Petwood Revival, Graber Treffen UK and Drive-it Day

Several invited Alvis and their custodians travelled to Lincolnshire over the weekend to revive past events based at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. https://www.petwood.co.uk/about/history.

First up was a trip to the Lincs Aviation Centre where the Lancaster “Just Jane” is undergoing restoration and fund raising to get her airborne again. Coinciding with a visit from veterans of 619 Squadron, we met a former Speed 20 owner from the 1950s. The Petwood evokes the era of our cars. Two Bader cars joined us on Saturday.

The Petwood Hotel

Thirteen Alvis met at East Kirkby.

East Kirkby – Lincs Aviation Centre. Photo Paul Chasney
Bader’s first and last Alvis 3 litres

It was also an opportunity for Graber owners to meet

TF21, TD21 and TC108G
Photos Paul Chasney

Drive it Day saw us at the Model Car Museum “On Your Marques” at Mumby Then to the sea….

14867 4.3 litre Vanden Plas at Huttoft Car Terrace on Drive-It Day 2017

Discoveries

We like Discoveries, not just that bewildering array of Jaguar Land Rover products, but Alvis products that turn up from the past. In the last couple of weeks the Inbox contained details of a Speed 20 unknown for forty years and the new owner, Club member, knew more about it than we did. Sadly another chopped Charlesworth saloon to make a tourer. If owners don’t join the Club or use Alvis for their servicing and spares, their cars fall into the category of LHO (last heard of) a long time ago, state unknown.

We were also delighted to receive a photo of another TC108G Graber which hadn’t been heard of for a very long time, the history is coming our way shortly but probably falls into the category of long term family ownership. As all Grabers differ in detail the side profile is interesting, given it was completed in 1957.Another surprise was a request from Nigel Smith who is writing a book on Lancefield and wanted confirmation of the Alvis products which he had carefully researched in the VSCC library. We were able to confirm that seventeen Alvis are known to have been made but only two currently survive in the hands of Club members. A new page under the Coachwork section will appear shortly but if you have details of the history of any Lancefield Alvis, we and Nigel would be pleased to hear from you.Do you own a 1927 SD 12/50 Carbodies Beetleback registered  NF 6195? If so, an enquirer has some documentation for you dating back before 1982. Leave a comment if it is you or you know who owns it.

The trustees are meeting this weekend to review the past year and more importantly to determine what happens next. Sunday is St George’s Day and Drive-It Day and we shall be taking a few Alvis friends to the east coast to visit the Model Car Museum at Mumby, near Alford, and then take the sea air at Huttoft Car Terrace, the nearest you can get an uninterrupted view of the sea by car.

 

 

Alflix

We have just acquired some 1970 films of National Alvis Day. They are in Standard 8mm format and to see what they contained we have rerecorded them digitally without attempting to clean them up.

These can be viewed on a new page ALFLIX together with a couple of new additions to our film library.

John Lang’s 30th

AOC members can look forward to the thirtieth Bulletin edited by John Lang in February with another 120 page bumper edition of news, articles and event reports from around the world. John follows a long line of Editors who work hard for club members to produce a substantial publication six times a year aided and abetted by a Managing Editor and proof readers. John, who lives in Australia, said “It has been a bit full on but I love Alvis people.  We have a fabulous club in Victoria (includes interstate & internationals) of which I am now in my 15 or 16th year as editor.  I enjoy the stimulation from the Bulletin in trying to make it work each couple of months and the people I communicate with overseas that otherwise I wouldn’t know existed. Just like having pen pals when everyone else these days has FB “friends.

John Lang in his front wheel drive
John Lang in his front wheel drive

While the internet can provide easy access to news and information the greatest asset of the Alvis Owner Club has always been a printed Bulletin you can touch, smell, pick up and read. Given the choice, most people still prefer to reach out and pluck a Bulletin from the bookshelf, but it is also nice to refer to any one of 563 editions at the click of a few keystrokes.

So what are you missing if you are not receiving Bulletin 563? Firstly, a long list of Alvis people waiting to help you enjoy Alvis ownership; news of the Club events; reports of Alvis owners’ activities, such as in France….

New members Dominique and Verena Fischlin with their prize winning TD21 on the Pa.ris Deauville rally: award offered by Rolls Royce for the best preserved car.
Swiss members Dominique and Verena Fischlin with their prize winning TD21 on the Paris Deauville rally: awarded by Rolls Royce for the best preserved car.
Evyonne and Daniel Fischlin won the Prix d' Elégance and Le Volant d'Or, with their Alvis Speed 20 SC 1934 - Paris - Deauville Rally 2016.
Evyonne and Daniel Fischlin won the Prix d’ Elégance and Le Volant d’Or, with their Alvis Speed 20 SC 1934 – Paris – Deauville Rally 2016.

THE BULLETIN  No. 563 JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

CONTENTS

14 Administration

9 Board Draft Minutes

16 16 NEC Report
44 History

24 An Admirable Alvis- The Fourteen Part 2

45 The 200 Mile Race Car

51 Letters to the Editor

51 Simpson

52 Brown

53 Walton

58 Competition

58 Goodwood

62 Competition Round Up

69 International News

69 Quelques nouvelles de Suisse

72 Chantilly Art & Elegance

77 NZ Report

78 Landing the 12/70 in Australia

80 Alvis Adventures

81 Reepham

82 London New Year’s Day Parade

92 Brooklands New Year’s Day

96 Barn Find TB14

108 In the Workshop

102 Silver Crest

100 Mildenhall

106 Does Your Clock Work?

108 TA21 Twin SU Conversion

AOC members might not have spotted that a new Membership List is available on members’ section of the AOC website as a 120 page PDF download. It does not include any car details as a census has yet to be completed. Members might like to check that their details are correct or in fact there at all and you should contact the membership Secretariat with any corrections. If you are not an AOC member but still own an Alvis do please update us by clicking on UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

Following comments from some readers that they found the Piano Black theme on the website a tad funereal and hard to read we have changed it – do you like it?

More items have been added to the site with new answers to ASK A QUESTION,  a Used Car Road Test on the TD21 page and the announcement of a power steering option on the TE21 page – you can navigate there from the index on the right of the page, or click on these links

TD21

 TE21

What is ATE 20?

Where are 26444 & 26739?

Speed 25 Update

If you own or have owned a Speed 25 please let us know. While there are over 100 25s with current AOC members the are at least 150 more that have been recorded with owners since 1953. Where are they now? Click UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

There are some additions this month with a 1938 article on the Speed 25 page about EXK 225, one of the many surviving Cross & Ellis Tourers, and new article on serial Alvis owner Sir George Burton can be found by clicking here.

To go to the Speed 25 page click Speed 25