Looking back fifty years it’s interesting to see what was written when Alvis Ltd. provided parts and service and you could buy a new TE21. Perhaps not too much changed except that owners are rarely choosing an old Alvis to drive as their only means of transport as a viable alternative to a more modern machine. Just click to download BULLETIN 137 JANUARY 1965
Derek Bradbury has added to the appreciations of Mike Cummins on the Alvis People page and Ken Day has updated his summary of the life on the T G John page.
Fifty years on we can still look forward to exercising our cars in the coming year with a vast choice of events all over the world.
and of course, International Alvis Weekend see
Clive Taylor has an article in the December Bulletin with some period photos and compliments for our DVD of Bulletins. What he overlooked, and we have failed to promote, is that the DVD includes most of the Alvis Day Programmes from 1956 to date. The answers to Clive’s question are contained in…
You can download this one as an early Christmas present but if you are looking for the perfect seasonal gift for the person who hasn’t got a Bulletin DVD or a copy of The Story of the Red Triangle just send an email to
email@example.com with your order!
The NEC show gave us the incentive to find more 1930s Alvis photos to display and the results can be seen on the Speed Models page where there is now a gallery of the 2014 Show pictures and another group of three that needed identifying. Just click on any of them to see more detail and to make a comment.
Nick Simpson has spotted a promotional film which uses a rather nice Series 2 TD21 Dhc but does anyone know which one it is….
Nick has also helped identify some more photos from the 1930s and his comments are on a new page Engines if you can add any detail or comment please do. Just click on any one of them in the gallery and make a comment.
Dave Culshaw is pursuing the Celebrity Owners theme is his latest P P S which appears on his page, and another new page, T G John, has been added.
Swiss Tours for Alvis cars have been organised every ten years since 1985 and for 2015 the FIVA World Rally fits the bill nicely particularly as Equipe Fischlin and Neuchatel Classic are once again behind the organisation.
The maximum entry is 50 cars and the number of UK and Alvis will be limited.
The 41st Graber Treffen will be held on the weekend of May 30-31 in the Lake Zurich area.
The 60th International Alvis Weekend will be in Stratford upon Avon on 21-23 August so watch out for booking details in the New Year and probably a few plays on words and words on plays.
From the archives….
8th December, 1954. Bulletin 17
I should like to take this opportunity of sending you the season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year and also to thank you for supporting the Club during the past year. The growth of the Club continues and membership now stands at a total of 306.
Our Patron .. As a result of a resolution put forward by the Southern Section a decision was taken at the General Meeting on October 31st, Mr. S.C.H. Davis was invited to become the first Patron of this Club. l am pleased to say that Mr. Davis has accepted our invitation and in replying to my letter writes “I accept with the greatest pleasure because the Alvis was the car with which l won my first race”.
The December 1964 Bulletin 136 included period reports of Sammy Davis at Le Mans with several racing photos.
The December 1974 Bulletin 251 featured a report on the Graber Treffen 1974 in Unterwasser and recorded new members now numbered up to 5246.
A gallery of photos by Steve Horne now appears on the Speed Models page.
The trustees met in October at Brooklands and Gaydon (see the Trustees meet page), visited the Herbert in Coventry and a couple of former officials of the AOC who have donated some archive material. This prompted us to revisit the list of museums with Alvis material which was compiled some time ago and to update the list of Alvis vehicles that are on public show.
There are exciting changes at both the Coventry Transport Museum and Gaydon which both have Alvis exhibits and expansion plans currently underway.
News of the loss of two former AOC General Secretaries this year is recorded on the Alvis People page.
Another article is published on the PPS by Dave Culshaw page with musical connections.
The AOC is exhibiting again at the NEC Classic Car Show (Friday 14th November for three days) with a Speed Models theme put together by Steve Horne using some of the material from the archives.
One of the Brooklands exhibits
Most of the three-litre cars’ factory records show the original colour of the car as it was delivered. The Chairman of Alvis, J J Parkes, was said to prefer seal grey for his cars while the Sales Director insisted on more striking colours. So white was often chosen for show cars, as it was by Graber, and once sold they were repainted in more subtle shades of grey. So, here is the choice offered by the factory:
Earlier this year we asked if anyone had owned their Alvis longer than Walter Williamson, member 589 who joined the AOC in 1955 with a 1935 Firebird 17514, KY 4727. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB AYN 15 since 1961. Both he, his wife and the Speed 20 were born in 1934 so they celebrated 240 years together, with a few Alvis friends.
At IAW we offered both our DVD of Bulletins and Ken Day’s fourth edition of “The Story of the Red Triangle” at a take away price of £50. We can extend this offer now to those who were unable to find time to visit Yellow Birch and to those unable to attend the weekend. See the Publications page to find out how to order.
The FBHVC newsletter encourages vehicle owners to undertake checks on all vehicles they own, and in respect of a discrepancy to contact either DVLA or their own insurer as a matter of urgency……
Check what the DVLA thinks your vehicle is….
Visit http://www.rac.co.uk/products-services/car-data-checks/ and enter your registration plate, then click ‘buy now’ but note you are not committing to a transaction. The next screen will give three pieces of information: make (in DVLA speak, and note any spaces), year of manufacture, and engine size in cc. There is also a field ‘model’ which only seems to be populated on certain more recent vehicles. It is important to type this verbatim into the next website.
Does DVLA think your car has Vehicle Excise Duty and an MoT? https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax is a new site, currently in beta (trial) format, which allows you to click the green ‘check now’ then enter registration number and vehicle make, and click search. You are then presented with two coloured boxes. On the left we have VED status (the options are: taxed until xx xx/SORN/untaxed expired xx xx) and on the right the MoT status. The options here appear to be (tick); ‘MOT expiry date xx xx’, (cross); ‘no MOT expired xx xx'; or ‘no details held by DVLA’
Previous MoT attempts can be checked at https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle
To use this service you need the registration mark, and either the serial number of the most recent pass/fail certificate or the reference number from the most recently issued V5C. This allows you to view all fail and advisory items from previous MoT attempts, all at a glance.
This can be verified at http://www.askmid.com where there is a free check intended for vehicle owners/drivers, as well as the option to pay £4 for a more detailed report which names the other insurer (intended for checking the other vehicle involved in a car accident).
When buying a vehicle, it is always prudent to undertake a HPI check.
http://www.autocheck.co.uk is a service from Experian which currently offers five checks for £24.99 or one check for £19.99. Doing a HPI check is the only way to see whether a vehicle record has a ‘scrapped’ marker or not. There are other providers available (though note that some require the VIN to be inputted before they display information – the Experian site listed does not mandate this).
Thanks to James Fairchild for the article and Malcolm Kindell for circulating it.
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.
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.
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.