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A Presidential Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Austin A30-A35 Owners’ Club, a resource for all enthusiasts and friends of these baby Austins.

The website contains much information about the cars and activities and events of the club but if you have a specific question please make contact via the email address.

Based in the UK, the Austin A30-A35 Owners’ Club was founded in 1970 and has engendered a successful and enduring family-friendly atmosphere that has acquired an international reputation. The Club has a worldwide membership with fellow enthusiasts in many places including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, USA and mainland Europe.

The Austin A30-A35 Owners’ Club is administered by a National Committee of volunteer members willing to undertake certain roles and responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the Club. This committee is supported by a network of Local Groups. Should a member find there is not a local group near where they live, contact the Group Co-ordinator who will be able to assist you in starting one. Contact details of Local Groups can be found in the Club magazines and I know you will be made most welcome.

The Club publishes four high quality magazines each year - Spotlight in summer and winter, Sidelights in spring and autumn. They contain many articles on our vehicles, historical facts and figures, technical and spares information and Local Group reports with news of local rallies and other activities. Members also receive an eighty page Spares and Services Booklet which contains a wealth of valuable information relating to our vehicles such as spares availability, modifications and alternative parts, identification details of the 13 different models that make up the A30/A35 range, together with much other useful information.

The highlight of each year is the International Rally that is held on the last weekend of May. The venue for the Rally moves to a different part of the UK dependant on which local group organizes it. Members with or without their A30/A35s from all over the world attend, meeting old friends probably not seen since the previous year and making new acquaintances. Vehicles may be entered in the various classes for judging and trophies are awarded. Club regalia is available and many spares change hands.

The Club hosts a stand at the Classic Motor Show held annually at the NEC in November where a number of members vehicles are displayed, not necessarily all showpiece vehicles as everyday use cars and restoration projects always attract attention. Club stands are also organised at regional events such as the Bristol Classic Car Show and Beaulieu Autojumbles.

Benefits of membership include a Club spares scheme, stocking good quality components many of which are unavailable elsewhere, an approved insurance scheme and a members-only section on this website.

Having owned ten A30/A35s since joining the Owners’ Club some 30 years ago I personally can vouch for the many benefits there are in becoming a member. Particularly in the early days I found the expert advice available was invaluable. Local group meetings also proved extremely useful: if you had a problem there was sure to be someone who had come across it before who was able to offer the best solution to overcome it. I now own just four A30/A35s, three of them in use - my Pick-up for shows, road runs etc, and two for everyday use, "ORK", my A30 saloon, and "Vanessa", an A30 van. I don’t find the need for a modern car but when driving an A30 on a daily basis you can rarely be in a hurry as there is always someone who wishes to engage you in conversation when they see the car that Grandad or Dad had or that they learned to drive on.

So please accept our invitation to join up with the hundreds of other enthusiasts in the Austin A30-A35 Owners’ Club and I will look forward to meeting you at some of our club events. Return to the top of this page and click on ‘Join the club’, I am sure you will not regret it.

Stan Chatterton

Stan Chatterton Stan Chatterton - Club President

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