Followers of http://www.Zwischengas.com may have spotted an Alvis umbrella in the report of St Gallen’s Classic Car Show, but no mention of any Alvis. However your roving reporter saw some and also bumped into several Alvis owners visiting the show in the rain. Inside the hall was an SA Speed 20 and an advert for a Fourteen woody, not seen in the UK for some time. Outside in the rain Rolf Huegli had brought his TD21 four door. Have you visited the Fourteen website? It has a new post about Le Mans, click on Fourteen
Saturday 18th November 2017 is when we are holding our first Archive Trust event at our new offices. This is your opportunity to see what we have on display, bring all those old slides, negatives, albums and photos, automobilia items and Alvis spares you want to donate or sell, and to buy some of our surplus items. We shall be ready to receive you from 11 o’clock but it would be helpful to know what time you intend to arrive. Please complete the form below and we will get back to you with more information on how to find us and who else will be there
Light refreshments will be available and during the day you will also be able to sample the delights of Bowcliffe Hall
We welcome the following members to their new posts following today’s AGM at Barford:
Colin Newby continues as Overseas Director
Ann Bradnum succeeds John Hay as Wales Region Director
Tim Brown succeeds David Salter as Northern Region Director
The following statement was also issued as an AOC Members briefing on the progress and future aims of the Alvis Archive Trust
Members will be aware that our long search for suitable premises to house the documents and related memorabilia of the club finally came to fruition with the rental of office accommodation at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby, West Yorkshire. Followers of the Trust`s website will also be aware of the excellent facilities that exist at Bowcliffe Hall with its long history in motoring and aviation. We do however strongly urge all members to investigate the Bowcliffe estate by either checking out its own web site or indeed arranging a visit with the Trustees to view in person the Trust`s collection.
With premises secured and items being displayed and catalogued we now move on to the next stage in our development. The Trustees have long held the view that to promote the Trust as a viable proposition and one that operates to a recognised set of rules the pursuit of charitable status should be followed. This would, we believe, encourage more members to leave their collections to the AAT, knowing that they operate under strict charity commission procedures.
In pursuing the lease on the Bowcliffe offices a small working party was established of Trustees and Club Directors and it`s with these individuals, using their combined experience that we seek to apply for charitable status. Apart from the main benefits listed above, charitable status also brings certain tax advantages and rate relief, most useful once the Club`s monetary support reduces from 2020.
Obviously the AAT will remain very closely involved with all aspects of club life but the Trustees do feel that to develop and encourage further additions to the collection it must be seen to operate independent of the club and to the highest standards. Less than half of the Alvis cars in existence belong to members of the Club and the Trust can have broader appeal to former members and non members. We sincerely believe charitable status will provide this and urge all members to follow the Alvis Owner Club’s directors and Archive Trust plans in this matter.