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 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  for £30 plus postage and packing.

The 1000 mile trial visits Bowcliffe

Save the date – Thursday 19th April

Paul Chasney writes: The initial idea of the Run was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Federation (FBHVC).  While we were thinking about the structure of the Run, Practical Classics were restoring one of the last remaining Austin Westminster estates with the intention of auctioning it with proceeds going to the Lennox Children’s Charity.  We therefore came up with the idea of taking a small team around the country ending on Drive It Day covering 1000 miles as a homage to the 1000 Mile Trial which of course is the rally commemorated by Drive It Day.

During the planning for 2018 we have received support and encouragement for an apprentice focussed rally for 2019.  Essentially 2018 will be a trial for the main event in 2019 when we hope to have up to 10 teams of apprentices covering a 1000 mile route.  Clearly the run cannot be speed competitive but we plan to have competitive events at the stops – changing a tyre against the clock or some Alvis type gymkhana events.  All that is for 2019.

Clubs are invited to join in at the stops to take part in photoshoots and support the charity etc.

Taking part is the well known Paddy Steel Alvis Woodie making its first visit to Bowcliffe Hall.1000 Mile Reliability Run
Wednesday 18th April 8.30-10.00 Brooklands Start
10.00 to 12.00  74 miles to National Motor Museum
13.00 to 16.00  130 miles to JLR Classic
17.00 to 18.00   32 miles  – day total 236 miles
Overnight – Plough and Harrow, West Midlands, B16 8LS
Thursday 19th April
9.00 – 12.00 127 miles to Bowcliffe Hall (Wetherby)

Bring your Alvis to join others and take the opportunity to visit our Archive Office at Bowcliffe Hall. Please leave a comment below if you can make it.

13.30 to 15.30  77 miles to Angel of the North
16.30 to 18.30 74 miles – day total 278 miles;  514 so far
Overnight –  The White Swan, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TD
Friday 20th April 9.00
9.00 to 11.30  107 miles to Queensferry Crossing
12.30 to 17.30 216 miles – day total 323;  837 so far
Overnight: Farrington Lodge, Preston, PR25 4QT
Saturday 21st April 9.00
9.00 to 12.00  140 miles to British Motor Museum, Gaydon,
14.00 to 14.30  11 miles to Rootes Archive,
16.30 to 17.00  19 miles – day total 170 miles; making 1007
Overnight: Chipping Campden, Charringworth Manor, GL55 6NS
Sunday 22nd April  7.00
07.00 to 08.00   39 miles to Bicester Heritage
16.00 to 18.00   65 miles – day total 104; making 1150
Overnight: Queen’s Head Inn, Nassington nr Stamford, PE8 6QB
Monday 23rd April
9.00 to 10.00   44 miles to Anglia Car Auctions, Kings Lynn

Racing drivers and innovations

Much new material has been added this month with articles on Major Harvey, Sammy Davis, innovations of the 1930s, and the 1999 Brooklands Exhibition.Photo galleries have been added for each item so that some previously published black and white photos can now be seen in colour.

The Crested Eagle was first to have ifs and a synchro gearbox. A pristine lubrication chart has been scanned, courtesy of Eric Ody, to add to the data on this model.

And as if there were not enough attractions at Bowcliffe Hall, another new one has flown in….Click on these links to open the new pages…..

Major Harvey

S C H (Sammy) Davis

Synchromesh Gearbox

Independent suspension

Crested Eagle Lubrication Chart

1999 Brooklands Exhibition