Goodwin Special to return to hill-climbing at Chateau Impney 2017

The Goodwin Special will compete at the Chateau Impney hill-climb this year after a period of over 30 years away from the track.  Expect to see the car running at other events soon to be announced, so keep an eye out for more news.

The car is a one-off special built by Billy and Eric Goodwin in 1948.  It is currently undergoing strip down and preparations for the season. The suspension, shock absorbers, braking system, cooling system and fuel system are being totally rebuilt along with a full engine re-fresh to Earley Engineering specifications. It is currently N/A but later this year the engine is going back to original supercharged specification. It was supercharged from 1948 – 1955 while it competed. Testing and set up work will start in April/May.


Engine: Alvis 6 cylinder; capacity 4387 cc; bore and stroke 92 x 110mm; three SU carburettors; overhead valves, operated by pushrods from single ’high lift’ and longer duration camshaft driven from rear of engine with an Earley Engineering adjustable cam sprocket, steel crankshaft and con rods, high compression pistons, ported and gas-flowed cylinder head, Scintilla Vertex magneto. Lightened and knife edged crank, light flywheel, blue printed engine components and dynamically balanced. New expanding tube manifold and exhaust system with silencer option/deletion for various track db restrictions under construction, new radiator and fuel tanks also under construction.

Chassis: Tubular construction with channel bracing, front and rear cross braces to mount suspension, differential, etc. Engine and gearbox solid mounted acting as stressed members of the chassis.

Transmission: Alvis 4 speed Silver Crest all synchromesh

Suspension: Front: Twin wishbone with torsion bar and telescopic shocks; Rear: Twin wishbone, rose joints with transverse leaf spring and telescopic shocks

Wheels: Front: 600 x 18; Rear: 500 x 19 Twin (hillclimb set up) and single 650 x 19 (track set up)

Brakes: Lockheed hydraulic twin leading shoes, alloy drums

Lubrication: Wet sump with high pressure oil pump

Bodywork: Single seater aluminium

Dimensions: Wheelbase 8’6”; track 4’6”; weight 18cwt


Shelsey Walsh         

1948 International unlimited class record

1951 June 44.01 2nd in class

1951 September 43.00 2nd in class

1952 August 41.01 1st in class

1953 June 40.46 1st in class

1954 August 39.70 1st in class

Alvis Firefly finishes 2016 Peking-Paris 1st in class

Well they did it!  Alex Vassbotten and Ole Havn arrived safely in Paris after 13695 kilometers and 36 days travelling across China, Mongolia, Russia, Eastern Europe, Italy, Switzerland and France.  Their 1933 Alvis Firefly, prepared by Earley Engineering, needed just two replacement fan belts, a new water temp gauge and some grease to keep it going and it arrived in top condition in Paris on Sunday 17 July.

The car performed brilliantly from the start and Alex and Ole quickly climbed up the leader board, finishing 9th overall and a well-deserved 1st in class.  The champagne will be flowing in Paris this evening as Earley Engineering’s Managing Director Alex Simpson joins the crew and their families for a big celebration.

Oh – and it looks like the Alex and Ole even cleaned the car before sending it home to us. Thanks guys!


Photos courtesy of:

José Romão De Sousa

New electronic fuel injection system for Alvis TD / TE / TF21

We have developed a new electronic fuel injection system for Alvis TD / TE / TF 21 cars.

The system features:

  • custom made 6-port fuel injection manifolds
  • twin throttle bodies
  • ECU controlling fuel injection and ignition
  • Sensors for throttle position and air, water and oil temperature
  • Fully mapped


  • Fitted to the Alvis TD21 pictured, achieves nearly 160bhp and 210 lb/ft torque from 1,500rpm with perfect power curve and no hot start issues. TEs and TFs will achieve more.
  • Improved fuel consumption, reduced emissions – reduced environmental impact
  • The system is FULLY REVERSIBLE, allowing refit of original components.

We fitted the system with great success on the Alvis TD21 drophead coupe featured in the photos and launched it at the Alvis Owner Club International Weekend 2016 in Warwickshire.

The system is available now – please contact us for further details or to discuss this modification for your car.


Alvis Firefly on the ERA Peking to Paris Rally

Alex Vassbotten and Ole Havn driving car #20 in the 2016 ERA Peking to Paris Rally are currently 3rd in class and 23rd overall on the 9th day of the rally.  They report the car is running well and no major problems so far as they cross Mongolia.  Follow their progress on the ERA website and facebook pages:



Rally car preparation Spring 2016

We had several Alvis in the workshops this Spring in preparation for the 2016 rally season.

This Alvis 12/70 Special will be starting the ERA 2016 Peking Paris rally on 12th June near Beijing, China and finishing on 17th July at Place Vendome, Paris.



These two Alvis (a Speed 20SA and a Speed 20/25) have just left for the ERA 2016 Flying Scotsman rally.


Alvis at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

We displayed two fantastic Alvis cars on our stand at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, both cars being very well received by the crowds.  We had glorious weather and a busy four days chatting to visitors and enjoying some great driving on the track.

Our first display car was an Alvis Special racecar known as the Goodwin Special.  Built in 1948 by Billy and Eric Goodwin, the car enjoyed great success at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimbs.  The engine is an Alvis six cylinder with a 4387cc capacity, three SU 13/4” carburettors, overhead valves, operated by pushrods from single ’high lift’ camshaft driven from rear of engine and Scintilla Vertex magneto. The transmission is an Alvis 4 speed Silver Crest all synchromesh gearbox.

The second – also unique – was very beautiful Alvis Speed 25 SB Vanden Plas “Continental” Sports Tourer built on a Speed 25 SB chassis, with a 3.5 litre six cylinder engine, independent front suspension, servo-assisted brakes, all synchromesh gearbox and a one-off all aluminium Vanden Plas body.

Built for the 1937 London Olympia Motor Show, the car was designed with many exclusive features, including striking chrome lattice ventilation grills on the bonnet sides, unique door handles, sports twin exhaust system, concealed stored hood and fabulous pontoon-style wings accentuated by the long chassis platform and body length.



Alvis finishes the ERA Trans-America 2015 challenge

Jan Woien and Jan Erik Hansen’s Alvis had a great rally, eventually finishing 2nd in class and 17th overall after 22 days of hard driving from Halifax, Nova Scotia to San Francisco, California.  We look forward to seeing the car back in the workshops for a good clean up and some servicing / repairs before they head off on their next adventure.

Here’s the last email update from Jan, sent to us at the end of the rally:

The car is delivered for shipment back to Europe, and we are home again.

 The rally was quite an experience. 6000 miles in three weeks. It’s a huge country, most of it unpopulated. As you can see from the results, we ended as 2nd in class. But considering the 55 seconds we dropped due to rhs front wing coming loose on a regularity, the result is not bad at all.

We changed oil twice, had it greased once (could have done more…), changed sparkplugs once. Apart from the carburation, the engine ran perfectly throughout the rally (but with a noticeable and expected loss of power in higher altitudes). The new tonneau arrangement was a great success, can be improved further with more functional fasteners to the car. No electrical wiring problems after you tidied up the wiring at the rear. But we had to replace the battery – it gave up in the heat in Nevada, and would not recharge. Caused some anxiety and problems to get hold of a replacement, but we made it in good time before we were due to start in the morning.

The issues with the front wing have already been reported. Seems like the weight of the mudflaps was too much…

 I’ll send you the usual summary of issues to be looked at later. We managed to clean the car before the last two rally days. So although not perfect, at least it’s better than it was after Argentina 😉

 Thank you for excellent preparation work. It is not obvious that a 1935 Alvis runs without major problems through 6000 miles in three weeks. It goes to show that if we together work on and agree on the necessary preparations and we don’t trash it too badly, there is no stopping us. For sure this is something of interest for your other customers too 😉

 Like I said earlier – “Probably the most reliable Alvis in the world”

 Thanks to you, Merv and all the rest at Earley Engineering!”