Central Garage Opens New Alvis Exhibition
BAD HOMBURG, Germany -- 18 May: The "Central Garage" in Bad Homburg is open again, and features a new exhibition on Alvis. You can see unique models.
Every Spring the Central Garage brings something new. This year, however, car enthusiasts had to be patient. The opening of the new "Alvis" show planned for March 14 had to be dealyed, because of the Corona virus. "We had just finished setting up when the shutdown came," recalls museum director Dieter Dressel. From the middle of April you could marvel at the historic English upper-class vehicles on a 3-D tour of the museum.
A trip to the English upper class
With a delay of almost two months, the "Central Garage" is welcoming visitors again since last Wednesday. There are new rules though: without a mask, no entry, keep your distance, no more than ten people at the same time in the museum, no tours, disinfect hands - in the museum you don't want to leave anything to chance. "Health comes first," says Spiller. "We'll see how it works and whether it is practicable. There is usually not much going on during the week, but on weekends it can happen that people have to wait before they can go to the museum."
It is always worth the wait. After all, Alvis is an absolute traditional brand. It was founded in Coventry in 1919 as "T. G. John and Co. Ltd." . The company has been producing under the name "Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd." since 1921. Up to 1967, the production halls, which were destroyed by the bombing of the German Air Force during the war, were primarily used for high-end automobiles, but also racing cars, aircraft engines and even armored vehicles were built.
Starting with the first model "10/30", a four-cylinder with aluminum pistons, Alvis stood for quality goods and outstanding performance for decades. Alvis' automotive production ended two years after the merger with Rover. The new owner, the British Motor Corporation (BMC), already had two luxury car manufacturers in the portfolio with Jaguar and Daimler and decided to stop production immediately.
The team around exhibition manager Manfred Fleischmann did a great job. On 600 square meters of exhibition space, they present around 20 cars made between 1928 and 1967. Bombastic radiator hoods, giant lights, shiny rims, elegant interiors - the exhibits take you on a journey into the English upper class of the past century.
The exhibition will be open until next February from Wednesday to Sunday between 12 noon and 4.30 p.m. (closed on public holidays). Entry is free of charge. More information at www.central-garage.de.