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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The Not Quite Christmas Lunch Run - 25th Nov.

Members were driving their Sevens from different parts of the county but just three Sevens met at the Blackwater layby, a few miles east of Redruth.  At 10.30am we 'hit the road' in a small convoy to Chiverton Cross round-about and then in the direction of Newquay.   At Goonhavern Garden Centre we met another Seven and now, with four cars in our little group we set off up the B3285 towards Bodmin.  Approaching the A30 the route took a left turn and we headed away and on into St Newlyn East where we passed through the village, eventually to pass under the A30 and on into Mitchell.

Heading towards Bodmin and having negotiated a roundabout and exited into an unsigned road eventually leading to the delightful little hamlet of St Enoder.  Keeping the very old church on our left and turning to the left at a T junction the run continued on towards Fraddon and Indian Queens.  Leaving Indian Queens we continued on what was once the A30 until turning into the lane leading towards Blackacre and the Screech Owl Sanctuary. 

Turning right at the end of the lane and passing Castle-an-Dinas on the left the route took our little convoy over the A30 and up the long straight and under the notorious iron bridge where so very many tall vehicles became ensnared in the days when the road was part of the A30 network.

Just beyond the bridge the route took us to the right towards St Austell.  Passing through Roche and taking a left our convoy passed Roche Rock, a granite outcrop with the ruins of a small chapel on its summit.



Nearing the end of our drive we entered Bugle, passed under the railway bridge and at the traffic lights went over the cross roads. Heading towards Bowling Green we eventually turned left, signposted Luxulyan then very soon turned left into the Kings Arms car park which already contained a varied selection of Austin Sevens.  Next a refreshing drink and very welcome lunch.


Lesser Known Lizard Run - 19 November

A group of 'Sevens' met at Sainsbury's, Helston, as usual attracting shopper's attention and answering questions.  Then the off in small groups and what an event it was to be for a newish member's first run in their MK2 Ruby!  Here commeth their tale -

Lizard Run"Started well, but then going down a hill into Gweek there was a bang and the rear n/s wheel wheel fell off!   How embarrassing, but the strong men came and helped lift the car by hand and put wheel back on. 

 On their way again, but very late and splitting the group, we saw the lovely scenery around the Lizard peninsular, the very narrow lanes and steep hills, clutch slipping but all went well.  Stopped for coffee, but we're hungry so on for lunch. Going up hill... and the car stopped again; this time with a fuel problem.  But it was full when we started out but after some checks it was decided we were out of fuel.  So borrowed some petrol and went for lunch.  By this time most of the members had continued or gone home.  We made our way back to Helston to a petrol station and started to fill up. As we did, we noticed it was running out as fast as we put it in. A friend that lives locally and the car started and we managed to get it to their house. The moral of this story is to always have spare petrol, tools and torch.  Oh and check wheel nuts before going out!


Old Penny's Tea Room - 28 October

T'was on a dull Saturday morning, there was quite a gathering of Austineers at Olde Penny’s Tea Room at Bridge, north of Redruth, where we all spoilt ourselves on the lovely tea and cakes. After we were all a stone heavier, we went to our cars where seven cars in comvoy followed the leader on a mystery tour, through Portreath, along North Cliffs and through to Gwithian, across to Connor Downs, then through some winding lanes to Praze-an-Beeble.  The roads were so narrow that our tiny Austins could only just squeeze through, but we all made it back to Pool and said our goodbyes.


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.

Pinnock 1

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. 

Pinnock 2







Pinnock 3


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. 


Pinnock 4



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




Pinnock  5

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.