VINTAGE AUSTINS ROLL INTO TOWN
VINTAGE Austin 7s from across WA gathered in Harvey last Saturday with some cars nearly a century old cruising down the Harvey main street.
About 21 cars took part in the Austin Seven Club of WA’s 20th annual rally with cars from 1927 through to 1936 converging on the town and driving up Uduc Road.
Club secretary and Harvey resident Robyn Coleman said it was a great turnout for the club which had about five members come from the South West and more than 30 people from across the State.
Mrs Coleman said the Austin 7s were a collector favourite due to their small size and small engine, meaning the focus was more on enjoying the ride rather than speed.
“The cars are tiny, they’re called Baby Austins,” she said.
“It’s more about the journey than the destination in an Austin 7.”
While her husband owns a Ford Mercury muscle car, Mrs Coleman said she bought her 1935 Austin 7 six years ago to have a car with more personality than drive.
“They all have different personalities, they just make you smile,” she said.
The cars lined up outside Mrs Coleman’s home where an afternoon tea was enjoyed before the enthsiasts drove to Myalup Cottages to spend the night.
Shearing demonstrations were also held, including with older hand-cranked shearing clippers and Harvey resident Gordon McMannis read his poem about the Austins coming to Harvey.
A handmade pedal-powered Austin replica, at a fraction of the size of the real car, was also displayed on the day.
A special guest for the rally was table tennis Olympic gold medallist Bill Sheehan, a Victoria-based Austin enthusiast himself, who played a few rounds with those attending.
Harvey resident Lyn Egerton-Green stands proudly beside her 1935 Austin 7.
Hugh and Nicole Fryer go for a cruise in their 1935 Austin 7.
Katy Clayton drives a scaled-down pedal powered Austin made by her grandfather Harvey resident Paul Egerton-Green.