Although very few 12/50 Alvis cars come on the market these days, the new PRO of the enthusiastic Alvis OC reports that one was sent for scrap recently, the owner breaking up its castings to make removal easier!
A one-owner 1935 Austin Ruby saloon is stored in a shed “somewhere in the West” by a lady with sentimental attachments to it. A very old 6 h.p. Walsh & Clark “Victoria” stationary engine which has driven a cider press in Worcestershire since probably the turn of the century is likely to have a new lease of life driving farm machinery. A 1934 Austin 7 chassis was given away recently, in the Midlands. The ex-Hamilton 1914 TT Sunbeam has been rebuilt in New Zealand by Andy Anderson, after scattered bits and pieces had been recovered from far and wide. Mrs. Peggy Hamilton, author of the book referred to not long ago in our “Cars In Books” column, attended a Bentley rally in New Zealand in March in her sister’s one-owner 1928 4 1/2-litre and was shown her brother’s 1922 straight-eight TT Sunbeam, which is being meticulously restored by Bob Shand. The ex-Hamilton 4 1/2-litre Bentley was also at this rally.
The Cambridge Society for Industrial Archaeology recently had a parking area set aside for veteran and vintage vehicles at the Cheddars Lane Pumping Station, where historic machinery was on display and a small 1893 engine was working throughout the weekend. Llandrindod Wells Water Board has been in the news with an enormous stationary engine of unique type, which manufactures its own fuel and occupies the engine house where it pumped water for the spa baths from around the turn of the century, before going out of use.