The National Austin 7 Rally will be held on Sunday 2 July at Beaulieu in Hampshire. This year’s special display will feature ‘The Jewels in the Crown’ – the Ruby, Opal and Pearl models of the legendary Austin 7 range.
The trio were launched in 1934 and gave buyers a choice of body styles. The Ruby was a four-door closed saloon; the Pearl had a similar body style but with a fold-back roof; and the the Opal was a two seat soft-top tourer. Collectively known as the ‘Jewel Range’, they continued in production until 1939.
They will be joined on the rally field by a huge variety of other Austin 7 models and a great selection of trade stands catering for all Austin 7 needs. One of the modern-day joys of owning an Austin 7 is the ready availabilty of moderately priced spare parts, making a Seven of the easiest of pre-war cars to own.
The National Rally has been held annually in the grounds of Lord Montagu’s estate for 54 consecutive years and is organised by the 750 Motor Club. The event is open to all Austin 7 owners regardless of whether or not they are 750 club members and entries come from all over the UK and Europe. Austins form the core of the event, but pre-1975 vehicles of all makes are invited to attend and will have a designated parking area on the rally field.
The National Austin 7 Rally is an ideal day out for enthusiasts and for families alike. Beaulieu is home to a wide variety of attractions and the rally entry ticket also gives access to the historic Palace House and Gardens and The National Motor Museum.
For entrants wishing to make a weekend of it camping facilities are available and on the Saturday there is an organised run through the picturesque New Forest followed by the ever-popular evening barbecue on site.
The event is sponsored by Motoreasy and RH Specialist Insurance. Full details and entry forms will be found on the 750 Motor Club website from early March. Click here for more information
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