Your January Bulletin

We start the New Year with extracts from Bulletin 161 and a reminder of what we do….

preserve the Archives (any objects, information, or data relevant to Alvis vehicles, or personalities, of any era) which have belonged to the Alvis Owner Club;

obtain and preserve such further Archives as the Trustees think suitable and desirable;

allow access to the Archives by members of the Alvis Owner Club and anyone with an interest in Alvis vehicles ­­­­at such times and upon such terms as the Trustees shall reasonably decide”.

One of our completed projects is the digitisation of the Bulletins of the AOC which are still available on a DVD. If you would like to have one please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Alvis were still making cars in January 1967 and Bulletin 161 makes interesting reading:

25743 TC21/100 Tickford - does it survive?
25743 TC21/100 Tickford – does it survive?

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161-p2161-p3-a161-p3161-p5161-p6 A Mr Trump is also selling his car this month …..161-ads

New pages

Regular visitors to the website may have noticed some changes designed to make navigation easier. Instead of header bars of several topics there is now an alphabetical index down the right hand side of the page.

Have a look at the new layout and in particular, published today, is a page on RESTORATION STORIES  starting with Chris Chilcott’s latest acquisition.

Several other Restoration Stories new pages have been included and some older posts incorporated into them. Older posts can now be found by date or subject. Provision has been made to ASK A QUESTION and to UPDATE YOUR DETAILS.

The Lancaster NEC Classic Motor Show 2016

The Alvis Owner Club Stand this year supports the Show’s theme “Heroes” by featuring two of the cars of Douglas Bader. The show runs from November 11 – 13 (Friday-Sunday)   http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com

Bader lost his legs in 1931 then rejoined the air force in October 1939 and was declared fit to fly in February 1940 after war had broken out.

In August 1941 he was shot down in France and was a prisoner of war in Germany where he escaped and recaptured and then transferred to Colditz. This story was documented by military historian Mark Felton in a  book called “Zero Night”

Douglas Bader started owning Alvis Cars with a 1954 TC21/100 Drop Head Coupe (DHC), the “Grey Lady” with Manumatic transmission.bull-435-bader

Next were two TD21 dropheads before moving on to his final TE21 DHC which is also  on show.

Bader's last Alvis
Bader’s last Alvis

Douglas Bader was not shy of adventure, so the fact that he stuck with Alvis cars until well after the end of their production, is testimony to their quality and performance.

He was also a member of the AOC and appeared at the 1972 National Alvis Day at Crystal Palace where he led the cavalcade with J.J. Parkes, who was Chairman and Managing Director of Alvis Limited from 1946 to 1973.bader-1972-bulletin

For more Bader photos click on Bader

Also on show – a 1958 Graber TC108G first owned by Madame Ceppi of Leon Frésard S.A. of Bossecourt in Switzerland who made presentation boxes for watches. She part-exchanged it for a Graber TF21  in 1966.720-25930-281016The display includes two Speed 20s, a Charlesworth drophead and a Vanden Plas 2-door saloon.2016-nec-12016-nec-2-22016-nec-aat-smallNEC photos by Paddy Steel

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