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2017 Austin Seven National Tour For Toowoomba

Saturday April 8 to Thursday 13 April, 2017
Hosted by the Austin Seven Register of Queensland Inc.


Nearly 120 Austin 7 cars and vans from all over Australia are coming to Toowoomba for a National Tour and Meet, held once every 5 years since the first National gathering in Canberra in 1992.

A look inside Merv Thompson’s cab
Merv Thompson behind the wheel

There are Austin 7 Car Clubs all over the World, including Australian Clubs in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales & West Australia.
There were 291,000 Austin 7s built in Great Britain from 1922 to 1938 in a variety of styles, including sedans, convertibles, sports cars and vans, and they were exported to nearly every country in the World.

A further 100,000 Austin 7’s were produced internationally – under license in Germany, under the Dixi brand (which later became BMW), in France as Rosengart & in the USA by the American Austin Company as the Bantam (which went on to produce the first Jeeps).

The Austin 7 has a 750 cc 4 cylinder motor. Top speed is 100 km/h, but in 1936, a supercharged version reached over 200 km/h.

Click to read more about these vehicles:

Austin Seven owners Ian McDowell and Alan Cousier
Ian McDowell discusses his car

Where to look out for the Austin Sevens:
We are touring around Toowoomba, and out to Highfields, Goombungee, Jondaryan, Allora, Clifton, Nobby & Pittsworth. Come and See the cars on display at The Cobb & Co. Museum on Sunday 9th April – 11 am – 3:00 pm.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:  Saturday 8th April
Registration during the day & Welcome Dinner from 6pm.
Rally registration will be at the Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Motor Club clubrooms at Rocla Court, Glenvale on the western side of Toowoomba. After registration, entrants will go on a drive to places of interest in Toowoomba including: Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, Picnic Point Lookout, Empire Theatre, Russell Street Historic Walk, Southern Downs Steam Railway, Milne Bay Museum, Bulls Head Inn, art galleries, antique shops and a variety of gardens.
Welcome Dinner
Entrants will be able to meet old friends and make new ones at the Welcome Dinner to be held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Qld members Rhonda Guthrie and Valda McDowell

Day 2:  Sunday 9th April

Ladies High Tea at the historic Toowoomba Railway Station
A special Morning High Tea for the ladies only will be served at the Toowoomba Railway Station. Ladies will be dressed in a 1920s theme.

Austin 7 Swap Meet
Bring your excess A7 parts, cars and memorabilia to the Swap and Sell event being held at the event headquarters. Left it a bit late to finish restoring the Austin?
You may be able to buy the missing part/s here.

Cobb and Co Museum
After the Swap and Sell has finished mid morning, cars will go to the Cobb & Co Museum in down town Toowoomba for a car display and tour of the museum. Cobb & Co Museum admission is included for all entrants and lunch can be bought at the museum cafe. Meals start from around $7 plus there will be a prebooked buffet lunch. Several other Austin 7 cars and owners may join us here on display.

Day 3:  Monday 10th April
Highfields Pioneer Village
Drive to the Highfields Pioneer Village for morning tea and chance to look at the many exhibits.
Lunch at Goombungee
Our next stop will be to a pre-paid Lunch at the Goombungee Public Hall.
Afternoon Tours
On the return journey to Toowoomba, places to visit are a winery, an Alpaca farm, and a woodwork display. Alternatively, you may want some retail therapy at the variety of shops in Highfields.
Monday Night
Chance to have a formal sit down dinner in a railway carriage at Downs Steam

A reporter quizzing Merv Thompson

Day 4:  Tuesday 11th April –
Morning Tour to Jondaryan Woolshed
Today’s run is to the Jondaryan Woolshed for morning tea, a woolshed tour and blacksmith and shearing demonstrations..
Lunch at Adora Downs
Following morning tea, we are off to Adora Downs Homestay farming property at Mt Tyson for lunch.
Tuesday Night
Chance to have a formal sit down dinner in a railway carriage at Downs Steam, or join a Ghost Tour Experience at the Bulls Head Inn, Drayton or come along and play Trivia at Tour HQ.

Day 5:  Wednesday 12th April –
Morning tour to Allora Show Grounds
Down south today to the Allora Showgrounds for an A7 rally group photo at the showgrounds as well as morning tea.  After morning tea, we off to the main street of Allora and stroll or fly past the front of where Pamela Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins lived with her parents in 1905-7 back then building was the office and home of her father the manager of the Australian Joint Savings Bank.
Clifton & Nobby Townships
By the back roads, we travel to Clifton and on to the township of Nobby. After lunch at the Nobby Hall, we can pay a visit to the Nobby Pub and the Sister Kenny Memorial. At the Nobby Pub there is extensive memorabilia to view and enjoy.  Across the road from the pub, we will learn of the innovative and internationally renowned polio research work in the 1930s and carried out by Sister Kenny at the Sister Kenny Museum. Over the railway line we go to the School of Arts Hall for lunch.
Wednesday Night
Last chance to have a formal sit down dinner in a railway carriage at Downs Steam, or join a Ghost Tour Experience at the Bulls Head Inn, Drayton.

Alan Cousier with several Austins A7’s

Day 6:  Thursday 13th April
Pittsworth Showgrounds & Museum.

Go west young entrants to the Pittsworth Showgrounds for friendly rivalry at the A7 Funkhana involving interstate contestants.  Some entrants might like to go on a bus tour of four local attractions for $1.  Travel to Pittsworth Pioneer Historic Museum where entry is free to entrants and a pre-paid lunch for $12 will be available.
Farewell Dinner at the University of Southern Queensland.
After lunch, back to Toowoomba and time to dress for our Roaring 1920’s theme for the Farewell Dinner at the University of Southern Queensland. Tonight will be presentations for judging of vehicles in 11 categories.
Merv & Margaret Thompson
Austin 7 Register of Qld Inc.






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