In 1974, Anja and I were living in Nieuw-Vennep in the Netherlands. We both liked old cars and ended up buying a 1936 Austin Ten Sherborne sedan. Not long after, we joined the Austin Ten Drivers Club (in England) and met Jody and Marlies Kaldenberg (from Bilthoven), who had a 1935 Ten. The following year, the ATDC Magazine announced that the English members were going on a Continental Tour in July. We all decided to drive down to Belgium, meet them when they got off the boat and tour with them.
We all tent-camped and moved to a different campground every three days or so. The organizers had seen to it that every campground where we stayed was within a mile of a Trappist brewery. Several of us took pictures and Sylvia Snipp, one of the organizers, shot super 8 movie film. Sylvia recently made a video montage of the photos and movies and posted it on YouTube. Our car is the blue sedan, license PD-34-03. Those of you who knew Anja may recognize the 27-year-old blonde version of her that appears from time to time.
Enjoyed! My first was a 16HP Austin in the early 70's, the power of a pommie rated HP makes the poor old T feel like it's powered by an lawn mower engine!!
Kerry, the ATDC caters to the Austin 10 and all the larger Austins (12-28) from 1932 through 1939. On the 1976 tour, there was an - I believe - 18 that seemed to me a huge car compared to our little 10. Even the 12s were more substantial.
The ATDC was my first exposure to "old car guys." It was pretty much the same as my T experiences in recent years. I made friendships on that 1975 tour that still exist today.
Wow, that was really interesting. Sylvia did an excellent job of the video. Everyone looks so young!! None of the old guys were on that tour. Thanks for the link
Well Dick you started something with this thread, I asked my loving wife if we had a photo of the
Austin, 2 hours later of laughing and 40+ years of old memories going through all the photo's.
Wow! Young and care free. What a blast that had to be. Love the architecture.
Thanks for posting.
Kerry, your Austin looks like the post-war 16s shown on the ATDC website:
Yes, Vince, we were. It would be nice to start over then knowing what I know now. As I think Elisabeth said somewhere in the thread, she was on the tour as well, but we hadn't told anyone yet. She was born in February 1976.