International Alvis Day – 22nd May 2016

For once we were pleased the forecasters got it wrong and the threatened rain was limited to a quick shower on Sunday at 5pm on the way out of Wroxall Abbey Estate. Over 120 Alvis came to the final Midland Section hosted event a few miles west of Kenilworth. Fourteens were on parade celebrating their 70th Anniversary and TF21s joined in with their 50th including two Grabers

Alan Stote's 1966 TF21 Graber coupe
Alan Stote’s 1966 TF21 Graber coupe
Paul Chasney's 1966 TF21 Graber
Paul Chasney’s 1966 TF21 Graber

Meanwhile TF21 Model Secretary Tudor Francis was entered in his 1961 TD21 GraberDSCF8317The oldest car there hadn’t been seen for some time….

Derek Tourle's 1927 12/50 TG Thorn Bodies Shooting Brake
Derek Tourle’s 1927 12/50 TG Thorn Bodies Shooting Brake
Mark Hayward's 1928 FD front whhel drive Le Mans replica
Mark Hayward’s 1928 FD front wheel drive Le Mans replica
Andrew Broughton's 1932 12/60 Cross & Ellis 4 seater
Andrew Broughton’s 1932 12/60 Cross & Ellis 4 seater
David Salter's prize winning Fourteen Duncan
David Salter’s prize winning Fourteen Duncan
Mike Wilson's prize winning TB21
Mike Wilson’s prize winning TB21
Wroxall Abbey adorned with Alvis
Wroxall Abbey adorned with Alvis
If you would like an Alvis badge like this, (1950s Graber script) leave a comment
If you would like an Alvis badge like this, (1950s Graber script) leave a comment

If you have any IAW 2016 photos you would like posted in the Archive Trust’s Photo Competition, still open, email them to


Fifty Years of the TF21 – 1966-2016

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.129


Vintage motoring, aluminium and the database

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.


The Doug Woodrow Collection

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…

Can you name the people, the car, the place and the date? At least one current AOC official is in the picure.
Can you name the people, the car, the place and the date? At least one current AOC official is in the picture.



Sue says:

“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.

DVD search Routledge


NEC photo gallery

We enjoyed a great three day show, thanks to the owners who displayed their cars and the members and visitors who came and spoke to us on the stand.

NEC set up
Build up day with the Trust’s display boards
One corner complete
NEC Brian Symes
Brian takes a well earned rest
NEC build team 2016
Thursday evening – job done
David’s TF21 Drophead
NEC Graber osr
Graber TE21 cabriolet
NEC TE21 2015
TE21 drophread coupe
The Hewitt TF21 auto
The Willmott TF21 ex- Alvis Director’s car
NEC Alvis stand 3 250
Our Alvis stand 250 of five cars in Hall 3
Paul Chasney’s FWD on the Federation Stand
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Hurst Park sold this TD21 auto at the show
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Gaydon, Heritage Motor Centre’s Graber TE21 1965 model
NEC Monty Hewitt
Monty Hewitt getting ready for his turn at the wheel

Alvis await at the Lancaster Classic Motor Show

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).