The Welsh Weekend Revival

The Lake Hotel at Llangammach Wells was first visited for an AOC Welsh weekend event in 1997, organised by the late Ken Cameron. Ann and Hugh Bradnum took it over in 2005 and revived it for 2016 in memory of Ken and Pat Cameron. An impressive array of Alvis took part.

The Lake Hotel
The Lake Hotel
The Davies' Speed 20 SB
The Davies’ Speed 20 SB
The James' Speed 20 SB Charlesworth
The James’ Speed 20 SB Charlesworth
The Lowes' Silver Eagle
The Lowes’ Silver Eagle
The Smith's Mulliners 12/70
The Smith’s Mulliners 12/70
Van Havre's Speed 25 Vanden Plas Continental
Van Havre’s Speed 25 Vanden Plas Continental
The Jobson-Scott's Fourteen just back from Italy
The Jobson-Scott’s Fourteen just back from Italy
The Kindell's TA21 squeezes in at the coffee stop
The Kindell’s TA21 squeezes in at the coffee stop
Coffee stop Saturday morning
Coffee stop Saturday morning
Vic Round's new Cinturatos on the TC21/100
Vic Round’s new Cinturatos on the TC21/100
The Skuse's TD21 26122
The Skuse’s TD21 26122
The Heming's TD21 26145
The Heming’s TD21 26145
The Gray's TD21 26736
The Gray’s TD21 26736
The Sherwood TD21 26985
The Sherwood TD21 26985
The Galloway's TE21
The Galloway’s TE21
The Baker's TF21 27397
The Baker’s TF21 27397
Sunshine on Sunday, Fox Graber TD21 26081
Sunshine on Sunday, Fox Graber TD21 26081

The standard wording on the daily news sheet is “it will be drier tomorrow” but the wipers were not needed.

 

Tank Centenary

1916 saw the introduction of the tank see http://tank100.com/ and from our archives here are some shots by Ben Lentall, Bulletin Editor, of when one joined in the Driving Tests at Midland Alvis Day 1987 at the Alvis Works on Holyhead Road ….

Where am I supposed to go?
Where am I supposed to go?
Thataway.....
Thataway…..
Stop!
Stop!
Also at the Works...
Also at the Works…
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 dashboard
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 dashboard
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 MAD 1987
10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 MAD 1987
11346 Speed 20 SB at MAD 1987 with Alan Bond - Ernest Shenton giving directions
11346 Speed 20 SB at MAD 1987 with Alan Bond – Ernest Shenton giving directions
12769 Speed 20 SC BWB 950 MAD 1987
12769 Speed 20 SC BWB 950 MAD 1987

The 1987 Bulletins also included the first Model Registers of the Speed 20 SB, SC and SD models.


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Now this little girl in Holland at the wheel of grandad’s TE21 got married in August….

Congratulations to Theo and Jacquemijne
Congratulations to Theo and Jacquemijne
Sandra & Coen van der Weiden on their way to pick up the Newlyweds
Sandra & Coen van der Weiden on their way to pick up the Newlyweds

If you appreciate good photography Rob Rowe has penned an article in the October 2016 Bulletin 561 which is reproduced on the Photo Competition page. More entries are welcome sent to john@johnalvis.plus.com

Here is one I took last month on the south bank of the Humber. I hadn’t spotted the birds until I zoomed in afterwards.

Grey Lady completed 1954 at the Humber Bridge completed 1981. Taken from the terrace of the Hope and Anchor Inn, on the delightful Sluice Road, South Ferriby. Swamped by the 2013 tidal surge and since restored. Camera Fuji FinePix 9800 ISO 100 f 5 1/500sec (auto)
Grey Lady completed 1954 at the Humber Bridge completed 1981. Taken from the terrace of the Hope and Anchor Inn, on the delightful Sluice Road, South Ferriby. Swamped by the 2013 tidal surge and since restored. Camera Fuji FinePix 9800 ISO 100 f 5 1/500sec (auto)

 

September Bulletin

In this month’s Bulletin …

Ron Walton remembers the Fourteen, Then and Now.

Nicholas Parsons is pictured taking part in “My favourite Car”

IAD is reported on by Chris Podger

Welsh members visit the birthplace of T G John

Ken Forbes reports on participating in the FIVA World Rally

The Chairman notes the lack of racing reports in recent Bulletins

Nadine Fox reports on the Graber Treffen in Switzerland

Ben Lenthall writes on Alvis Colours

Plus the usual letters and section reports.

Oh, and it’s 1996.

John Price-Williams was Editor of the monthly AOC Bulletin in 1996 – here is September’s to download and read.

https://alvisarchive.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/bulletin-439-september-1996.pdf

To supplement the Bulletin which twenty years ago was only printed in black and white, a gallery of photos from the AOC archives of IAD 1996 has been added to the Albums and a new gallery of photos of the 1996 Graber Treffen has been added to Swiss Tours.

 

 

Specials

Some cars were specials when they were made - although in Graber's case this probably meant it was unique
Some cars were specials when they were made – although in Graber’s case this probably meant it was unique

As a number of other marques come to terms with allegations of criminal behaviour in relation to the building of “Specials” purporting to be original cars the question of provenance (as mentioned in the August 2015 post) has raised its head again in the Alvis world.

Chris Taylor, our senior Concours Judge, asks in his latest newsletter “This brings me to seek your opinion regarding this year’s judging at International where Mick Fletcher and I were judging the pre-war entries for concours. However there were not enough cars to field full entries for all sections so, in line with standard practice, entry classes were amalgamated but that meant this year specials were put with standard cars causing a newly re-bodied special to take the top pre-war prize for concours. This has led to quite a lot of emails and I would be interested in any opinions you may have on the subject for us to get it right next year.”

So the dilemma facing the judges and organisers of events is the classification of cars. The Preservation Class introduced a couple of years ago did not attract many entries and was intended to encourage those with original cars nicely presented but not in top condition to enter the competition. This year’s criteria for judging did not include “originality”. So Alvis owners, what do you think?

Meanwhile cars are still being advertised as original or as a particular model when examination of the archives database show they are not as described. A quiet word with the advertiser will hopefully ensure that a potential buyer will not be duped. Hopefully any potential buyer will enquire of the Model Secretary before parting with large sums. We know from experience that often buyers ask us about a car after they have bought it. So, is it incumbent on publishers of adverts to insist on accurate descriptions, including chassis number, Model Type and the actual body builder if the original body on the chassis has been changed?

The standard rear lights in this case on a Series II TD21
The standard rear lights in this case on a Series II TD21

Alvis and their coachbuilders always used proprietary brands of light units, to their own specification, usually Lucas such as on the Park Ward cars (also used on Humber Hawks and Aston Martins). These recently acquired photos show an experiment with another contemporary car’s unit – can you name the car?

Three views of a proposed use of ????? lights which, thankfully, did not replace the standard units used since 1958
Three views of a proposed use of  ****** *** lights which, thankfully, did not replace the standard units used since 1958

International Alvis Day – 22nd May 2016

For once we were pleased the forecasters got it wrong and the threatened rain was limited to a quick shower on Sunday at 5pm on the way out of Wroxall Abbey Estate. Over 120 Alvis came to the final Midland Section hosted event a few miles west of Kenilworth. Fourteens were on parade celebrating their 70th Anniversary and TF21s joined in with their 50th including two Grabers

Alan Stote's 1966 TF21 Graber coupe
Alan Stote’s 1966 TF21 Graber coupe
Paul Chasney's 1966 TF21 Graber
Paul Chasney’s 1966 TF21 Graber

Meanwhile TF21 Model Secretary Tudor Francis was entered in his 1961 TD21 GraberDSCF8317The oldest car there hadn’t been seen for some time….

Derek Tourle's 1927 12/50 TG Thorn Bodies Shooting Brake
Derek Tourle’s 1927 12/50 TG Thorn Bodies Shooting Brake
Mark Hayward's 1928 FD front whhel drive Le Mans replica
Mark Hayward’s 1928 FD front wheel drive Le Mans replica
Andrew Broughton's 1932 12/60 Cross & Ellis 4 seater
Andrew Broughton’s 1932 12/60 Cross & Ellis 4 seater
David Salter's prize winning Fourteen Duncan
David Salter’s prize winning Fourteen Duncan
Mike Wilson's prize winning TB21
Mike Wilson’s prize winning TB21
Wroxall Abbey adorned with Alvis
Wroxall Abbey adorned with Alvis
If you would like an Alvis badge like this, (1950s Graber script) leave a comment
If you would like an Alvis badge like this, (1950s Graber script) leave a comment

If you have any IAW 2016 photos you would like posted in the Archive Trust’s Photo Competition, still open, email them to

fox@alvis100.plus.com

 

Fifty Years of the TF21 – 1966-2016

On this day fifty years ago the first three Works TF21s were registered FVC 895D FVC 896D and FVC 897D in readiness for the announcement at the Geneva Salon of the Three Litre Series Four. In August 1966 GVC 473D was registered, in September GVC 861D was Mr Boxall’s car, GKV 832D in November, JDU 961E in January 1967, JHP 903E in February for Mr Howell; March 1967 saw JRW 445E, JRW 446E for Mr Russell and JRW 594E. 12% were registered by the Works. Six of the 106 produced went to Graber.129

DO YOU OWN OR HAVE YOU OWNED A TF21? IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US UPDATE THE TF REGISTER PLEASE LEAVE A NOTE OF THE REGISTRATION NUMBER AND/OR CHASSIS NUMBER IN THE COMMENT BOX BELOW. THANK YOU.

Vintage motoring, aluminium and the database

Two new articles have been added to our pages this month.

On the Vintage page is the promised article by John Archer about his grandfather’s remarkable diary of early Alvis motoring with several period photos, click Vintage

Our indefatigable historian has put finger to keyboard to produce a fascinating insight into the construction of the early Three Litres using aluminium on the PPS by Dave Culshaw page, Click here

Our plea for help in creating an index of 64 years of Alvis Bulletins has met with an enthusiastic response from New Zealand. Clive Taylor has started the index but it is a big job best divided between several people. If you fancy indexing a year (or more) of Bulletins do get in touch by leaving a comment. Once it is done all references to a particular car can be flagged up, easily found using the Bulletin DVD and then copied into the database.