News from Bowcliffe

Our regular monthly lunch meetings have continued throughout the year and July saw “Betsy” make an appearance after media exposure from the NEC Restoration show, looking rather smart on newly painted wheels and new tyres.

8677 12/50 Cross & Ellis – “Betsy” on the road again with the Blackburn replica plane at Bowcliffe
Betsy ready for take off

Sadly, we had previously missed a visit to the Drivers Club from Lex Westoby who was belatedly celebrating the Alvis Centenary by travelling the world from New Zealand and presenting trophies to various people. He left one with the Drivers Club for the Trust and it is now on display in our archive cabinet.

A new addition to the trophy cabinet from Lex Westoby (left)
The International trophy collection from Australia, New Zealand, Austria and the Netherlands

Lex wrote “I’m still in Europe, and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to explain the trophy I left with you. My original plan was to go to as many Alvis Centenary celebrations as possible. First the Australian event in Albury, Then the New Zealand event in April. then cross over to UK for the International Event, travel on to The Crossing Borders event in The Netherlands and maybe stopping in USA on the way home. Sounds great, almost all was booked and paid for, but then after the Australian event Covid struck. In New Zealand we had a delayed event and I missed the opportunity to come over the Europe for their events.

My own personal effort for the Alvis Centenary was to make 100 Trophies like the one you now have, and to present or gift them to Alvis owners at each event I went to, i.e. one for each group of cars, Vintage, Post vintage and post 60 vintage, and also to the club or organization hosting the event.

I have now presented 100 trophies around the world. 4 in Australia, 4 in UK including the one you have, 4 in Europe at the Crossing Borders event, and the remainder in New Zealand for all the entrants in the event there. I hope you enjoy it, and I enjoy all your articles.”

Thank you Lex, a surprisingly weighty piece!

Our next monthly lunch is on Wednesday 17th August – why not join the regulars? Please leave a reply to book your place.

A bumper edition

Our regular publication of 25 year old AOC Bulletins have proved popular with some 900 copies being downloaded last time. 1997 was the first year that Julian Collins was in the editorial seat and culminated in a national prize for the best Club magazine. If you enjoyed the last one, this one from July 1997 is one of the best with 91 pages of articles from all over the world including several worthy of mention for similar events planned this year.

The first Ride and Drive event at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, is featured and on Sunday August 14th the Annual Concours returns after an absence of three years. It is open to Alvis owners and if you would like the entry form and details please leave a reply.

The 12/60 GW 4133 featured in the centre spread photo is currently owned by Simon Spinks and shown here in the foyer of “The Motorist” which will be the venue for the AOC AGM on 2nd October.

GW 4133 Photo: Gary Pellow
The Motorist – venue for the AOC AGM Sherburn in Elmet on October 2- Photo: Gary Pellow

On the 1st October the AAT will be holding an Open Day at Bowcliffe Hall (just 11 miles from The Motorist) so a Yorkshire Alvis Weekend is in the diary for the first weekend in October.

The discovery of the grave of the racing driver Maurice Harvey is the subject of one article. We have previously covered the memorial events in Major Harvey Memorial Weekends. On October 12th he continues to be remembered in Cornwall some 25 years later – The Harvey Memorial Meeting on the Lizard Peninsula from 10.30 White Hart Inn, St Keverne for coffee; Harvey Memorial at 11.30 then lunch from 12 noon. Details from Rob Moor