Though the rain poured down, it could do nothing to dampen the spirits of those who gathered for the second Alvis Owner Club (AOC) Young Person’s Event, held as previously at Bicester Heritage (BH). Organised by 23 year old AOC member Mayumi Rowe, the event sought to introduce younger people to a variety of cars and the potential for ownership.
The 35 attendees were a mixed group, the children and grandchildren of existing owners, friends of the fore mentioned and a smattering of those who’d seen the publicity and decided to attend. In this context, age is a mental concept and it could be said all those who attended were young at heart if the criteria was a willingness to have a go or lend a hand.
The format was simple, a mixture of social, informal knowledge transfer and a chance to drive the cars in a safe controlled environment.
Running in order of age, an Alvis 12/50 4 Seater Tourer, followed by an Alvis 12/60 Beetleback leading a TA21 from 1950 down one of Bicester Heriatge’s re-laid roads, which simulate driving conditions from the 1930s.
The cars were a mixture of marques and models, ranging from 1920s Alvis 12/50s through to a 1970s Triumph Spitfire. The majority were either Alvis or Austin 7 variants from the 1920s and 1930s.
The full press release is available for download here.