Car club celebrates Austin Seven's 90th anniversaryBy Victoria Smith
April 16, 2012
Petrolheads celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Austin Seven motor car when a relay passed through Wokingham.
The event at the Cantley House Hotel in Milton Road saw members of the North Hampshire Austin Enthusiasts Group, which is a centre of the Pre-War Austin Seven Club, welcome the Golden Piston Relay on Monday, April 2.
Borough deputy mayor Councillor Bob Wyatt joined the group to celebrate the relay, as he has written several books on the Austin.
To mark the occasion, members of the Pre-War Austin Seven Club produced a Austin Seven piston.
This has been passed around in relay fashion as a trophy, along with a logbook, among the various centres that make up the club as a trophy to bring centres together.
The relay started in June last year in Nottingham.
Several Austins were assembled at the hotel in Wokingham to welcome the relay before it was driven on to another centre of the Pre-War Austin Seven Club by members of the North Hampshire group.
Trevor Edwards, secretary of the group, said: “By the time the Golden Piston completes its rounds and returns to this year’s Autokarna in Nottingham, in June, it will have travelled the length and breadth of the country. That many specimens of the hardy little vehicle will be around when the 100th anniversary arrives in 2022 is beyond any doubt.
“One wonders how many modern vehicles will be able to boast a similar achievement.”
The Austin Seven was introduced in July 1922 and continued in production until 1939.
The enthusiasts group is made up of members from Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire.