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.
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.
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.
We have received copies of a fine collection of 60s photos take by the late Doug Woodrow from Sue Woodrow. This one poses some questions…
“I think the car TWX 266 in the photo is probably the ‘Special’ belonging to Norman Routledge who had a garage at Seacroft near Leeds. It is a long time ago but I think that is Norman at the wheel; Doug and I used to frequent his garage and on one occasion he offered the car to Doug for £200 as he was selling up and going to live in the Isle of Man. We often came home with Alvis bits in the boot of our car which we had not actually bought but Norman thought Doug would like! The car was very much ‘lightened’ but unfortunately Doug was too big/tall and could not get in to drive it consequently had to turn the offer down. It was sold to John Wiggins near Thirsk and is now owned, I believe, by his son. The photo I believe was taken at Northern Alvis Day at Riccal in 1964/5.”
Now we all agree it is the Routledge Special, a search through the Bulletins shows that Norman appeared in 101 Bulletins with 156 mentions, several of these as adverts.
The Alvis team have again put together an exceptional display of the TE21 and TF21 models at the NEC Birmingham. Come and visit us in Hall 3, stand 250 have a chat and look at the new display boards put together by the trustees. More Alvis are on display on other stands including a front wheel drive (FBHVC) and a Graber cabriolet (Heritage Motor Centre).
The hoped for 200 entries for the competition have not yet arrived so if you were planning to send some, the expected cold dark evenings are the perfect excuse to get them emailed. The closing date is 30th November 2015. However, a keen photographer has been out taking pictures at Christchurch Park, Ipswich this weekend….
Nick Simpson writes: “Here are two more pictures for comment re identity and location….”
The vintage car is HP6161, Racing Car Number One photographed in a Coventry street in the 1920’s.