VIN­TAGE AUSTINS ROLL INTO TOWN

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

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.

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