A new normal

While many large events continue to be constrained by the dreaded virus, new smaller gatherings of friends on a less formal basis have returned to fill the social calendar. Our first Dining Club meeting got off to a perfect start making the most of our base at Bowcliffe Hall and its Drivers Club which has returned to normal with a full menu, excellent service and magnificent surroundings catering for the petrol head. For a report of the first meeting and dates of future meetings, click Dining Club.

Robert Blackburn, former owner of Bowcliffe Hall with the second of his three Speed 20s

Another very pleasant event this weekend in memory of Barry Ward, a serial Alvis restorer, brought together several Alvis owners, past and present, in a field in Lincolnshire, organised by Julian Brown Classic Car Commissions who is handling the sale of Barry’s Atalanta collection.

13313 Speed 20 SD Charlesworth BWK 779

In other news….

An appeal in http://www.alvis14.com for news of the whereabouts of a Tickford TA 14, registered KLM 51, chassis no. 22408 has gone unanswered. She is still shown on the current DVLA site so perhaps is sitting quietly in a garage or possibly has gone abroad. Black with a tan roof she was last heard of in 1989 in West Kensington, London. A relative of an early owner would love to track her down. Please contact Eileen on eileen4ta.tb14s@rocketmail.com if you have any knowledge to help locate her after 1989, also a photo would be much appreciated. We know she went to International Alvis Day in 1986. 

A successful appeal for information has united the lady looking for history of the Keddie family, see Old photos, with the holder of the extensive photo archives and medals and they will be meeting soon. Steve Horne had already scanned all the over 300 photos and local press cuttings anyway and additional copies are archived in the Essex Records Office, preserving Essex’s early automotive history and the key role of EMC and SDAC in hill-climbing, in Essex and nationally at that time (EMC ran Kop events).

We also tracked down two “lost” TD21s to Switzerland, one the former Graber of the late Christo van Zweeden and the other a Park Ward, 26778, now in a collection near Bern.

In the August 2021 edition of Classic and Sports Car, Simon Charlesworth writes about his namesake coachbuilder…


I thought I’d let you know that my piece on Charlesworth Bodies Ltd is in the current issue of Classic & Sports Car magazine (August 2021) and as you assisted with information and or pix, I thought you’d like to know. This is a shot of the opening spread of the six-page feature. Once again, thank you for all your help. 
Regards, 
Simon Charlesworth

We were pleased to receive an unpublished work from the late Roy Probert which we intend to publish, “One Man’s Alvis” – it is not about cars but a fascinating read about life at Alvis after cars. We will be publishing extracts in due course and invite expressions of interest for a printed version.

We hold stocks of Roy’s first book “Leonides” and copies are available by post, see AERO ENGINES.

A major piece of work of digitising almost 1,000 pages of the The Leonides Handbook and Parts Catalogue is coming to fruition and owners of an engine are invited to express interest in receiving a copy.

In current ownership since 1962…..

On August 22nd at Mallory Park there will be a VSCC Centenary Race for Alvis cars and it is hoped that a special area for spectating Alvis cars and owners will be available.

On the same weekend a two-day event “Passion for Power” at Tatton Park, Cheshire is taking place on 21st and 22nd August with AAT Trustee Chris Taylor organising the Alvis stand in a great location within the show ground. You can book your place attending on either the Saturday or Sunday or both days.

Contact Chris at: chris@ctml.co.uk with the details of the car that you wish to display and he will make all the arrangements. Entry is FREE to exhibitors.

The final deadline for booking is Wednesday 14th July 2021.