2021 National Austin Seven Rally, Beaulieu
An overview by Ian Nelson, rally organiser
2021 saw the 58th National Austin 7 Rally to be held at Beaulieu in the New Forest on Sunday 4th July. The first rally was organised by the 750 Motor Club in 1963 and I believe it must be the world's longest-running single make rally to be held at the same venue. My first go at being rally organiser was 40 years ago in 1981.
Numbers have been fairly consistent over the last few years, which is an achievement. We normally see 170 Austins and 20 autojumble stalls. Over 500 people come to the event, mainly from the South and West but several from further afield.
The weekend starts with a Saturday afternoon amble along the tranquil lanes of the New Forest, and we are grateful to the Dorset A7 Club for arranging this. A Saturday evening meal takes place in the marquee on the rally field. Camping next to the rally field is popular with many.
On the Sunday, the cars are neatly arranged by class and age, and we always have a "special theme" which this year is Coachbuilt and Fabric bodied cars. A popular spectacle is the Gymkhana which takes centre stage on the rally field.
The event concludes with the presentation of over 30 trophies, accompanied by a welcome absence of long speeches.
2021 saw the same enthusiastic team of organisers and happy helpers, and we're pleased that we can run this famous and successful 750 Motor Club event under the banner of the Pre-War Austin 7 Club. We'd be delighted to see new faces from the PWA7C.
Ian Nelson, email / 07803 888585