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The 2015 Flying Scotsman Vintage Reliability Trial

Dan Geoghegan came 15th in Class 3 (under 2000cc pre-41 cars) and 53rd overall in his 12/50 SD - photo Paul Chasney

Dan Geoghegan came 15th in Class 3 (under 2000cc pre-41 cars) and 53rd overall in his 12/50 SD – photo Paul Chasney

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

Jose and Maria Romao de Sousa came 7th in Class 4 (up to 3000cc pre 41) and 55th overall in their 1932 SA Speed 20 - Photo Paul Chasney

Jose and Maria Romao de Sousa came 7th in Class 4 (up to 3000cc pre 41) and 55th overall in their 1932 SA Speed 20 – Photo Paul Chasney

Russell Jordan and Gary Gibson came 8th in Class 4 and 69th overall in their 1935 Special Silver Eagle - Photo Paul Chasney

Russell Jordan and Gary Gibson came 8th in Class 4 and 69th overall in their 1935 Special Silver Eagle – Photo Paul Chasney

Bob Compiet / Austin Lion came 11th in Class 5 (up to 4000cc pre 41) and 62nd overall in their 1936 3.5 ltre special - Photo Paul Chasney

Bob Compiet / Austin Lion came 11th in Class 5 (up to 4000cc pre 41) and 62nd overall in their 1936 3.5 ltre special – Photo Paul Chasney

The best performances were in Class 7, pre -41 over 4000cc

Willem Vermeulen / Ellen Vermeulen were 10th overall and 3rd in Class 7 in their 1934 Speed with 4.3 engine - Photo Paul Chasney -

Willem Vermeulen / Ellen Vermeulen were 10th overall and 3rd in Class 7 in their 1934 Speed with 4.3 engine – Photo Paul Chasney – “going too fast for the camera!”

Richard Dresner / Colin Mackenzie were 6th in Class 7 and 30th overall in their 1937 Speed 25 with 4.3 engine - Photo Paul Chasney

Richard Dresner / Colin Mackenzie were 6th in Class 7 and 30th overall in their 1937 Speed 25 with 4.3 engine – Photo Paul Chasney

Peter Read / Benjamin Cussons were 9th in Class 7 and 41st overall in their 1937 4.3 - Photo Paul Chasney

Peter Read / Benjamin Cussons were 9th in Class 7 and 41st overall in their 1937 4.3 – Photo Paul Chasney

For more information…http://www.endurorally.com/pages/flying-scotsman-rally-2015-reports

Alvis Green Train 3 litre special

Alvis Green Train 3 litre special coachwork by Cotoneaster

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 Alvis Archive Photo Competition

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 alvisarchive@btinternet.com at full resolution up to a size of 5MB in .jpeg or .tiff format with a caption including the date, location and photographer.

Alvis in Austria

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.

Autonumerology

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.

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Our web hosts, WordPress, produce annual reports to show how much traffic we have generated. On average we have had 28 callers  every day who each look at 12 items. This is how they put it ….

Crunchy numbers 2014


The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

There were 889 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 397 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was March 6th with 5,041 views. The most popular post that day was Album 1.

 Crunchy numbers 2013


The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 19 posts.

The busiest day of the year was December 26th with 3,195 views. The most popular post that day was Album 2.


In UK election year here’s a period photo from George Butlin, Speed 25 Model Secretary.

EYU 7 Speed 25 ch. 14596. A drophead coupe with panels by Charlesworth, but assembled and completed by Hooper Coachbuilders. Owned by George Butlin. In the ownership of the original owner for 51 years; she drove the car in wartime France as part of The Women’s Mechanised Transport Corps, hence this 1945 photo showing the car in camouflage, with a loudspeaker on the hood irons, used for her husband’s electoral campaign in the parliamentary elections of that year.

EYU 7 Speed 25 ch. 14596. A drophead coupe with panels by Charlesworth, but assembled and completed by Hooper Coachbuilders. Owned by George Butlin. In the ownership of the original owner for 51 years; she drove the car in wartime France as part of The Women’s Mechanised Transport Corps, hence this 1945 photo showing the car in camouflage, with a loudspeaker on the hood irons, used for her husband’s electoral campaign in the parliamentary elections of that year.

Firefly chassis 10472  AXE 246  open two seater with dickey seat by John Charles, with “Ranalah” coachwork. The driver is the then young actor, Jack Warner, who later starred in “Dixon of Dock Green”. At the time the photo was taken he was a part-time salesman for Charles Follett. Photo via George Butlin.

Can you name the driver and the car? Another gem from George Butlin.

Answer at the end of the post…..

Winter Rally, 30th January 1955 (Bulletin 20 Report)

– Sunday turned out to be a fine day, providing no snow or other hazards to assist the organisers. As a result, a body of very competent competitors wiped the floor with the former, who had to resort to the doubtful subterfuge of re-calculating the results to very close time limits in order to find the winners.

1955 Kent Rally - start at Badger's Mount 4-25-2

1955 Kent Rally – start at Badger’s Mount 4-25-2

The entry of eighteen cars was sent off at two minute intervals from the start at Badger’s Cafe on A21 near Tonbridge, the first car leaving at l p.m. A distance of 12 miles to the first control had to be covered at an average speed between 21 and 28 m.p.h., and competitors were then required to cover the rest of the route through four check points, involving about 60 miles of by-roads and lanes, at the same average speed as they had recorded in the first section.

One or two competitors spoilt their chances by misreading the route card, while another was forced to retire after the misfortune of running a bearing at the end of a fast stretch of road.

As the cars were booked in at the finish at Badger’s Cafe, the general opinion seemed to be that the route was enjoyable but too easy at the set speeds, and dark threats were issued by the organisers to the effect that there would be no complaints of this kind at the next event.

After an excellent tea, the results were announced and prizes were presented by Mrs James.

lst – Miss E.J. Chapman TB 14.

2nd – C.G. Fincken Speed 20

3rd – R.E. Spain Firebird.

Best new comer – M. White Speed 20.

Best navigator – for Miss E.J. Chapman.

1955 Kent Rally 4-25-1

1955 Kent Rally 4-25-1

C Chace on the 1955 Kent Rally 4-25-3

C Chace on the 1955 Kent Rally 4-25-3

1955 Kent Rally 23543, LLK 799, driven by Miss E.J.Chapman who became Mrs E.J.Dowle. 4-27-4

1955 Kent Rally 23543, LLK 799, driven by Miss E.J.Chapman who became Mrs E.J.Dowle. 4-27-4


BULLETIN 423 FEBRUARY 1995 (click to download) – an enjoyable read from cover to cover. Would you prefer a monthly Bulletin with fewer pages?


Answer:  Firefly chassis 10472 AXE 246 open two seater with dickey seat by John Charles, with “Ranalah” coachwork. The driver is the then young actor, Jack Warner, who later starred in “Dixon of Dock Green”. At the time the photo was taken he was a part-time salesman for Charles Follett.

New Year Bulletin

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.

2219  GotthardGotthard Pass descent to Losone – June 2005 Swiss Tour

and of course, International Alvis Weekend see

http://www.alvisevents.wordpress.com

 

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