Jack Baker of Ashridge Automobiles, Hollingdon, Buckinghamshire who designed and made an ingenious tool for removing door handles pins from 50’s and 60’s cars. Jack is the first winner of the Malcolm Davey Memorial Award was presented with his prize by the Alvis Owner Club (AOC) at the International Alvis Weekend in August where a display of over 200 Alvis cars built between 1920 and 1967 were gathered together.
The Malcolm Davey Memorial Award set up with Snap-on Tools, Malcolm was a staunch supporter of apprenticeships so it is fitting that the award in his memory, is to a student undertaking the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) recognised classic vehicle restoration apprenticeship.
The AOC is the first club to support the apprenticeship course in this way and has committed to do so in partnership with Snap-on Industrial UK for 5 years. The Alvis Owner Club and Snap-on are keen to support this important initiative to keep the traditional skills of maintaining and repairing classic and historic vehicles. The FBHVC have also encouraged other clubs to follow suit, in their latest newsletter.
Brian Maile, Chairman, said, ‘Malcolm would have been delighted by the standard of the entries and very pleased that new engineers are being trained so that we can continue to enjoy driving our historic cars’.