Alvis ownership – a record?

Dr Walter Williamson, member 589N with Dave Culshaw 662N at a recent Archive Trust lunch meeting in at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB since 1961. Both he and it were born in 1934. Photo Judy Willmott
Dr Walter Williamson (left) AOC member 589N with Dave Culshaw 662N at the April Archive Trust lunch meeting in at the Bridge Inn, Walshford near Wetherby.                                                                        Have you been a member longer and owned an Alvis longer?

11288, Speed 20 SB 3-33-3  AYN15  VdP sal 3190, 1st owner The Duke of Westminster, was the first owner of 11288, AYN 15

11288 Speed 20 SB  AYN15 VdP sal 3190, 1st owner The Duke of Westminster

Another evocative picture from the van der Weiden Collection showing the Works cars at Holyhead Road – annotated 1991 but the works transferred to Walsgrave in 1990 so whose photo is this and when was it taken?

Alvis Factory, May 1991, Tour of Britain, Photo from collection Henk and Agnes van der Weiden

The Joy of Alvis Motoring

We have received some inspiring photos from Chris Chilcott ….

“My 12/50 TG 4/5 seat De-lux tourer by Cross & Ellis, Car 9910, chassis 4575, Dispatched Sept 1926, pictured before restoration (it was my everyday car!) on the Frazer Nash Section of the VSCC trial in May 1974 driven by Dick Smith (his Anzani Nash having not been repaired in time). I have owned this car since I was 19!”

Many more vintage era photos have been identified by Chris on the Albums page.

4575 1926 12/50 TG Cross & Ellis RW 87384575 1926 12/50 TG Cross & Ellis RW 8738

4575 1926 12/50 TG Cross & Ellis RW 8738
4575 1926 12/50 TG Cross & Ellis RW 8738
RW  taken on the Ratagain Pass, with Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range in the background, while  en route to the Outer Hebrides August 2012
RW taken on the Ratagain Pass, with Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range in the background, while en route to the Outer Hebrides August 2012 celebrating over 40 years of ownership

Trip to SwitzerlandSteve Tillyer sent us this cartoon…….from March 3-9 Friends are sampling the delights of Champagne, Alsace, Mulhouse and Basel Museums and the Geneva Motor Show. Join us next year perhaps?

With a history of Alvis Tours to Switzerland the organiser of the FIVA World Rally in 2015, our good friend Daniel Fischlin, has given advance notice of the programme with some familiar venues. Contact Daniel on danielfiva@yahoo.fr for entry forms.FIVA 2015 rally flyer

The April Edition of Classic and Sports Car features Alvis Racing Cars at Bicester Heritage
The April Edition of Classic and Sports Car features Alvis Racing Cars at Bicester Heritage

Last but not least, a new PPS article “War and Peace” appears on the page PPS by Dave Culshaw.

Alvis in the Netherlands

Dear Alvis-friends,

Here is an overview of the Dutch Alvis importers over the years.

Many thanks go to my great-uncle Frans Vrijaldenhoven who provided copies of all the Alvis advertisements on the Dutch Conam site from his personal archives.

1924 – 1929

Auto Import Handelsonderneming, Rijnstraat 86, Arnhem

Moved later to:       Nieuwe Kraan in Arnhem

Their advertisements at the time can be found on the below link of the Dutch Conam site:

http://www.conam.info/importeurs-tot-1940-beschrijvingen/alvis-gb-automobiel-import-en-handelsonderneming-arnhem-1924-1929

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Around 1935

NV de Greve & Co, Parkstraat 14

in Den Haag (The Hague)

(Not much known about this company)

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1935 and 1939: No mention of an import company.

(We are still searching.)

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1948 – 1953

De Nederlandse Motoren Mij. NV, Waalhaven O.Z 1

in Rotterdam

Their advertisements at the time can be found on the below link of the Dutch Conam site:

http://www.conam.info/importeurs-na-1940-beschrijvingen/alvis-gb-de-nederlandsche-motoren-mij-n-v

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1954 – 1968

Fa  H.C.L. Sieberg, Stadhouderskade 143

in Amsterdam

Their advertisements at the time can be found on the below link of the Dutch Conam site:

http://www.conam.info/importeurs-na-1940-beschrijvingen/alvis-gb-h-c-l-sieberg-n-v-amsterdam

Kind regards,

Coen

PS To see a period advert from the 2002 Bulletin 476, click on 476

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Coventry Telegraph (@covtelegraph)
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Parting with an Alvis

One day your Alvis will find a new home and the archivists would like to keep track of its continuing history. While you may remember to tell us, you may forget or not be able to. We have devised a form for you to print out, fill in and put inside your V5C or log book so whoever fills in the form on change of owner has a reminder to let us know. Here it is, just click on Owner change form to download a pdf version to print out.

Our first video has been posted on the Speed Models page and stars a Speed 20 SA which changed hands recently. It may not be to BBC standard but hopefully is informative and entertaining.

We realised that there is a lot of material on the Fourteen ‘page’ alone (almost 100 pages worth) so Eileen has agreed to host a new separate blog alongside this one dedicated solely to the Fourteen. It will make following comments and replies easier while retaining core information on this site. Why not log on and become a Follower –

http://www.alvisfourteen.wordpress.com

Dan Geoghegan and Bicester Heritage have rescued some aero engine records from - from their Twitter feed @BicesterH
Dan Geoghegan and Bicester Heritage have rescued some aero engine records – from their Twitter feed @BicesterH

Since the last post which mentioned the trustees’ Bourne Museum visit we came across an Alvis link to ERA and BRM. Harry Mundy was an apprentice at Alvis and mentions his involvement in the gearbox design of the 12/70 and 3 litre gearbox in an article in Autocar in 1958, when he was Technical Editor.

Harry Mundy writes

Thanks to Wikipedia…..

Harry Mundy (1915 – 1988) was educated at King Henry VIII School in Coventry and went on to serve his apprenticeship with Alvis. He left them in 1936 to join English Racing Automobiles (ERA) in Bourne, Lincolnshire as a draughtsman. Also at ERA was Walter Hassan who became a lifelong friend and the two would work together later at Jaguar on engine development.

He left ERA in 1939 and returned to Coventry to work at the Morris Engines factory.

After World War II he moved to British Racing Motors (BRM) in 1946 as head of the design office, being involved in the design of the BRM V16Formula One engine, before moving on again in 1950 to Coventry Climax engines as chief designer working on the FWA engine.

His career then took a change in direction and he moved into journalism becoming Technical Editor of The Autocar magazine in 1955 but while there he also worked on the design of the Ford based twin-cam engine for Lotus.

Mike Dunn recalls “I used to meet Harry every month at the Thursday Club.  He was humorous and we exchanged many good stories.

He told me that Colin Chapman said that he would either pay Harry £200 for all of his design work on the twin cam version of the Ford 4-cylinder engine or he would pay him £1 for each engine that was produced.  Harry was sad that he had chosen the first option without guessing that the engine would be used in a production car – the Lotus Cortina”

However, following Jaguar’s purchase of Coventry Climax in 1963. Walter Hassan persuaded Mundy to return to engineering where he and Walter Hassan developed the Jaguar V12 engine. Harry Mundy would stay with Jaguar until his retirement in 1980 after which he still did some consultancy work. He was the uncle of presenter Johnny Vaughan.

July news

The latest P P S from Dave Culshaw has been worth waiting for. “Alvis Crime and Punishment” is now on Dave’s page and gives a clue to the time and effort he puts in to Alvis history in all its aspects.

Another long standing enthusiast is Malcolm Kindell who for some forty years has remained faithful to his Mistress (TA21 24077) and now hosts the new TA21 page which will gradually build up over time with more photos.

24077 with Malcolm at IAD Duxford 1990 - photo Clive Taylor
24077 with Malcolm at IAD Duxford 1990 – photo Clive Taylor

After a year with WordPress, we have gone “Premium” (we splashed out $79) so you should no longer see adverts when browsing. It also means we can now upload videos to the site. So if you have some cine or video of Alvis related material that is not already on YouTube that deserves a discerning audience, please make a comment below.

And from Chris Taylor, a wonderful period photo. Do you know where and when it was taken?bridge

A Year of Achievement

Thanks to you and the other 600 plus Followers of this blog, we have now achieved over 20,000 “views” of our pages since we launched in May 2012. The statistics from WordPress, which provides the site at minimal cost, make interesting reading. Click on alvisarchive stats 20000

The most popular subject seems to be the Fourteen, whose owners have embraced the blog. Eileen has promised to continue adding to the page with more photos. The 4.3 page contributed by Wayne Brooks is much followed and he too is committed to further additions. Meanwhile I will add to the Graber page. I am pleased to report Malcolm Kindell has agreed to host a TA21 page. We have only used 15% of the available space on the website so keep the photos coming in. The interest and encouragement from outside the UK (which for the record, is enjoying the longest day today and glorious late evening sunshine here in the east) is very pleasing.

It has been quite a busy week with requests for information and offers of help from Alvis folk. On the other sunny lunch time this week I met up with a co-trustee and friends and our ever enthusiastic Historian Dave Culshaw. Dave has promised another P P S article when he has recovered from sorting through masses of memorabilia from the estate of Ernest Shenton, more of which in future posts.

Dave and Wayne have also been helping with the history of a Mayfair Speed 20 that comes up for auction next Saturday…..

12132 - ENGINE NUMBER 12582 - CAR NUMBER 17442, THIS CAR WAS DISPATCHED FROM THE ALVIS WORKS ON MAY 15TH 1935 AND REGISTERED AT THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ON JULY 1ST 1935 BY ALVIS DEALERSHIP "CHARLES FOLLETT" ON BEHALF OF ITS FIRST OWNER A MR J.B.T.COLLINS OF CHESHAM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. A rare Mayfair bodied saloon for auction on 29th June in Scotland http://www6.amstock.co.uk/morrisleslie/StockDetail.aspx?lot=0&regno=BYF330&sale=1550 http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/classic-car-page/204424/1935-alvis-speed-20
12132 – ENGINE NUMBER 12582 – CAR NUMBER 17442, THIS CAR WAS DISPATCHED FROM THE ALVIS WORKS ON MAY 15TH 1935 AND REGISTERED AT THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ON JULY 1ST 1935 BY ALVIS DEALERSHIP “CHARLES FOLLETT” ON BEHALF OF ITS FIRST OWNER A MR J.B.T.COLLINS OF CHESHAM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.
A rare Mayfair bodied saloon for auction on 29th June in Scotland 

Today the Newsletter from Coventry included a picture of the “Alvis” Alvis, see..

http://coventrytransportmuseum.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/y/56F744CA3EF0EE5A/050D0948F91B1E6222947492D9797BBC

I have added some more photos to the Speed Models page, thanks to Paul Bamford in Australia.

John Fox

VSCC Cadwell Race meeting

Guy Plante's Speed 25/4.3 special from Jersey
Guy Plante’s Speed 25/4.3 special from Jersey
Getting ready for the Uk's mini Nurburgring
Getting ready for the UK’s mini Nurburgring
Chief Marshal Ray Edge's Silver Eagle special
Chief Marshal Ray Edge’s Silver Eagle special
Brian Maile's 1935 Speed 25 special, 2012 winner of the Melville Troiphy
Brian Maile’s 1935 Speed 25 special, 2012 winner of the Melville Trophy
The view seen by most of the competition
The view seen by most of the competition
Two 12/50s and a 12/60 spectate
Two 12/50s and a 12/60 spectate
Brian achieves a creditable 4th place, held up by a Bentley
Brian achieves a creditable 4th place, held up by a Bentley
Jeff Edwards Speed 25 special
Jeff Edwards Speed 25 special
Chris Jackson's Firefly 4.3 special
Chris Jackson’s Firefly 4.3 special

If you were hoping to be reading a Bulletin and pinkun today but have not received it yet, these pictures should keep you in mind of Alvis activity. Four Alvis competed today at Cadwell and six Alvis came to spectate including two TD21s. Thanks to Hugh Westlake for organising Alvis parking.