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Little Classics News: 15 February 2014

National Austin 7 Rally Set for Commercial Success

National Austin Seven RallyThe 52nd National Rally of pre-war Austin 7 cars, organised by the 750 Motor Club, and held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on Sunday 6th July is making the Commercial Austin 7 its primary focus for 2014.

'C Type' Austin 7 Commercial VanThe Austin 7, the ‘baby’ Austin, was the first truly mass-produced British car and between 1922 and 1939 some 290,000 were built. Today, enthusiasm for owning a classic Austin 7 is as strong as ever and the rally attracts entries from all over the United Kingdom and Europe.

In the pre-war period butchers, bakers, fishmongers and traders used the Austin 7 for deliveries. To celebrate their contribution to the heritage of the marque the rally theme this year is ‘Commercial Austin 7s’ and some wonderful examples will join the hundreds of vehicles on display.

Austins form the core of the event, but all tax-exempt historic and classic vehicles of all makes are invited to attend and will have a designated parking area on the rally field.

The official rally is on the Sunday but many entrants take advantage of overnight camping to make a weekend of the event. On the Saturday there is an organised run around the New Forest followed by an evening barbecue.

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.

The event is sponsored by Warranty Direct and RH Specialist Insurance. Full details and entry forms can be found on the 750 Motor Club website:


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