Visitors to the Bowcliffe Drivers Club can enjoy a fine collection of original art with motoring as the inspiration. The Alvis world has enjoyed many years with Apsley as a constant companion and now a book is being published with some of his many works.
We start the year with a 40 page compilation of articles on the Alvis that might have been, the TA350 – click TA350We are holding a package of photos and documents for the current owner of this TC21 from the family of a previous owner who had restored it. The car had been previously the subject of an article The Shuttleworth Collection
On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true loves sent to me
Twelve tappets chattering,
Eleven spokes a-rattling,
Ten cables fraying,
Nine joints with play in,
Eight hoses leaking,
Seven springs a-creaking,
Six perished plug-leads,
F i v e o l d r i n g s –
Four cross-threaded bolts,
Three scuffed tyres,
Two worn wiper-blades,
And an old clapped-out battery.
We have withdrawn our deposits with the Herbert in Coventry who have carefully conserved them for many years. So Christmas came early, opening eleven boxes of goodies, all wrapped in white paper and tied up in string, these are a few of our favourite things…..
The big boxes included Photo Albums 1-5 which we published in digital form six years ago. Now we can enjoy looking through the physical version. See Albums
These will be on display at Bowcliffe in 2019, the start of the Centenary Year.
A new Follower this week had a familiar name and following several email exchanges has ended up with a fascinating story of survival of a rare Speed 20 model with the inevitable question, how many are left? To read the full story click BXL 835.
Coen van der Weiden asked about the survival rate of the 95 TE21 dropheads produced. The survival statistics published by Red Triangle, on display at the NEC last month, show 83% of all TEs surviving. This is based on the assumption that if a car has been spotted within the last twenty years, it probably still survives. Having recently collected the 352 TE records for the archives, and checked a sample of licence and mot records, there is a significant number of “can’t be sure” cars. There are cars not on DVLA records for a number of different reasons. If you know of a TE21 that has definitely been scrapped or is still around but not DVLA registered, please write to us, click firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately the fascinating website howmanyleft does not include Alvis cars.
The long awaited release of the Alvis Car Club badge has arrived, click badge for details of how to purchase from the Alvis Owner Club.
The last post on Alvis Apprentices produced some positive feedback and in particular a comment from Mike Dunn.
One of our visitors on our Open Day last Friday was an Alvis apprentice in the 1960s who had worked in the service department. He brought with him his apprentice agreement, a dinner menu and a photograph which he kindly let us copy.
This post has now been transferred to a page, Apprentices
A 1958 TD21 Graber coupe, 25971, is seeking a new custodian, for more details click here.
The second Park Ward TD21 drophead coupe made, 25952/18502 is under restoration in Devon for its long term custodian
We welcome news and photos of restorations being completed.