The last post resulted in a neat parcel arriving at Bowcliffe containing a selection of colour slides of the 1970 Tour of Britain jointly organised by the Register and the AOC. Those of us who remember the tour will no doubt put names to faces and cars but there are a number of cars which pose the question – where are they now? We have now scanned them and published a new page 1970 Tour of Britain.
When an Alvis product is looking for a new custodian and is offered by a Follower we are happy to help by including a notice on the website under Cars seeking new custodians
Now we have our own dedicated office premises at Bowcliffe we are seeking further donations of Alvis material and offers of items for sale. If you have items you wish to donate or sell please make contact using the form below
The Tickford Club is having a special 20th Anniversary event on 23rd July including a facility tour of a Coventry based company, Power Torque, who supply tuned engines to companies like Lotus, Morgan and Caterham.
10.30am – Meet and greet at Power Torque Engineering Ltd, Herald Way, Binley, Coventry CV3 2RQ followed by site tour conducted by Dave Wood.
1pm – All move (10 minutes’ drive) to Weston Hall Hotel, Weston Lane, Bulkington, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV12 9RU for a photo-shoot (With the aim to reproduce successful 1994/5 line-ups)
2pm – Buffet lunch in hotel (Plus screen showing old video footage and former employees reminiscing about Bedworth)
4pm – Finish, with opportunity to stop at Hosiery Street, Bedworth (just 5 minutes from the hotel)
If you are interested in attending with your Tickford, joining Malcolm Kindell and others, please leave a comment below. http://www.tickfordownersclub.com/
Photos by Paul Chasney
Captions invited for this photo. What is Neil saying to Bruce Earlin (our first overseas member to visit Bowcliffe Hall)?
Blackburn was born in Kirkstall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He attended Leeds Modern School and graduated in engineering at the University of Leeds, and built his first aircraft, a monoplane, in 1909. He made his first short flight on the sandy beach at Filey in the spring of 1909. The aircraft was badly damaged in 1910 when he attempted to make a turn.
He moved to Filey and built a second monoplane which established his reputation as an aviation pioneer and in 1911 founded the Blackburn Aeroplane Company. In 1914 he married Jessica, and also in 1914 he created the Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Company, establishing it in a new factory at Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire in 1916. He also opened a factory at Roundhay, Leeds in 1914, which was forced to shut down in 1920 after the closure of Roundhay Aerodrome. He introduced the first scheduled air service in Great Britain, offering half-hourly flights between Leeds and Bradford. In 1919 he set up the North Sea Aerial Navigation Company, using surplus World War I aeroplanes, which operated a regular passenger service between Leeds and Hounslow, London as well as cargo flights between cities, including between Leeds and Amsterdam. In 1917 Blackburn and his wife purchased Bowcliffe Hall at Bramham, near Wetherby as their home.
He was the founder of the Scarcroft golf club. In 1950 he retired, leaving Bowcliffe Hall and moving to Devon. On his death in Devon in 1955 the Blackburn company’s production facilities became part of Hawker Siddeley.
International Alvis Weekend organised by the Northern Section of the Alvis Owner Club provided a superb location and glorious hot weather for the first of their three annual events over the weekend of 16-18 June 2017. It was good to see many Alvis not seen for many years as well the usual attendees. Here is a small selection….
The Board of the Alvis Owner Club are pleased to announce that at a meeting on 16 June, David Salter was co-opted to the post of Chairman of the Club to serve until the forthcoming AGM in October. David has also indicated his willingness to offer himself for election at the AGM.
The Board are also pleased to confirm that Brian Maile’s operation seems to have been successful and he is now at home recuperating. Brian will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks. The Board have sent the Club’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.
We have now moved the majority of the archive material we hold to our new offices at Bowcliffe Hall.
We are now open to visitors, by appointment, every first Wednesday of the month, between 2pm and 7pm.
This neatly coincides with the Noggin and Natter night at Roecliffe so visitors can continue in Alvis mode for the rest of the day. If you would like to reserve a slot come and see us please complete the form below: