We are saddened to learn that our Follower Idris Francis succumbed to cancer last Friday at the age of 79. Best known for his restoration and long ownership of his Speed 25 Charlesworth (recorded in Bulletin 323) he had been an Alvis driver since 1969 with a TD21 drophead and later a TE 21 drophead, together with a 4.3 Rod Jolley short chassis tourer and finally a fine Speed 25 saloon. He was an ardent Brexiteer, inventor and electrical genius, inventing the joy stick for wheelchair users.
Adam Gilchrist has advised that the funeral will be held on March 1st at 1pm at South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Feltham TW13 5JH.
You can still enjoy Alvis even when the time comes to stop driving.
With thanks to Apsley for his humour and perception.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Maile, past Chairman of the Alvis Owner Club and Alvis racer.
He was very supportive of the Trust when we were contemplating taking our office at Bowcliffe, travelling from Reigate for the day to come north and sample the Drivers Club. He was instantly convinced of the benefits and persuaded the Board to support the move.
Now seeing the light of day since being deposited at the Herbert this selection of photographs, which we assume was assembled by Graham Bissett, deserves its own page for the breadth of Alvis models it records bought new or owned in Scotland.By sheer coincidence we also received some more old photos from the collection of the late Neil Lynch which includes this one of the Speed 25 pictured above in later special guise.
The Scottish Album starts with “Pop” Brown – click Scottish
Visitors to the Bowcliffe Drivers Club can enjoy a fine collection of original art with motoring as the inspiration. The Alvis world has enjoyed many years with Apsley as a constant companion and now a book is being published with some of his many works.
We start the year with a 40 page compilation of articles on the Alvis that might have been, the TA350 – click TA350We are holding a package of photos and documents for the current owner of this TC21 from the family of a previous owner who had restored it. The car had been previously the subject of an article The Shuttleworth Collection