Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Austin 7 special pictures

Some pictures of racing Austin 7 specials. Taken by me at Mallory Park race circuit, Leicestershire, late 1980s (or maybe 1991 or 1992) at a 750 Motor Club race meeting. This was the days of Austin Sevens having their own race series, before becoming a 750 Trophy (not full championship) and amalgamation with similar cars (e.g. Ford 1172 specials). Happy days!

Picture captions updated Feb 2022 with driver’s names. Many thanks to Alan Fairless and Steve Jones for the info, via AustinSevenFriends Forum. Apparently car 31, No5 and 38 are still around, the latter still with the same owner (Alan Fairless). Simplicity is also still around.

No31 - an Ulster replica (Reg Nice's car).

An Austin 7 special, raced by Charlie Marriott

Another Austin 7 special, raced by Andrew Spence

Austin 7 specials ready to go home. The first two look like close to Ulster replicas, 
but with taller radiator shells? No23 looks a lower slung Ulster replica

No5 raced by John Skeavington, No38 by Alan Fairless and red car behind No38 by Jean Rees. Alan Fairless still owns this red car (No38).

Race action - poor pictures! I think the car with the low red cowl is maybe that of Nigel Cowley (built by his father?)

'Simplicity' Austin Seven special (built by Jack French 1949 onwards), seen at 750 Motor Club's 60th Anniversary, Silverstone, July 1999. 

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