Oldtimermesse St Gallen

Walter and Ralph Schwarz flying the Alvis flag at Oldtimermesse St Gallen

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

10074 SA Speed 20 MG 2269
TD21 four door Graber
TD21 four door Graber

On the same trip further Alvis related visits are described in Jottings and details of a Graber TC108G are in Cars seeking new custodians


Nick Georgano

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Nick Georgano on 22nd October 2017. An appreciation can be found here.

Nick Georgano at the 2013 Graber Treffen


Planning for the NEC Classic Car Show (November 10-12) is well advanced and details will be updated from time to time on NEC Classic Car Shows

AOC PRO Paddy Steel has been busy posting event reports on the AOC website. Here are links to The Railway in Wartime

 The Classic 300 and Scottish Alvis Day


Did you save the Date?

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

Two new pages have been added this week, click on Lofty England and Mystery photo

If you fancy widening your Alvis collection, try this one on offer at a modest £47,500 Alvis engined P66 for sale

Alvis Owner Club AGM appointments

We welcome the following members to their new posts following today’s AGM at Barford:

Frank Kay, member 1551, succeeds Edgar Shields as President, pictured here with Joan and their Speed 20 who have all been together for over fifty years. Edgar was made a Life Member
David Salter, member 9883, succeeds Brian Maile as Chairman who was made a life member
Gary Pellow, member 11371, succeeds Paul Chasney as General Secretary
Anthony McGarel-Groves, continues as Treasurer
Mick Fletcher continues as Vice Chairman


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.




September 1967

Fifty years ago the AOC Bulletin recorded that Alvis were no longer making cars and prompted some crystal ball gazing. Would you like to comment on how you see the role of Alvis cars in 2040?

Will anyone be allowed to drive?

Will we be allowed to drive an Alvis?

Will there be any fuel for an Alvis?

Will anyone want to drive an Alvis?

Will we be fitting electric motors to our cars?

What other questions should we be asking?

The article below appeared in the Birmingham Post on 29th July 1967


Cmdr. Clinkard boarding Equipe Maritime, taken by Wayne Brooks in June 1968 at a pub stop on the way back from Snetterton. “David and Peggy Van Schaick are in the black 4.3 saloon 13185, LNJ 881. I left the door open when I got out to take the photo. The blue 4.3 drophead is 14316, DYW 68, then with Ed Norris.”