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A new page of photos has been added, without captions, of the 2001 AOC Jubilee event at Blenheim Palace, when over 300 Alvis gathered including the largest ever group of Graber cars driving from Switzerland, marking not only 50 years of the AOC but 50 years since Graber exhibited a 3-litre at Geneva, thus starting a partnership that survived until 1967.
In typical Julian Collins style, this was comprehensively reported in Bulletin 471, original copies of which are available from the archives together with the professional video of the event co-starring our own Chris Taylor commentating on the assembled collection.
A couple of accessions this month have added greatly to our film and DVD library and our ability to show them at Bowcliffe. Over thirty films of Alvis events by the late Terry Poppelwell during his long ownership of his well known 12/60 have now been catalogued.
The addition of another large screen TV also makes it easier to show the many VHS tapes we now hold. The first TeePee film we tried strangely started with the donor of the TV introducing the event.
Last week we had a visit from Melanie Aspey, Director of the Rothschild Archive in London. Three trustees had an entertaining and informative day learning of the activities and procedures of a large and important archive and some insight into fund raising methods and record keeping. It was pleasing that our adoption of the FileMaker database was heartily endorsed.
Lincolnshire folk were treated to a fine display of coachwork on Alvis chassis at Doddington Hall last Sunday. No fewer than 24 immaculate models graced the courtyard and four of them had pride of place in front of the Hall.
This replica Vickers Vimy was built for that enterprising and enthusiastic gentleman Steve Fossett, and was flown across the Atlantic as a tribute to the 1919 flight of Lt John Alcock and Lt Arthur Whitten Brown. The picture was taken at the 2005 Fly-in at Turweston Airfield in Northamptonshire – 1932 12/50 TJ Special by Peter Wright NG 3638, from The Alvis Register Bulletin No. 231, Summer 2007.
From the Consultant Historian – Another Centenary: It is one hundred years ago ( 14th/15th June 1919 ) that John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown made that epic first transatlantic air crossing. This was done in a converted Vickers Vimy bomber with extra fuel tanks in place of the bomb racks. It is not widely known that on 12th July 1921, the by then Sir Arthur Whitten Brown took delivery of an Alvis 10/30, chassis 6247, registered HP 1821. One would like to think that he made a bee-line to Alvis for engineering reasons. Actually the reason is probably more prosaic. Vickers were making the Alvis chassis at the time.
The Bicester Super Scramble on Sunday June 23rd was the first of the new format of Scrambles to include Demonstration laps of specially invited cars.
Alvisianado Dan Geoghegan, serial Alvis driver and Graber connoisseur, sought to gather the largest selection of Grabers ever seen for the event since the AOC 2001 Jubilee at Blenheim when several Swiss owners brought their cars to Oxfordshire. Since then some cars have found new UK custodians so that some eight Alvis Grabers, a Bentley R Type and a Rolls-Royce 20/25 joined a Park Ward drophead in a woodland setting to demonstrate the diversity of Alvis styling from 1953 to 1966. A photo selection can be found in Graber.
We were delighted that so many of the Alvis owners attending the International Weekend chose to visit us with their cars.
First in from the Netherlands was Coen van der Weiden in his TE21 drophead who helped guide visitors into Hycilla
Some 65 visitors from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, France (Patrick Rollet, President of FIVA), Germany, Austria, Norway, Florida and New Zealand then kept us busy answering questions for the rest of the day.
Photos Coen van der Weiden, Chris Taylor, John Fox
We look forward to welcoming visitors to our Hycilla office at Bowcliffe Hall on Saturday 15th June. Our postcode is LS23 6LP and, just before Bowcliffe Hall gates, please follow Alvis Archive Trust signs turning right a few yards down the hill to our parking area in the direction of Bramham Park.
On Sunday 16th June the Alvis Owner Club will be displaying members’ cars at the Elvington Air Museum http://yorkshireairmuseum.org/events/ near York. Members who have not pre-booked can still attend either in their Alvis via the Alvis entrance, subject to sufficient space, otherwise by the public entrance as can non-Alvis cars.