At last it has reappeared— the Chevell Alvis Special. My interest is very simple. Basil Chevell was my father and he built the car.
In 1969 I started trying to track it down. I wrote first to the BRSCC, and they suggested I wrote to a Lieutenant Commander BH Clinkard. He in turn suggested I try one ASR Charnock, who had owned the car from 1958, but had sold it in March 1969 to Peter Griffin of Stafford. I contacted Peter Griffin and he was quite happy for me to go and see the car . But things did not workout, and after a period of time I lost contact with him. Then by pure chance my brother-in-law bought a magazine to read on a train, and there was a letter from Dr Pinkerton. I rang him and he told me why he wrote. He referred me to another copy of the magazine, which had reported that KLR 573 had been sold at auction.
Great joy! I was back on the trail. In Motor Sport’s VSCC Cadwell Park report (October 1987, page 1032), l missed the words ‘`an interesting car returned to the track in the hands of Gregor Fisken: the handsome Alvis Charnock Special”, but I was alerted by Dr Pinkerton’s letter the following month. You can imagine my delight! The car had not only reappeared, but was racing as well! A double bonus!
I have a number of photographs of the car, which was built at our garage in the Goldhawk Road , and also pictures of it racing, race programmes and record of times it recorded at various meetings. The burning question now is: where do I find Gregor Fisken?
D Chevell, Market Bosworth, Leics