There is no Bulletin this month so here are two from years gone by to click on and download. In 1975 we had been to Stratford as well and the topics discussed are much as today. In 1985 the style had changed.
If you would like all the old Bulletins on your computer, send for one of our DVDs. http://alvisarchive.com/publications/
Nick Simpson has sent five photos from the late 1960s…your comments invited.
The forecast weather only dampened the driving test competitors on Sunday but the whole weekend was otherwise enjoyed in glorious summer weather. There must have been hundreds of photos taken and so final entries into the Photo Competition are now invited. More photos can be found on
www.dropbox.com/sh/09ooerxmzfr6blp/AABLRVH4gvQeB4H-LTfNqGk1a?dl=0 taken by David Ryder from Australia.
The fabulous newly restored 4.3 Bertelli
Also news today from the SCR of another long term Alvis owner in Switzerland ….
The three Alvis taking part in the FIVA World Rally in Switzerland are pictured on http://o-io.ch/fiva2015ch/
It was somewhat disappointing for the Alvis owning organisers that while 50 Alvis went on two Swiss Tours in 2005 not one UK Alvis owner entered in 2015.
Several period photos have been added to the Speed Models page.
A couple of recent questions about Alvis cars for sale remind us that careful enquiries about provenance are often readily answered by Model Secretaries and the published Model Registers.
The Registers record the original coachbuilder and configuration. As long as you have reliable numbers to work on you can verify if a tourer or drophead was originally a saloon. A devious seller may provide documentation to support originality, or even alter numbers. The fact that Alvis themselves also altered numbers adds to the doubts that might surround a particular car. The advice is therefore to do your research before you buy, especially if originality is what you seek.
Photos have been added to the Speed Models page to record the current bodies on two original saloons, 14626 and 13687.
Meanwhile as an update of these desirable Cross & Ellis tourers, one of the four Edinburgh Police cars (BSC 307-310) has now been imported to the UK by Richard Proctor from an Australian restoration and reunited with its BSC 310 identity.
The vintage and post vintage cars are often restored with new bodies – here is one recent example….
More entries have been added to the Photo Competition page and more are welcome. A few new photos have been included on other pages.
Who is the young lady wearing the latest in fashion – a dress with the AOC motif? Dave Culshaw writes “I am discounting Janet Davey from the photo, as Norman did not join until April 1962. However there are three possibilities, given the probable link with Heston 1956/7 Firstly the brothers Birks … members 13 and 718 respectively ( there was something about the latter in a Bulletin not all that long ago from an antipodean source). Then… John Brownbridge ( Member 55) had a daughter. The third possibility is Albert Armitt ( member 824) A year or two back his daughter rang me in order to discover if his former Alvis ( 21536 /JP6741 ) still existed. And yes, I located the car which was then in the Goole area. Of the three, I’d guess at JB, given his known outgoing nature, and flair for promotion.”
Have you visited the Fourteen website lately – http://www.alvisfourteen.wordpress.com – there have been some new posts and photos added.
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.