Hershey, Pennsylvania is the home of chocolate and the biggest antique car meeting in America, a four day event held in October. If you don’t know a Marmon from a Pierce-Arrow then this is the place to visit. Countless trade stands and private enthusiasts gather to buy and sell car stuff and socialise. RM Auctions were selling some fabulous cars on two evenings. On Saturday morning a big field of cars of all ages congregated in fourteen long avenues for the Concours.
Every year the AOC is represented by Wayne Brooks, wearing his Alvis hat so everyone knows to offer parts and information whenever they see him. Alvis cars are rare in America but we found two there and another advertised for sale. One in particular is worthy of several photos as it almost certainly unique. It looks like a Lagonda body but can anyone tell us more?
– Would you like to volunteer to be an ambassador of the Alvis Owner Club and the Archive Trust, knowledgeable about the marque, particularly the last TE/TF models? We are exhibiting in Hall 3, stand 250 and invite members who are committed to the stand for a scheduled morning or afternoon stint, with free access to the show for the rest of the day. If you opt doing a morning session, you need to be there early, before the show opens. If you are interested please leave a comment below saying which day(s) and time(s) for stand duty you prefer.
There is no Bulletin this month so here are two from years gone by to click on and download. In 1975 we had been to Stratford as well and the topics discussed are much as today. In 1985 the style had changed.
The forecast weather only dampened the driving test competitors on Sunday but the whole weekend was otherwise enjoyed in glorious summer weather. There must have been hundreds of photos taken and so final entries into the Photo Competition are now invited. More photos can be found on
A couple of recent questions about Alvis cars for sale remind us that careful enquiries about provenance are often readily answered by Model Secretaries and the published Model Registers.
The Registers record the original coachbuilder and configuration. As long as you have reliable numbers to work on you can verify if a tourer or drophead was originally a saloon. A devious seller may provide documentation to support originality, or even alter numbers. The fact that Alvis themselves also altered numbers adds to the doubts that might surround a particular car. The advice is therefore to do your research before you buy, especially if originality is what you seek.
The copy build sheet shows someone added the words Tourer. Suspicion was aroused because of the different type face. The Register shows the car was a saloon.
Photos have been added to the Speed Models page to record the current bodies on two original saloons, 14626 and 13687.
Meanwhile as an update of these desirable Cross & Ellis tourers, one of the four Edinburgh Police cars (BSC 307-310) has now been imported to the UK by Richard Proctor from an Australian restoration and reunited with its BSC 310 identity.
The vintage and post vintage cars are often restored with new bodies – here is one recent example….
The later cars are also subject to alteration or decapitation. For those needing to know how the original hoods should look here are the Park Ward archive pictures of their construction.
More entries have been added to the Photo Competition page and more are welcome. A few new photos have been included on other pages.
Who is the young lady wearing the latest in fashion – a dress with the AOC motif? Dave Culshaw writes “I am discounting Janet Davey from the photo, as Norman did not join until April 1962. However there are three possibilities, given the probable link with Heston 1956/7 Firstly the brothers Birks … members 13 and 718 respectively ( there was something about the latter in a Bulletin not all that long ago from an antipodean source). Then… John Brownbridge ( Member 55) had a daughter. The third possibility is Albert Armitt ( member 824) A year or two back his daughter rang me in order to discover if his former Alvis ( 21536 /JP6741 ) still existed. And yes, I located the car which was then in the Goole area. Of the three, I’d guess at JB, given his known outgoing nature, and flair for promotion.”
Further research show the car and girl in the 1959 Alvis Day film….here is a clip….
This week sees the culmination of amazing work going on in both the UK and Switzerland recording and displaying our motoring history. The Swiss Car Register officially opens its new Archive Building in Safenwil on Friday and Coventry Transport Museum opens its new £9.5m extension on Saturday.
On Sunday 21st June Ken and Sheila Day celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary. We send our congratulations and best wishes for an enjoyable day with their family and friends. Ken is President Emeritus of the Alvis Owner Club and member number 199.
The Alvis driving season is well under way and we welcome more entries to the Photo Competition. An account of the Graber Treffen 2015 is on the Swiss Tours page.
Peter Aeschlimann has sent photos of his 1955 Graber TC21/100 Special coupe which he is restoring in Switzerland. It first belonged to a surgeon who experienced overheating problems with the car. His solution seems quite radical – has anyone seen anything similar?