Event Reports
Short reports of events, holidays and shows enjoyed
by our members in the past four months.

Our members are always out and about with their 'Sevens'

The main aim of CA7C is to encourage members to drive their 'Sevens' whenever possible, even throughout the winter months when, surprisingly, quite a few members do enjoy being out and about on the colder winter-time runs.  However, we do draw the line on the very wettest of days as there is no point driving in bad weather with the non-optional water entry around the ill-fitting windows and doors!   Mostly we are able to enjoy warm, sunny days with Cornwall's splendid inland and coastal scenery at its best whatever the season of the year.

These edited reports were written by members and are taken from our monthly magazine, Seven Focus.


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Pinnock Tunnel Adventure - 14 October

It was a bit grey and overcast, but not raining, as more than two dozen assorted Austin Seven's rolled into the car park of the Par garden centre near St Austell. With greetings exchanged and route sheets handed out some members drifted off in search of the café for a hot drink before the run set off.

At 11 o-clock the cars started leaving with 'solo' drivers tucking in behind those who had a navigator.  The route took the St Blazey road, eventually turning right across a railway bridge and on into Tywardreath.  Passing through the village and heading away towards Fowey the cars soon took a left turn on to a private road which led towards the Pinnock Tunnel, a railway tunnel built to accommodate the transportation of china clay to Par docks until 1968 when the rails were taken up and the route was turned into a 'haul road' for lorries to pass through carrying china clay.  The tunnel is the longest in Cornwall and just 600yards short of one mile.

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The convoy of vehicles gathered on the approach road and when all had arrived the group set off, soon to enter the tunnel mouth.  The way took a gentle curve, so very soon the daylight behind disappeared. 

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Although dimly lit, the majority of drivers used what little light their respective cars had, so following tail lights was the order of the day.  Some considerable time later, as the way again curved, dim daylight started to filter in ahead then the cars were through the end of the tunnel, pulling up in a line to wait for the rest of the Sevens to emerge. 

 

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Once everyone was accounted for, the drive continued along the private road then through a gate back on to the public highway.

 

 

 

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From this point it was a very interesting and challenging route which took in Fowey and several other villages along the way and eventually led to the lovely village of Lerryn - beside the tidal part of the river Fowey.  The tide was in when the cars started arriving in the car park beside the river.  Some folk took advantage of the picnic tables on the grassy area by the water for a picnic and some retired to the pub for something more substantial or thirst quenching! 

 

 

Eventually, occupants fed and cars rested, club members began leaving the car park to follow a well detailed route sheet which eventually led to the A30 and Cornwall Services.  Here good-byes were said and folk set off towards their respective homes in the north, south, east and west of the County.  A very special and excellent day well organised.

 

The North Cornwall Evening Runs - Summer 2017

The ‘Unstoppables’ evening runs starting from the Lanivet village hall car park, have come to an end for this year.  This has proved to be a much better place to park, which, although not quite as central to the village pub, does not have the problem of congestion etc. before we depart. 

Every Tuesday evening since March 28th, after the clocks went forward, our little cars have met at 7pm, and headed out through the lanes and byways.  Not all of us always got to the finish however.  Dogged by fuel and ignition problems, the run leader had to change mid-run on several occasions while the leader of the evening limped home. No one ran out of petrol this year, and no-one got lost on a run.  Our evening trips do not involve route sheets, so convoy procedures are used, with many participants finally getting the hang of marking a junction so the person behind knows what do whenever there is a choice of direction.

The average number of cars turning up has been in single figures, which means that the group is of manageable proportions in the lanes; useful where horses and their riders are a frequent occurrence.  Fortunately the 'Sevens' are narrow enough not to disturb other road users, and this is increasingly important bearing in mind the increase in the width of most modern vehicles.   Agricultural machinery has got bigger over the years as well occupying much more lane space, but they have an important job to perform.  We occasionally have visitors from more distant areas and they are always welcome to swell our numbers, not to mention regular participants from areas further afield in the county. The end of season, currently our fifth, is marked by a run and pub lunch.

 

Radar Run - 24 September

Some twenty cars lined up at Carnon Downs Garden Centre attracted much interest from shoppers whilct members enjoyed the chanc e to chat with a few friends before we set off.  With the suggested route sheet cars departed in small groups.  This took us westwards through Frogpool and Gwennap, then a short main road run to turn for Stithians.  Through the village and around the reservoir to Buller Downs, just south of Redruth.  Then on through the lanes north of the town to Portreath, where we met up with others and sat looking over Portreath beach in sunshine.  It was soon time to leave and make our way up to the RAF base.

Radar RunWe all then proceeded into the air base and were met by a member of staff who then gave us a very detailed presentation on the importance of this site and the work that it does with other RAF sites dotted about the UK. He also gave a little bit of background into the origins of this air base and that it was once used to store chemical weapons.  Then we were taken to the bunker - which again is now no longer used for its original operations, as technology has advanced so much that it now is all done in a central base on the east coast.  After this we were then able to drive our cars up to the main radar place. This just proved how large this old airfield was, larger runway than the Newquay Airfield and that’s 2 miles long!.  

Radar Run 2Fortunately, the runway is no longer used for any aircraft and you could see why as it was in quite a poor state of repair - but it is used by the local car club for rallies.  We were able to go inside the actual radar (white golf ball) and see it working - again, all very informative. S We were then taken to look at the original WW2 pilots’ shelter and where the Spitfires would be ready to take off.  A further drive to the edges of the airfield to see some other blocks of equipment including the Ship-Shore-Ship Buffer (SSSB), then back to the main block, where we were all given a cup of tea/coffee again - a real treat.  This brought the very interesting day to a close and we all made our way home.

 

 

WESES Cornish Steam & Country Fair -  18 - 20 August

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Every year the club organises a splendid tea tent with endless refreshments and significant quantities of cake and this year was no different. Over the weekend 25 – 30 club members brought their cars along and spent time reminiscing with old friends and making new ones. Over the years it has been the first contact  for many people because they had heard that this was the place to catch up with ‘the man from Carnkie’ if they were thinking of buying an Austin and so it was for others this weekend. 

 

 

 

The club is well known for its hospitality and its attendance at the show – we had visitors from all over the country calling in to catch up with our club and ask the usual wide range of questions about tyres, fuel, parts etc.

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Torbay Steam Fair - 4/5/6 August

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We were invited to bring the van to the Torbay Steam Fayre with the Devon Austin 7 Club.  Along with the other Austin’s, it looked so small against its big brother.  Unfortunately, due to previous weather conditions the first day of the show was cancelled to save the ground from getting worse.  It meant that we had spare time, so we took the van out and toured around the Torbay area visiting Torquay / Babbacombe / Paignton and onto Brixham where we picnicked overlooking the bay.

 

 

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The drive out always makes a lot of people wave and take lots of photos and, when you stop on route, ask lots of questions.  Saturday and Sunday the weather was sunny and dry - the car parks were full of visiting general public which helped the organisers after all the hard work that’s put in. It was a shaky start to the show but after all it turned out to be another successful weekend.  

 

 

 

 

Annual Club Rally - 15 July

As last year, this was hosted centrally in the County near St Austell.  It was a fine chance to catch up with Austinauts from right across Cornwall, with a wide ranging contingent from the Bodmin area, the far East and right down west from Mousehole.  There was also a very wide representation from the cars themselves, with scruffy boxes next to showroom standard, Cambridge specials, Rubys, Opal etc. 

Rally 1In all 18 Sevens were gracing the lawn and overlooking the games arena. In the garden, the steam train was in full swing. Their was also an entertaining treasure hunt; the object being to identify as many hidden bits of Seven as possible. 

This year’s driving games set some new challenges.  First up was a drag race, but held in reverse with some hoopla to be performed at the mid point.  This bemused the strategists – is it better to drive faster or spend a bit more time on your hoop tossing accuracy?  Some blazed away like Santa Pod whilst others used the Nordic Triathlon approach of getting there, relaxing, aiming and then setting off again

Rally 2Keeping with the Olympic theme, next up was a Javelin competition.  Drive as fast as you can up to, but not over, a line and throw the javelin out the window.  All of a sudden there’s so much to do!  Which gear?  Brake early or late?  Oh don’t forget to throw!

Driving a figure of eight round a tight course is tricky enough, especially with hill starts and reversing into a cone.  Now try that with a beach ball balanced on your radiator.  This really challenged the clutch control as any hint of judder and it’s a dropped ball and a point lost.

The pièce de résistance and a great spectator sport was the eight wheeled race.  This is a bit of two car dressage with opportunity to swap paintwork if you’re not careful.  Take said figure of eight course; add two cars connected by six foot of bunting pegged onto passenger and driver door handles respectively.  Now drive together round the course without pulling the peg off.  One point lost every time you drop the peg.  This is way trickier than it sounds and a hoot both to take part in and to watch.  Most got into the swing of it part way round, but remembering that the outer car on a corner has both a bigger radius to turn and has to drive faster – manic!   With loads of folk to catch up with, tons of cake and plenty of liquid refreshment, a jolly time was had by all.  

 

Evening Run - 13 July

Eve 1Nine cars assembled for this evening run and as four cars were without navigators, convoy rules would apply. The route initially led us up to the gates of Nancecuke and some splendid views across the north coast before we were submerged in high-hedged lanes.  At this point we could have been anywhere in Cornwall, known only to the locals who were very good when meeting a string of Sevens and pulled over accordingly in miniscule passing spaces.  Once out onto the more major tourist roads, it was a slightly different story and we were frustrated to be baulked climbing the hill out of Portreath.  Along the road to Hell’s Mouth were a variety of cyclists and tourist vehicles which didn’t quite know how to deal with Sevens. 

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The views were stunning and it would have been lovely to stop and admire them properly.  The route now took us up to Kehelland where there had been confusion on the recent “Change & Chat” run and successfully passing through here.

 

 

 

The route took us through Illogan, passing a bright yellow ‘stock car’, probably someone’s pride and joy but a youngster by our standards, and then through North Country. There, unlike Portreath, the sleeping policemen humps are sufficiently wide enough apart to go through the middle with little stress on the car, although I did hope the police car’s driver wasn’t watching in the rear view mirror as I’m never quite sure of the legality (or otherwise) of the ploy.   Nine cars arrived back to the Fox & Hounds all in convoy.   An interesting and scenic run which made a worthwhile evening.

 

Godolphin Village Summer Fete - 2 July

Occasionally members are invited to various events outside the usual Club activities and the Godolphin Village Summer Fete was just such an occasion.  Not knowing quite what to expect we set off for the National Trust's Godolphin House  as the fete was to be held in the orchard and to the front of the house itself.  We were welcomed and told where we should park in the display. 

Godolphin 1There were already a few WW1 vehicles lined up and shortly another couple of cars arrived; an Austin 7 Nippy and a Standard Flying 8.  A couple of tractors and a replica steam engine made up the 'transport' display.   Arranged around the orchard were various stalls, most covered with brightly coloured gazebos plus a large marquee containing eighteen further stalls. In the centre of the orchard was a bandstand for the rock/pop/country band and an area for the choirs and dancers appearing during the afternoon.

The majority of the stalls were arts and crafts, local food and drink, charity based and ones selling just about everything and run by local groups and organisations.  It was a fabulous event which took place in superb weather and the atmosphere was amazing.  The entertainment which continued throughout the afternoon was most enjoyable with choirs, ballet, modern dance and even belly dancers plus, of course, the very excellent band.  At it's height the event was packed with what must have been at least a couple of thousand people, and assuming it is an annual event I would definitely suggest you look out for it next year and go along for a very enjoyable afternoon.  

 

 

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