The Crested Eagle has come under scrutiny this week following enquiries from once young boys who grew up with them in the family. Alastair Birch spotted ALE 850 on the website, now in concours condition in the custody of Eric Ody, and sent several pictures of his late father’s Alvis cars. “From my records Dad (a founder member of Pembrokeshire Vintage car club ) owned ALE approx from 1957 to 1967 and then two subsequent Alvis cars TA21 OUM 167 and a TE21 6951 HP. He was a brilliant mechanic ( teacher and musician ) and looked after these cars by himself. He passed away In 1990.”
6951 HP is a mystery car, believed originally metallic beige when owned by Mrs Parker in Cumbria, and blue with Colin’s ownerhip. Has anyone seen it since?
Next, we heard from Tony Dodd, “Following a recent google search by my son, he was delighted to discover some old photos stored in your archive.”
An enquiry to Wayne Brooks showed that the car was alive and well in 1997 in Belgium. Has anyone seen it?
The third one is on offer for sale at Hubert Kranz, believed to be:
Last year, Crested Eagle owner and Archive Trust volunteer Chris Bluer scanned all the factory record cards for the model. Since then Wayne Brooks has compiled a Model Register of the cars as they left the factory. This Model Register is available for download on the Crested Eagle page.
With more time to watch daytime TV, several people saw “Bargain Hunt” yesterday at Alvis. Here is the link.. Alvis on the telly
Another older film about the Dragonfly helicopter was also spotted by Colin Newby on YouTube. In 1949 Westland Helicopters licence build the Sikorsky S-51, re-engined with the Alvis Leonides. 149 Dragonflies were built for duties by the Royal Navy and RAF. https://youtu.be/jEWGq6z_czg?t=351