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1934 Austin Seven Tourer

1934 Austin Seven Tourer
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1921 W: 427 N: 7201] (28922)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-08-12
Categories: Transportation, Event
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-05-26 7:09
Viewed: 635
Points: 32
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Taken at last year's annual Biggar Veteran and Vintage Car Rally, here we see a 1934 Austin Seven two-seater Tourer, one of the most iconic of all small British motor cars.

Herbert Austin (later 1st Baron Austin) was an English automobile designer and builder who founded the Austin Motor Company in 1905. Born in Buckinghamshire, the son of a farmer, he worked initially with different engineering companies in England but, in 1884, at the age of 18, he emigrated to Melbourne, Australia to work in an engineering firm, moving in 1887 to the Sydney works of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company.

Austin was not a naturally inventive or innovative engineer but he was exceedingly good at improving the workings and efficiency of machines and made many improvements to Wolseley's shearing equipment which is still used to this day.

In 1893 Austin and Frederick Wolseley moved back to England and by 1900 the company had begun building motor cars. The cars which they built were large and heavy and, although some models saw service during World War I, they were too big and expensive to appeal to the needs of most people. In 1905 Austin left the company and set up his own Austin Motor Company.

Austin's company was struggling in the years that followed the end of the First War in 1918 but he realised that there might well be a gap in the market which he could exploit. At this time there were several makers building small "cyclecars" which were small and light but they were dreadfully uncomfortable, unreliable and downright dangerous: most of them had puny single-cylinder engines, poor brakes, were driven by chains or rubber belts and had primitive steering which involved a cable running around a bobbin at the far end of the steering column to move the front wheels. Austin's idea was to build a very small car but to build it simply as a much smaller version of a large one - still with a reliable muti-cylinder engine, a proper gearbox and drive train and reliable brakes which worked on all four wheels.

And so, in 1920, Austin hired the expertise of one of his company's draughtsmen, the 18 year old Stanley Edge, and the two of them spent many weeks working in the billiard room of Austin's Lickey Grange home to design such a car. The result was the "Austin Seven" or "Baby Austin", a tiny four-seater open car with a seven-horsepower engine of just 696cc (later increased to 747cc) which produced 10.5 b.h.p. It went into production in 1922 and continued in various forms and modifications until 1939, selling well and securing the success of the Austin Motor Company.

To buy this car, when new, would have cost you £105. Road tax at that time would have cost £7 per year and petrol was less than £0.10 per gallon (£0.02 per litre) and on that amount of fuel you could have travelled 45 miles!

ISO 200, 1/160 sec at f/7.1, focal length 67mm.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10894 W: 57 N: 18836] (70460)
  • [2019-05-26 7:25]

Hello John,
Such a charming small classic car, whose red colour stands out so well and is a real eye-catcher in this photo. The slightly blurry background adds the impression that this car had picked up quite some speed here and was in a race with the small blue car in the background. The car itself is perfectly sharp. Great work.

Hello John,
A most interesting and informative note to accompany this delightful composition. Fine control over depth of field lifts the car just enough from the background, making it the star of the show. Ideally exposed with excellent colour contrasts and impeccable sharpness where required.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15362 W: 0 N: 16877] (186776)
  • [2019-05-26 8:07]


superbe petite voiture old timer tout en rouge et noir et quel portrait de cet homme au volant comme écrasé par la capote ces rouges avec les rayons ce roug quelle i9amge splendide.
Bravo et amitié

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26033 W: 522 N: 44528] (189937)
  • [2019-05-26 9:12]

Hello John,

I am a big fan of old cars, de sound and the smell is every event wonderful.
I've also still pictures with old cars, this is for later.
Splendid to look at
Very well photographed, clear and excellent presentable with a blur background.
Nice done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Hi John,
I've seen Austin Seven a couple of times in reality. But it is hard to remember how small car that is! Fire truck red looks great.

Hello John, a very informative note.
The bright red is a show stopper, who couldn’t fail to look twice at this amazing little car, especially as it runs over the green grass.
The slightly out of focus background works well.
You did well to almost isolate the car from all the others on show, not an easy task at car rallys like this.
Kind regards,Jean.

Hello John,,
wow! what a beauty this small Austin Seven Tourer built in 1934 and this in perfect conditions. Like a new car ... Excellent shot with perfect sharpness and clarity. Wonderful informative note.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1002 W: 0 N: 2093] (15652)
  • [2019-05-26 13:18]

hello john ..what a interesting not for your shot!you gotta love these old buggies..wonderful shot here from you! tfs dale

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13313 W: 125 N: 23838] (119799)
  • [2019-05-26 14:29]

Hi John,our canadian friend Pierre will be jealous of your pic,there isn't a piece so old and funny in his old cars collection..ehehe...very very nice and unique this Austin model,a perfect capture and a very well preserved and rare one too,interesting note as usual. Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy new week
such a charming classic red car
car with originality!!
impressive and eyecatching

Bonjour, cher John,
Ah oui ! il faut baisser la tête pour passer sous cette capote qui a tendance à perdre sa rigidité.
Pouvoir conduire un tel véhicule doit être un plaisir manifeste.
Belle présentation. Elle a encore de l'allure l'ancienne ! ;o)

Hi John,
Nice old car, well presented, excellent photo, perfect sharpness and colors with the contrast between red and green, small car for this big man.

Hello John,
Since you managed to find a human touch to this photo I really like it. ;-) But I also like the car as such, for being so red and so nicely designed, just like I could appreciate an artist's creation in a sculpture park. But doesn't that "driver" look too big for this car? The average driver was probably smaller in 1934 than in 2018. It wasn't your idea to park the red car on a large green lawn, but these colours go well together and make this an enjoyably bright photo.
Kind regards,

Ciao caro John, great view of fantastic old car, excellent clarity, splendid ligh, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi John
Marriage life is great! We're not even living together yet hahahahaha...She moves in with me this week :) She had to sell her home first. As for your photo here, I wish I could have spent the evening with you here, this would have been so much fun. Although I don't have the history knowledge of such cars, I do enjoy them, appreciate them, and wish to drive them :) I could spend all day here loving all the cars and not have a care in the world :) The red and black colour combo was a smart one, its almost like looking at Snoopy's Red Baron, but on the ground :) Very informative note too, that helped a lot. How'd you NOT post this right away when you got home haha. cheers

Hello John,

This is such a petite, charming car!
It almost looks as if it could work like a tram, operating forwards or backwards!
How comfort has moved on, I don't think this would be comfortable in a storm!
It's a bright colour, is perfectly positioned in the frame and is as sharp as a pin. what more could we ask for !
I think the Biggar Car Rally provides excellent subject matter for photography.

Have a good day,
Bev 😊

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