Celebrating 80 years of the Austin 8
International Rally22-23 June 2019, Worcestershire
The Austin 8 was launched in February 1939 and we are celebrating its 80th birthday with a week-end programme of social activities, expecting at least 20 of these characterful little cars to come from around the UK and abroad, including; Saloons, Tourers, vans and we hope the unique Woody Estate from Germany.
A line-up of Austin Eights, these cars are the Austin 8 registry cars.
The event is being jointly organised by Hermann Egges, who runs the Austin 8 Register, and Robin Wilson, who has been restoring his 1939 Austin 8 tourer on and off since he rescued it in 1974. He has arranged this event to make sure he finally finishes it by June. Is 45 years a world record for the longest-running restoration project of an Austin car?
Robin Wilson in his 1939 Austin 8 Tourer, when it last run 45 years ago
Will Robin get his Austin Eight tourer finished in time for June? This is the progres so far.
Thanks to a contribution from the ACCC towards event costs, the entry fee is only £20 per car and this includes buffet lunch on the Saturday, rally plaques, routes and show area places on both days, and a special Commemorative Brochure to mark 80 years of this car and featuring profiles of some of the most interesting surviving cars.
From February onwards, you are able to download the detailed Program and Entry Form for the event here.
Below you will find a brief summary already.
For questions, you can contact Hermann Egges at the Register email address;
In case you wish to join the event with your Austin Eight, please download and send your entry by 10th May latest, to get your car listed in the event programme.
We hope to see a nice collection of Austin Eights during this event and look forward to meet you.
Itinerary and programme summary
The anniversary celebration is a week-end programme of social activities to celebrate 80 years of the Austin 8. For those travelling long distances and those from abroad, the itinerary includes some optional hospitality arrangements on Friday and Monday.
Friday 21st June (pm):
Option for early arrivals to meet/ unload trailers at Elmbridge.
Optional pub supper at Robin Hood, Rashwood (by M5 J5) WR9 0BS
Saturday 22nd June:
From 10.00am, Elmbridge (in our field, or yard / barn area if bad weather).
Meet & greet, bring & buy Austin 8 spares “garage sale”.
Option to visit the unique 16th century Harvington Hall (6 miles away).
Buffet lunch provided at Elmbridge (cost is included in your rally fee)
From 14.00pm: gentle road run through beautiful countryside, including visit to
what remains of the Austin Car Factory at Longbridge on the outskirts of
Birmingham, for a photo-shoot of our Austins lined up at their birth-place.
Return to Elmbridge and/or hotels by 17.30pm.
Rally Dinner 7 for 19.30pm at St Andrews Hotel, Droitwich.
Please contact Robin if you wish to avoid using your car at night, we can
easily arrange lifts or taxis depending on who needs what.
Sunday 23rd June:
09.30am: Rally area opens at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove.
Admission charges: £9 for adults, £8 for seniors, please pay on the day.
Note: Only Austin 8s (and maybe one or two other Austins by prior
arrangement) will be allowed into the Museum area, all other cars to use the
Museum’s public car park.
For safety reasons, car movements in and out of the museum area are not allowed between 10.30am (when it opens to the public) and 5pm (when it closes).
For late-comers with Austin 8s and anyone needing to leave early, we can arrange one “guided entry by convoy” into the rally area at around 11.15 am, and one for early leavers at around 16.00pm. Please contact Robin if you think you might need to make use of this arrangement.
From 10.30am: enjoy the cars and the unique collection of old buildings.
Noon 14.00pm: lunch available to buy at the Museum’s catering facilities.
From 15.00pm: Austin 8 Showtime: parade and prize-giving.
Noon 17.00pm: Rally closes.
Monday 24th June (am):
Option for those staying Sunday night to meet/re-load trailers at Elmbridge.