The Royal Automobile Club and HERO 1000 Mile Trial

 

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Entry No: 10 – The Royal Automobile Club’s 1938 Alvis 4.3 Short Chassis Tourer driven by the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, Mr Tom Purves, accompanied by Mrs Purves, pictured at Bowhill (the home of The Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch) in the Scottish Borders on DAY 3.  Mr Tom Purves is a former CEO of Rolls-Royce Motors.

Photos by Arthur Fairburn
Photos and report by Arthur Fairburn

http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/thousand_mile_trial/1000_mile_trial_2014/ The Royal Automobile Club, in partnership with the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, re-created the Thousand Mile Trial, which was first run in 1900.

 Entry No: 14 - Frances Galashan & Dan Geoghegan in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports arriving at Bowhill on DAY 3 a few minutes after the Course Closing Car due to a few problems en route. Dan Geoghegan driving. Photo Arthur Fairburn

Entry No: 14 – Frances Galashan & Dan Geoghegan in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports arriving at Bowhill on DAY 3 a few minutes after the Course Closing Car due to a few problems en route.
Dan Geoghegan driving. Photo Arthur Fairburn
Entry No: 18 – Jose Romao de Sousa and Maria Romao de Sousa at Bowhill in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA on DAY 3. Photo Arthur Fairburn
Entry No: 18 – Jose Romao de Sousa and Maria Romao de Sousa at Bowhill in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA on DAY 3. Photo Arthur Fairburn

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A Re-enactment of the First 1000 Mile Run organised by the Royal Automobile Club in 1900 – Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th July

Day 3 – Tuesday 15 July, on the section Preston to Edinburgh, saw the cars arrive at Bowhill, the splendid residence of the Duke & Duchess of Buccluech in the Scottish Borders   Following afternoon tea, a series of tests took place in the grounds of the estate before a main road run to Edinburgh, where the social highlight of the week took place aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia.

At this point in the event,   Entry No. 18  Jose Romao de Sousa  & Maria Romao de Sousa (PRT) in the 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA were placed  27th overall and 6th in Class 3 (Cars 1500cc – 2700cc).

Entry No. 10   Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club accompanied by Mrs Purves in the magnificent  4.3ltr  Short Chassis Tourer,  held the positions 30th overall and 9th in Class 4 (Cars 2700cc – 4300cc).

Entry No. 14       Francis Galashan (GBR) & Dan Geoghegan (GBR) in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports, held the positions 29th overall and 7th in Class 3.

Entry Nos. 10 & 18 completed the course on Saturday 19th July at Woodcote Park with final placings of:  Entry No. 18 – 25th overall and 4th in Class 3 and Entry No. 10 – 27th overall and 8th in Class 4.

Entry No. 14 Retired on Friday 18th July after completing the stage.      

Dan Geoghegan with the Silver Eagle
Dan Geoghegan with the Silver Eagle

Is this the lowest mileage Alvis?

24831 This photo was sent in by Ron Dustow who owns this Freeman Sanders Diesel.  "I am the third owner Mr Sanders Mr Lister and me for many years. The car has covered 14000 mls yes 14000 mls  dry stored from new  runs well. I live in Hayle Cwll."
24831 – this photo was sent in by Ron Dustow who owns this Freeman Sanders Diesel.
“I am the third owner Mr Sanders Mr Lister and me for many years.
The car has covered 14000 mls, yes 14000 mls
dry stored from new runs well. I live in Hayle Cornwall.”

This was an an opportunity to test the search facility of the now digitised AOC Bulletins to see what has been written about this unique car before. In Reader’s Write in January 1975 Bulletin 252 there is a short history of the car.

If you would like one of these send a Comment.
If you would like one of these send a Comment.

During the weekend of 21/22 June the AOC visited Pembroke Dock – the press release is here Alvis Owner Club return to Pembroke Dock. My excuse for non-attendance was a long standing commitment to arrange suitable conveyances for our Swiss friends. Since wedding photos are not normally published in the Bulletin I’m happy to include this elegant trio….

Daniel Fischlin, proud father, giving away daughter Joanne in Bishopton on 22nd June - bridal car TA21 Tickford Special Edition chauffererd by Peter Martin.
Daniel Fischlin, proud father, giving away daughter Joanne in Bishopton on 22nd June – bridal car TA21 Tickford Special Equipment chauffeured by Peter Martin.

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