New – Club Badges Revised

The club has produced two new grille badges for club members. Both carry the ‘Flying A’ and the club name, with one being a ‘standard’ badge, and the other being a limited edition ’40th Anniversary’ badge. (click on the image below for a full-size picture).

Badges

Both badges come with a grille fixing kit, and can be ordered from Ray Dawes, the club’s Spares Secretary, in the same manner as ordering spares.

The cost for the ‘standard’ badge is £40, and for the 40th Anniversary badge is £45. Both prices are inclusive of worldwide postage and packaging.

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ACCC Torque Settings and Static Ignition Timing Settings

Another technical article for you all – this time provided by Spares Secretary Ray Dawes. This one is a reproduction of an old Austin Service Journal and relates to all important torque wrench settings and static ignition timing settings for our cars and commercials.

As with other technical items it can be found on our Technical Articles page. 

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Octagonal Hub Nut Advice – Technical Article

If you’ve ever struggled to removed the unusual octagonal hub nuts on the rear axles of some of our cars, Membership Secretary Mike Greasby may have found a tool to help – as detailed on our ‘Technical Articles’ page.

Mike has found a suitable spanner, and has advised that Spares Secretary Ray Dawes  is considering adding these to the club’s spares catalogue.

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‘Wheels-Alive’ Motoring Website Revamped

At this weekend’s very successful Annual Rally (many thanks to Pam and Brian for their efforts), I bumped into well-known motoring journalist, writer, and ‘Counties’ member, Kim Henson. He tells me that his motoring website, which has been running for a few years now, has been the subject of a recent revamp, and asked me to encourage members to take a look.

The site covers a broad range of motoring-related matters, and has sections amongst relating to modern cars, classic cars, motoring book reviews, write-ups on motoring tours, and technical tips from their resident ‘Grumpy Old Mechanic’, John. Kim tells me that he is going to produce a feature about the ‘Counties’ range of cars – so that’s worth looking for soon.

You can see the site here: http://www.wheels-alive.co.uk/ . Why not take a look and add it to your ‘favourites’ list today?

Pete Simmonds

 

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Don’t Forget – Annual Rally this Weekend at Port Sunlight

Just a reminder that the club’s Annual Rally takes place this weekend at Port Sunlight, on The Wirral. Whilst there are events across the weekend, the main rally takes place on Sunday at Port Sunlight village, to be held on the Gladstone Theatre car park.  Arrivals from 10am to 12pm, with judging starting at 12.30pm.

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Austin Sixteen ‘7 Capitals’ Anniversary Event

News has come to the club of an event planned for 2017 to coincide with the Alan Hess ‘7 Capitals in 7 Days’ goodwill tour undertaken in 3 Austin Sixteens back in the very cold Winter of 1947.

Entitled ‘The Mintex Austin Sixteen Goodwill Tour Platinum Anniversary’, the tour is to be undertaken by three well-known motoring writers and members of the Guild of Motoring Writers: Guy Loveridge (Chairman of the Guild from 2014-16); Sopie Williamson-Stothert (Features Editor at ‘Car Dealer’ magazine); and Steve Berry, (who amongst many other things has appeared on ‘Top Gear’ and writes for the ‘Sunday Times)’. 

Guy states the following:

After reading the Alan C Hess book “Gullible’s Travels” when I was at University, I determined that a re-run of the 1947 Austin Motor Company Goodwill Tour of Europe ought to happen on the anniversary of its 1947 running. I tried to make it happen for the 50th but Austin-Rover were not  interested in supporting the event. I tried again in 2007 for the 60th anniversary, but again – no interest.

Now, finally, I have put together a project that WILL see three members of The Guild of Motoring Writers retracing, day for day and hour for hour the wheel tracks of the original tour.

Starting from Oslo on 13th March 2017 we will travel via Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Berne to finish in Geneva some seven days and 2500 miles later. We will be traveling in a 1946 Austin Sixteen bought and restored for this event. The car itself has a fascinating ‘one family owned’ from 1957 story to tell…”

The club will be following this event with interest and will endeavour to offer our support wherever possible. You can find further details and pictures on the event’s Facebook page.

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Membership Secretary Update

Mike Greasby has now returned to his Membership Secretary duties. Many thanks to Dennis Robinson for filling in in Mike’s absence.

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Website moved – new discussion pages introduced

The club’s website has now been moved from its old home of ‘www.psimmonds.org.uk’ to it’s ‘proper’ URL – ‘www.austincounties.org.uk’.

I’d been thinking of updating the ‘forum’ area for some time, so rather than moving the outdated forum software we previously used, I’ve introduced a new, simpler, discussion facility, and left the old forums at the old site, in read-only mode for the time being, before eventually deleting them.

See the ‘Forums’ page for further details.

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Updates to Website

I’m in the process of looking at how best to move the club’s site from its current location (www.austincounties.org.uk) to the URL www.austincounties.org.uk.

The benefit of this will be that the divert from the latter to the former will no longer be needed.

The site may be intermittently unavailable whilst I move files and database around – but I’ll endeavour to keep such loss of availability to a minimum.

Pete Simmonds

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Temporary change to membership secretary

Due to other temporary commitments membership secretary Mike Greasby is unable to process memberships data at present. Former membership secretary Dennis Robinson has agreed to stand in, so please send your membership/renewal forms to him for the time being.

Details are here

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