Most of the three-litre cars’ factory records show the original colour of the car as it was delivered. The Chairman of Alvis, J J Parkes, was said to prefer seal grey for his cars while the Sales Director insisted on more striking colours. So white was often chosen for show cars, as it was by Graber, and once sold they were repainted in more subtle shades of grey. So, here is the choice offered by the factory:
If your chassis was sent to Graber then the colour was the choice of the customer, such as
Earlier this year we asked if anyone had owned their Alvis longer than Walter Williamson, member 589 who joined the AOC in 1955 with a 1935 Firebird 17514, KY 4727. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB AYN 15 since 1961. Both he, his wife and the Speed 20 were born in 1934 so they celebrated 240 years together, with a few Alvis friends.
At IAW we offered both our DVD of Bulletins and Ken Day’s fourth edition of “The Story of the Red Triangle” at a take away price of £50. We can extend this offer now to those who were unable to find time to visit Yellow Birch and to those unable to attend the weekend. See the Publications page to find out how to order.
Entry No: 10 – The Royal Automobile Club’s 1938 Alvis 4.3 Short Chassis Tourer driven by the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, Mr Tom Purves, accompanied by Mrs Purves, pictured at Bowhill (the home of The Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch) in the Scottish Borders on DAY 3. Mr Tom Purves is a former CEO of Rolls-Royce Motors.
A Re-enactment of the First 1000 Mile Run organised by the Royal Automobile Club in 1900 – Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th July
Day 3 – Tuesday 15 July, on the section Preston to Edinburgh, saw the cars arrive at Bowhill, the splendid residence of the Duke & Duchess of Buccluech in the Scottish Borders Following afternoon tea, a series of tests took place in the grounds of the estate before a main road run to Edinburgh, where the social highlight of the week took place aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia.
At this point in the event, Entry No. 18 Jose Romao de Sousa & Maria Romao de Sousa (PRT) in the 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA were placed 27th overall and 6th in Class 3 (Cars 1500cc – 2700cc).
Entry No. 10 Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club accompanied by Mrs Purves in the magnificent 4.3ltr Short Chassis Tourer, held the positions 30th overall and 9th in Class 4 (Cars 2700cc – 4300cc).
Entry No. 14 Francis Galashan (GBR) & Dan Geoghegan (GBR) in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports, held the positions 29th overall and 7th in Class 3.
Entry Nos. 10 & 18 completed the course on Saturday 19th July at Woodcote Park with final placings of: Entry No. 18 – 25th overall and 4th in Class 3 and Entry No. 10 – 27th overall and 8th in Class 4.
Entry No. 14 Retired on Friday 18th July after completing the stage.
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.