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The Royal Automobile Club and HERO 1000 Mile Trial

 

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Entry No: 10 – The Royal Automobile Club’s 1938 Alvis 4.3 Short Chassis Tourer driven by the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, Mr Tom Purves, accompanied by Mrs Purves, pictured at Bowhill (the home of The Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch) in the Scottish Borders on DAY 3.  Mr Tom Purves is a former CEO of Rolls-Royce Motors.

Photos by Arthur Fairburn

Photos and report by Arthur Fairburn

http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/thousand_mile_trial/1000_mile_trial_2014/ The Royal Automobile Club, in partnership with the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, re-created the Thousand Mile Trial, which was first run in 1900.

 Entry No: 14 - Frances Galashan & Dan Geoghegan in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports arriving at Bowhill on DAY 3 a few minutes after the Course Closing Car due to a few problems en route. Dan Geoghegan driving. Photo Arthur Fairburn


Entry No: 14 – Frances Galashan & Dan Geoghegan in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports arriving at Bowhill on DAY 3 a few minutes after the Course Closing Car due to a few problems en route.
Dan Geoghegan driving. Photo Arthur Fairburn

Entry No: 18 – Jose Romao de Sousa and Maria Romao de Sousa at Bowhill in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA on DAY 3. Photo Arthur Fairburn

Entry No: 18 – Jose Romao de Sousa and Maria Romao de Sousa at Bowhill in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA on DAY 3. Photo Arthur Fairburn

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A Re-enactment of the First 1000 Mile Run organised by the Royal Automobile Club in 1900 – Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th July

Day 3 – Tuesday 15 July, on the section Preston to Edinburgh, saw the cars arrive at Bowhill, the splendid residence of the Duke & Duchess of Buccluech in the Scottish Borders   Following afternoon tea, a series of tests took place in the grounds of the estate before a main road run to Edinburgh, where the social highlight of the week took place aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia.

At this point in the event,   Entry No. 18  Jose Romao de Sousa  & Maria Romao de Sousa (PRT) in the 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA were placed  27th overall and 6th in Class 3 (Cars 1500cc – 2700cc).

Entry No. 10   Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club accompanied by Mrs Purves in the magnificent  4.3ltr  Short Chassis Tourer,  held the positions 30th overall and 9th in Class 4 (Cars 2700cc – 4300cc).

Entry No. 14       Francis Galashan (GBR) & Dan Geoghegan (GBR) in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports, held the positions 29th overall and 7th in Class 3.

Entry Nos. 10 & 18 completed the course on Saturday 19th July at Woodcote Park with final placings of:  Entry No. 18 – 25th overall and 4th in Class 3 and Entry No. 10 – 27th overall and 8th in Class 4.

Entry No. 14 Retired on Friday 18th July after completing the stage.      

Dan Geoghegan with the Silver Eagle

Dan Geoghegan with the Silver Eagle

Is this the lowest mileage Alvis?

24831 This photo was sent in by Ron Dustow who owns this Freeman Sanders Diesel.  "I am the third owner Mr Sanders Mr Lister and me for many years. The car has covered 14000 mls yes 14000 mls  dry stored from new  runs well. I live in Hayle Cwll."

24831 – this photo was sent in by Ron Dustow who owns this Freeman Sanders Diesel.
“I am the third owner Mr Sanders Mr Lister and me for many years.
The car has covered 14000 mls, yes 14000 mls
dry stored from new runs well. I live in Hayle Cornwall.”

This was an an opportunity to test the search facility of the now digitised AOC Bulletins to see what has been written about this unique car before. In Reader’s Write in January 1975 Bulletin 252 there is a short history of the car.

If you would like one of these send a Comment.

If you would like one of these send a Comment.

During the weekend of 21/22 June the AOC visited Pembroke Dock – the press release is here Alvis Owner Club return to Pembroke Dock. My excuse for non-attendance was a long standing commitment to arrange suitable conveyances for our Swiss friends. Since wedding photos are not normally published in the Bulletin I’m happy to include this elegant trio….

Daniel Fischlin, proud father, giving away daughter Joanne in Bishopton on 22nd June - bridal car TA21 Tickford Special Edition chauffererd by Peter Martin.

Daniel Fischlin, proud father, giving away daughter Joanne in Bishopton on 22nd June – bridal car TA21 Tickford Special Equipment chauffeured by Peter Martin.

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43 Castles in Argovia

Not a lot of people know that the canton of Aargau in Switzerland has no fewer than 43 castles and the Graber Freunde visited three of them over the weekend May 31-June 1 during their 2014 Treffen! A report on the goings-on can be found on the Swiss Tours page.

Dave Culshaw has been busy again Probing and Solving and some obscure connections with mountaineering and music appear on the PPS page.

12/50 owner Adrian Padfield has been clearing his shed “I’ve had a front spring wrapped in sacking with Alvis labels for 40+ years. A Register member was interested but it’s wider than a 12/50 spring: 45mm v. 38mm, so we think it’s for a post vintage 4 cylinder Alvis” If you can give this a good home make a comment below.

IAW 2014 has attracted so many entries that if you want your Alvis to be in the main display area you need to send in your entry form right away. There are (or were) 9 spaces left. But there is an Annexe Alvis Car Park so still send in your form so as not to miss the event of the year. More information: www.alvisevents.wordpress.com

Contrary to what is reported in Bulletin 547, Graham Keighley has not digitised the Car Records but has restored and collated the record cards and put them in Lever Arch files by Model for reference purposes. Digital copies of these cards will not be available to members.

Two Today

To mark the second anniversary of this website there are two new pages for the TB21 and the Crested Eagle. Thanks to the sterling efforts of our two North American Model Secretaries, Wayne Brooks and Bob Merrill, we have been able to put together some more galleries and interesting histories. Both models are lesser known while their survival rates are remarkable, in the case of the rare TB for being so high, and for the Crested Eagle for being low as a result of being less sporting than its contemporaries and a good source of spares for the Speed models.

Bookings for the International Alvis Weekend (29-31 August) keep coming in with over 150 Alvis already confirmed. If you are planning to attend on the Sunday only, or the Saturday Ride & Drive only, and have not booked yet, to make sure of a prime spot in the display you need to complete the booking form and send it to Jennie Tillyer. At the time of writing there are 30 main display area slots left.

If you book in advance you can be located in your model group and by displaying your entry sticker you can drive straight to your reserved place without delay.

More information is on http://www.alvisevents.wordpress.com which also announces additional attractions on the Friday afternoon –

At 4.15 - A Technical Seminar by Paul Rogers on Overheating
At 5.00 – An Audience with Mike Dunn

If you are anxious to complete your printed set of AOC Bulletins we have offers of a complete in Surrey and part runs in Kent (April 1968 to September 1977), free for collection. Just leave a comment if you are interested.

If you need a particular Bulletin, Steve Horne may well have a spare copy in the archive store. In any case, all the Bulletins are available from us in digital form on a flash drive or DVD.

John Fox

 

Alvis ownership – a record?

Dr Walter Williamson, member 589N with Dave Culshaw 662N at a recent Archive Trust lunch meeting in at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB since 1961. Both he and it were born in 1934. Photo Judy Willmott

Dr Walter Williamson (left) AOC member 589N with Dave Culshaw 662N at the April Archive Trust lunch meeting in at the Bridge Inn, Walshford near Wetherby. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB  AYN 15 since 1961. Both he and it were born in 1934.  Photo Judy Willmott

Member 589 W Williamson joined the AOC in 1955 with a 1935 Firebird 17514,  KY 4727.

Have you been a member longer and owned an Alvis longer?

11288, Speed 20 SB 3-33-3  AYN15  VdP sal 3190, 1st owner The Duke of Westminster, was the first owner of 11288, AYN 15

11288 Speed 20 SB  AYN15 VdP sal 3190, 1st owner The Duke of Westminster

Another evocative picture from the van der Weiden Collection showing the Works cars at Holyhead Road – annotated 1991 but the works transferred to Walsgrave in 1990 so whose photo is this and when was it taken?

Alvis Factory, May 1991, Tour of Britain, Photo from collection Henk and Agnes van der Weiden

The Great Northern Alvis competitors

Arthur Fairburn reports:

“The Great Northern” – The 6th Flying Scotsman Endurance Rally

Friday, 4th – Sunday 6th April

This year, the event broke with tradition by moving further north, starting out from the Forest of Arden, very close to Birmingham Airport. DAY ONE saw the cars drive north and west to an overnight hotel near Blackburn so that crews could enjoy driving the remote roads of Lancashire and Yorkshire right from the start.

The event then moved into the Scottish Borders on DAY TWO when participants would see much more of Scotland than had previously been possible. In a Giant Loop the event finished up again at one of Scotland’s finest hotels at Gleneagles, north of Edinburgh.

All six Alvis cars entered completed the course. The ‘field’ consisted of 98 cars, of which only 4 retired.

Pictures taken on the dreich afternoon of DAY TWO outside a coffee stop at the Grapes Hotel, Newcastleton, deep down in the Scottish Borders.

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1st in Class 4 (Pre ’41) up to 3,000cc was Entry No. 3 Phil Garrett / Kieron Brown (GB) 1934 Speed 20. Final placing 17th overall.

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Entry No. 36 Willem Vermuelen / Edward Kleus (NL) 1937 Speed 25. Final placing 48th overall and 9th in Class 5 (Pre ’41) over 3,000cc, up to 4,000cc.

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Entry N0. 24 Andrew Davies / Jonathan Davies (GB) Speed 20. Final placing 50th overall and 7th in Class 4.

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Entry No. 112 Nicholas Phillips / Barbara Phillips (GB) 1932 Speed 20. Final placing 55th overall and 8th in Class 4.

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Entry No. 27 Michael Joseph / Antony Joseph (GB) 1934 Speed 20. Final placing 61st overall and 9th in Class 4.

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Entry No. 41 Francis Galashan / Graeme Dobbie (GB) 1930 Silver Eagle Sports. Final placing 80th overall and 13th in class 4.

 

100,000 views

From our viewing figures it seems you like browsing photos. Since December there have been 50,000 views with over 5,000 recorded on March 6 when some Register members discovered us.  This brings the total to date to over 100,000.

We now have over 1,700 photos on the site and plenty of archive material left to scan and space left to add to them.

Two new pages have been added – the “Birds” (Firebird, Crested Eagle and Silver Eagle with new captioned photographs and model details) and a Vintage page starts with some interesting discoveries in our archives such as…

8624 12 50 1930 col de tirourda algeria 1937 Photos AAT  N Douglas Simpson Collection

8624 12/50 1930 Col de Tirourda Algeria 1937; Photo AAT N Douglas Simpson Collection; this photo appears on the cover of the April 2014 AOC  Bulletin

More pictures of this car appear on the new Vintage page together with notes on the owner.

Dave Culshaw has researched the Cross & Ellis Speed 25 tourer production and this appears on the Speed Models page with a new photograph.

There is also a report on our foray into luxury coach travel in March on the Swiss Tours page.

If you like coaches you may also like http://classicconnections.org.uk/

Bulletins on a Stick come with instructions. We are taking orders for the next batch now.

Bulletins on a Stick come with instructions. We are taking orders for the next batch now.

Thanks to Lutz and Coen for the tip that DAKS is using Alvis in its adverts -

The luxury British clothing brand DAKS celebrates 120 years of British excellence, with a car that fits well with their jubilee… AOC member Miles Pinniger’s Series II TD21 drophead 26943.

http://www.daks.com see short video (30 sec.) and stills by clicking the black dots.

For more background: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG10574326/Paul-Weller-duets-with-daughter-Leah-for-Daks.html

This clip is longer and takes a minute, more music and pictures.

Pepe Jeans of London have also discovered Alvis for campaigning with video clips.

See their website http://www.pepejeans.com . Go to Campaign and then to Adults Spring Summer 2014 for the video.

For a full screen version, here is the direct URL to YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=E843eRRi8BE

Coen says “Alvis is HOT or should we say COOL these days…? The end of the film is witty. Is this the new way to get a younger generation warm hearted for Alvis…?

 

 

 

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