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…..
Today the Newsletter from Coventry included a picture of the “Alvis” Alvis, see..
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.
As we enter 2013 we plan to add to the published historical photographs. In the age of digital camera adding to the stock of contemporary photos is cheap and easy and we welcome receiving such Alvis photos from you by email (email@example.com) preferably with a file size of no more than 3Mb. What we would also really appreciate is .jpg files of scanned period photos of cars like the ones already published, scanned at preferably 300dpi or more. In each case please give the file a title which includes the chassis and registration number and the date it was taken. Our archives include several albums of colour photos taken by Clive Taylor and Bill Fryer which were only published in the Bulletin in black and white.
Further photos of AXA 137 have been added to the Speed Models page.
…..and this is the first contribution
Chris Harding offered a link to his TA21 restoration….in Dubai
In my search for old Alvis archives, in 2003 I got in touch with Mr. Frits van Genderingen, who worked for 45 years for Sieberg, the last Dutch Alvis importer.
During our telephone conversation he asked me where I got my Alvis knowledge. I told him that as a baby I was baptized in an open Auburn 851 and I was lucky to have a father who was mad about Alvis. After he heard the word Auburn, there was silence. Mr. Frits van Genderingen told me his father was the Auburn importer in the Netherlands and my late Father’s name Henk van der Weiden indeed rang a bell. This coincidence made him say I could borrow a picture from his private collection, from which I enclose a copy.
Two LHD TC21’s standing on Dutch Vredestein tyres (until this day popular on 3 litres) are both still in the Dutch Alvis Owner Club.
TC 21 DHC: chassis 25443, Original Dutch reg.no: NG-43-84
This lovely Alvis belonged for 34 years to Mr. Jan Blankespoor, former Jaguar dealer in Wassenaar near The Hague, who in the early eighties has joined AOC (5501 NL) and AOCN for many years.
The Alvis was often to be seen in his Jaguar showroom.
TC 21 Saloon: chassis 25695, sold new to Mr. Van der Kieft, inherited by his son Mr. Bas van de Kieft, actual member of AOCN.
Attached is also a snippet of the 1954 RAI Catalogue with details on the Alvis (in Dutch). RAI folder 1954 Alvis With 18.000 Dutch guilders the Alvis was an extremely expensive car. To put it in context: in 1954 a university educated technical engineer earned on average a year salary of 4.000 guilders. For 18.000 guilders one could also buy a free standing house.
Coen van der Weiden
Photos from Coen van der Weiden of the 1947 Geneva show also appear on The Fourteen page where the new Worblaufen was shown alongside the factory cars.