Our interest is
only with Austin Sevens built between 1922 and 1939,
and with Specials which are based on the Austin Seven chassis and engine.
During the summer of 2000 when the idea of forming an Austin Seven Club in Cornwall was first considered we thought that it might attract a membership of perhaps 30. The inaugural meeting on the 7th August was attended by 24 people; all of whom joined whilst others, who were unable to attend the meeting, joined during the following weeks having already indicated their support. The membership continued to grow and by August 2003 we had our 100th member.
We set out to offer monthly runs, social events, to organise Club holidays, provide technical advice and keep members informed with a monthly magazine and a website.
The monthly runs were of an ad-hoc format which enabled a small number of members to meet for coffee and a chat and then decide on a run to a pub for lunch in a small convoy or to go home. Some runs were more organised with a route sheet as the summer months brought out more members and long convoys had to be avoided.
Our first Club holiday was to Le Mans in 2001 and since then members have enjoyed holidays in Holidays have been to East Germany; Le Mans; Brittany several times; Northern Spain; Southern Ireland; various parts of the UK including North Wales; East and North of England; the Devon and Dorset coasts and the Isle of Wight. Small groups often arrange a short break in Spring and/or Autumn.
We encourage members to support the local rallies and village shows throughout Cornwall during the summer months whether they are the larger shows or the smaller local event raising funds for a village project or supporting a favoured charity.
Members go to the 750 MC National Rally at Beaulieu and attend the annual rallies organised by the Dorset and Bristol Clubs. A few have ventured to Perth for the Scottish Club rally and enjoyed a longer stay for a holiday in past years.
The 'JOGLE' from John O'Groats to Lands End and two way runs, also the East-West run from Lowestoft to Lands End, have been successfully completed by a few members including two of our prominent lady drivers.
In 2005 many members attended the Austin Motor Co. Centenary rally at Cofton Park and we held our own 1-day rally with members in period dress.
Members also supported the national events celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the launch of the Austin Seven during 2012; the 'Austins to Brighton' run; the 'JOGLE' and the Anniversary Rally weekend at Warwick.
Teach-ins are well attended during most winters as the mechanically able members pass on their practical experience to those trying to repair, restore and maintain their Sevens. Practical help on repairs and restoration is always available for the less able members. Much of this technical advice is published in the Club magazine and placed on this website to be shared with anyone who has a problem to solve.
Since the Club was formed over 275 'Seven' owners have, at sometime, been members. We now have a fairly constant membership about 135 with some new members each month whilst a few discontinue their interest and ownership of 'Sevens' each year. Our members own around 170 'Sevens' of which about 130 are running and the rest are being worked on.
Member's cars cover the full range of 'Sevens' built by The Austin Motor Co. Ltd. at Longbridge, Birmingham with a few owning models built by other coachbuilders.
As a member club of A7CA we actively contribute to the wider movement and our representative attends the Committee Meetings. We are also a member club of the FBHVC and each year organise a run to support 'Drive it Day' inviting all pre-war Austin owners in Cornwall to join us for the day.
We celebrated our 10th Anniversary in July 2010 with 'The Kernow Rumble'. The rally was the largest ever gathering of 'Sevens' in Cornwall when Club members and friends from the Bristol, Dorset and Scottish Austin Seven Clubs gathered with 58 'Sevens' to enjoy a week of local runs and social events.
We have enjoyed fifteen succesful years and if we can continue in the coming years to sustain the current level of interest, and support, we shall feel vindicated that our original wish to establish an Austin Seven Club in Cornwall has been well worth the effort.
To provide a focal point in Cornwall for Austin Seven ownership.
To further Austin Seven owners’ enjoyment in running and maintaining their cars.
To provide assistance, support, encouragement and opportunities to enable members to use their Austin Sevens to the full.
To encourage, inform and assist those members who aspire to own, or have recently joined the ranks of Austin Seven owners.
To take an active role in supporting relevant national organisations.
We organise a range of events throughout the year, which are supported by a group of regulars.
We hold a few 'Ad Hoc' meetings, usually at weekends, throughout the winter period, when we meet at various venues for a coffee and a chat. If the weather is suitable then we have a short run to enjoy a pub-lunch for those who wish to, or you may opt to return home. We will never drive our 'Sevens' in inclement weather for the sake of being out; we will call off a run if the weather is too bad to start or continue.
We hold 'Club Runs' throughout the year, usually between 60 and 100 miles home to home for most members. We meet at a nominated start point for coffee and then follow a pre-planned route taking in a lunch stop (picnic or pub-lunch) after 25 to 30 miles. Then a few more miles before making for home. Some of these runs will visit place(s) of interest. Have a look at 'Shall we do a Club Run?'.
We sometimes hold 'Teach-ins' during the winter months. Members suggest a topic and we set up a demonstration and talk on how to check, dismantle and repair the item. For some Teach-ins members are encouraged to bring their own faulty component(s) along and, with help and guidance, repair them using their new found knowledge. Topics have included dynamos; king pins; gearboxes; brakes, rear axles; half-shaft replacement and electrical fault finding. We don't guarantee to make you an expert but at least you will know what the part does and how it works.
We hold 'Occasional Meetings' like a film evening of past Club Holidays etc; maybe a talk on First Aid; an 'Austin Seven Question and Answers' evening and a Christmas Party.
We organise 'Club Holidays' in the UK and abroad. Members have been to Scotland, North Wales and several parts of England; to France several times as well as Northern Spain; Germany and the Republic of Ireland.
We encourage members to take their 'Sevens' along to their local village shows/rallies during the summer and as a Club we have a display each year at the three-day West of England Steam Engine Society Cornish Steam and Country Fair in mid-August.
Some of our members like to travel up-country to attend the annual weekend rally of other Austin Seven Clubs; and if they have the time they arrange a short holiday in the area.
There is no obligation for you to go to every Club event; you are free to support those that you wish; some members prefer the monthly runs but not holidays; some will only choose to do shorter 'local' runs whilst there are those who will happily drive to the far end of the county to meet up with other members and visit a new area.
You can be as keen as you wish to be; but we would like to see you out and about mixing in and enjoy driving your 'Seven' along with other friendly and like-minded enthusiasts.
We also have a monthly Magazine 'Seven Focus' and a group of mechanically able members who can help you with you bigger problems.
Due to the difficulties and time taken to travel the length and breadth of Cornwall we do not have a regular monthly meeting place.
is open to all Austin Seven enthusiasts in Cornwall, or with connections to the County, defined as anyone owning, or aspiring to own, or with serious interest in, any type of Austin Seven. Membership includes spouse or partner and children up to age 16.
We welcome lady owner/drivers and offer them as much technical support as they need.
Membership application forms are only available from the Membership Secretary.
Enquiries from Overseas:
Our primary aim is to assist owners within the county of Cornwall, UK, and therefore, with the greatest respect, we do not have overseas members as we are not able to provide all the benefits that our local members can enjoy.
Our members do not participate in motor sport events, ie Trials, Hill Climbs or Circuit Racing, with their Austin Sevens.
We offer support and technical assistance to Austin Seven owners throughout the world. Please refer to articles written by our members in Technical Articles; general articles from past magazines which are relevant to maintaining and repairing Austin Sevens can be found in Austin Seven Journal and Technical Advice. Also see Quick Tips and our Guide to Parts and Services which will help you to source parts and services available in, or from, the UK.
Feel free to contact us, via the webmaster, with any questions arising from these articles or your work on your Austin Seven. Our technical members are only able to answer questions relating to the Austin Seven (1922-1939) and may not be able to answer any questions arising from some articles from past magazines as they may have developed their own method of undertaking the work.
Whilst we are pleased to give our time to answer questions, it sometimes involves a lot of effort to prepare the information specific to your request. The person responding to your question would be pleased to receive your acknowledgment for the reply and feedback as to whether the advice offered to you did meet your needs, or any further questions that might subsequently arise. Whatever - a 'thank you' would be very appreciated.