Alvis in Museums

The trustees met in October at Brooklands and Gaydon (see the Trustees meet page), visited the Herbert in Coventry and a couple of former officials of the AOC who have donated some archive material. This prompted us to revisit the list of museums with Alvis material which was compiled some time ago and to update the list of Alvis vehicles that are on public show.

14400 Speed 25 SB Charlesworth Dhc 1937 EGJ 186 in Beaulieu
14400 Speed 25 SB Charlesworth Dhc 1937 EGJ 186 in Beaulieu
11155 Speed 20 SB ex Clover at Haynes - photo Judy Willmott
11155 Speed 20 SB ex Clover at Haynes – photo Judy Willmott
26360 1960 TD21 Dhc at Haynes -photo Judy Willmott
26360 1960 TD21 Dhc at Haynes -photo Judy Willmott

There are exciting changes at both the Coventry Transport Museum and Gaydon which both have Alvis exhibits and expansion plans currently underway.

News of the loss of two former AOC General Secretaries this year is recorded on the Alvis People page.

Another article is published on the PPS by Dave Culshaw page with musical connections.

The AOC is exhibiting again at the NEC Classic Car Show (Friday 14th November for three days) with a Speed Models theme put together by Steve Horne using some of the material from the archives.

S0363046 Clinkard BrooklandsOne of the Brooklands exhibits

One of the Brooklands exhibits

Alvis colours

Most of the three-litre cars’ factory records show the original colour of the car as it was delivered. The Chairman of Alvis, J J Parkes, was said to prefer seal grey for his cars while the Sales Director insisted on more striking colours. So white was often chosen for show cars, as it was by Graber, and once sold they were repainted in more subtle shades of grey. So, here is the choice offered by the factory:

Alvis Park Ward Colour SamplesAlvis Park Ward Colour Samples 1If your chassis was sent to Graber then the colour was the choice of the customer, such as

Earlier this year we asked if anyone had owned their Alvis longer than Walter Williamson, member 589 who joined the AOC in 1955 with a 1935 Firebird 17514,  KY 4727. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB  AYN 15 since 1961. Both he, his wife and the Speed 20 were born in 1934 so they celebrated 240 years together, with a few Alvis friends.

  At IAW we offered both our DVD of Bulletins and Ken Day’s fourth edition of “The Story of the Red Triangle” at a take away price of £50. We can extend this offer now to those who were unable to find time to visit Yellow Birch and to those unable to attend the weekend. See the Publications page to find out how to order.

Tony Cox and his son Matthew at International Alvis Weekend with the 1926 Alvis Grand Prix car on the Red Triangle display. 31st August 2014.
Tony Cox and his son Matthew at International Alvis Weekend with the 1926 Alvis Grand Prix car on the Red Triangle display. 31st August 2014.