•   Tony Dron reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Posterity can wait

    CAR #1932-Austin-Seven / #1932 / #Austin-Seven / #Austin

    Owner Tony Dron

    Being Keen, we arrived early at the pub on New Year’s Day – only a Rover owner beat us to the bar. In preference to the splendid local pub that attracts a vast gathering of vintage cars of high value, I had opted for a quieter, more modest venue for the Seven’s first outing of 2018. Last year, I was trapped at the back of the car park for the duration. This time, when we wanted to leave, we drove away from the 105Es, A30s and their kind without trouble.

    It meant getting the Austin out of its new Carcoon, which is easy. Having spent a small fortune on perfecting my Seven, I invested in one of these expensive items because I know they work, unlike your average car cover that costs a twentieth of the price, but which all too easily turns out to be a compost bag that rots your car.

    Please note: I have no connection with the Carcoon company and paid up because I know it will preserve my little Austin. That matters, obviously. We’re always being told that we are not the owners of our old cars, merely custodians for the future, but I have never really bought into that. I’m saving my car for me, while I’m still around, thank you very much. Posterity might appreciate it eventually but I have my doubts.

    Reading Honest John’s column in Saturday’s Telegraph over Christmas, I saw a letter from a reader who had acquired a 1934 Austin Seven saloon. When he asked his local garage about the advance/retard lever, he was told to ignore it because modern petrol had rendered it irrelevant! Honest John’s excellent advice included joining a local club, but he refrained from comment on the breathtaking ignorance of that idiot from the garage. When those in the trade today are that stupid, are we even beginning to get our message across to posterity?

    Top and above Tony’s Seven normally over-winters in a Carcoon, but it was exhumed for a New Year’s Day pub outing.
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