Classic car fans gather to celebrate the Dolomite and Austin 7


If classic cars are your thing Hatton Country World was the place to be on Sunday as the venue hosted two special shows celebrating the Triumph Dolomite and the Austin 7.

Organised by the Triumph Dolomite Club, Sunday’s event saw the world’s largest gathering of Coventry-made Dolomite and Toledo Cars.

The show also included a rare display of Dolomite Sprints, the world’s first 16 valve production saloon car.

Marshall Stephenson, Coventry and Warwickshire area organiser for the Triumph Dolomite Club, said: “We had a healthy turnout, there were 60 cars with the furthest coming all the way from Glasgow, I was very impressed by the standard of the cars on display.

“The Dolomite is a nice car to drive, it can keep up with modern traffic and it was very fast for its era. I like that it is an everyday car, it’s not exotic, it’s a car that lots for people drove and grew up with and at every event we hold there’s always people who come up and say ‘I used to work in the factory’ or ‘I learnt to drive in one of those’.

“This is the biggest meeting of Dolomites and it’s a chance for owners to catch up with friends they might only meet up with once a year, and talk about a shared interest.”

Sunday wasn’t all about Triumphs though as the Birmingham-based Midlands Austin 7 Club met for the second time at Hatton Country World for its MA7C End of Season Rally.

Bob Prophet, secretary of the Midlands Austin 7 Club, said: “We had 19 cars there on Sunday, we were only expecting 12 so it was a good turnout. A lot of the national Triumph Dolomite Club wondered over to have a look too, and vice versa with our members, it was a nice friendly atmosphere.

“The Austin 7 is a wonderful little car, it was the first car I ever had and when I retired I knew I wanted to get another, they’re very simple, even for a novice like me.”