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.

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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43 Castles in Argovia

Not a lot of people know that the canton of Aargau in Switzerland has no fewer than 43 castles and the Graber Freunde visited three of them over the weekend May 31-June 1 during their 2014 Treffen! A report on the goings-on can be found on the Swiss Tours page.

Dave Culshaw has been busy again Probing and Solving and some obscure connections with mountaineering and music appear on the PPS page.

12/50 owner Adrian Padfield has been clearing his shed “I’ve had a front spring wrapped in sacking with Alvis labels for 40+ years. A Register member was interested but it’s wider than a 12/50 spring: 45mm v. 38mm, so we think it’s for a post vintage 4 cylinder Alvis” If you can give this a good home make a comment below.

IAW 2014 has attracted so many entries that if you want your Alvis to be in the main display area you need to send in your entry form right away. There are (or were) 9 spaces left. But there is an Annexe Alvis Car Park so still send in your form so as not to miss the event of the year. More information: www.alvisevents.wordpress.com

Contrary to what is reported in Bulletin 547, Graham Keighley has not digitised the Car Records but has restored and collated the record cards and put them in Lever Arch files by Model for reference purposes. Digital copies of these cards will not be available to members.

Alvis ownership – a record?

Dr Walter Williamson, member 589N with Dave Culshaw 662N at a recent Archive Trust lunch meeting in at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB since 1961. Both he and it were born in 1934. Photo Judy Willmott
Dr Walter Williamson (left) AOC member 589N with Dave Culshaw 662N at the April Archive Trust lunch meeting in at the Bridge Inn, Walshford near Wetherby.                                                                        Have you been a member longer and owned an Alvis longer?

11288, Speed 20 SB 3-33-3  AYN15  VdP sal 3190, 1st owner The Duke of Westminster, was the first owner of 11288, AYN 15

11288 Speed 20 SB  AYN15 VdP sal 3190, 1st owner The Duke of Westminster

Another evocative picture from the van der Weiden Collection showing the Works cars at Holyhead Road – annotated 1991 but the works transferred to Walsgrave in 1990 so whose photo is this and when was it taken?

Alvis Factory, May 1991, Tour of Britain, Photo from collection Henk and Agnes van der Weiden

The Joy of Alvis Motoring

We have received some inspiring photos from Chris Chilcott ….

“My 12/50 TG 4/5 seat De-lux tourer by Cross & Ellis, Car 9910, chassis 4575, Dispatched Sept 1926, pictured before restoration (it was my everyday car!) on the Frazer Nash Section of the VSCC trial in May 1974 driven by Dick Smith (his Anzani Nash having not been repaired in time). I have owned this car since I was 19!”

Many more vintage era photos have been identified by Chris on the Albums page.

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4575 1926 12/50 TG Cross & Ellis RW 8738
4575 1926 12/50 TG Cross & Ellis RW 8738
RW  taken on the Ratagain Pass, with Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range in the background, while  en route to the Outer Hebrides August 2012
RW taken on the Ratagain Pass, with Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range in the background, while en route to the Outer Hebrides August 2012 celebrating over 40 years of ownership

Trip to SwitzerlandSteve Tillyer sent us this cartoon…….from March 3-9 Friends are sampling the delights of Champagne, Alsace, Mulhouse and Basel Museums and the Geneva Motor Show. Join us next year perhaps?

With a history of Alvis Tours to Switzerland the organiser of the FIVA World Rally in 2015, our good friend Daniel Fischlin, has given advance notice of the programme with some familiar venues. Contact Daniel on danielfiva@yahoo.fr for entry forms.FIVA 2015 rally flyer

The April Edition of Classic and Sports Car features Alvis Racing Cars at Bicester Heritage
The April Edition of Classic and Sports Car features Alvis Racing Cars at Bicester Heritage

Last but not least, a new PPS article “War and Peace” appears on the page PPS by Dave Culshaw.

Alvis in the Netherlands

Dear Alvis-friends,

Here is an overview of the Dutch Alvis importers over the years.

Many thanks go to my great-uncle Frans Vrijaldenhoven who provided copies of all the Alvis advertisements on the Dutch Conam site from his personal archives.

1924 – 1929

Auto Import Handelsonderneming, Rijnstraat 86, Arnhem

Moved later to:       Nieuwe Kraan in Arnhem

Their advertisements at the time can be found here

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Around 1935

NV de Greve & Co, Parkstraat 14

in Den Haag (The Hague)

(Not much known about this company)

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1935 and 1939: No mention of an import company.

(We are still searching.)

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1948 – 1953

De Nederlandse Motoren Mij. NV, Waalhaven O.Z 1

in Rotterdam

Their advertisements at the time can be found here
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1954 – 1968

Fa  H.C.L. Sieberg, Stadhouderskade 143

in Amsterdam

Their advertisements at the time can be found here

Kind regards,

Coen

PS To see a period advert from the 2002 Bulletin 476, click on 476

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