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Village star car’s birthday

Posted on April 23 2010 at 10:20:05

A yellow Dellow


A very special piece of Alvechurch history is being celebrated this month with the 60th anniversary of the start of production of the Dellow.

Around 280 of these famous trials cars were produced between 1950 and 1956 at a small factory just off Latimer Road in the village.

Their origins were in the nut and bolt business, Delsons & Co Ltd, set up by William Delingpole, whose son Ken was a sports car enthusiast. Ken and Ron Lowe, who worked for him as a development engineer, set up Dellow Motors Ltd in the works basement.

More than 200 of the aluminium-bodied vehicles are though to have survived to this day. A number of them will form a procession on May 22 around the village and past the site of their birth, now known as Dellow Grove.

This will be the culmination of events hosted by Alvechurch Village Society to mark the anniversary with the help of the Dellow Register, a thriving owners’ club which meets regularly at events around the country.

Jim Harvey, an enthusiast and owner – who wrote a series of articles on the Dellow for The Village magazine back in 2003 –  is coming to Alvechurch Village Hall on Wednesday May 19 at 7.45pm to talk about the cars and the company that produced them.

Then on Saturday May 22 a number of the cars are arriving in Alvechurch around mid-day at the Red Lion car park where the owners will have lunch.

They will move on to park by the Village Hall where later in the day afternoon teas will be served.
The owners will be able to show off these beautifully restored vehicles and answer any questions.

The day will conclude by the cars driving around the village past Dellow Grove where the story began.

All are welcome to these events to celebrate part of the history of the village – see www.alvechurch-village-society.org.uk for further information.

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