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….
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.
We have now moved the majority of the archive material we hold to our new offices at Bowcliffe Hall.
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:
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:
INTERNATIONAL ALVIS DAY 2017
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
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
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
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. http://www.alvisoc.org/t/Members%20Only
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.
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. http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=633389&ClubID=1684
On 14 May 2012 www.alvisarchive.com was launched.
On 23 May 2017 our tenancy at Bowcliffe commences.