Here we have a few links to various other sites that may be of interest.
The United Kingdom-based Austin A30 and A35 Owners' Club
The United Kingdom-based Austin A30 and A35 Owner's Club was formed in 1970 - 71. It has since grown Internationally and we have somewhere in the region of 1100 members from all around the world. Including several from Australia, United States of America, France, Germany and Holland among many others. The Club is renowned as being one of the friendliest clubs, with many members giving up their time to help other's who have come across difficulties. We have a Technical Information Officer, a DVLA representative, a comprehensive Spares Scheme along with various other roles. As a club, we also encourage younger members to join and we have several young members, a couple of whom are on the National Committee. Joining the Club is easy and it costs just £25.00 per anum plus an initial £5.00 joining fee.
In addition to the social aspect of the group with local group meets and national events, other benefits of membership include:
Four high-quality magazines per annum, featuring news from all corners of the Club, technical matters and more
Technical advice on all matters relating to the A30 & A35 vehicle range
Access to specialist vehicle registrars
A free spares and services booklet, periodically updated
Discounted vehicle insurance
15% discount off Britannia breakdown cover
Special Discounts & Offers from Haynes Publishing
Free vehicle and spares advertising in the magazine (subject to space)
Free vehicle and spares advertising online using Freeads
Access to the Members-only areas of the Club Website and Forum **
** A username and password will be required: select your preferred username when you complete your application or a default username will be provided. For more details please see the link below.
The club also have their own Facebook page
Kim Henson is a well known freelance motoring journalist. He has lived in Dorset for many years with his wife Elaine and his two children, Ant and Rachel. The family regularly attend our events throughout the year. Whether Kim is driving his ever faithful Pru, his 3 wheeled Reliant or something a little more modern Kim will always be there with a huge smile on his face. Rachel owns Ozzy another well-known car in the group with his distinctive multi-coloured grille. Kim has worked for many motoring magazines including Practical Classics and Car Mechanics and has just celebrated his 40th year doing the job he loves best. Kim is also the author of several books, a couple has been about our baby Austins. Here is a link to his most recent. Although a few years old now it's a great read and well worth investing in a copy.
Rachel Henson's Ozzy the Austin. Pictured here at the International Rally at Bath 2016.
Kim with his beloved Pru.
Kim also helps run his own magazine style website. Wheels Alive. Here along with many others, all sorts of motoring topics are covered. From older vehicles to new vehicles and everything in between. It has taken many years to get off the ground but the end result is well worth all of the hard work. Please take a look and see for yourself.
Update January 2019. Contrary to what it is apparently stated on the Amazon website, Kim's book IS very definitely still available... just not via them! For anyone interested, it is available directly from Kim, copies all sent by First Class post.
Another book of particular interest to an owner of an A30 and A35 is Post War Baby Austins by Barney Sharrett. First published in 1988 and now long out of print, copies do often turn up on eBay and other outlets. Barney is passionate about his fixation of the little cars and this shows in this excellent book.
Body panels, interior trim, mechanical parts etc
Please note: The recommendations are posted here in good faith. The Dorset Group nor any of its members cannot and will not be held responsible for any defective goods or bad service provided by any of the recommendations.
Paul Clayton sells mainly body panels.
Bull Motif supply many items for our vehicles including body panels, service items, trim and much more
Bobby is very quickly becoming very well known for supplying superior quality trim items. You can find out more on Facebook.