Allards at the 2013 Classic Motor Show

-Mel Herman

250 Classic Car Clubs and 1,600 Classic Cars filling 11 Halls brought 65,000 enthusiasts to the 2013 Classic Motor Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham this year. The Allard Owners Club displayed 5 fantastic cars on stand 740 in Hall 12 and Mick Walsh, the editor of Classic and Sportscar magazine, said that ours was his favourite stand of the whole show.

There were two elements we wanted to feature on our stand in this year’s AOC display. The first was the 60th anniversary of Sydney leading the pack on the opening lap of the 1953 Le Mans in his JR which we extended to feature all the J series models which ran at Le Mans in period.

The second was the first outing for the Palm Beach Mk ll which has been painstakingly and wonderfully restored by Lloyd and Alan Allard at their company Allard Sportscars Ltd. in Gloucester.

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Allard Patches

Over the years we've collected a few Allard patches...old and new. If you know the history of the more "vintage" patches, please click here to let us know. Enjoy!

Vintage embroidered patch. 3 5/8" wide x 1 3/4" tall

Vintage Allard Owners Club patch, likely for a dress jacket. 3 3/4" wide x 4  5/16" tall

Vintage screen printed patch. 3 1/2" wide x 1 3/4" tall

Embroidered Allard Owners Club patch. 3" round

Vintage embroidered Allard Owners of America patch. 4 1/16" round

Emroidered Allard Register patch, early 1990's. 2 1/2" wide x 3" tall. We have around 12 of these patches remaining, $5/each.

Embroidered Allard patch, early 90's. 4 1/2" wide x 2 1/4" tall

Vinitage embroidered Allard patch on red felt. 3 1/2" wide x 1 5/8" tall

Small embroidered Allard patch, by Bob Lucurell. 2 9/16" wide x 1 1/4" tall

Large embroidered Allard patch by Bob Lucurell, 9 3/8" wide x 4 1/2" tall

Rallye Notes...

Special thanks to the Allard Owner's Club for letting us repost this story...

Notes from a Nervous Navigator on
Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2012  -  29 Jan to 4 Feb

Car No:239:- 1950, Allard P1
Driver – David Loveys, Co-driver – Roger Loveys

In January 2011 David announced his intention to enter the rally to mark the achievement of Sidney Allard winning the Monte-Carlo 60 years ago. It was only when I was presented with the application form to check that I knew this was a serious project. I immediately started my research and discovered Richard Disbrow, a driver who had completed the rally in 2011. Richard proved to be brilliant. I met up with him and he always responded immediately to my email requests for information and did his best to alert us to the extreme nature of the event – “Its unbelievable, a flat out road race from start to finish. I don’t know how the French allow it on their roads”. I also arranged to drive to Nice to visit friends so that I could check out part of the route and familiarise myself with driving and navigating in France, something I had not done for over 20 years.

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