Murphys Trophy Meet a Triumph!

The Austin Bantam Society proudly joined the Ironstone Concours d'Elegance in Murphys, California, September 21-24, for its Annual Trophy Meet. A rich variety of Austin and Bantam cars were in attendace, and a festive time was had by all. See the video here!

Have a look at Lynn James' photos here!

2023 Trophy Meet to be Held in Murphys, CA!

Join us on September 21-24, 2023 at the legendary Ironstone Concours in historic Murphys, California for our annual Trophy Meet. It's a very popular show, so make your reservations now! Details are in the latest Rooster Tails. Not a dues paying member? You can take care of that right now!

Twin Falls Meet was Scenic and Spectacular!

On the rim of the spectacular Snake River at Twin Falls, Idaho, members of the Austin Bantam Society brought their cars, their stories and their love of the hobby to the annual Trophy Meet. The whole thing was caught on video, which you can watch here.

2022 Trophy Meet to be held in Twin Falls, Idaho, September 22-24!

The time to register is here! The annual Trophy Meet will be in lovely Twin Falls, Idaho. The host hotel is LaQuinta by Wyndham. Details in your latest issue of Rooster Tails. Let's have a great turnout to this one-of-a kind meet!

Ventura Meet was Ideal, in Idyllic Conditions!

The 53rd ABS Trophy meet was held in Ventura, California. With a dozen cars and over 20 members present, the event was a great success. The weather was perfect, and Ventura Harbor provided the perfect backdrop for the show and the banquet. See the video here!

2021 Trophy Meet to be held in Ventura, CA, Sept. 30-Oct. 2!

The Four Points by Sheraton (their web site photo above) will be the host hotel for the next ABS Trophy Meet in Ventura, California. The harborside hotel provides a perfect setting for this annual gathering. Dues-paying members will receive details in the ABS newsletter, Rooster Tails. Not a dues paying member? You can take care of that right now!

Solvang Trophy Meet Brings Barn Finds and Exquisite Restorations!

From a 1930 American Austin Coupe barn find to Mike Harrell's latest masterpiece, the Solvang meet brought a wide variety of AB vehicles to enjoy and share. See Lynn James' photos of the event here. Watch the video here.

52nd ABS Trophy Meet Slated for Oct. 1-3 in Solvang, CA!

Plans are well along for the next ABS Trophy Meet, October 1-3 in Solvang, Calfornia. Read the latest Rooster Tails for more details. Contact John Larson for entry forms.

51st ABS Trophy Meet in Carson City, NV filled with Sunshine and Charm!

October 4-6, 2019 will be fondly remembered by all who attended the ABS Trophy Meet in Carson City. There's a full report in the October/November 2019 edition of the club newsletter, Rooster Tails. Not a member? Take care of that right now!

2019 Annual Trophy Meet to be Held in Carson City, NV, October 3-5!

Join your fellow ABS members and friends for the 51st Annual Trophy Meet in lovely Carson City, NV, October 3-5, 2019. We will be staying in the Gold Dust West Casino. You may want to arrive a day early if you've never visited nearby historic Virginia City or breathtaking Lake Tahoe, both just short drives away from Carson City. Carson City is a state capitol on a human scale. It has a fantastic railroad museum, the Nevada State Museum, and many other points of historical and cultural interest. Look for further details and the registration form in upcoming issues of Rooster Tails. Hope you can make it!

ABS' 50th Annual Trophy Meet in Pacific Grove was a Fitting Celebration!

The Trophy Meet was a fabulous success. In case you couldn't join us, watch the video here:

50th Annual Trophy Meet to be held in Pacific Grove, CA, October 11-13, 2018!

Tony and Glynis Greening are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Pacific Grove after the magnificent meets in Roseville, Boulder City, Jackson, League City, Lake Havasu City and Pasadena/Monrovia. The last time here was in 2011; it seems just like yesterday. Now is the time to register! If you need a registration form, just let David Kanally know. The meet will be epic, with tours and drives unparalleled in their interest in beauty. In addition, we’ll have a chance to enjoy each other’s company, share in good food, and share our cars with the car-loving people of the Monterey Penninsula. If you’ve never driven through legendary Pebble Beach, this will be your chance.


Motel - Pacific Gardens Inn owned by car buffs Robert and Lorraine Boerner. Address: 701 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove CA 93950 Phone: (831) 646-9414 or (800) 262-1566 toll free. Fax: (831)647-0555. Web site:
Rates - Rooms range from $135.00 to $158.00 and above. Robert has blocked 25 rooms for the Austin Bantam Society for the weekend of October 11-12-13, 2018. Members when booking must mention the Austin Bantam Society to receive a 15% discount on this rack rate. These rooms will be held at this rate until September 10th, 2018.
Welcoming Cocktail Party - Glynis and Tony will be delighted to host at our old house 441 Ocean View Blvd., PG. Not cocktails but Monterey county wine and California IPA’S and food.
Swap Meet - Parking lot of the Pacific Gardens Inn.
Tour - We can drive from Pacific Gardens Inn to the Lighthouse then into Pebble Beach, then along the 17 Mile Drive to Bird Rock thence Lone Cypress then a stop for Morning Tea at the Lodge. We then will travel along the ocean front to Carmel with a brief stop at the Mission where members could give thanks for making it thus far! We will stop for lunch and shopping in Carmel downtown. Then back to Pacific Grove along the ocean.
Business meeting - In Conference room at Pacific Gardens Inn
Car Show - On the grass in Jewel Park, downtown Pacific Grove in front of the Natural History Museum.
Banquet - Fandango Restaurant, Pacific Grove $50 pp.

49th Annual Trophy Meet, October 5-8, 2017 in Arcadia/Monrovia, California, a great event!

Under sunny and warm conditions, members and friends of the Austin Bantam Society had a wonderful time at the 49th Annual Trophy Meet. In case you couldn't join us, you can see the video here:

Austins and Bantams make a splash at San Marino Motor Classic!

For the first time in history, Austins and Bantams were invited as a class to show at the San Marino Classic Concours on June 11, 2017. A field of eleven cars was presented, with a wide variety of Austin and Bantam models showing the richness of the unique marque. Carol Whipple and Dave Aitken's '31 American Austin Roadster took first in the class, and even made the San Marino Motor Classic's profile shot on Facebook! More in the June/July edition of Rooster Tails.

"Warbaby" by ABS' own Bill Spear is a must for Bantam fans, military history buffs!

Bill Spear has spent much of the past twenty years investigating, researching, documenting, analyzing and finally, now, publishing the definitive history of the origin of the jeep. Please consider adding this book to your own library, and buying one to add to the collection of a library or museum in your town! Click here for more.

Lake Havasu City, NV 48th ABS Trophy Meet a Sunny Success, Oct. 13-15, 2016

ABS members and friends gathered for a sunny and warm Trophy Meet at the resort town of Lake Havasu City, Oct. 13-15, for a long weekend of driving and displaying their Austin and Bantam cars. Watch the video here!

47th Trophy Meet Celebrating Bantam Reconnaissance Car 75th Anniversary a Slightly Soggy Success!

Twenty-three running BRCs, more Bantam Reconnaissance Cars in one place since WWII led the Friday Fun Run at the Trophy Meet in League City, TX, October 22-14, 2015. A number of Austin and Bantam cars and their owners joined in the fun. Despite the fact that severe rain forced cancellation of the public car showon Saturday, a good time was had by all! Watch the video here!

46th Trophy Meet is Golden in Jackson, CA!

Jackson, California was a gold mining town for decades, but on the weekend of October 2-5, 2014, Jackson was an Austin Bantam town, filled with our favorite little cars descended from all over the country. See the video and photo reports on our Photos and Videos page!

Color, Electronic Rooster Tails the best way to get your ABS news!

Rooster Tails, the official journal of the Austin Bantam Society, is nowavailable in a full-color electronic version. New members are automatically enrolled to receive the electronic version, and over 80 members have already taken advantage of the new format. Why not join them and enjoy full color Rooster Tails with live links to videos, web sites and other online resources! Just send us an email to let us know you'd like to switch.

45th Trophy Meet a Great Success!

The 2013 Trophy Meet was held in beautiful Boulder City, NV on October 24-26-2013. In a reprise of their stellar event of 2008, hosts Mark and Kathy Richey hosted a wonderful meet. Watch the video and slideshow on our Photos & Videos page!


Read a Rooster Tails article about a recently discovered former Austin Dealership in Denton, Texas!