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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
Life on the move “Her father was the navigator but she gave him such a scare on the trip that he wouldn’t drive home with her,” Ian laughs. “He came back to Victoria on the train!” Ian found the car in 2004, gathering dust and feathers in an old chook shed on a property near Woodend, Victoria. It had been neglected for many years but was mechanically sound. “We connected a battery and it fired right away,” Ian says. “With a bit of work I was able to get it back on the road. The first time I took my wife Pat for a drive, we had to sit on a plank and there were no windows. But I wanted to see how the car would go on a climb so we headed to the Dandenongs – it was mid-winter and Pat just about froze.” Apart from the windows and seats, there was still plenty of work to do – new upholstery, an engine rebuild, new electr ics and a lot of spit, polish and elbow grease. And while it’s not quite a daily driver, Ian and Pat often take the Alvis out for a day’s classic touring on the scenic countr y roads of southern Tasmania. “ We love getting out on the road, although the car can be a bit of a handful at times,“ Ian tells me. “Getting around small roundabouts in one go is a challenge and the blokes on the ferr y enjoy stopping me halfway up the top ramp – they get a laugh out of watching me reverse, then have another crack.” And while the Alvis is quick (a Speed 20 was timed at 86 miles per hour – 138 km/h – on England’s Brooklands circuit) it’s also thirsty. “ Yes, it’ ll pass just about anything,” the proud owner chuckles. “Anything except a petrol bowser!” Previous page: On North Bruny; Ian Parkinson with his p ride and joy; the massive P100 headlamps h ave an electrically-c ontrolled lens that swivels when low b eam is selected This page, clockwise from top left: The engine with its trio of 2” SU carburettors; spoked wh eel; out of the chook shed at last; the own er reflected in ch rome; tail-light; first owner, Gertrude Hope-Kennedy, with h er fath er. Uncredited photos CV ParkinsoncollectionParkinsoncollection August / September 2012 35
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