Ken Cameron passed away peacefully on June 29th 2015 at the age of 69 after suffering declining health for some time. Alvis owners will remember him as a great enthusiast of the later Three Litre cars, acting as the Model Secretary for the TE and TF models. He also served as Midland Section Secretary and Director for five years during 2001-2005 during which time no meeting was allowed to pass without some demonstration of wit and humour which made being there a pleasure.
A few trips to Switzerland persuaded him that his life would not be complete without owning a Graber and his wonderful silver TF coupe remained with him to the end. The last few years of caring for Patricia with her dementia limited his outings to Alvis gatherings but he maintained contact with Alvis friends by telephone.
His funeral will be held at St Peters Church, Diddlebury on Wednesday 15th July at midday.
This week sees the culmination of amazing work going on in both the UK and Switzerland recording and displaying our motoring history. The Swiss Car Register officially opens its new Archive Building in Safenwil on Friday and Coventry Transport Museum opens its new £9.5m extension on Saturday.
On Sunday 21st June Ken and Sheila Day celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary. We send our congratulations and best wishes for an enjoyable day with their family and friends. Ken is President Emeritus of the Alvis Owner Club and member number 199.
The Alvis driving season is well under way and we welcome more entries to the Photo Competition. An account of the Graber Treffen 2015 is on the Swiss Tours page.
Peter Aeschlimann has sent photos of his 1955 Graber TC21/100 Special coupe which he is restoring in Switzerland. It first belonged to a surgeon who experienced overheating problems with the car. His solution seems quite radical – has anyone seen anything similar?
Willie Beattie / John Ratcliffe in the Front Wheel Drive were 18th in class 3 and 67th overall but missed this part of the first day with fuel problems see http://alvised.webplus.net/page33.html
The best performances were in Class 7, pre -41 over 4000cc
For more information…http://www.endurorally.com/pages/flying-scotsman-rally-2015-reports
Thanks to those who have submitted photos, some of which are now on the Photo Competition page. More are welcome as are your comments on the ones posted.
Some sad news of the passing of a Friend of the Trust is recorded on the Alvis People page.
The recently retired PRO of the AOC, Rob Rowe, recommended in his last report to the AOC Board that we need a top quality resource of Alvis photos to publicise the marque in preparation for the 2020 Centenary of car production. We agree.
Our pleas for Alvis photos to be submitted to the archive have had a modest response so to incentivise you to send us your photos we are offering a first prize of £100 for the best one we receive out of the first 200 photos submitted. Second prize will be £50 and Commended Photos will receive a Book or DVD token.
All submissions will be published on a new Photo Competition page as we receive them so the prize will be awarded soon after number 200 is posted.
The Trustees’ decision will be final but we will take into account the opinion of our followers from the comments posted by each entry.
Photos should be emailed to email@example.com at full resolution up to a size of 5MB in .jpeg or .tiff format with a caption including the date, location and photographer.
The AOC has but two current members in Austria but nevertheless an Alvis Meeting is planned there in August. The Automobil Veteranen Club Austria (AVCA) and Hermann Tratnik, Vanden Plas Speed 20 SD owner and organizer of various successful automobile events, will be organizing the 1st ALVIS Reunion on Lake Wörthersee, from August 27th to 30th, 2015 in Velden am Wörthersee / Seehotel Europa http://www.velden.at www.avca.at The details are here Alvis Treffen Wörthersee 2015 and the entry form here Ausschreibung – Anmeldeformular 1.Alvis Treffen For those attending the International Alvis Weekend in Stratford on August 21-23, it is possible extend the weekend by driving to Austria and making use of the few remaining car trains in the area. For route suggestions from the UK leave a Comment.
When you spot an Alvis, you may want to know more about it, especially if it for sale. Where has it been for the last 60 years? Is it genuine, original and “matching numbers”? What do matching numbers actually mean?
Alvis numbered their cars when they were built. The unique identifier is the chassis number. Alvis never built complete cars, the chassis went to a coachbuilder to be completed so there is also a body number. Engines were also numbered. To confuse matters further there was also a Car Number on pre war models which was different from the chassis and engine numbers. To find out any of these numbers you need to lift the bonnet.
The next most important number is the registration. Most Alvis were registered new in the UK but many were exported. Alvis car production ceased in 1967 and the UK registration system in place up until then makes it possible to detect both where the car was registered and when. After 1963 a suffix letter indicated the year of registration so B, C, D, E and F are common suffixes on TE and TF21s indicating registration in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Prior to 1964 you need a Glass’s Guide to find the date. You can also download www.cvpg.co.uk/REG.pdf which summarises what you need.
Personal number plates were prevalent when Alvis were new so an Alvis may have had several registration numbers in its life because of number retention. It may also have been exported and imported. This is where the AOC Model Registers (for a list click AOC Model Registers) can be very useful as they record owners and numbers that have been notified to the Club. Together with the archive of the Alvis Company it is usually possible to build a history file of a particular Alvis. So, as archivists we can help provide any owner, or prospective owner, with a history of an Alvis. That’s what we do. We can also help reclaim an original registration number that has been lost.
If you have any questions about numbers or have spotted an Alvis, please leave a comment below. All comments are moderated. You can also notify the purchase or sale of an Alvis by leaving a comment.