The Tea Bag returns to Yorkshire

The Routledge special features frequently in our Albums and it paid a visit to Bowcliffe this week to add a new name in our visitors book for September. Will Wiggins has known the car most of his life as his father John acquired the special from its builder Norman Routledge who ran a garage in Leeds. Based on a Firefly chassis and with a Crested Eagle 20 engine and Speed 20 SA crash box, it sounds wonderful and revs willingly to over 5000rpm.

Will took it Classic Silverstone 2019, 65 years since its last visit, and came home with the Yokohama Trophy for the Club Car of the Show.

TWX 266 The Routledge Special at Bowcliffe
A 1950s photo of the car being built
The Hope Trophy it won at Northern Alvis Day for “the best performance in DrivingTests not otherwise gaining an award and not having been won in the past 3 years”, now returned to Bowcliffe for the next winner.
Past winners
The Tea Bag as it looks today

TWX 266 was built in May 1957, using a highly perforated Firefly chassis – hence the nickname of Tea Bag. Norman had raced it at Crystal Palace and other venues in the late 1950’s. It came into John Wiggins ownership in 1966 and he raced it at Rufforth and Croft, also hill-climbing at Harewood and Oliver’s Mount. Later it appeared regularly on such local events as the Eskdale Run and similar club outings. Everywhere it went it left behind the lovely smell of Castrol R hanging in the air. John kept it as Norman had made it. It was at Brooklands, with an assembly of racing Alvis, for
International Day in June 1998 and made several spirited ascents of the famous test hill.  For more on this car click here


An album of photos has also been created recording some of the Alvis cars attending the 2020 Hampton Court Concours

Our sister website alvis14  has a new post and a tribute to Ken Day .

A timely new article of interest to Fourteen owners can be found here

Author: alvisarchive

Driving Alvis cars since 1964 and the website since 2012

One thought on “The Tea Bag returns to Yorkshire”

  1. good pictures we also have cwy 766 must be longest single owned 12/70 in the club we have had it since 1938 in the family so would you like that next Thanks Chris Wiggins

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