Gawsworth Hall photo selection

International Alvis Weekend organised by the Northern Section of the Alvis Owner Club provided a superb location and glorious hot weather for the first of their three annual events over the weekend of 16-18 June 2017. It was good to see many Alvis not seen for many years as well the usual attendees. Here is a small selection….

12666 ACY 292
Andrew Wisdom’s Silver Eagle 12666 ACY 292 – a new restoration
14343 and 14353
14343 is the Burchard 4.3 Offord (left) and 14353 is the Bradnum’s 3.5 litre Speed 25 SB Cross & Ellis with the Burns special V8 outside Gawsworth Hall on 18th June 2017 Alvis Day
14607 FGO659
Roger Gooding’s 14607 Speed 25 SC Charlesworth
14871 EVC 477 (2)
Christo van Zweeden’s 1940 4.3 Charlesworth Dhc originally EVC 477
14871 EVC 477
The prewar Concours line up
25591 PXD 249
25591 TC21/100 Tickford
26295 553 AXB
26295 TD21 Park Ward Dhc
26736 26523
26736 Park Ward Series II TD21 not speaking to her Swiss elder sister 26523 Graber TD21
27097 AUW 66B
27097 TE21 Mulliner Park Ward Dhc

Alvis Owner Club news

The Board of the Alvis Owner Club are pleased to announce that at a meeting on 16 June, David Salter was co-opted to the post of Chairman of the Club to serve until the forthcoming AGM in October.  David has also indicated his willingness to offer himself for election at the AGM.

The Board are also pleased to confirm that Brian Maile’s operation seems to have been successful and he is now at home recuperating.  Brian will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks.  The Board have sent the Club’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Visiting our new office

We have now moved the majority of the archive material we hold to our new offices at Bowcliffe Hall.

Follow the Alvis sign (a 1928 dealer showroom sign from Bradford)

From July we will be open to visitors, by appointment, every first Wednesday of the month starting on July 5th, between 2pm and 7pm.

This neatly coincides with the Noggin and Natter night at Roecliffe so visitors can continue in Alvis mode for the rest of the day. If you would like to reserve a slot come and see us please complete the form below:

Alvis Day at Gawsworth Hall

This Sunday Alvis will converge on Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire for the International event. The forecast is for dry and sunny weather so a good day is in prospect. The latest information from the AOC website is:

10.30 Entry to International Alvis Day opens at Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield SK11 9RN
Please clearly display your Gawsworth IAD badges and follow directions by the marshalls to the parking areas.
Concours and Featured Cars will be directed to the right to park in front of the main house. However please return to your car at 12.45 and move it to the main arena parking area to assist Frank Kay’s commentary.

If you have entered the Concours, please be sure, as detailed above, to notify the marshalls so they can direct you to the front of the house.
10.50 Drivers briefing

11.00 Concours Judging Starts

11.00 Driving Tests Start
11.45 Tea Room Opens
12-4pm Hall Open for Tours
12.45 Concours and Featured Cars to move to the main arena parking area
1-2pm Lunch
Please note that there is no movement of vehicles permitted during the lunchtime period for safety reasons.
If you have not ordered a hamper or brought your own picnic, Gawsworth Hall have a Tea Room near to the Hall and there is a barbecue stand in the main arena
4pm Prize Giving Ceremony to be held in the marquee


Brian Maile

The following message has been posted by Paul Chasney on the Alvis Owner Club website today:
     I am sad to inform you that our Chairman, Brian Maile, has been struck very suddenly by a serious illness. He is currently undergoing treatment for a cancer related tumour.  Brian has relinquished his Chairmanship role with immediate effect and Mick Fletcher, as Vice Chairman, will be taking over the Chairman’s responsibilities.
     Brian had intended to stand for a further year as Chairman at the AGM in October. However in the current circumstances he will not be standing.  A call for nominations will be included in the July Calendar.
     This message has also been sent by email to AOC members, however Board recognises that some members do not have access to email or the website and therefore to provide timely communication of this important news please pass this message on to other members.
     I am sure you will all join with me in wishing Brian a speedy recovery.
Paul Chasney
General Secretary

May Milestones

On 7th May the Alvis Owner Club published the Technical Compendia compiled by Nick Simpson on the AOC website and members can download them. This is a great resource for owners of Alvis cars pulling together the writings of owners and others since the cars were built.

Today, following agreement with and funding from the Alvis Owner Club, Neil Millington signed a lease on behalf of the Trust at Bowcliffe Hall, between Leeds and York, as the new home of the archives. Bowcliffe Hall was once the home of Robert Blackburn, pioneer aviator and serial Alvis owner. Later this year it will be possible to visit us, by prior appointment only.

During the course of the next twelve months we shall be applying for charitable status and we would like to thank those who have provided their advice and guidance during the process so far.

Bowcliffe Hall

Robert Blackburn, pioneer aviator and serial Alvis Speed 20 owner.



End Polio Now – the fight to end Polio Exhibition. We were pleased to be able to provide background information and photos of Capt G T Smith-Clarke whose iron lung innovation features in an exhibition in Bewdley Museum from May 12 until 16 July 2017. GTSC was born in Bewdley and his story is told in some detail in Ken Day’s fourth edition of Alvis – the Story of the Red Triangle.

On 14 May 2012 was launched.

On 23 May 1917 the company that was to become Alvis was established – T G John Limited. This name was used on Alvis engines (photo by Roger McDonald from “The Vintage Alvis”)

On 23 May 2017 our tenancy at Bowcliffe commences.