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Your Membership Renewal Form for 2020/21 is included with the July issue of Focus.  Please check the details carefully, especially contact details, and amend, correct or update as appropriate. Please ensure that you sign in the places requested and it would be much appreciated if you could return the completed form with your payment promptly. If you are not intending to renew a quick phone call or email to that effect to the Membership Secretary would be appreciated.  

The FBHVC Survey 2020 is now online at  for two months.  We encourage all UK Austin Seven enthusiasts to complete it, please.


FBHVC Newsletter Issue 3 - 2020 is available for download at

Items of intereest in this issue are:  p 4-5 Legislation - LEZ update;  p 6 DVLA Coronavirus impact on DVLA;  p 7 Technical & Events Updates;  p 8 Heritage, Culture & Museums;  p 9 Archives The 5 P’s of Archiving;  p 10 Research Got time to take our surveys?;   p 16 - 19  DON’T Drive it Day 2020 Readers share their images.

CA7CThank you for supporting your club by rolling your car out to celebrate our own version of Drive It Day; a record number of club members joined in this unique event and demonstrated the huge variety of cars in our club.  We also commemorated VE Day taking part in the 2 minutes silence before having a virtual coffee.   

I sincerely  hope that one day we will be able to return to our organised events, meeting face to face for a coffee rather than over the internet.  Sadly the restrictions remain in place and we are currently following guidance from the FBVC that it remains inappropriate to organise runs and social events. 

You may like to read their guidance at :  

The next committee meeting will take place on Friday June 5th and any ideas for our virtual calendar would be welcomed.  

Stay safe.   Sarah Mason CA7C Chair 2 JUne 2020

VE 0375th Anniversary of VE Day - 8 May

About 20 members decorated their Sevens and joined the nation at 11 am  to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, remembering all those who served in military and civilian roles.

For a selection of photos submitted by members click

Car seats need tlc

During the lockdown period whilst your Seven is not being driven very often you have the opportunity to give the upholstery some tlc.  Whether your car still has the original leather on the seats, or they have been re-upholstered, leather requires regular attention, ideally at least once a year, or more frequently depending upon use; some people suggest every three months. This is a part of owning and driving an historic vehicle which is easily overlooked amongst the usual maintenance to keep it running.  Leather should be cleaned and given an application of ‘Hide Care’ cream to keep it supple. 

1262It is best to use proprietary products from a reputable supplier.  One is Woolies (I & C Woolstenholmes Ltd); see for suitable products and guidance on their use,

Leather Care Renovations at 

Northants Leather Chemicals Ltd.,at:  

If you have any doubts contact an upholsterer, or harness maker, for advice on the care of leather.  

Drive Day 2020 - 26 April

“Thank you to everyone who joined in Drive Day 2020, 26 cars came out to take part.   

CA7C 100This Friday May 8th, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and many of us would have attended local events celebrating and remembering this milestone.  

We are inviting you to roll the car out of the garage once again, add a bit of bunting, flags and fancy dress in time for 11am and the national 2 minute silence,  before serving up the coffee and cake ready for a virtual chat ringing round friends and club members.  

Take a photo and share with us to add to our anniversary archive.   Hopefully see you there!

 DRK Wash 1.1

Wash & Brush Up!

Are you NUTS?  We're not going anywhere for months!


Drive Day 2020 - 26 April

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"A very big thank you to all of you who rolled the car out on the drive this morning to take part in our DRIVE DAY 2020.  Over 20 club members plus several guests and friends from around the country joined in for a cuppa at 11am.  I hope that you all had as much fun as I did seeing friends and catching up in round robin phone calls.   

The Committee will bend their brains to see if we can organise something
for VE Day in a fortnight’s time.”  Sarah & the Committee 27/04/20

For a selection of photos submitted by members and friends click



Drive Day 2020 - 26 April

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Your Committee would like to invite you to DRIVE DAY 2020.   Where?  At your home, on your drive, at 11.00 am Sunday 26th April.  

In true Austin tradition we will be rolling the car out,getting out the picnic chairs and opening the flask at 11.00 am.  Photos of your event to Chris Cook for FOCUS would be appreciated.  

We look forward to you joining us.  Sarah & the Committee 25/04/20



CA7C 100Move towards using IT formats to keep in touch with Members
11 April - From Our Chair  -  Sarah Mason, Focus Magazine March/April

It was with great regret that we had to cancel all of the calendar for the foreseeable future but the current restrictions left the committee with no choice.  It is also the last hard copy Focus magazine until we can all get back to normal.  Instead we will try to keep in touch using email bulletins, the website and Facebook pages. 

I am conscious that not everyone uses IT to keep in touch but it is unfair to ask our volunteers to make non essential journeys at the moment. If you are not already on the email distribution list but would like to be kept in touch please email Andrew Jarmin and he will update your details. Until we can meet for a coffee and a run, please take care and stay safe.


FBHVC 100The FBHVC Newsletter Issue 2; 2020 is available online at

Contents: pp4-5 Coronavirus Guidance & advice; pp6-7 Legislation Seeking clarity; p8 Fuels E10 Fuels Consultation; p10 DVLA Ian Edmunds reports; p11 Technical & Events MSUK RS Clubman Licence; p12 Heritage, Culture & Museums Heritage Day and more;  p13 Archives Our vision explained Editorial  pp14-15 Race Retro 2020 FBHVC on display at Stoneleigh Park; pp16-17 Main Feature The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust; pp18-19 Club Expo 2020 Full report of this years event; pp20-21 Secretarial News Latest from Emma Balaam; pp22-23 Le Mans Classic Updates on the 10th running; p24 National Motorcycle Museum Live Great event returns in October; pp26-31 Club News Roundup from our member clubs


FBHVC 100FBHVC General Advice to all Clubs re Coronavirus
23 March at

We have advised all historic vehicle clubs to cancel or postpone their monthly meetings and events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice. We recommend cancelling all events and meets for the months of April, May and June 2020.



FBHVC 100FBHVC updated statement on Drive it Day 2020
23 March at

The Federation recommends that all activities that involve taking a historic vehicle out on the road specifically for the purposes of Drive it Day, now be abandoned.  All enthusiasts are now urged to stay at home on 26 April 2020 and not partake in any non-essential travel for Drive it Day and instead, get involved in a nationwide social media campaign to spread positivity around historic vehicles during this difficult time.

With such a crowded event calendar, the possibility of achieving consensus for a revised Drive it Day date later in the year will be virtually impossible. Therefore, Drive it Day 2020 will not be re-scheduled for later this year, but will resume its normal format on 25 April 2021.



CA7C 100The effect of 'Lockdown' on Club activites
17 March - From our Chair: -  Sarah Mason

Following the Government's advice about limiting social contact etc by the over-70's and vunerable people due to Coronavirus we are cancelling Club activities  including runs, social events, 'Drive it Day' and the Club's 20th Anniverary Rally.

Our future events will be reviewed as and when Government advice changes.

A7CA 100A7CA - Toolkit to Help A7 Clubs Engage with Younger People
The Associaton has set out ideas for attracting younger people into ownership of historic vehicles.

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A7CA - Centenary Rally 2022

The Association is planning a celebration Rally in 2022 to mark 100 years of the birth of the Austin Seven at
The Rally will take place on Sunday 24th July 2022 at the Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire. Those who are able devote more time to the celebrations will be able to enjoy an entire week of activities which will commence at the college from Monday 18th July 2022  

The Association is asking for volunteers at

The Austin Seven Owners Club will be organising a London to Brighton run in the Centenary year.

FBHVC 100FBHVC Update - Driving in the EU from 1 January 2021
11 March at
The article gives advice on Driving licences and international driving permits; Insurance for your vehicle; Vehicle registration documents; GB stickers and number plates and What to do if you’re involved in a road accident

FBHVC 100E10 fuels consultation. FBHVC position statement.
5 March at

On Wednesday 4th March 2020, Her Majesty’s Government published a consultation on proposals to introduce E10 petrol as the standard for fuel across the UK. The lead proposal would introduce a minimum ethanol content of 5.5% for standard ‘premium’ fuels in 2021, whilst - and this is important for historic vehicles - maintaining the current E5 blend in the ‘protection’ grade. The consultation seeks views on the proposed mechanism, definitions and derogations. It also includes a call for evidence on potential changes required to existing policy mechanisms (including targets under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation) following an introduction of E10. The consultation will run for six weeks, closing on 19th April and the FBHVC have received a formal invitation to participate in the consultation and have confirmed our intention to do so.

FBHVC 100The FBHVC Newsletter Issue 1; 2020 is available online at

Contents: p4 Legislation Updates from Dave Daniel;  p7 Technical & Events Events for 2020;  pp8-9 Heritage, Culture & Museums The Gordon Bennett Cup;  p10 Archives First report from Andy Bye Editorial;  p11 Cars: Accelerating The Modern World A review of the V&A exhibition;  pp12-13 Skills Supporting students & businesses;  pp14-17 TR Register Turns 50 Celebrating half a century in style;  pp18-19 Secretarial News Help is at hand;  p19 Apprentices Recognised Prestigious awards at presented at the NEC;  p21 Museum News Updates from around the UK;  p22 STEAM Fortnight BMM announces schools initiative;  pp22-26 Club News Roundup of all the latest news.