|In 1968 Brian Milton fell in love with a
girl called Fiona
Campbell, who lived in South Africa. She agreed to marry him and he
resolved to drive a1937 Austin 7 Ruby called Alexa across Europe,
the Sahara Desert and the tropical Congo to claim his bride. |
The car didn’t make it, but a great many adventures occurred. Brian
crashed Alexa in the Sahara after suffering ptomaine poisoning from
a tin of sardines. He spent three days hammering the car back into
shape, but was abandoned by his escort on the most difficult part of
the journey after Tamanrasset – they wearied of pushing him out of
sand-drifts. Brian was robbed of various pieces of equipment by
desert Arabs, and ran out of water twice en route. He negotiated
with other Arabs over a desert well, agreeing to pay two cigarettes
and two aspirin for five gallons of water. The last desert scare was
genuine fears over a broken half-shaft. Brian ran out of money in
Nigeria, then in the middle of a civil war, but was adopted by three
Swiss travellers on promises that any debts he ran up he would pay
with money from articles written for the Irish Independent for which
his father had once worked. Brian sent his dispatches to Dublin by
collaring travellers to Europe and asking for them to be posted
through civilised postal systems. They all got through to the
Driving into Chad in central Africa, a piston ring broke and Brian
was forced to continue for the next 2,000 miles with just 3 working
pistons, no plug at all in the 4th piston. Not long afterwards the
three Swiss burned one of their two Citroen ID-19s, and one went
down with jaundice and had to be air-lifted home.
ALEXA – The Life and Death of an Austin 7 Ruby is
published by Burning Daylight Books and available online at
www.brian-milton.com or from R.B.Milton at
2 Cyprus Street, London E2 0NN
The story of the journey
made by six Austin Seven cars crossing the Andes in
Author - Vince Leek; Foreword by John Coleman|
– a must for every Austin
Seven enthusiasts’ bookshelf
238 pages of text and 72 pages
of colour pictures.
by post (UK) direct from Vince Leek.
Holm Oak, Upton Scudamore, Warminster,
Wiltshire. BA12 0AQ
The British Library Data No. is ISBN
The Motor Sport Book of the Austin Seven
The Pre-War Austin
Seven Club (PWA7C) has secured the rights to publish this
important work. Apart from from a few additional
photographs, this reprint is exactly as per the original. Contact Chris
Garner on 01664-822476
7 Booklets “Proved by Time”
Roger Harvey has had
printed a limited number of these wonderfully evocative booklets
(Publication 657A) featuring A7 models from the early 30s.
Ring Roger on 01590-683940 to order your copy and he will
deliver to DA7C club night.
200 A7 anecdotes and other items of intrigue, humour, amazement and
variety—a few are even shocking!
publication of 64 pages with numerous illustrations.
limited number – so ensure you have yours before stocks run out.
copies + £2 (optional but all good for the charities).
Proceeds to Cancer Research & Water For All.
Available from: Jen Dunford, 280 Church Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol
payable to J Dunford, please.
Advisable to: enclose your address and email or phone number in case
stocks are depleted.
Ball drove Samantha, a 1929 Austin 7, round the world
between 1965 and 1972, meeting and marrying his
wife Sheila in Perth, Australia on the way. Samantha covered 48,000 miles
over some terrible roads, visited 38 countries and
crossed the mighty Andes in South America four times,
once at nearly 16,000 feet. Clive's keen sense of humour
pervades this captivating account of one of the longest journeys ever
undertaken in such an old car. Since
this book was originally published, it has become a sought-after classic in
vintage car and travel circles alike.
"I commend this story of a round-the-world trip
in a Vintage baby car." The Observer
"A difficult book to lay aside." Motor Sport
"A thoroughly good read." Sunday Times
"Extremely well written and difficult to put
down." 750 Motor Club
by Graham Scott. Includes Bantam. Special offer, signed, post-free
from Herridge & Sons Ltd., Tel:01409-281990, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“GREY MAG” BINDERS
Posh, hardcover binders are now available for all
those Austin Seven Clubs’ Association magazines kicking
about the house.
Each binder will accommodate 3 years’ worth of
magazines and can be ordered directly from Bernard
Cowley (01202– 887666) for delivery at club night or by
post by arrangement.