Continental rallying news

The 24th Pays de Fougères international rally on 25-28 May 2018 brought together 180 crews from a dozen-odd European countries, as well as an entrant all the way from Thailand. For the first time, the rally was chosen by FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) as one of the 10 venues where a FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award is presented. Paul Chasney scooped the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award with his remarkable Alvis TF21 Graber Super from 1966, one of the last six bodies made by the famous Swiss coachbuilder Hermann Graber. However, the judges (veteran FIVA steward Rainer Hindrischedt and FIVA VP Communications Gautam Sen) were hard-pushed to choose between the Alvis and the superb 1959 Lancia Flaminia saloon of Claude-Michel Perseil, which was the close runner-up. Picture: 1966 Alvis TF21 Graber Super; photos courtesy of Guillaume Nédélec; backdrop is the Château des Rochers-Sévigné, the XVIIth Century home of the Marquess of Sévigné, a woman famous for her letters to her daughter, Countess de Grignan, with gossip from the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King

The following weekend the 2018 Graber Treffen was held in the Valais region of Switzerland, for some photos click GT 2018

The same weekend four Alvis took part in the 22ème NEUCHATEL CLASSIC du 2 juin au 7 juin 2018 La route de la « Grande Bourgogne » led by Daniel Fischlin in his Speed 20

Yves Honneger’s 4.3 Offord
26552 TD21 Park Ward – Dominic Fischlin
25942 TC108G Graber – Steve Horne

Some historic pictures have been added to the site of the 1975 International Alvis Day when the Swiss invaded with Grabers and cheese, click 1975

Alvis Days

The 2018 International will be reported in the upcoming AOC Bulletin.

Sixty years ago a full report was written up in the Bulletin but there were no photographs. With the benefit of the extensive photo archives we hold we can now bring you the report with photos and extracts from the programme. Click on 1958 National Alvis Day.

We also have several albums of Section Alvis Days.

For a report on the Midland Section day held in Trentham Gardens click on 1991 Midland Alvis Day

We cannot always recognise the cars and location in the photos we have – can you help with this one?

Where, what, who, when, why?

None of this would be possible without photographers ….

Bill Fryer – photographer photographed

Alvis entries in the Tulip Rally

The first Tulip rally was in 1949 and during the 1950s there were some Alvis entries. In 1954, Lincolnshire farmer J W E (Bill) Banks drove a TC21/100 saloon, 25385 registered MTM 1 to 6th place. Mr Banks was notable for becoming the UK distributor for the Dutch shock absorber manufacturer, Koni, fitted as standard by Mr Graber for his creations.

In 1955 Trevor Boothroyd with “Young Ron” Walton on board managed 83rd place in MLY 913 which survives in the custody of Peter Milne. The story of the search for “Emily” is told in AOC Bulletin 455, January 1999 and also appears in the 50th Anniversary Collection by Newby and Fletcher.

24312 MLY 913 Tulip
24312 – Peter Milne’s TA21 Tickford DHC enjoyed a past life as a Rally car in the Tulip Rally, evidenced by the extra windscreen mounted light and holes in the rear bumper where extra reversing lights were fitted.
1955 Tulip Rally Number 52 – photo Trevor Boothroyd via Peter Milne

In 1956 it was entered once again

1956 Tulip Rally Number 99
1956 Photos by Trevor Boothroyd via Peter Milne

Our Netherlands correspondent reports five Alvis among the Alfas, Volvos, Porsches etc. in the 65th Tulip Rally of 2018 see https://www.tulpenrallye.nl/competitors2018/?lang=en which starts on May 7th in the south of France

Alvis entries – Paris Amsterdam

Ab van Egmond’s Speed 25 special
Chris de Groot’s Speed 20 13058

Coen van der Weiden reports that some fifteen Alvis are entered in this continental rally organised by Bart Rietbergen (Alvis 4.3 Special owner) from 25th -28th April  …. click on  detailsChris de Groot “Last week my wife and I drove the Paris – Amsterdam rally in our Speed 20. A wonderful 3 day event, where our Speed 20 performed perfectly. It was our first major outing with the car. Enclosed a picture of us, finishing at De Haar Castle, in Haarzuilens.”

13058 Speed 20 SD formerly BER 441 came second in the rally

Paul Chasney has updated the post on the (un)Reliability Run with more photos. At least there is plenty of copy for Practical Classics future issues.

A Follower has enquired about AOC badges and in particular this one:

Do you have one the same as this? Believed to have been available in the late 1980s when the shield version had run out of stock and a new design similar to the Lagonda Club was adopted, but not liked

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a preview of the lapel badge soon to be available…

 

Reliability update

Day One (18th April) saw the five cars depart from Brooklands and complete the first day of motoring.

Day Two had Bowcliffe Hall as the lunch stop and the MG duly turned in the drive at midday, on schedule.

The 1967 MG Midget was first at Bowcliffe

 

The rest of the field were not quite so lucky. Paul’s Daimler lost a wheel and an Alvis was substituted (the driver being taken by the Woodie to collect the Alvis), the Ford arrived mid afternoon and the lead Austin was back having an engine overhaul.

 

Paul eventually arrived with his Alvis, still in wedding mode looking rather smart.

Paul gets the bad news that the Austin needs an engine change
Paul’s new mascot, reduces the top speed a bit.

Postscript, from Paul

After all but the MG had retired or needed serious attention the cars were ready for the off Monday morning at Nassington
Matt Tomkins of Practical Classics describes some of the Austin’s running issues to John Pitchforth who runs the Heritage Skills Academy at Bicester Heritage
Paul’s substitute Alvis managed some 900 miles and looks worried that it might get into the auction line at Anglia car auctions.

Anyway, the sunshine and Bowcliffe Hall made for a photo opportunity for the Alvis supporters.

Herr Graber at his finest

 

A new book – A Life with Eagles

 

Mac Hulbert has self-published a limited-edition book “A Life with Eagles”. The A4 format book of over 250 pages details how Mac’s involvement with Silver Eagles commenced at the age of seventeen, describes the Silver Eagles that have been family members and chronicles the competition adventures of all the Eagles in which Mac has competed up until late 2017. It continues by describing the varied Silver Eagle celebratory events and tours that he has organized. The generously illustrated book also contains biographies of tour participants and others involved with the Hulbert Eagles. Appendices to the book contain details of Silver Eagle production and the construction of the supercharged Silver Eagle racer that Mac campaigned for many years. It will certainly be of interest to Eagle owners, and also to those interested in Alvis competition history. The book can be ordered from Mac at jmh10@columbia.edu  for £30 plus postage and packing.