Trustee meetings

31st March 2017:  The trustees will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincs. The meeting will start at 4pm. Leave a comment if you would like to attend.

4th January 2016: The trustees met in Bradford at Classic Connections http://classicconnections.org.uk/  to review 2015 and plan for 2016-2020. Our goals remain the same, more accumulation of archive material, scanning photos and articles, publishing books and finding a suitable permanent home to display them all, and cars – our 2020 Vision.

The first of what we hope will be a series of books is planned for publication in May ‘Alvis Cars 1946-1967; The Post War Cars’. We will be present at International Alvis Weekend near Kenilworth on May 22 with a selection of items available, not least the invaluable DVD collection of Bulletins.

One disappointment is that we have not received the hoped for 200 photos for the Competition. We decided to keep the competition open and to now ask you to dig out those old photos or camera cards of events you have attended which have not been recorded in the Bulletin.

If you are scanning a print, please select at least 400dpi so it can be printed in a Bulletin or book. Digital photos should be emailed at a high resolution or at least ‘large document’ size. To be shown on the web a picture of an important car from a long time ago is very welcome at any resolution.

Our suggested theme for the NEC 2016 display is one special car from each decade, and new AAT board displays of Fighting Vehicles and racing Alvis, to widen the appeal of the marque.

We also discussed plans for special events to celebrate the Alvis Centenary which starts in three years’ time with T G John forming a Company. The first Alvis car was completed on 31st March 1920 according to ‘The Vintage Alvis’. We look forward to working with the Register and re-telling the stories of a hundred years ago.

25th February 2015

Following our habit of meeting at the premises of similar minded organisations all four trustees converged on the Nene Valley Railway for a lengthy lunch. As our 2020 Vision coincides with celebrating the Alvis Centenary discussions centred on what was practical for us to contribute to the events in five years time.

29th October 2014

After a morning visit to the Herbert for more scanning of the photo albums held there we met at Gaydon for our annual general meeting, and to meet Bob Dover, the Chairman of the trustees of the BMIHT, the custodians of the archives of the British Motor Industry and the management team led by Julie Tew. Although we have all visited Gaydon several times, we had the benefit of a guided tour by the Curator, Stephen Laing, of the archive room and the workshop where by coincidence they were also working on another 1928 Alvis FWD (also ex Diana Russell) . We left with a sense of optimism that our motoring heritage is in good and dynamic hands with people who understand the challenges of attracting a younger generation into the old car movement. Their website is comprehensive and gives details of their expansion plans.

http://www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/about-the-heritage-motor-centre/museum-collections-centre/

and http://www.motorgraphs.com/ for access to their photo archives.

While we we there we did some research on Vanden Plas but it seems someone had already skimmed off the Alvis drawings before they were donated.

Vanden Plas records from the Gaydon archive.
Vanden Plas records from the Gaydon archive.

28th October 2014

Today we visited the AOC President Emeritus, Ken Day, at his home. We then went to the Brooklands Museum where we met Head of Collections, John Pulford and had a brief tour of the Alvis area.

John Pulford and Ken Day discuss the 1928 FWD restoration at Brooklands
John Pulford and Ken Day discuss the 1928 FWD restoration at Brooklands

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International Alvis Weekend at Milton Hill House Hotel, Steventon 29-31 August 2014

Sunday visitors to Milton Hill House were spoilt for choice of what to do with a packed programme of events but several visitors took time to visit our display of archive material in Yellow Birch, popped in for a chat and picked up a book or two

Just some of the books and brochures we can offer you
Just some of the books and brochures we offer

and were tempted by our DVD which is now available for purchase….

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Once again we were pleased to have our Patron, Mike Dunn, giving a talk on Friday afternoon in the Rose Suite.

Tony Cox and his son Matthew at International Alvis Weekend with the 1926 Alvis Grand Prix car on the Red Triangle display. 31st August 2014.
Tony Cox and his son Matthew at International Alvis Weekend with the 1926 Alvis Grand Prix car on the Red Triangle display. 31st August 2014.

On 16th October three trustees met at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford to witness no less than six Alvis offered for sale at the H & H auction. None reached their reserve and only one was sold post sale. The opportunity was taken for a brief tour of the aeronautical display, including a brief trip on Concorde.

The Leonides Major at Duxford

The Leonides Major at Duxford
The Leonides Major at Duxford

On 12th September two trustees had a day out at the Science Museum Wroughton Library and Archives and visited a few hangars of vehicles and other heavy objects. There was nothing Alvis to find but it was a fascinating day and it raised a number of questions, not least, what is worth preserving for the long term? A surprising find was that they hold the archives of Hooper & Co. the coachbuilders. The final visit of the day was to a hangar using “hempcrete” as a building material which does away with the need for air conditioning as it maintains humidity at a constant level. A case of the Science Museum using science to reduce the long term costs of storage.

The Science Museum Library at Wroughton
The Science Museum Library at Wroughton
A further visit to CTM on 9th September involved reviewing a vast catalogue of Works press photos
A further visit to CTM on 9th September involved reviewing a vast catalogue of Works press photos

On 14th August we all met at the Bourne Museum home of the ERA/BRM Collection and over lunch discussed the “Bulletins on a Stick” project.

Steve Horne at Ickworth House, East Anglian Alvis Day, not only organised the event but took part, won the prizes (deserved!) and set up the AAT presence.
July 14th – Steve Horne at Ickworth House, East Anglian Alvis Day, not only organised the event but took part, won the prizes (deserved!) and set up the AAT presence.

Just some of the Alvis boxes at CTM.

Just some of the Alvis boxes at CTM.

On 4th April, we returned to Coventry Transport Museum for a first foray into the archives held there, some not catalogued. Several gems were unearthed.

14622 The Speed 25SC Charlesworth saloon DVC436 owned by BAe and kept by CTM in the store with 3 other Alvis currently not on display
14622 The Speed 25SC Charlesworth saloon DVC436 owned by BAe and kept by CTM in the store with 3 other Alvis currently not on display – photo AAT Fox Collection

On January 29th 2013 we posted that on Thursday February 21st we had arranged an exclusive visit to the off-site store of the Coventry Transport Museum which houses about 100 vehicles not on current display. The current collection of vehicles is acknowledged as being one of the finest in the world, and the largest in public ownership. It includes several Alvis cars.

This date was fully booked and 44 Alvisianados enjoyed the day travelling from as far as Sweden, Holland, Scotland and Wales.

We had a presentation from the Head of Collections, Steve Bagley. And afterwards the Trustees met with Steve Bagley to discuss our own potential involvement with the proposed new Archive building.

NEC Classic Car Show 2012 – November 2012

For the first time we manned a corner of the Alvis Owner Club stand in Hall 20 at the NEC. The theme this year was “Specials” and some fine examples of the special builder’s art were on show. Two of the current owners had built their cars but a pleasant surprise on Friday was a visitor to the AAT table who built another of the cars on the stand. He was Derek Baker who had worked for Peerless, Gordon Keeble and Key West and had built the Burns Special.

The Burns Special on the NEC AOC stand
The signage meant you could not miss your target.

Alongside the AOC stand was the Fisher Restoration stand which had three fine examples of Alvis including Bill Rankin’s 4.3 short chassis tourer ALV 15.

Coventry Transport Museum showed a red TB14 in unrestored condition.

The Midland Automobile Club showed Alan Stote’s TF21 Graber coupe as it won their Concours this year.

1966 Alvis TF21 coupe super by Graber on the MAC stand at the NEC 2012

September 2012 – International Alvis Day at Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Thanks to the W O Bentley Memorial Foundation we were able to display some 1963 designs for the update of the TD21 by Peter J Wharton, Senior Stylist at Park Ward, the Rolls-Royce owned coachbuilder of the post 1958 production cars.

These form part of the Collection of the late George Moseley who was also responsible for designing the Vanden Plas 4.3 Alvis short chassis tourer.

This was the first opportunity to use our new display boards in the marquee and also to use our new camera which will hopefully ease the task  of digitising our archives

The AOC press release is here, click…. 57th_Alvis_Owner_Club_International_Alvis_Day_Report

Rob Rowe’s pictures are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/raiden929/collections

The AAT display in the IAD marquee
The Trustees met on 22 August 2012 in the library of the RREC headquarters

Ten Friends enjoyed a summer’s day on 22nd August 2012 at the headquarters of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club, The Hunt House in Northamptonshire. The Curator of the Sir Henry Royce Memorial  Foundation, Philip Hall, gave us a personal guided tour of the extensive premises, exhibits and archives. Some of us had been there before when the AOC held the first Technical Seminars there making use of the workshop areas, the seminar room and the dining facilities. These are perhaps the most impressive archive facilities we have visited in the last year and well worth a visit.

The four Trustees held their meeting in the Library in the afternoon and made a number of decisions on future activities and expenditure which will be reported in due course when final arrangements and agreements have been made.

Enjoying the sunshine in the grounds of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust in Drayton St Leonard before a trustee meeting on 23rd May 2012.
Swiss Graber Alvis owners met at the Bentley Memorial Building in Wroxham for a presentation by BDC Archivists Alan Bodfish and Will Morrisson on 18th April 2012.

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