one of these in a shed at dominate Formula 1 racing. Even with
Lower Hermitage) and in 1939 the low this success and following the sudden
slung Lincoln Continental coupe. After death of Chapman the company found
the war Lincoln continued to make big, itself in financial strife. BCA and
bold and beautiful (well I think so) Toyota bought into the company.
cars. However by 1986 the company was a
wholly owned subsidiary of General
LOCOMOBILE USA 1899 – 1929 Motors. Still financial troubled the
Initially makers of steam powered cars company was acquired by Italian
Locomobile became in 1902 America’s interests in 1989, then into an
biggest manufacturer turning out agreement with other investors and
4,000 cars. Also in 1902 the company then finally the company was taken
built its first petrol powered car which over by the Malaysian Proton group
proved so successful that in 1903 the which still retains ownership; (sad how
company gave up building steam cars. this once great little company has been
The range, size and power increased shuffled around).
steadily until in 1911 the famous
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