Welcome to the Hereford Austin Seven Club.

Members and their Cars

Gill and Michael Harcourt and their Austin 7 Ruby "Blossom"

Gill and Michael Harcourt live in Symonds Yat in the south of Herefordshire.  Michael is currently events co-ordinator for the club, and Gill looks after the website.

Blossom is a 1936 Ruby, which we bought in 2008. The car was bought from a chap in Cambridgeshire, who described it as running, and just needing re-commissioning to put it back on the road. With a broken halfshaft, it was never going to run anywhere other than downhill, and the engine would only run for a few seconds, and then stop!  Upon investigation the car turned out to need a near total restoration, and this was completed after 2 years. During the rebuild we did our best to keep the car in as near original condition as possible. The body was treated to a bare metal respray in the original maroon and engine was rebuilt. The sunroof was practically non-existent and had to be remade. But the leather interior, for example, is the original, even though it is very well worn.

At the end of the rebuild we joined Hereford Austin 7 Club and soon after joining, Michael became the club's events co-ordinator, also organising a couple of runs out each year for the club. Gill manages all aspects of the clubs website (www.herefordaustin7club.co.uk)

We like to get out and about in Blossom as much as we can. The car is a joy to own and drive, and during the summer months is often the first choice of transport when we are going out in the evenings and weekends. Almost every time we use her, we will be engaged by a total stranger who will start the conversation with something like  "My first car was one of these", or "My Dad used to have one of these". We have been fortunate enough to have met so many people through driving this car.

She is a fabulous little car, great to drive, and a much-loved member of our family.

Blossom

Blossom

Blossoms bibliography to date:

Sept 2013.  A film role in Perdition County, filmed in the Brecon Beacons. This involved a scene high up on a lonely road in the Beacons in low cloud and rain, simulating broken down and on fire, surrounded by armed mercenaries wearing 1910’s clothes whilst savage dogs on leads patrolled the road.

Sept 2013. Louise and Joe's wedding in Monmouth.

Booked 5th July 2014. Marianne and Matt's wedding in Symonds Yat.

Booked 11th October 2014. Claire and Alistair's wedding in Holmer, Herefordshire.

Blossom is available for weddings, nostalgia days, films etc. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your requirements.

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Graham and Janet Baldock and their Austin 7 Box Saloon

First registered on April 6th 1932 in Leicester.  Owner since 1986 Graham Baldock JU 458- 1932 RN Box Saloon.

Restored by Eddie Loader in 1986, the car was bought for me as a birthday present by my wife Janet. Apart from numerous classic car shows up and down the country, over the subsequent years the car has travelled far and wide completing two Lands End John o'Groats runs and four 750MC Eurotours to East Germany, the South of France, the Black Forest and in 2012 along with 40 plus other Austin Sevens we travelled together on the 1800 mile round trip to Interlaken in Switzerland.

Its claim to fame is that this particular car is the only Austin Seven to have a 1:18th diecast scale model made of it by any model manufacturer.

Graham Baldock

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Bob and Heather Garrett and their Austin 7

Purists please look away now – there is nothing for you here!  This car was much modified in 2007 to be driven and enjoyed rather than simply admired, so a number of its original features have inevitably been changed.  Although the bodywork remains untidy, virtually every mechanical component has been either renewed or refurbished - with reliability, robustness and safety in mind.  This Austin Seven is a steel bodied Type AF, first registered on 31st May 1932 and one of the last short chassis small door tourers to have been made.

Bob

The engine has been mildly tuned to give a top speed of over 60mph, but she will cruise happily at 55 mph, even into headwinds or up gentle hills (sadly not both!).  The car is a joy to drive with fabulous brakes and a delightful four-speed close ratio gearbox.  The handling however, retains many of the car’s authentic and ‘interesting’ original characteristics.

  • Engine rebuilt on a late 1932 solid mount, coil engine crankcase with forward facing starter motor.  The engine contains a new Phoenix 15/16” splash fed crankshaft with matched, crack tested and re-metalled A7 connecting rods.  Dynamically balanced crankshaft / flywheel assembly
  • Block lapped to crankcase and re-bored with new pistons & rings.  Ports opened and gas flowed to match an Ian Bancroft 4-branch exhaust and ALR 30° inlet manifold.  All new valves with enlarged inlets and double valve springs.  Refurbished 11/8” SU carburettor (GG needle) fed by an SU electric pump via a Wipac fuel filter
  • Tim Myall re-profiled ‘trials’ camshaft with reground cam followers to suit
  • Main oil gallery blocked-off and tapped to provide feed and return pipework for an external canister type oil filter.  Also, the oil jets have been carefully aligned with the crankshaft apertures to improve big-end lubrication
  • Super Accessories ‘Supaloy’ high compression head lapped to the block face,
  • Clutch rebuilt with new operating levers, modified pivots, new springs and linings
  • Late type four speed (three-synchromesh) gearbox, refurbished and fitted with ‘intermediate’ close ratio gears (ratios: 1.000, 1.375, 2.167 and 3.600) (Standard are: 1.000, 1.660, 2.640 and 4.370)
  • Entirely new Hardy Spicer prop-shaft with length adjusted to exactly accommodate 4-speed gearbox whilst retaining the engine in its original position
  • Rear axle refurbished with new half-shafts, bearings and good condition late A7 5.25:1 crown-wheel & pinion.  Casing ends machined to semi Girling pattern to take hydraulic brake back-plates
  • Completely rebuilt hydraulic brakes using Bowden Engineering steel back-plates, new AC master and wheel cylinders and late type A7 cast iron drums.  All new hydraulic
  • pipes including stainless steel braided Flexolite connections.  New linings, springs adjusters etc.  Handbrake constructed from Mini lever and cables
  • Late type (stronger) A7 front axle and radius arms.  Axle checked for truth, eyes faced and fitted with new king pins, bushes & cotters.  Semi Girling front stub axles to take hydraulic back-plates
  • 19” wheels re-built with new spokes/rims powder coated and fitted with Blockley tyres & tubes
  • Twin disc front damper with one arm connected directly to the axle pin, thus providing much improved cornering and directional stability
  • Refurbished front suspension shackles & bushes and new rear springs (correct camber) and spring pins with new bushes throughout together with new (stronger) steering arm

What next? – Some possibilities are:

  • Tidy up and re-paint the bodywork
  • Carpet
  • Improved rear damping
  • New hood

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