Twenty five years ago

From the April 1994 AOC Bulletin, number 415….

John Wheeley wrote on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Alvis which as a valuable reference for current writers is reproduced in 100 Years.

Michael White of Kerikeri, New Zealand, hankers after his 1928 14/75 which he owned in 1950 – bought for a bargain £100 and sold at a £15 profit. The registration was TV 4933, chassis 6984,  last heard of more than 20 years ago in the hands of V F Fisken of Forfar.

Alvis are continuing to acquire new businesses and have recently bought Unipower of Watford for an initial £2m. Unipower own some of the former assets of British Leyland’s heavy truck division, Scammell, whose wheel nuts were greatly admired by aficionados. The company have a £30m. order book for tank transporters etc.

Congratulations to Chris Podger and his navigator on obtaining a class award in his 4.3 Alvis during Britain’s latest historic rally, the Lands End to John 0′ Groats “Le Jog” Chris was the only one of three Alvis starters to finish. Much appreciated, I understand, were Arthur Fairburn’s efforts in providing sustenance at a freezing Scottish check point (another opportunity to open the bottle Arthur?)

John Hay of Abergavenny has recently bought the ex-Stan Hicken Duncan-bodied TA14. At some time its registration number was changed. Originally it was FGD 666; John wonders of any member remembers it, and if so he would like to hear from them. (Is it true that the DVLC will not issue 666 numbers because of devilish connotations?)

All the mentioned members and cars are still around twenty five years later. TY 4933 has recently returned to the road in the hands of Dan Geoghegan at Bicester Heritage. In 1994 Dan was Speed 20 SC Model Secretary and still owns one.

Also on a vintage theme was….

415 also included the Celebrity Register compiled by Dave Culshaw which ran to several pages in preparation for the “International” organised by the Northern Section of the AOC, see below. A much expanded version is in the process of preparation to be published later this year. to…..  Plymouth Ho! a Speed 20 SA special and the story of Henry Williamson’s car which is now included on the  Silver Eagle  page.

Also included were




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Driving Alvis cars since 1964 and the website since 2012

4 thoughts on “Twenty five years ago”

  1. Ian J Westwood-Booth was a real person who I came across in the mid1980s. At that time he was working in New York and involved in various schemes – all using other people’s or Government’s money. In this case it was the refurbishment of a US flag passenger ship. He mentioned to me that he had been in discussion re Alvis motor cars but it came to nothing..

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