The 2018 International will be reported in the upcoming AOC Bulletin.
Sixty years ago a full report was written up in the Bulletin but there were no photographs. With the benefit of the extensive photo archives we hold we can now bring you the report with photos and extracts from the programme. Click on 1958 National Alvis Day.
We also have several albums of Section Alvis Days.
The first Tulip rally was in 1949 and during the 1950s there were some Alvis entries. In 1954, Lincolnshire farmer J W E (Bill) Banks drove a TC21/100 saloon, 25385 registered MTM 1 to 6th place. Mr Banks was notable for becoming the UK distributor for the Dutch shock absorber manufacturer, Koni, fitted as standard by Mr Graber for his creations.
In 1955 Trevor Boothroyd with “Young Ron” Walton on board managed 83rd place in MLY 913 which survives in the custody of Peter Milne. The story of the search for “Emily” is told in AOC Bulletin 455, January 1999 and also appears in the 50th Anniversary Collection by Newby and Fletcher.
Coen van der Weiden reports that some fifteen Alvis are entered in this continental rally organised by Bart Rietbergen (Alvis 4.3 Special owner) from 25th -28th April …. click on detailsChris de Groot “Last week my wife and I drove the Paris – Amsterdam rally in our Speed 20. A wonderful 3 day event, where our Speed 20 performed perfectly. It was our first major outing with the car. Enclosed a picture of us, finishing at De Haar Castle, in Haarzuilens.”
Paul Chasney has updated the post on the (un)Reliability Run with more photos. At least there is plenty of copy for Practical Classics future issues.
A Follower has enquired about AOC badges and in particular this one:
and a preview of the lapel badge soon to be available…
Day One (18th April) saw the five cars depart from Brooklands and complete the first day of motoring.
Day Two had Bowcliffe Hall as the lunch stop and the MG duly turned in the drive at midday, on schedule.
The rest of the field were not quite so lucky. Paul’s Daimler lost a wheel and an Alvis was substituted (the driver being taken by the Woodie to collect the Alvis), the Ford arrived mid afternoon and the lead Austin was back having an engine overhaul.
Paul eventually arrived with his Alvis, still in wedding mode looking rather smart.
Postscript, from Paul
Anyway, the sunshine and Bowcliffe Hall made for a photo opportunity for the Alvis supporters.
Mac Hulbert has self-published a limited-edition book “A Life with Eagles”. The A4 format book of over 250 pages details how Mac’s involvement with Silver Eagles commenced at the age of seventeen, describes the Silver Eagles that have been family members and chronicles the competition adventures of all the Eagles in which Mac has competed up until late 2017. It continues by describing the varied Silver Eagle celebratory events and tours that he has organized. The generously illustrated book also contains biographies of tour participants and others involved with the Hulbert Eagles. Appendices to the book contain details of Silver Eagle production and the construction of the supercharged Silver Eagle racer that Mac campaigned for many years. It will certainly be of interest to Eagle owners, and also to those interested in Alvis competition history. The book can be ordered from Mac at email@example.com for £30 plus postage and packing.