NEC Classic Motor Show report- Alvis Owner Club Stand 1.610 – 12-14th November 2021 –
You can download Steve Horne’s report on the Show here
Alvis at the NEC – November 8-10 2019
The Alvis Owner Club will be exhibiting at the 2018 NEC Birmingham Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show in Hall 1, Stand 525 from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018. The theme is BUILT TO LAST …. click on the photos to enlarge
One of the five Alvis exhibits at the 2018 NEC Classic Car Show demonstrates the remarkable survival rate of the Three Litre model, the last to be built
The newest car on the stand from 1966 won the FIVA Originality award at Fougeres this year. 106 TF21s were made, and Red Triangle assert that 102 survive. All of the six chassis sent to Graber in Switzerland survive. For more information on the TF21 and Graber click TF21
Of the few memorable cars of the early 1950s, the Alvis Grey Lady was something special, retaining pre-war styling with 100mph performance.
Christened the TC21/100 (previously just the Alvis Three Litre) the 100 referred to both bhp and mph. Representing this period in the AOC display at the NEC is this 1954 Mulliners saloon, beautifully restored in the 1980s by its current owner Malcolm Cox, and 72,000 miles later looks as though it has lasted rather well. 526 examples were made of this model including 100 Tickford dropheads and over 53% survive. For more information click TC21
Two of the five AOC exhibits at the NEC date from 1936 and 1937.
For more information click Firebird
The survival rate of the 391 Speed 25 models is over 56%, a remarkable figure, which reflects the desirability of the Alvis chassis and engineering. Many Charlesworth saloons have been discarded in favour of more sporting bodies. For more information click Speed 25
The oldest of the five exhibits at the NEC …..
Speed 25, 4.3 Continuation, 12/70, FWD, TC108G Willowbrook
The themes for 2017 are Family ties and Innovation. Although Alvis are frequently kept in the family for decades, the fact that all (well, nearly all, read on) Alvis cars are at least fifty years old it is tricky finding owners willing to display their cars. However, we have secured an excellent example that has been in the Wiggins family since the 1930s – a 12/70 saloon.
The other four exhibits represent innovation, with the 1920s front wheel drive, the 1930s Speed models with ifs and all synchro boxes, the 1950s with a Willowbrook 3-litre and the 2010s with the Continuation 4.3.
NEC Classic Car Show – November 2014 – The Speed Models
NEC Classic Car Show – 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.
Coventry Transport Museum showed a red TB14 in unrestored condition.
Bulletin 503 describes our first NEC display in 2006 Martin Boothman
The NEC Classic Car Show 27 to 29 October 2006.
Twelve months ago Council decided to attend one public show a year with the
intention of spreading the Alvis name beyond its normal circle. We were being
encouraged by Footman-James, one of the sponsors, and what tipped us into
attending was the fact that the space for class is car clubs displays was free of
charge. So we entered the space allocation race early this year and were awarded a
13 x 12 metres area, enough to show 6 or 7 cars. We did of course have some costs
associated with furnishing our space.
On the Thursday afternoon before the show a small group of us waited for the
cars to arrive so that we cou ld spring into action to clean them for the display.
Martin Parish and I have never washed so many wire wheels in one day!
The show started on the Friday which, in spite of the very high ticket price for
that day, was well attended. On this day, as well as the Saturday and Sunday, allto attend. I very much enjoyed doing my stints on duty and as well as chatting to
the general public, met many members who I did not know. It was also stimulating
to talk to a disgruntled Jaguar owner who thought he should have bought an Alvis
instead: we encouraged him to do so of course. About 60 club members from all
over the British Isles, including Ireland, Thurso and Cornwall visited us to say
Hello! as did at least one overseas Alvis owner. This is an aspect of future shows
which we should promote to members: it is an excellent opportunity to meet, to
talk about cars and to socialise generally.
Our grateful thanks for all their help go to the lenders of the cars, namely
Henry Mitchell , Idris Francis (all the way from Hampshire), Malcolm Elder,
Nadine and John Fox (in a much admired Graber) and Martin Parish. In addition
Hugh Gibson did a great deal of the preparation , as did non-member Chris
Haslewood, whose skill in dealing with the NEC admi ni strative machine was
Bulletin 509, page 36 for the 2007 show;
Bulletin 515, page 21 for 2008;
Bulletin 522, page 22, for 2009;
Bulletins 532, page 10 and 533, page 8 for 2011