Young Driver Gets Alvis On Loan!

Published: 19/11/2019

Young enthusiast Josh Bennett was chosen by the Alvis Owners Club (AOC) to be the recipient of a 1949 Alvis TA14 saloon to have the car for a year! Josh had applied to have a car under the Classic Car Loan Project run by long time enthusiast Bob Wilkinson. Bob set up the project nearly 4 years ago to encourage younger enthusiasts by giving a car on loan for an extended realistic experience. The Alvis joins nine other classics currently out on loan.

The Alvis was handed over to Josh at the NEC Classic Motor Show by AOC Chairman David Salter along with generous owner Jack Meredith. The car has been restored by motor apprentices at a college in Aberdeen under the guidance of AOC guru Peter Milne. What a lovely job they have done!
David and Jack said, “We decided to put the Alvis into the project as our club is keen to encourage younger drivers. Bob’s well managed project gave us a platform and now following full restoration the car is there to be enjoyed.”

Josh said,” I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the owner and club in giving me this wonderful opportunity. I will enjoy driving around our roads in Oxfordshire....with a big smile on my face. I have been given good instruction on the care and basic maintenance I will be carrying out and I will have good support from the club during the year. A big thank you also to Peter James Insurance Company for their sponsorship. “

The Alvis joins 9 other cars already with younger drivers this year. Readers can follow the exploits of Josh and all the other young drivers on the website

Bob Wilkinson said,” I have all the present cars going forward into 2020 with additional older and newer classics making around 17 in total. We have quite a range from Alvis to Volvo with many between ready for younger drivers to enjoy. All the carefully selected young drivers have responded well to the challenge of driving and caring for these older vehicles. I am proud to be associated with them.”

Find out more about the project and how one can take part

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