Au­da­cious Austin re-cre­ation tour

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A group of en­thu­si­asts are to repli­cate an au­da­cious road trip chal­lenge made by the Austin Mo­tor Com­pany to com­mem­o­rate its 70th an­niver­sary.

They are plan­ning to drive an Austin Six­teen 2500 miles across Europe, tak­ing in seven cap­i­tal cities in seven days. The chal­lenge was set by Austin in March 1947: the Long­bridge firm tasked the crews of three Austin Six­teen cars with suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the mis­sion in time to ar­rive for the open­ing of the first post-war Geneva Mo­tor Show.

Par­tic­i­pants in 2017’s trip in­clude Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics ed­i­tor Danny Hop­kins and CCW con­trib­u­tor Steve Berry.

A spe­cial Facebook page for the event has been cre­ated by Hop­kins, and will fea­ture the restora­tion of the car that he’ll be us­ing on the trip. He says: ‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to fol­low­ing the progress of this one!’

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