New photos from the past

 

We always appreciate receiving old photographs of Alvis cars when they were new and not so new which help complete their history. Some interesting ones have come our way recently.

We also like viewers who appreciate seeing the photos we post and make contact with us. Mike Newbery who joined the AOC in 1965 spotted a Crested Eagle he owned and after exchanging a few emails he sent some period shots of 12893 Crested Eagle which in part ended up in a special, and some photos of the other cars he owned. 12893 Alvery – see comment from Charles Mackonochie


12082 Speed 20 Lancefield which was of interest to the current owner

12082 more recently

Mike also owned 14426, a Speed 25 now in chassis form with an AOC member, 14639 the well known, ex Ken Day, Speed 25 FLP 75 currently for sale and TA21 24919, MON 647 which may have been scrapped but was offered for sale in 1997.


Andrew Wisdom kindly sent this picture of the plate on his Silver Eagle

W.E. Challice was the Alvis agent in Cannington, Somerset.  His daughter, Wendy Lamacraft who owns a TD21 and a 12/50, sent TD21 Model Secretary Jonathan Huggett several photos from her personal album of post-war cars when they were new.

LYD 995 “1951 North Hill, Minehead, Somerset. Me with father.”

Eileen Goddin confirms that the photo showing a maroon Fourteen Saloon is of chassis 23763, which left the Factory 23/05/1950, one of the later Mulliners, Body number M1739, delivered to W.E. Challice. The first owner shown was Kraft Productions of Cornborough Place, Bridgewater, Somerset, wicker product manufacturers. Where is it now?

“KDU 439 Cannington Somerset. Outside Father’s garage W. E. Challice Ltd.”

Malcolm Kindell says “This is a great piece of Alvis history. The second production car, which I believe was one of the cars sent to Geneva Motor Show in 1950 as either the show car or the demonstration car. Later used for road test reports in motoring magazines in the 1950s.”Note the spare wheel tray on this early model.

Wendy had been browsing on the Francis Frith online database of historic photos and discovered a TD21 on this image

W. E. Challice is recorded as the agent to whom the TD21 chassis 26741 (8279 RW) was delivered.  Interestingly it had previously spent about nine months as a works car and appeared in publicity material. Last heard of with the late Ted Halliday it has not been licensed since 2006. Where is it now?

Lastly, FVC 897D is a 1966 TF21 chassis 27375…..

“W. E. Challice My father with the hat on”

Could the man of the left be Rowland Simmons?

Last heard of in the Netherlands in 1994, where is it now?

 

 

 

 

 

The Goodwin Special and a course for Alvis novices

Built in 1948 the Goodwin Special is now back in competitive trim.

Alex Simpson drove it in the Chateau Impney sprint recently, coming 7th with a best time of 47.3. – for a YouTube video click on Chateau Impney

See also Goodwin Special for Brian Ledwith’s 1965 Bulletin article.

For those less confident driving old cars….

Alvis Car Care and Maintenance course: Tuesday 2nd October and Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The Club have managed to secure the services of the Heritage Skills Academy at Bicester Heritage to run a two day course, in their fully equipped workshop, specifically aimed at the care and maintenance of post war cars.  The course is designed for owners who wish to use their cars more frequently but perhaps do not have the knowledge or experience they would like when delving under the bonnet! Part of the course will be aimed at strategies to fix the small problems and ‘get you home’ rather than having to wait for recovery.

The course will be limited to 12 people. The cost for the two day’s training is £250 per person.  Hotel accommodation has been reserved for both the Monday and Tuesday nights (Tuesday morning will start sharp) and may be booked at a rate of £112.50 per person per night B&B. All bookings are on a first come first served basis.

Please email Paul Chasney at the Club enquiry desk (enquiries@alvisoc.org) or telephone 07808 056100 to make a booking or for more details.

 

Newby Hall pictures

One of the north’s biggest gathering of classic cars included a wide range of Alvis from 1924 to 1967 entered from several clubs at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire…

2931 1924 12/50 200 mile racer
8436 12/50 8251 Silver Eagle and 2931 12/50 racer
8251 1930 Silver Eagle TB 16.95
8599 12/50 OY 294
9314 12/60TL UB 8680
9425 Speed 20 SA – Chris Taylor explains the niceties of the early Speed to Hugh Westlake
12898 Crested Eagle BXR 853
4 cylinders
15459 1270
15459 12/70
22556 MPH 926 TA14 Carbodies dhc
26162 and 26187 TD21s
26482 TD21 JB 3945
26948 TD21 Series 2 and 26181 TD21
Look! 27026 TE21 MHJ 674
27459 TF21 and 11260 Speed 20

 

Save the date

Alvis will be exhibiting at the 2018 NEC Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show in Hall 1, Stand 525 in November, from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th. This year’s theme is “Built to last” so if you have an Alvis that has seen a few hundred thousand miles, survives with its original coachwork, and you would like to exhibit it on the Alvis Owner Club stand please leave a reply below.

If you have a story of an Alvis in continuous use we would also be pleased to hear from you for the story boards on the stand.

If you would like to help man the stand on one or more days, including the Thursday set up day, please also leave a reply.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery;

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018 | The NEC Birmingham www.necclassicmotorshow.com

26867 TD21 Series II TD21 at the Heritage Skills Academy, Bicester Heritage, taking part in the annual Run to Westminster on 2nd July by the All Parties Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group (Photo Paul Chasney)
5435 YT 8787 12/50 at Bicester June 24 Flywheel (photo Paul Chasney)

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