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Thu 19 Jan 2012

Press Release from: The 750 Motor Club National Austin 7 Rally.

Release Date: 18th January 2012.
Hundreds of pre-war Austin 7 motor cars will be descending on the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire, on Sunday July 1st as a major rally commemorates the 90th birthday of Sir Herbert Austin’s most famous little car.
Organised by the 750 Motor Club, the National Austin Seven Rally will attract Austin 7s of all types from all over the United Kingdom and Europe to join a weekend of activities culminating in a wonderful display in the historic grounds of the Beaulieu estate. The general public are being invited and encouraged to attend this terrific event.
Among the cars will be ‘Rusty’, a 1931 saloon owned by Aylesbury based Austin 7 enthusiast and adventurer, Chris Parkhurst. Ex-RAF officer Chris has taken ‘Rusty’ on some amazing journeys including an arduous 8,500 mile drive from Beijing to Paris which involved enduring some 1,000 miles of desert and unmade roads; and a 5,000 mile journey from Argentina, across the Andes mountains, to Chile. Battling over 1,500 miles of ‘ripio’ (unmade roads with a surface like a washboard) that would test the endurance of the toughest of 4 x 4 vehicles, this extraordinary ‘baby’ Austin never failed to get through.
Under the bonnet of an Austin 7 you will often find a little sign exhorting the vehicle owner to ‘Preserve the Dependability of your car – Use only the best lubricants’. ‘Rusty’ has certainly proved dependable on its world-wide travels and there are many Austin 7’s in daily use all over the country providing their owners with affordable and enjoyable classic car motoring.
‘Rusty’ will be at Beaulieu on July 1st and for anyone interested in old cars The National Austin Seven Rally is a great opportunity to see a huge collection of these delightful vehicles and to talk with their owners. It is very likely that visitors to the Rally will catch the Austin 7 ‘bug’, buy one, and soon be emulating Chris Parkhurst by setting off on their own intrepid journeys to far flung lands!
Pic Cap: Chris Parkhurst’s 1931 Austin 7 ‘Rusty’.
Notes to Editors:
Publications requiring further information or wishing to interview Chris Parkhurst or other Austin Seven owners in their local areas are invited to contact:
Nick Salmon, Press Officer, 750 Motor Club National Austin Seven Rally 2012. 07831 805455.
The 750 Motor Club was founded in 1939 and promotes Austin 7 ownership and events. It has held its annual rally at Beaulieu every year for the last 50 years, a record unsurpassed by any other single marque club.
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