THE 52nd National rally of pre-war Austin 7 cars, organised by the 750 Motor Club, takes place at the home of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in Hampshire, on Sunday July 6.
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 an Austin 7 is as strong as ever and the rally attracts entries from all over the UK 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’. Some wonderful examples will join the hundreds of vehicles on display. All Austin 7s are welcome and membership of the 750 Motor Club is not required.
Austins form the core of the event, but all tax-exempt historic 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.
Visitors to the Beaulieu attraction on the day can also see the rally and the venue makes for an ideal day out for all the family. 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.