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Paddy Steel reports:
I wanted to let you all know about the "2016 London New Year’s Day Parade" which is going on the theme of "30 Magical Years".
We were invited to enter cars and found a good selection at short notice of 6 cars ranging from a 1930 Silver Eagle to a 1966 TF21 ( pictures attached).
The Parade Launch lunch was at the Corinthia Hotel. The theme for the parade is 30 Magical Years and for us this theme goes further back as it is "50 Magical Years of the TF21 and 70 Magical years of the TA14".
The Magician for the parade is Illusionist Darcy Oake of Britain’s Got Talent fame and our Magicians are the Owner Drivers.
Brian Maile and Myself were in attendance at the press launch as you can see in the Video…
https://youtu.be/FBk9vBcWgz0 (video link)
We have six Stunning Alvis cars entered into the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade which starts at midday. The event is covered live in the UK on Information TV Sky 212 or Freesat 401 and streamed at www.lnydp.com and www.information.tv.
We are expecting BBC News 24 and Sky News to take live elements too,,,,
In the US it is being shown on RFD-tv (Live from 0630am their time to 10:30am)
https://youtu.be/FBk9vBcWgz0 (Press Video)
We will be in good company as AC, Bristol, and also a selection of police cars are represented in the line-up http://lnydp.com/lnydp-2016/participants/
The Alvis entrants are:
Brian Maile with a 1930 Alvis Silver Eagle TA 16-95 Light Six Saloon Coachwork by Cross and Ellis (Reg. no. OU 7420 Chassis No. 8422). Brian became the 5th owner in of this car in 2007. He has been Club Chairman since 2012 and was Competition Secretary before that and was Vice Chairman before that. During this time Brian has also found time to restore 4 cars as well as racing them at Historic Race meetings since 1996.
Chris Swinerd with a 1934 Alvis Firefly 4 Seat Cross & Ellis Open Tourer coachwork (Reg. no. WS 699) was first purchased in Edinburgh, in June 1934 where as a new car, it was used for 'off road' Trials Events. Since this colourful start this car has had several owners and a few rebuilds over the years. It was also exported to New Zealand in the early 1980s, rebuilt in 1987 and sold and returned to England in 1990. Chris has owned the Firefly for just over two years and has driven just over 5,000 miles in that time. The car has been driven on French rallies, a French Hill Climb and has won two trophies. For Chris it was important to own an Alvis as her father had worked at The Alvis for 38 years as did her Grandfather and several other relatives.
Anthony McGarel-Groves in a 1937 Alvis Speed 25 SB with Charlesworth Drophead Coupe coachwork of which 62 were produced and possibly 30 still survive. Anthony has been current club treasurer since January 2011 and member since May 1993. The Car is regularly driven all over the UK and Europe.
Tim Harcourt with a 1949 Fourteen Mulliner Saloon which was as first registered in Bristol and was originally Black (MHT 118 No 23237). In the 1960s the car was laid up for 30 years, then put back on the road in 1996 after minor mechanical work and repainted black and grey. It has been in the same family ever since and used regularly in events around the UK and Europe. Tim is a third generation Alvis Owner and Member started driving Alvis cars when he was 19 and has been all over the country in this car. Even in London traffic!
Paul Chasney with a 1954 TC21/100 (Grey Lady) Tickford Drophead. 100 of the Tickford Drop head Coupes were built. (990 AXX) Paul has had this car for almost 45 years. It has been renovated twice in its life, most recently some 15 years ago. In the early 1970s it was involved in Manchester and Salford University Rag charity fund raising exploits. The car is used for regular touring trips and has made many trips to France, a trip to Italy, returning via the Italian Lakes and Switzerland and tours in Scotland. Paul joined the club in 1972 and became Northern section Treasurer in 2004 for several years and has just become the General and Company Secretary of the Club.
Mike Baker with a 1966 TF21 Drophead Coupe. Mike got this car in 2007 from a close friend who had it built in the early 90's by a very good friend of his, namely Roly Simmonds the ex owner of Red Triangle. Mike has taken this car on, the last Tour of Great Britain, to Scandinavia for the tour of Denmark, Sweden and Norway for some three weeks, to Italy, taking in the great Italian, Swiss and French lakes. This trip is being repeated again this year. The car has also been used in photo shoots for TV. Mike joined the AOC in 1977 and was our President from 2007 to 2012 He has also held various other posts over the years prior to this.
We as a Club are committed to the preservation of Historic vehicles and in particular Alvis. This years we have awarded the first "Malcolm Davey Award to an apprentice of the "Historic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship Scheme". As Karl Carter of the FBHVC said of clubs wishing to support this scheme:
"A club might consider a prize for an apprentice as an alternative. The Alvis Owner Club has already gone down that road and has done a deal with Snap-On Tools to award a tool chest each year for the next five years to an apprentice on the restoration apprenticeship who designs and constructs the best specialist tool or measuring device as an aid to working on a classic vehicle."
This parade is an excellent chance to showcase the Alvis marque and stunning cars that have been preserved and restored.