Bev Mills with the family’s super-rare A40 Sports … Bev and husband Mike drove the Austin from Hervey Bay

August 12, 2020

The South Burnett hosted about 30 members of the Queensland Austin Car Club this week, enjoying a short escape from the city.

Club president Ken Parker said the visitors had stopped off in Moore and Blackbutt on Tuesday before staying overnight in Kingaroy to visit the Kingaroy Observatory.

On Wednesday, they enjoyed morning tea at Vintage Rims Australia, on the outskirts of Kingaroy, to learn how owner Steve Hood reproduces vintage automobile and motorcycle rims.

Then it was off to Burnett Beekeeping to learn about making beehives.

Ken said they were planning to top off their visit with a “Christmas In August” dinner on Wednesday night at the Oasis Motel in Kingaroy.

The visit provided an opportunity for the club members to explore the South Burnett, but it also gave local residents the chance to see some very rare vehicles.

Among the visitors was a red 1953 Austin A40 Sports.

There are only about 50 examples of the two-door convertible, which features an aluminium Jensen body, left in the world.

Two rare Austin A90 Atlantics, which were designed with hopes of British manufacturing cracking the US market post-war, also were among the visitors.

Paula Airton, from the Lockyer Valley, with her 1950 Austin A90 Atlantic … a present from husband Kev
Jensen, probably best known for the classic Interceptor, designed and built the aluminium body for the Austin A40 Sports
Steve Hood demonstrating his metal presses and turning equipment at Vintage Rims Australia
The Austin club members also dropped into the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre on Wednesday morning (Photo: Supplied)

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

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