Monday, 5 July 2010

Alvis to continue production of 1936 car!

Amazing news from Alvis that they are to reproduce the 1936 Alvis 4.1 Litre sports car. Time to save up the pennies!

Alvis, arguably one of the most innovative car manufacturers in the 1930s, is set to return to business in the 21st century with ownership of the brand name having been formally transferred to Red Triangle, which for the last 40 years has been providing parts and restoration services to Alvis owners and has also been the safe custodian of all the original designs, plans and complete historic record of the cars produced.

With the legal transfer of the Alvis car trademarks, Red Triangle has formed a new company called The Alvis Car Company Limited. There is evidence from the original Alvis company board minutes that seventy-seven of the chassis that were officially sanctioned for production were never fulfilled because car production had to be suspended in 1940.

The newly formed Alvis Car Company will announce details of a continuation series of these cars at Goodwood and will be displaying on their stand a brand new 4.3 Litre chassis and engine. These are the first steps towards the reintroduction of the famous Alvis 4.3 Litre model, 71 years after the last 4.3 Litre Alvis was produced.

The 4.3 Litre Alvis was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day, and the continuation series will live up to that heritage. Manufactured from the original drawings, the 4.3 Litre Alvis in-line six cylinder engine will be faithful to the 1936 design, in maintaining all its period character and quality, yet by utilising modern technology it will be emission compliant. Moreover, by using modern materials, fuel injection and engine management, this powerplant will deliver even more horsepower.

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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Railway Air Services Winter Timetable, 1938

Fantastic cover from Railway Air Services winter timetable, published September 12 1938, showing a de Havilland DH.86 Express


From the collection of Björn Larsson at Airline Timetable Images

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Esso Advert, 1936


Morall's Gentlemans' Outfitters


A recreated building at the Black Country Living Museum depicting a menswear shop typical of the 1930s


To see the building, and others, visit the Black Country Living Museum website

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Great Western Railway Air Services Part Two


The GWR Air Services were very succesful, and was one of the forerunners of the UK Domestic Airlines that operate today such as easyJet and Flybe. However, they only operated for a single season - in 1934, the airline Railway Air Services was formed, a collaboration of all four main railway companies - the Great Western Railway, the Southern Railway, the London Midland and Scotland Railway and the London North Eastern Railway

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Broome's Garage 1936


Another building at the Black Country Living Museum, this time a replica of the Conway Garage at Sedgley Road, Dudley, run by mechanic Alex Broome. Alex Broome was a racing mechanic for Sunbeam, including being involved with the 1927 1000hp land speed record car nicknamed 'The Slug', but started his own garage in 1936 which ran for many years.


For more information on the garage and Alex Broome, you can view this .pdf file


You can see the replica garage, as well as a larger sales garage used as a car museum, at the Black Country Living Museum


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Petrol Pumps

Selection of 1930's petrol pumps at the Black Country Living Museum garage


National Benzole




BP (British Petroleum)

Monday, 14 June 2010

Streamlined Royal Mail Car

British Pathe clip showing a GPO streamlined car, used for publicity purposes on the Royal Air Mail Service runs to Croydon Airport, and loading an Imperial Airways Handley Page HP42 Airliner


Monday, 7 June 2010

Lockheed Electra at night, circa 1936


British Airways Ltd Lockheed 10a Electra at night

Great Western Railway Air Services

The Great Western Railway, also known as the GWR, and then also known as 'God's Wonderful Railway', the 'Great Way Round' or 'Goes When Ready' was one of the 'Big Four' railway companies in the UK between 1923 and 1948, when they were nationalised to form British Railways. The GWR never missed a trick, and had superb publicity to take advantage of the achievements and new developments the railway was doing. One area where the GWR lead the way was in developing its own Airline.


The Great Western Railway Air Services commenced operations in April 1933, operating between Birmingham and Plymouth, with Cardiff, Teignmouth and Torquay en-route. The service consisted of one aircraft, a three-engined Westland Wessex, owned by Imperial Airways, and painted in brown and cream, the traditional colour for GWR passenger carrying vehicles, such as the railway carriages, streamlined diesel railcars, and motor busses.


Timetable dated May 22 1933, from the collections of Björn Larsson

Hobbs and Sons Fish & Chip Shop

The Black Country Living Museum, located in Dudley in the West Midlands (near Birmingham) has many relocated buildings from British history, especially from the Victorian-1930s era. The 1930s street is the newest development, and one of the first buildings to be opened was the Fish & Chip Shop, no doubt to relieve the strain on the much smaller 1920s Fish & Chip Shop which is always overwhelmed by demand!


The Fish & Chips are cooked in beef dripping and taste superb, and you can get scraps as well - for more information visit

Friday, 16 April 2010

Austin 10

Austin 10 fitted with a blackout mask to the headlamp, as fitted in the Second World War to reduce the glare from the headlamp to avoid being seen from the air (which also made driving at night a lot more dangerous)


Seen at the Chiltern Open Air Museum WW2 Weekend, March 28 2010

Great Western Railway Poster, 1935

If only rail fares were this cheap today!


Thursday, 11 March 2010

British Empire Trophy Race, 1937


Featuring the excitement of corners! And bends!

British Airways advert, 1937


From a 1937 issue of Flight magazine

Featuring a Lockheed 10a Electra

Full size -

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Thompson Aircraft Refueller Part Two


I've already mentioned the Thompson aircraft refueller, a common sight at airfields and airports in the 1930's, here , and came across this great advert marketing them in the July 1 1937 issue of Flight magazine, still going today and with an online archive of past issues, accessible here

Now the weather is finally improving i'm hoping to make it down to Brooklands before too long, would be nice to get a better photograph of the Thompson refueller, and hopefully the paintwork will be in better condition too