July news

The latest P P S from Dave Culshaw has been worth waiting for. “Alvis Crime and Punishment” is now on Dave’s page and gives a clue to the time and effort he puts in to Alvis history in all its aspects.

Another long standing enthusiast is Malcolm Kindell who for some forty years has remained faithful to his Mistress (TA21 24077) and now hosts the new TA21 page which will gradually build up over time with more photos.

24077 with Malcolm at IAD Duxford 1990 - photo Clive Taylor
24077 with Malcolm at IAD Duxford 1990 – photo Clive Taylor

After a year with WordPress, we have gone “Premium” (we splashed out $79) so you should no longer see adverts when browsing. It also means we can now upload videos to the site. So if you have some cine or video of Alvis related material that is not already on YouTube that deserves a discerning audience, please make a comment below.

And from Chris Taylor, a wonderful period photo. Do you know where and when it was taken?bridge

A Year of Achievement

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…..

12132 - ENGINE NUMBER 12582 - CAR NUMBER 17442, THIS CAR WAS DISPATCHED FROM THE ALVIS WORKS ON MAY 15TH 1935 AND REGISTERED AT THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ON JULY 1ST 1935 BY ALVIS DEALERSHIP "CHARLES FOLLETT" ON BEHALF OF ITS FIRST OWNER A MR J.B.T.COLLINS OF CHESHAM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. A rare Mayfair bodied saloon for auction on 29th June in Scotland http://www6.amstock.co.uk/morrisleslie/StockDetail.aspx?lot=0&regno=BYF330&sale=1550 http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/classic-car-page/204424/1935-alvis-speed-20
12132 – ENGINE NUMBER 12582 – CAR NUMBER 17442, THIS CAR WAS DISPATCHED FROM THE ALVIS WORKS ON MAY 15TH 1935 AND REGISTERED AT THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ON JULY 1ST 1935 BY ALVIS DEALERSHIP “CHARLES FOLLETT” ON BEHALF OF ITS FIRST OWNER A MR J.B.T.COLLINS OF CHESHAM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.
A rare Mayfair bodied saloon for auction on 29th June in Scotland 

Today the Newsletter from Coventry included a picture of the “Alvis” Alvis, see..

http://coventrytransportmuseum.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/y/56F744CA3EF0EE5A/050D0948F91B1E6222947492D9797BBC

I have added some more photos to the Speed Models page, thanks to Paul Bamford in Australia.

John Fox

VSCC Cadwell Race meeting

Guy Plante's Speed 25/4.3 special from Jersey
Guy Plante’s Speed 25/4.3 special from Jersey
Getting ready for the Uk's mini Nurburgring
Getting ready for the UK’s mini Nurburgring
Chief Marshal Ray Edge's Silver Eagle special
Chief Marshal Ray Edge’s Silver Eagle special
Brian Maile's 1935 Speed 25 special, 2012 winner of the Melville Troiphy
Brian Maile’s 1935 Speed 25 special, 2012 winner of the Melville Trophy
The view seen by most of the competition
The view seen by most of the competition
Two 12/50s and a 12/60 spectate
Two 12/50s and a 12/60 spectate
Brian achieves a creditable 4th place, held up by a Bentley
Brian achieves a creditable 4th place, held up by a Bentley
Jeff Edwards Speed 25 special
Jeff Edwards Speed 25 special
Chris Jackson's Firefly 4.3 special
Chris Jackson’s Firefly 4.3 special

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.

Photographic archive – how you can help

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 (alvisarchive@btinternet.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.

This December 1933 registered 1934 model Speed 20 SB Competition 2-seater (chassis 10869) has a body by Arthur Mulliners, built for Freddie March. It was once owned by the comedian Al Read and his catch phrase “right monkey” used to be inscribed on the car. In 1956 it was bought by Hal Garner and unused from 1968 to 1999 when restoration started. It was later sold to a Belgian. Where is it now? Photo, Bill Fryer, Brooklands SE Alvis Day, 5th September 1999.
This December 1933 registered 1934 model Speed 20 SB Competition 2-seater (chassis 10869) has a body by Arthur Mulliners, built for Freddie March. It was once owned by the comedian Al Read and his catch phrase “right monkey” used to be inscribed on the car. In 1956 it was bought by Hal Garner and unused from 1968 to 1999 when restoration started.  Photo, Bill Fryer, Brooklands SE Alvis Day, 5th September 1999.

Further photos of AXA 137 have been added to the Speed Models page.

…..and this is the first contribution

A Grey Lady publicity shot when it was new (submitted by Steve Tillyer 01/01/13)
A Grey Lady publicity shot when it was new (submitted by Steve Tillyer 01/01/13)

Chris Harding offered a link to his TA21 restoration….in Dubai

http://ta-21-in-dubai.blogspot.com/2012/12/arthur-alvis-ta21-restored-to-full.html

Charles Zealey sent various photos of his Duncan TA14, 12/60 and TD21.

Wayne sent several more pictures of 4.3s some of which are now on his page

And these were all on 1st January!

Jamie Davis emailed in with some video links….

“I identified an Alvis 12/50 for British Pathe, which was taking part in a vintage car rally event that they filmed in 1957.  It appears at the 02:23 timepoint….

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/vintage-cars-leave-for-contest-with-usa

I have also identified an Alvis TA14 for Pathe in this clip…..

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/geneva-motor-show/query/alvis

You can also spot footage of other Alvis cars in the following clips;

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/motor-show-on-time-despite-strike/query/alvis

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/earls-court-motor-show/query/alvis\

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/veteran-car-show/query/alvis

Finally, in case Alvis military vehicles are of any use to you, here’s some more newsreel footage;

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/1964-commercial-motor-show-aka-commercial-motor-sh/query/alvis

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/alvis-stalwart-amphibian/query/alvis

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/truck-for-land-and-sea/query/alvis

Hope that’s of some interest to you.

Best wishes,
Jamie Davis”

Dear Alvis-friends,

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.

Kind regards,

Coen van der Weiden

The 1954 Amsterdam RAI car show Alvis stand. (Earlier published as centre spread in AOC Bulletin 485.) The Dutch importer was H.C.L. Sieberg (founded 1932) This was an unknown picture in the Alvis Owner Club Netherlands and we placed it on the front page of our bulletin “Triangel.“
The 1954 Amsterdam RAI car show Alvis stand. (Earlier published as centre spread in AOC Bulletin 485.) The Dutch importer was H.C.L. Sieberg (founded 1932) This was an unknown picture in the Alvis Owner Club Netherlands and we placed it on the front page of our bulletin “Triangel.“

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.

Does anyone know who built the body on this 1936 SG Silver Eagle? See comment below
Does anyone know who built the body on this 1936 SG Silver Eagle?