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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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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New Membership and Renewal Forms

You can find the 2016 Membership Renewal Form here, (If you want a copy in MS Word, try here) and the 2016 New Membership Form here (Word copy here).

We’re keen that members tell us as much about their vehicles as possible, so if you’re lucky enough to own more than one Austin then you can find an ‘additional vehicle’ form here .

Tip – if you’re using the ‘pdf’ versions of these forms, if you download the latest Adobe Reader software (Adobe Reader DC) here you can type your details into the pdf form and save it to your device. You can then email completed forms to webmaster@austincounties.org.uk  and they will be  forwarded to our membership secretary.


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