Members write

With news that many planned events continue to be cancelled or postponed, including IAW in Scotland, there was good news from Manfred Fleischmann that the Frankfurt Exhibition is being extended for the whole of 2021 so a visit may be possible later in the year if the “roadmap” doesn’t fly out of the window.

The previous post prompted a response from member Adam Gilchrist:

 I know it is a bit of a hot potato but sometimes the elephant in the room is worth considering! I would like to address more than just the issue regarding out of date membership lists and touch on the tricky subject of useage of ours cars from a regular Alvis user’s point of view.
Are these lovingly produced editions relevant now or just a reminder of a proud and beautiful past?
It is, I hope, of interest to note that not all clubs have discontinued the useful guide to membership and also individual model lists.
The model lists which sadly are now mostly nearly a quarter of a century out of date have and were always a great thing for a member to own.  Not only did they let owners  easily get in touch with other owners of similar vehicles, they also were invaluable if purchasing a car to give knowledge of previous custodians who often could be contacted to ask relevant questions pre a possible lucky acquisition of a ‘new’ Alvis car.
Personally, I used to take great pleasure after taking a glimpse of another Alvis on the road to look up its and its owner’s details.  Sadly, chance meetings when travelling around the UK these days see less cars on the road.  Are The Home Counties and the North West of England a desert, no I don’t think so.  As we members get older in relation to our cars, the cars are ageing at the same rate. so they are not really that old are they!
January and February are bitter months and no friend to rust prone metal and possibly a little taxing on aged windscreen wipers, so there is a good excuse to let the Alvis stay in the garage.  In the summer I love driving the Alvis to London and also to Lancashire.  Although I am sure that there are more cars in the south, I seem to be more likely to have a chance sighting on my visits to the North West. 
Is the lack of random Alvis sighting something to do with the age of the owners?  In later years of life it is easier to climb into the German tank!  Does this behaviour make the club lists and more importantly the detailed model lists irrelevant?
Is it a question of cost in which case, could lists be printed by subscription well isn’t that part of our membership fees?
Other clubs are, as you can see, in the attached illustration are still happy to commit to print and in most cases see it as an aid to increasing confidence and membership numbers.

So is print just a romantic notion of a quality of life now by and large lost to all members or is it relevant to a prospering and rejuvenating active club?
As the part owner of a London newspaper I think print is by and large here to stay.

AOC members can request a members list in pdf format from Richard Long which is an A4 landscape alphabetical list of members with addresses, contact numbers and emails and a supplementary list of member numbers with names. It is designed to be unfriendly to print out.

The Register sought consent from members to publish their members list with all details, including cars owned and cross referenced lists.

Adam is a serial TF21 owner, so we have updated the basic Model Register and is now available at the bottom of the TF21 page to download.

That was the year that was

Ten years ago we were updating the arrangements for the Trust and setting out our aims, 2020 Vision, which were mostly achieved. 2020 had promised an exceptional programme of Alvis Centenary related events, most of which became Covid victims, but we were able to continue our programme of archiving and keeping in touch with other enthusiasts for the marque.

This website continued to attract new Followers around the world. The number of visitors increased to 25,856 (2019: 20,143) who viewed 124,831 pages (2019: 117,605). The most popular posts and pages and the countries viewing them were as follows:

We expanded the range of digital car handbooks available and emailed copies to enquirers on request. More historic AOC Bulletins were made available for immediate download. The process of digitising archive material continues to be the prime activity of the Trust together with constantly updating and verifying the data held which records the history of the cars and other products. Our other websites  and also continued to provide new information. 

A consequence of having few opportunities to entertain visitors at our Bowcliffe Hall offices meant that for the first time our expenses for the year exceeded our donations by over £1,600. Our basic annual outgoings are £6,000 to house and display the collection and if we are to continue providing this facility we need your support to supplement the annual donations of the Alvis Owner Club of £1,000 and those of the current Members.

You can make a simple one off donation here Becoming a Friend where you can request an application form if you would like to become a Member of the Trust .

The Trustees are meeting by Zoom to discuss the next stage of our development, with new trustees being appointed and a new Vision for 2030.

The last post, Eagle Eyed, created some positive responses including two photos of a Crested Eagle from Dan Geoghegan

13747 Crested Eagle TA25 Mayfair last heard of in Abergavenny – is it still around?
Still in Wales…….
The TE21 27122 previously owned by Colin Birch. Nick Simpson acquired and restored it. He changed the registration number to AX 310, which he retained when he sold the car and it became EHY 637C as Bristol wouldn’t recover the original number, (or the correct suffix for a 1964 car!) See Nick’s comment on the last post.

…and finally, to Chris Prince where it remains as a spares car.

A donation of some TE21 related material came from a former owner of another TE21, which is currently licensed and Motd but the current owner is unknown to us. If this is your car, please get in touch.

27248 TE21 Dhc seen at IAW with Earley Engineering

Colin Newby passed on some photos of early Three Litre rallying, some of which appeared in the 50th Anniversary Three Litre Collection he compiled with Mick Fletcher. When the AOC shop re-opens it is available as a reprint for £25 plus shipping from

25445 OWK 605 TC21/100 driven here in the Forest of Bowland by Ronnie Adams from Lisburn, Ulster to fourth place overall in the 1955 RAC International 2,000 mile round Britain rally. Co driver was D A Wilkins – they won the over 2-litre production car class. The overall winner was a Standard 10 – another Coventry product. The car featured in Autosport of July 1st, 1955 tested by John Bolster. Another article by Michael Clayton for Autocar describes this car’s 3,000 miles travelled following the Monte Carlo Rally, when it already had 25,000 miles on the clock.
24859 TA21 MRW 153. Scrutineering, in the 4th International Rally of GB, March 9th to 14th 1954 driver Ronnie Adams, believed to be the one in the white jumper.

Wayne Brooks has also completed a major exercise in producing updated Model Registers in downloadable pdf format which we will continue rolling out over the coming year. The issue of these by the AOC stopped in 2009 when it was decided to set up an on line database.

We have a limited number of the original Registers which also included historic owner information in the form of membership numbers. This information is still recorded but is available only on request.