Alvis Owner Club news

The Board of the Alvis Owner Club are pleased to announce that at a meeting on 16 June, David Salter was co-opted to the post of Chairman of the Club to serve until the forthcoming AGM in October. 

David has also indicated his willingness to offer himself for election at the AGM.

The Board are also pleased to confirm that Brian Maile’s operation seems to have been successful and he is now at home recuperating.  Brian will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks.  The Board have sent the Club’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Visiting our new office

We have now moved the majority of the archive material we hold to our new offices at Bowcliffe Hall.

6 Room 4We are now open to visitors, by appointment, every first Wednesday of the month, between 2pm and 7pm.

This neatly coincides with the Noggin and Natter night at Roecliffe so visitors can continue in Alvis mode for the rest of the day. If you would like to reserve a slot come and see us please complete the form below:


Brian Maile

The following message has been posted by Paul Chasney on the Alvis Owner Club website today:
     I am sad to inform you that our Chairman, Brian Maile, has been struck very suddenly by a serious illness. He is currently undergoing treatment for a cancer related tumour.  Brian has relinquished his Chairmanship role with immediate effect and Mick Fletcher, as Vice Chairman, will be taking over the Chairman’s responsibilities.
     Brian had intended to stand for a further year as Chairman at the AGM in October. However in the current circumstances he will not be standing.  A call for nominations will be included in the July Calendar.
     This message has also been sent by email to AOC members, however Board recognises that some members do not have access to email or the website and therefore to provide timely communication of this important news please pass this message on to other members.
     I am sure you will all join with me in wishing Brian a speedy recovery.
Paul Chasney
General Secretary

A Centenary to celebrate

On 23rd May 1917, T. G. John registered his own company with £3000 of his own money. He was the Managing Director with E. F. Peirson, an accountant, as Chairman, W. Maddocks, a solicitor and C. H. White, a gentleman of independent means from Criccieth, as other Directors. John’s brother-in-law, a successful businessman in the Pembroke area, held the first share. (Source: K R Day 4th Edition Alvis – The Story of the Red Triangle)

On 23rd May 1967, one of the last Alvis cars was despatched from the works to Sleaford dealer W. P. Maidens and sold to a Lincolnshire farmer, R P Watts – a TF21 saloon with automatic transmission – to be “F” registered LCT 329F in August

27470 TF21 LCT329F pictured at International Alvis Day 2008

This TF was owned for almost thirty years by the English rugby player R.W.D. Marques (1932-2010) who was a serial Alvis owner having previously owned a Speed 25 and a TD21.  David Marques wrote in Bulletin 293 of July 1978 “… our family had a 1939 Sp 25 Alvis saloon GPU 146 which I believe was owned before the war by Billy Cotton. We bought it about 1947 and gave it away to be raffled at a Harlequin Football Club ball in about 1958 – how short sighted could we be!

Martin Boothman wrote in Bulletin 527 about David Marques and John Currie who played together in the English second row a record 22 times in succession during a wonderful period for English rugby.  David also wrote in Bulletin 313 of July 1980:
In 1957 I was using a Speed 25 and if the car had been left for any time the sound of the petrol pumps ticking away on starting to refill the three carburettors, used to hurt me, so I fitted a switch to the petrol pumps on the dashboard so that I could turn off the petrol approximately 1½ miles from home so that when I next started the car I had used the petrol in the carburettor instead of having it evaporated – in those days it worked out at a price of a bar of chocolate!
The sequel to my meanness was on one occasion asking a friend to drive the car into London from Twickenham. He arrived two hours later in a harassed state, the car having broken down 1 ½ miles from the ground and he could find no way of starting it and in desperation had come in by taxi – the explanation was simple. As he got in his large duffle coat wrapped round his knees had switched off the petrol pumps – the cost of the taxis on that one night outweighed all the savings I had ever made by a long, long way!
Yours etc

On 23rd May 2017 the Alvis Archive Trust starts its tenancy at Bowcliffe Hall. With luck, someone will be remembering that in 2067.

May Milestones

On 7th May the Alvis Owner Club published the Technical Compendia compiled by Nick Simpson on the AOC website and members can download them. This is a great resource for owners of Alvis cars pulling together the writings of owners and others since the cars were built.

Today, following agreement with and funding from the Alvis Owner Club, Neil Millington signed a lease on behalf of the Trust at Bowcliffe Hall, between Leeds and York, as the new home of the archives. Bowcliffe Hall was once the home of Robert Blackburn, pioneer aviator and serial Alvis owner. Later this year it will be possible to visit us, by prior appointment only.

During the course of the next twelve months we shall be applying for charitable status and we would like to thank those who have provided their advice and guidance during the process so far.

Bowcliffe Hall

Robert Blackburn, pioneer aviator and serial Alvis Speed 20 owner.



End Polio Now – the fight to end Polio Exhibition. We were pleased to be able to provide background information and photos of Capt G T Smith-Clarke whose iron lung innovation features in an exhibition in Bewdley Museum from May 12 until 16 July 2017. GTSC was born in Bewdley and his story is told in some detail in Ken Day’s fourth edition of Alvis – the Story of the Red Triangle.

On 14 May 2012 was launched.

On 23 May 1917 the company that was to become Alvis was established – T G John Limited. This name was used on Alvis engines (photo by Roger McDonald from “The Vintage Alvis”)

On 23 May 2017 our tenancy at Bowcliffe commences.



Petwood Revival, Graber Treffen UK and Drive-it Day

Several invited Alvis and their custodians travelled to Lincolnshire over the weekend to revive past events based at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa.

First up was a trip to the Lincs Aviation Centre where the Lancaster “Just Jane” is undergoing restoration and fund raising to get her airborne again. Coinciding with a visit from veterans of 619 Squadron, we met a former Speed 20 owner from the 1950s. The Petwood evokes the era of our cars. Two Bader cars joined us on Saturday.

The Petwood Hotel

Thirteen Alvis met at East Kirkby.

East Kirkby – Lincs Aviation Centre. Photo Paul Chasney
Bader’s first and last Alvis 3 litres

It was also an opportunity for Graber owners to meet

TF21, TD21 and TC108G
Photos Paul Chasney

Drive it Day saw us at the Model Car Museum “On Your Marques” at Mumby Then to the sea….

14867 4.3 litre Vanden Plas at Huttoft Car Terrace on Drive-It Day 2017