AN EVENT which only happens in Queensland once every five years will see Toowoomba packed with unique vintage cars.

The 2017 Austin Seven National Tour is coming to Toowoomba and will feature 120 vehicles at Cobb and Co on Sunday, April 9 as part of a week-long event.

Event organiser from the Austin Seven Register of Queensland, Merv Thompson said the national tour was held every five years in a different state.

"The cars are coming from all over Australia, from as far as Western Australia," Mr Thompson said.

"One of the owners keeps his car in Australia but he lives in England and is coming. That car competed in one of the first Grand Prixs in Australia in the 1930s."

Austin Seven clubs from different states will come together for the event which kicks off next Saturday and will see members tour Toowoomba, Highfields, Goombungee, Jondaryan, Allora, Clifton, Nobby and Pittsworth.

 

Austin Seven Register of Queensland will host the 2017 Austin Seven National Tour in and around Toowoomba, Friday, March 31, 2017.
Austin Seven Register of Queensland will host the 2017 Austin Seven National Tour in and around Toowoomba, Friday, March 31, 2017. Kevin Farmer

About 291,000 Austin Sevens were built in Great Britain from 1922 to 1938 in a variety of styles and exported around the world.

"I think it's their uniqueness. They are a small vehicle and were the opposition to America's T-model Ford," Mr Thompson said.

"They were a cheap car for the family."

Mr Thompson owns three of the vehicles, with his interest snowballing after trying to find parts for his first Austin Seven and joining the Queensland club about nine years ago, which now has about 120 members and is based at Carindale in Brisbane.

"We choose Toowoomba mainly for the roads. They are very kind and there is a lot to see here. It is a very pretty city," Mr Thompson said.

"Don't let the golden opportunity go by with these cars around in the number that they will be here."

NATIONAL TOUR: Austin Seven Register of Queensland member Merv Thompson is excited Toowoomba is hosting the 2017 Austin Seven National Tour.
NATIONAL TOUR: Austin Seven Register of Queensland member Merv Thompson is excited Toowoomba is hosting the 2017 Austin Seven National Tour. Kevin Farmer

Where to see them:

Sunday, April 9 11am to 3pm at Cobb and Co

Monday, April 10 10am to 11.30am Highfields Pioneer Village

Monday, April 10 12.30pm to 2pm Goombungee Hall

Tuesday, April 11 10am to 11.30am Jondaryan Woolshed

Wednesday, April 12 10am to 11.30am Allora Showgrounds

Wednesday, April 12 12.30pm to 2pm Nobby School of Arts

Thursday, April 13 10am to 12pm Pittsworth Showgrounds

Thursday, April 13 12.30pm to 2pm Pittsworth Historical Museum


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