I am a member
of both the Austin 7 Owners Club and the Austin 10 Drivers club and thought you
may be interested in a copy of an article (below) that I did for the Austin 10
Sussex Group Magazine on the Austin 7 Millennium Run.
sincerely, (signed) Ken Tully
The London to Brighton Austin 7
After two beautiful days it was a dull damp cold start to Sunday but we
set off for London at about 7 am, travelling through Brighton - it was like a
ghost town all the Saturday Night revellers were still in bed. Due to the empty
roads we were able to really race to London touching nearly 40 mph on occasions.
These old cars are so draughty at such high speeds and with dead fingers we were
very pleased to see a 'McDonalds' sign around the Croydon area. We thought we
could kill two birds with one stone here as they say - get a hot drink and well
you know what? Finally we arrived at Crystal Palace to a water-logged start with
mud everywhere. All these beautiful cars soon looked as if they had been driving
Cross Country. It was a great atmosphere with over 300 Austin Sevens all shapes
and sizes travelling on the A23. The halfway stop was Pease Pottage - what a
sight in the car park, it looked more like pre-war days. After getting our card
stamped and taking another hot drink we set off for the final stage to Brighton.
It was a really good ran until we reached the outskirts of Brighton then
it was stop/start all the way to the Madeira Drive. The problem at the finish
was made worse because there was no indication to other motorists that Madeira
Drive was closed mid way along, for the finish of the Austin 7 rally. It was
chaos with modern cars and coaches trying to turn around in an already congested
There was a Jazz band to greet us and I understand that the Mayor of
Brighton was present. All in all it was a good day, even the sun was out on our
arrival and our "Baby Jo" behaved well.
By Ken Tully