November news

We were pleased to welcome Andy Bye, Director of Museums & Archiving of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs to Bowcliffe together with Director of Research Paul Chasney in his Graber TF21.

Andy Bye, Paul Chasney, Trustee Chris Taylor and John Fox at Bowcliffe, photo by Tim Perks

We spent much of the time together discussing the challenges of operating an archive in current conditions. The experience and enthusiasm of Andy in putting together the Rootes Archive Trust in their own property in Wroxham was invaluable in putting our situation into context.

One of the items of discussion was raising funds to support the archives running costs. As it is the season for bargains, we are offering new members of the Trust a free copy of Roy Probert’s “Leonides” worth, we are told by those in the know, at least £25. How to join and claim your copy is here Becoming a Friend. See also AERO ENGINES.

The AOC stand at the NEC Classic Car Show was given an award for the Most Interesting Selection of Cars. Steve Horne’s report can be read on NEC Classic Car Shows.

A new page has been added to the Albums 2012 Alvis in Wales.

The photo gallery has also been expanded to include new material on The 12/70 page.

One Life, Many Cars

We were delighted to receive a complimentary copy of Peter Horrobin’s new book “One Life, Many Cars” for the archive with Peter’s letter proclaiming that profits from the sales will go towards restoring his inspirational but crashed Speed 20. You can read the background to the book on but more than a half of the pages are pure Alvis enthusiasm. Readers born in the 1940s will identify with all that is written and hopefully younger readers will be fascinated by a history of how motoring used to be. With 227 excellent photographs and engaging narrative throughout its 144 pages this hard backed book would be a sound buy for the festive season. Privately published, it can be purchased on Peter’s website.

The Trust has become a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicles (FBHVC – which provides useful guides for owners of historic vehicles, including updated guidance on fuel. Membership also comes with benefits for our Followers such as product discounts, and for the Trust by means of commission on those discounted sales. If you are interested in discounted oil and additive products, click on Club Motul.

Followers can get a discount on tickets for the Classic Motor Show at the NEC this month 12-14 November – click on and enter code CCL100. Both the FBHVC and the Alvis Owner Club have large stands this year.

If you enjoyed the photo galleries from the 1950s, three updated galleries are now available to browse on Speed 20 SB SC SD.