A rally is set to take place in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu later this year that will celebrate the iconic Austin 7.

The vehicle is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2012 and to mark the occasion, hundreds of Austin 7 owners and enthusiasts will be making their way to the museum to take part in a staged event to highlight the enduring popularity of the classic car.

Enthusiasts Ken and Eileen Cooke commented: "In 1965 we bought the bones of an open top Austin 7 Chummy and worked on it over the next nine years."

The couple worked to have the vehicle on the road by 1974 and they later named it Dingo – after a famous Austin 7 racing car. The pair added that they have travelled all over the world in their trusty Austin, covering more than 140,000 miles in total.

Launched by the Austin Motor Company in 1922, the Austin 7 was considerably smaller than many of its contemporaries, providing it with improved performance and driveability in comparison to other early motor vehicles, such as the Ford Model T.

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Posted by Michael Yates

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