The Austin Seven Clubs Association is involved in relocating the Jack French Garage. Charlie Plain-Jones is leading the project and be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jack French was the most influential builder of Austin 7 Specials in the 1950s and 60s.
- He built his Garage from Ex War Dept scrap and in it he created amongst others, Simplicity, the most famous A7 Special of them all.
- The garage still stands in its original condition but it is due to be demolished to make way for a brick built garage
August 2018 Update
The major structural work is almost finished as the floor and pathways have now been completed by BC Building to a very high standard. The Museum directors are delighted with his work and it has been signed off and his invoice paid by the A7CA.
The remaining work to the external structure is:-
- To tidy up the end gables using matching trim panels that have already been purchased and need cutting to size and fitting.
- To fit windows which, for safety sake, it has been decided to use single sheets of Acrylic with wooden batons to replicate the original window frames.
- Offers of help with these tasks and the fitting out of the exhibit have been received from Ian Mason-Smith, Dorset Club and Dan Cole of the Bristol Club.
A quotation has been requested from the electricians who work closely with the Museum. This work to take place once the windows are in place.
The objective will be to keep the modern installation and lighting as discreet as possible to avoid distracting from the ‘period feel’ of the building and its exhibits. A combination of period hanging lights offered by the museum plus led spotlights will be controlled by a PIR switch to come one automatically when people enter the garage. A generous donation has been received which it is hoped will cover this work.
Roger French visits the garage – 28th June 2018
We were delighted to welcome Roger, Jack French’s only son, wife Pat and their niece to the AWMM to inspect his father’s Garage which he had not seen for many years.
Both were surprised and delighted to see that it had not only survived in a much better shape than it had been for a very long time.
The memories came flooding back and when Roger sat down to record a ‘Living History’ for the A7CA archive he kept going for 1 hr 40 mins of fascinating recollections – all without a break! This recording has now been transferred to the Archivist who will be faced with the task of editing it down into manageable chunks…….
Roger and Pat hope to be able to return for a grand official opening of the Garage next year.