The 750 Motor Club was formed in 1939 on an idea of Bill Boddy's to promote low cost motor sport for impecunious Austin Seven owners.
Wendy Coulter and her "Bouncer" at the Cobham Trial
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One of the reasons for creating the club was the demise of class H racing for 750cc cars – the lowest division was to include cars up to 1100cc. Hence Bill Boddy felt the need for a '750' club. Bill was still the club's president until his recent death on 8th July 2011 and the club now runs about 12 different racing formulae (including Austin Sevens), sporting car trials and, most importantly in this context, it is the oldest Austin Seven club. A7 activities include races, trials, autotests, rallies, runs and overseas adventures.
The club is geographically split into centres around the country, some specialising in one or more of the club's activities and our Brooklands Centre is one of the more active 'Austin Seven' centres. We annually run a full calendar of very varied events for A7s and invite other clubs to join in.
The Austin Seven Trial at Cobham every April sees many VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) A7 competitors taking part. The Centre set a standard of exciting events for Austin 7s by organising a series of major continental runs starting with a run to Monte Carlo with 42 Sevens in 1974. Then came San Marino in 76, Andorra in 78 and back to Monte Carlo in 1980. The last of this style of event was to Leichtenstein in 1984. Since then others have taken up the baton and organised splendid events – for example Ken Cooke’s Eurotours – enthusiastically taken up by Austineers from many clubs. For the last dozen years or so the Centre has put on continental motoring "holidays" organised by Robin Gray and has included trips to France (Brittany), northern Spain, Norway and Germany.
© 2006 Brooklands Centre A7 Club