This was an an opportunity to test the search facility of the now digitised AOC Bulletins to see what has been written about this unique car before. In Reader’s Write in January 1975 Bulletin 252 there is a short history of the car.
During the weekend of 21/22 June the AOC visited Pembroke Dock – the press release is here Alvis Owner Club return to Pembroke Dock. My excuse for non-attendance was a long standing commitment to arrange suitable conveyances for our Swiss friends. Since wedding photos are not normally published in the Bulletin I’m happy to include this elegant trio….
Not a lot of people know that the canton of Aargau in Switzerland has no fewer than 43 castles and the Graber Freunde visited three of them over the weekend May 31-June 1 during their 2014 Treffen! A report on the goings-on can be found on the Swiss Tours page.
Dave Culshaw has been busy again Probing and Solving and some obscure connections with mountaineering and music appear on the PPSpage.
12/50 owner Adrian Padfield has been clearing his shed “I’ve had a front spring wrapped in sacking with Alvis labels for 40+ years. A Register member was interested but it’s wider than a 12/50 spring: 45mm v. 38mm, so we think it’s for a post vintage 4 cylinder Alvis” If you can give this a good home make a comment below.
IAW 2014 has attracted so many entries that if you want your Alvis to be in the main display area you need to send in your entry form right away. There are (or were) 9 spaces left. But there is an Annexe Alvis Car Park so still send in your form so as not to miss the event of the year. More information: www.alvisevents.wordpress.com
Contrary to what is reported in Bulletin 547, Graham Keighley has not digitised the Car Records but has restored and collated the record cards and put them in Lever Arch files by Model for reference purposes. Digital copies of these cards will not be available to members.
We have received some inspiring photos from Chris Chilcott ….
“My 12/50 TG 4/5 seat De-lux tourer by Cross & Ellis, Car 9910, chassis 4575, Dispatched Sept 1926, pictured before restoration (it was my everyday car!) on the Frazer Nash Section of the VSCC trial in May 1974 driven by Dick Smith (his Anzani Nash having not been repaired in time). I have owned this car since I was 19!”
Many more vintage era photos have been identified by Chris on the Albums page.
Steve Tillyer sent us this cartoon…….from March 3-9 Friends are sampling the delights of Champagne, Alsace, Mulhouse and Basel Museums and the Geneva Motor Show. Join us next year perhaps?
With a history of Alvis Tours to Switzerland the organiser of the FIVA World Rally in 2015, our good friend Daniel Fischlin, has given advance notice of the programme with some familiar venues. Contact Daniel on firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms.
Last but not least, a new PPS article “War and Peace” appears on the page PPS by Dave Culshaw.
One day your Alvis will find a new home and the archivists would like to keep track of its continuing history. While you may remember to tell us, you may forget or not be able to. We have devised a form for you to print out, fill in and put inside your V5C or log book so whoever fills in the form on change of owner has a reminder to let us know. Here it is, just click on Owner change form to download a pdf version to print out.
Our first video has been posted on the Speed Models page and stars a Speed 20 SA which changed hands recently. It may not be to BBC standard but hopefully is informative and entertaining.
We realised that there is a lot of material on the Fourteen ‘page’ alone (almost 100 pages worth) so Eileen has agreed to host a new separate blog alongside this one dedicated solely to the Fourteen. It will make following comments and replies easier while retaining core information on this site. Why not log on and become a Follower –
Since the last post which mentioned the trustees’ Bourne Museum visit we came across an Alvis link to ERA and BRM. Harry Mundy was an apprentice at Alvis and mentions his involvement in the gearbox design of the 12/70 and 3 litre gearbox in an article in Autocar in 1958, when he was Technical Editor.
His career then took a change in direction and he moved into journalism becoming Technical Editor of The Autocar magazine in 1955 but while there he also worked on the design of the Ford based twin-cam engine for Lotus.
Mike Dunn recalls “I used to meet Harry every month at the Thursday Club. He was humorous and we exchanged many good stories.
He told me that Colin Chapman said that he would either pay Harry £200 for all of his design work on the twin cam version of the Ford 4-cylinder engine or he would pay him £1 for each engine that was produced. Harry was sad that he had chosen the first option without guessing that the engine would be used in a production car – the Lotus Cortina”
However, following Jaguar’s purchase of Coventry Climax in 1963. Walter Hassan persuaded Mundy to return to engineering where he and Walter Hassan developed the Jaguar V12 engine. Harry Mundy would stay with Jaguar until his retirement in 1980 after which he still did some consultancy work. He was the uncle of presenter Johnny Vaughan.
If you were hoping to be reading a Bulletin and pinkun today but have not received it yet, these pictures should keep you in mind of Alvis activity. Four Alvis competed today at Cadwell and six Alvis came to spectate including two TD21s. Thanks to Hugh Westlake for organising Alvis parking.
As we enter 2013 we plan to add to the published historical photographs. In the age of digital camera adding to the stock of contemporary photos is cheap and easy and we welcome receiving such Alvis photos from you by email (email@example.com) preferably with a file size of no more than 3Mb. What we would also really appreciate is .jpg files of scanned period photos of cars like the ones already published, scanned at preferably 300dpi or more. In each case please give the file a title which includes the chassis and registration number and the date it was taken. Our archives include several albums of colour photos taken by Clive Taylor and Bill Fryer which were only published in the Bulletin in black and white.
Further photos of AXA 137 have been added to the Speed Models page.
…..and this is the first contribution
Chris Harding offered a link to his TA21 restoration….in Dubai
In my search for old Alvis archives, in 2003 I got in touch with Mr. Frits van Genderingen, who worked for 45 years for Sieberg, the last Dutch Alvis importer.
During our telephone conversation he asked me where I got my Alvis knowledge. I told him that as a baby I was baptized in an open Auburn 851 and I was lucky to have a father who was mad about Alvis. After he heard the word Auburn, there was silence. Mr. Frits van Genderingen told me his father was the Auburn importer in the Netherlands and my late Father’s name Henk van der Weiden indeed rang a bell. This coincidence made him say I could borrow a picture from his private collection, from which I enclose a copy.
Two LHD TC21’s standing on Dutch Vredestein tyres (until this day popular on 3 litres) are both still in the Dutch Alvis Owner Club.
TC 21 DHC: chassis 25443, Original Dutch reg.no: NG-43-84
This lovely Alvis belonged for 34 years to Mr. Jan Blankespoor, former Jaguar dealer in Wassenaar near The Hague, who in the early eighties has joined AOC (5501 NL) and AOCN for many years.
The Alvis was often to be seen in his Jaguar showroom.
TC 21 Saloon: chassis 25695, sold new to Mr. Van der Kieft, inherited by his son Mr. Bas van de Kieft, actual member of AOCN.
Attached is also a snippet of the 1954 RAI Catalogue with details on the Alvis (in Dutch). RAI folder 1954 Alvis With 18.000 Dutch guilders the Alvis was an extremely expensive car. To put it in context: in 1954 a university educated technical engineer earned on average a year salary of 4.000 guilders. For 18.000 guilders one could also buy a free standing house.
Coen van der Weiden
Photos from Coen van der Weiden of the 1947 Geneva show also appear on The Fourteen page where the new Worblaufen was shown alongside the factory cars.