West Harling Heath

The history of Racing Car No 1

There are five distinct phases of the car’s life so far:  As the name suggests it started life as a works racing car, both at the hands of the factory driver and subsequently a privateer.  It was then transferred to private ownership and used for both occasional racing and as a working sports car. After the second world war, it was resurrected as a more practical everyday vehicle before being returned to its orginal late 1923 specification for the marques’ 50th anniversary.  In this guise it was raced very successfully in historic competitions until a serious mechanical failure in the mide 80’s. Restored in the period 2002 - 2006, the car is now racing again in its original sprint configuration.

Click on the links on the right hand side of the page to navigate to each of these periods.

Read more about:

1945 - 1983

Various guises, restoration, and competition by Robert Wicksteed.  (in development)

1983 - 2006

Engine damage, laying up and restoration, rebirth. (in development)

Alvis Racing Car No. 1

1924 - 1945

A.J. (Jack) Linnell’s ownership, Brooklands victory and everyday use. (partially finished)

1923 - 1924

Genesis and early racing succeses as a works and privateer car.

2006 to date

Reappearance, Brooklands, Prescott and beyond.