Speed 25 update

If you own or have owned a Speed 25 please let us know. While there are over 100 25s with current AOC members the are at least 150 more that have been recorded with owners since 1953. Where are they now? Click UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

There are some additions this month with a 1938 article on the Speed 25 page about EXK 225, one of the many surviving Cross & Ellis Tourers, and new article on serial Alvis owner Sir George Burton can be found by clicking here.

To go to the Speed 25 page click Speed 25

Your January Bulletin

We start the New Year with extracts from Bulletin 161 and a reminder of what we do….

preserve the Archives (any objects, information, or data relevant to Alvis vehicles, or personalities, of any era) which have belonged to the Alvis Owner Club;

obtain and preserve such further Archives as the Trustees think suitable and desirable;

allow access to the Archives by members of the Alvis Owner Club and anyone with an interest in Alvis vehicles ­­­­at such times and upon such terms as the Trustees shall reasonably decide”.

One of our completed projects is the digitisation of the Bulletins of the AOC which are still available on a DVD. If you would like to have one please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Alvis were still making cars in January 1967 and Bulletin 161 makes interesting reading:

25743 TC21/100 Tickford - does it survive?
25743 TC21/100 Tickford – does it survive?

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161-p2161-p3-a161-p3161-p5161-p6 A Mr Trump is also selling his car this month …..161-ads

New pages

Regular visitors to the website may have noticed some changes designed to make navigation easier. Instead of header bars of several topics there is now an alphabetical index down the right hand side of the page.

Have a look at the new layout and in particular, published today, is a page on RESTORATION STORIES  starting with Chris Chilcott’s latest acquisition.

Several other Restoration Stories new pages have been included and some older posts incorporated into them. Older posts can now be found by date or subject. Provision has been made to ASK A QUESTION and to UPDATE YOUR DETAILS.

The Lancaster NEC Classic Motor Show 2016

The Alvis Owner Club Stand this year supports the Show’s theme “Heroes” by featuring two of the cars of Douglas Bader. The show runs from November 11 – 13 (Friday-Sunday)   http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com

Bader lost his legs in 1931 then rejoined the air force in October 1939 and was declared fit to fly in February 1940 after war had broken out.

In August 1941 he was shot down in France and was a prisoner of war in Germany where he escaped and recaptured and then transferred to Colditz. This story was documented by military historian Mark Felton in a  book called “Zero Night”

Douglas Bader started owning Alvis Cars with a 1954 TC21/100 Drop Head Coupe (DHC), the “Grey Lady” with Manumatic transmission.bull-435-bader

Next were two TD21 dropheads before moving on to his final TE21 DHC which is also  on show.

Bader's last Alvis
Bader’s last Alvis

Douglas Bader was not shy of adventure, so the fact that he stuck with Alvis cars until well after the end of their production, is testimony to their quality and performance.

He was also a member of the AOC and appeared at the 1972 National Alvis Day at Crystal Palace where he led the cavalcade with J.J. Parkes, who was Chairman and Managing Director of Alvis Limited from 1946 to 1973.bader-1972-bulletin

For more Bader photos click on Bader

Also on show – a 1958 Graber TC108G first owned by Madame Ceppi of Leon Frésard S.A. of Bossecourt in Switzerland who made presentation boxes for watches. She part-exchanged it for a Graber TF21  in 1966.720-25930-281016The display includes two Speed 20s, a Charlesworth drophead and a Vanden Plas 2-door saloon.2016-nec-12016-nec-2-22016-nec-aat-smallNEC photos by Paddy Steel

The Welsh Weekend Revival

The Lake Hotel at Llangammach Wells was first visited for an AOC Welsh weekend event in 1997, organised by the late Ken Cameron. Ann and Hugh Bradnum took it over in 2005 and revived it for 2016 in memory of Ken and Pat Cameron. An impressive array of Alvis took part.

The Lake Hotel
The Lake Hotel
The Davies' Speed 20 SB
The Davies’ Speed 20 SB
The James' Speed 20 SB Charlesworth
The James’ Speed 20 SB Charlesworth
The Lowes' Silver Eagle
The Lowes’ Silver Eagle
The Smith's Mulliners 12/70
The Smith’s Mulliners 12/70
Van Havre's Speed 25 Vanden Plas Continental
Van Havre’s Speed 25 Vanden Plas Continental
The Jobson-Scott's Fourteen just back from Italy
The Jobson-Scott’s Fourteen just back from Italy
The Kindell's TA21 squeezes in at the coffee stop
The Kindell’s TA21 squeezes in at the coffee stop
Coffee stop Saturday morning
Coffee stop Saturday morning
Vic Round's new Cinturatos on the TC21/100
Vic Round’s new Cinturatos on the TC21/100
The Skuse's TD21 26122
The Skuse’s TD21 26122
The Heming's TD21 26145
The Heming’s TD21 26145
The Gray's TD21 26736
The Gray’s TD21 26736
The Sherwood TD21 26985
The Sherwood TD21 26985
The Galloway's TE21
The Galloway’s TE21
The Baker's TF21 27397
The Baker’s TF21 27397
Sunshine on Sunday, Fox Graber TD21 26081
Sunshine on Sunday, Fox Graber TD21 26081

The standard wording on the daily news sheet is “it will be drier tomorrow” but the wipers were not needed.

 

Tank Centenary

1916 saw the introduction of the tank see http://tank100.com/ and from our archives here are some shots by Ben Lentall, Bulletin Editor, of when one joined in the Driving Tests at Midland Alvis Day 1987 at the Alvis Works on Holyhead Road ….

Where am I supposed to go?
Where am I supposed to go?
Thataway.....
Thataway…..
Stop!
Stop!
Also at the Works...
Also at the Works…
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 dashboard
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 dashboard
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 MAD 1987
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 MAD 1987
11346 Speed 20 SB at MAD 1987 with Alan Bond - Ernest Shenton giving directions
11346 Speed 20 SB at MAD 1987 with Alan Bond – Ernest Shenton giving directions
12769 Speed 20 SC BWB 950 MAD 1987
12769 Speed 20 SC BWB 950 MAD 1987

The 1987 Bulletins also included the first Model Registers of the Speed 20 SB, SC and SD models.


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Now this little girl in Holland at the wheel of grandad’s TE21 got married in August….

Congratulations to Theo and Jacquemijne
Congratulations to Theo and Jacquemijne
Sandra & Coen van der Weiden on their way to pick up the Newlyweds
Sandra & Coen van der Weiden on their way to pick up the Newlyweds

If you appreciate good photography Rob Rowe has penned an article in the October 2016 Bulletin 561 which is reproduced on the Photo Competition page. More entries are welcome sent to john@johnalvis.plus.com

Here is one I took last month on the south bank of the Humber. I hadn’t spotted the birds until I zoomed in afterwards.

Grey Lady completed 1954 at the Humber Bridge completed 1981. Taken from the terrace of the Hope and Anchor Inn, on the delightful Sluice Road, South Ferriby. Swamped by the 2013 tidal surge and since restored. Camera Fuji FinePix 9800 ISO 100 f 5 1/500sec (auto)
Grey Lady completed 1954 at the Humber Bridge completed 1981. Taken from the terrace of the Hope and Anchor Inn, on the delightful Sluice Road, South Ferriby. Swamped by the 2013 tidal surge and since restored. Camera Fuji FinePix 9800 ISO 100 f 5 1/500sec (auto)

 

September Bulletin

In this month’s Bulletin …

Ron Walton remembers the Fourteen, Then and Now.

Nicholas Parsons is pictured taking part in “My favourite Car”

IAD is reported on by Chris Podger

Welsh members visit the birthplace of T G John

Ken Forbes reports on participating in the FIVA World Rally

The Chairman notes the lack of racing reports in recent Bulletins

Nadine Fox reports on the Graber Treffen in Switzerland

Ben Lenthall writes on Alvis Colours

Plus the usual letters and section reports.

Oh, and it’s 1996.

John Price-Williams was Editor of the monthly AOC Bulletin in 1996 – here is September’s to download and read.

https://alvisarchive.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/bulletin-439-september-1996.pdf

To supplement the Bulletin which twenty years ago was only printed in black and white, a gallery of photos from the AOC archives of IAD 1996 has been added to the Albums and a new gallery of photos of the 1996 Graber Treffen has been added to Swiss Tours.