Westrand Car Show - 1959 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe


The Alvis Company originally started out 1919 as T G John and Co. They made motor scooters and stationary engines. In 1921 the business changed its name to The Alvis Car and Engineering Company.

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Two Daimler employees – GT Smith-Clarke and WM Dunn joined Alvis in 1922. Together with Geoffrey de Freville they developed brilliant engines and chassis. The unusual success of the Alvis brand came from their close working relationships they had with coach builders.

Alvis concentrated on designing great engines and farmed the coach building out. Mulliners, Vanden Plas and the famous Swiss coach builder, Graber, were among those used.  Two of the cars featured on this post are Graber creations.

The Alvis group was carved up in 1967. The armoured car division was sold off. Alvis ended up in the Rover stable. Efforts were made to revive the name in 2002 but not much came from that. Alvis Cars are much sought after by serious car collectors.

You don’t have to have a really rare or exclusive car to be part of the Classic Awesome Westrand Car Show. We have a lot of different classes in the competition. Read all about it.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

1923 Alvis 12/40 – dawarwickphotography [CC BY 2.0]
1934 Alvis 12 -60 Light Saloon – Martin Pettitt from Bury St Edmunds, UK [CC BY 2.0]
1947 Alvis TA14 Duncan Pillarless sports saloon – Andy Dingley [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1957 Alvis Graber – TC 108 G Special – Akela NDE [CC BY-SA 2.0 fr]
1959 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe FEATURED IMAGE – davocano [CC BY 2.0]
1963 Alvis TE21 – Steve Glover [CC BY 2.0]
1967 Alvis Graber – Rex Gray [CC BY-SA 2.0 ]