Carver Owner Club News
Carver 10 Year event, small but perfectPhoto - Carvers in PortsmouthSo it looked like the event was going to be a disaster, as not many owners were going to attend, the weather looked really bad and the 24hr sea crossing was forecast to be rough to very rough.
But we set off from three UK areas (Malton, Bradford & Pwllheli) with six people in five Carvers and met up just outside Portsmouth.
Photo - French and UK CarversWhen the UK contingent, along with Adrie from the Netherlands (whose Carver had been at CCPS for a service), arrived at the Hotel Miramar in San Vicente de la Barquera we met up with Freddi and his wife Janine from France bringing the people count up to eight in six Carvers.The hotel was a little dated but very nice and we all had sea views from our balconies.
We had a very nice dinner in the hotel but ordering took a little time due to the translation of menus and the numerous languages spoken by the Carver Owners Club membersLate Wednesday Sean from Ireland turned up but unfortunately without his Carver as he is having a fight with the insurance companies about insuring it. So several flights and a hire car later he arrived.
Well done Sean, what a commitment to the Carver cause.
Total now nine people, six Carvers and a hire car.Nikhil from India turned up bearing Carver Owners Club (CVR-OC) merchandise - pens and coasters with the club logo on (which he had liberated from the Internet but I did not mind). His travelling partner who was driving the hire car grabbed some sleep as he was tired from the trip. So now we had 11 people, six carvers and two hire cars.The Spanish contingent Tino and his brother Miguel had already let me know that they would not be turning up until Thursday eveningbut when they did this made a total of 13 people, seven Carvers and two hire cars.The Spanish Carver arrived in Style in a space age trailer.
Photo - Nice blue Spanish Carver
Photo - Space age trailer for the Spanish CarverAs the weather on the Thursday morning was still a little wet and the mountains were covered in cloud, I decided to change the routes around and do route 2 on day 1 and route 1 on day 2. This also meant that the Spanish owners could do the best route when they arrived.The RoutesPhoto - Day 1 lunch stopHighlights from day 1:-
Sean kidnapped Freddi's wife in Nikhil's hire car whilst he was getting a ride in the back of Freddi's Carver
The €10 two course set lunch was huge and great value for money
The unbelievable roads esp. up to the dam.
Photo - Twisty roads around the damPhoto - A little colder up here
Photo - What viewsHighlights from day 2:-
The lovely roads, views, corners
Everything was just fantastic.
Photo - Some of the technical corners for Carver'ingLater in the afternoon there was a mutiny lead by his Lordship as he wanted to see a lake and did not like the road surface up to the main Picos de Europa. He was followed by Monty and Freddi but Adrie stuck with us and soon the rough road became some of the smoothest road I have driven on with fantastic corners. We enjoyed ourselves so much that our DVC oil started to boil with the heat and the high altitude, so we stopped to admire the view.Photo - Rough road changing to smooth
Photo - Smoothest road with road sign Carvers love
Photo - The Picos de EuropaPhoto - Locals interested in CarversWe met back up with the rebel group for a coffee where the locals were very interested in the Carvers. One lucky local (attractive girl) even got a ride in a Carver. The locals even invited us to their BBQ the following day but we could not go as we had to go back to our home countries.On Day 3 we packed up and left the hotel around lunch time and did a revised route 3 so we could take a look at the lake the rebel group had driven to. However we got held up by four cyclists with a police escort, so by the time we had lunch at 15:30 we needed to get our feet down to make the 24hr ferry back to the UK.Photo - My interesting lunch of snakes (sea snake / eels), chips, fried eggs and garlicWhat a great event that only had a few minor challengesClara (J8CVR) was leaking some fluid from the front and it did not smell like DVC so the best guess from the CCPS hotline was it could be the master clutch cylinder that was leaking. Should we go home or go on? Even with the poor weather and crossing forecast we thought we should go on since we had spent so much time and effort planning the event.Nikhil from India had bought a Carver in Germany (with an unknown service history) and picked it up on route to Spain, but in Belgium he had problems with the pulley and belt and had to leave it in a small town and continue by hire car to Spain. What a valiant effort Nikhil, thanks for attending and the gifts.The Spanish Carver had a flat battery. Eventually we jump started it but the battery was completely dead and needed replacing. After a few hours standing in the sun eating ice creams a battery was located but…….
Being Spain they have a long lunch so we left the Spanish owners with Sean and his hire car and continued the route whilst they had a nice lunch and awaited for the shop to open.
Photo - Miguel blaming Tino for killing the batteryThanks to everyone who made the effort to come along, hope you all enjoyed it?
I know some did as they want to make it an annual or bi-annual event.
And a massive thanks to Angie (the wife) for sorting hotels, ferries etc and to CCPS for ensuring that Carvers were ready for the trip.
Carver Owners Club membership hits the target (100 Carvers)
This is a big milestone in the Carver Owners Club (CVR-OC) historyThe Carver Owners Club (CVR-OC) membership continues to grow. I have continued trawling (google'ing, bing'ing, Facebook'ing, Linkedin'ing, emailing, etc) the Internet when time allows to find any mention of Carvers and then digging around to find contact information, but it now seems more and more owners are finding us.
For quite a while the CVR-OC members totalled around 20 members owning about 25 carvers between them and were mainly in the UK and Ireland. Then we started to find more owners around the world and at the beginning of 2017 we numbered about 55 Carvers shared across 47 owners. My ambition for the club is still to find all the Carvers in the world (circa 200).
Now the latest membership figures are 100 Carvers (some of which are van den Brink Carvers and now……) from around the world, from UK through Europe to the middle east, and now India and all the way to New Zealand.
So my previous news statement "Hopefully next year I can report that we have 50% (approx. 12 van den Brink & 100 Carver Ones) of the Carvers in the club" has happened
If you are a Carver owner, or know of a Carver owner, it would be great to hear from you. And if you are an owner you can join the Carver Owners Club anytime - registration is easy and it's totally free!
The Carver Owners Club could not have done this without the help and support of Club Carver Parts and Service (CCPS) www.ccps.org.uk.
CCPS have a reliable source of spares and services, run by fellow Carver owners and all backed up with excellent technical knowledge gained from years of experience maintaining their own cars.
CCPS is run as a club and not for profit so I ask all owners to help support it to ensure we can keep our Carvers flying the road.
Now I need to finish sorting things for the 10th anniversary year of Carver Ones, with the trip to Spain in May 2017 for a get together.
And as Monty Python would say "and now for something completely different (well not quite)The 100th Carver to join the Carver Owners Club is one of the prototypes from 1999
2Drive Germany business closed down and TVS suspended trading for the time being
Please see below news from CCPS with regards to the closure of 2Drive's business and TVS suspending trading for the time being.
If you know of any other Carver owners in your country who need to know about this and who have not yet joined the Carver Owners Club (CVR-OC) can you please forward this email to them.
We would like to encourage all Carver owners to join the Owners Club (http://www.cvr-oc.info/How-to-Join-the-club/) so that they can take advantage of the Parts & Services now available from CCPS.
At the moment the Club is in contact with the owners of 80 Carvers worldwide - it would be great to get in touch with the remaining 120 in the near future!Important news regarding Parts & Servicing for Carver One owners...
2Drive business closed down
As many of you know, back in 2009 when the original Carver company ceased to trade, 2Drive entered into prolonged negotiations with ACU and the receivers to ensure that supply of parts to existing owners could be continued. As part of that arrangement 2Drive established workshops at Uberherrn, to provide comprehensive maintenance and repair facilities. A licensing deal was also agreed with Carver Technology for the DVC system, enabling new Carvers too be built into the foreseeable future. The revised Carver business was incorporated into 2Drive and additional offices were established in Uberherrn, together with an expanded labour force for the workshops.
2Drive's Carver business was very successful for maintenance and repair work, but during 2015 it became apparent to both 2Drive and ACU that the new build business (based on hand-built rather than factory assembled cars) was not really commercially viable in the long term. At the same time, ACU made a surprise announcement that they were selling the building which 2Drive rented on their site - this meant that the service workshops also had to be re-located at very short notice.
2Drive decided that the best option going forward was to find suitable investment partners (and preferably Carver owners too) who would take on the responsibility for supply of parts and servicing going forward. In the autumn of 2015, 2Drive agreed an arrangement with a UK investor (an existing owner of three Carvers) who was prepared to buy the parts and to setup a full maintenance and repair facility in the UK. This has now come to fruition in the setup of CCPS - Club Carver Parts & Service, who are committed to providing a first class service to all Carver owners worldwide.
2016 was a very busy year for 2Drive, establishing these arrangements on behalf of all Carver owners and ensuring continued supply of parts. 2Drive’s vision was always to build new cars, but given the costs involved, there was simply not enough demand to make this a realistic business proposition. Harry Stuedemann therefore decided to close the 2Drive business and this took place at the end of January 2017, in the full knowledge that 2Drive's Carver customers would continue to be well served by CCPS.
Whilst CCPS are now fully established in the UK, we recognise that a central European service facility would be beneficial to many owners, eliminating the need to transport vehicles to the UK for standard servicing work. As a result of 2Drive’s closure and with the news that TVS (Tilting Vehicle Support) have suspended trading for the time being, CCPS are now considering a number of alternatives for European servicing, with a view to making an announcement on this in the very near future.
For all your Carver One needs in the meantime, please contact CCPS directly - we will always be happy to help.
CCPS – February 2017
Carver Owners Club membership quadruples in six monthsThe Carver Owners Club (CVR-OC) membership is growing. Over the winter months in the UK I have been trawling (google'ing, bing'ing, Facebook'ing, Linkedin'ing, emailing, etc) the Internet to find any mention of Carvers and then digging around to find contact information
For quite a while the CVR-OC members totalled around 20 members owning about 25 carvers between them and were mainly in the UK and Ireland, but my ambition for the club is to find all the Carvers in the world ;-)
And I will go to some lengths to find these owners. In fact, I went around the world to find a couple of them back in October 2016 (From United Kingdom to New Zealand and back again)
Now the latest membership figures are 55 Carvers (three of which are van den Brink Carvers) across 47 members from around the world, but we are also now aware of five other owners and about 15 other Carvers.
Hopefully next year I can report that we have 50% (approx. 12 van den Brink & 100 Carver Ones) of the Carvers in the club
If you are a Carver owner, it would be great to hear from you. And you can join the Carver Owners Club anytime - registration is easy and it's totally free!
Of course, what has really helped the renewed interest / revival of Carvers is the news about Club Carver Parts and Service (CCPS) www.ccps.org.uk.
We now have a reliable source of spares and services, run by fellow Carver owners and all backed up with excellent technical knowledge gained from years of experience maintaining their own cars.
CCPS is run as a club and not for profit so I ask all owners to help support it to ensure we can keep our Carvers flying the road.
Also don’t forget this is the 10th anniversary year of Carvers and we are planning our trip to Spain in May 2017 for a get together. If you are a Carver owner and you wish to attend this event please get in touch.
Important Announcement from Club Carver regarding supply of Carver spare partsWe wish to bring to the attention of all Carver owners and service providers that the total stocks of Carver parts held in Uberherrn, Germany have now been purchased from ACU, and have been transported to a new storage facility in the UK. ACU were expecting far greater volumes of new car orders, which sadly never materialised and it therefore became uneconomic for them to continue to hold the parts. To avoid any risk that the parts would be scrapped, lengthy negotiations to secure the parts were conducted and eventually a purchase contract was agreed with ACU in Spring of this year. The specialist Carver service and test equipment was also purchased as part of the deal.
Once the UK storage unit was built, transportation began in earnest during the summer and the last truck from Uberherrn was unloaded at the end of October. The task of sorting and cataloguing the spares is now well underway and we hope to have most of this work completed by Christmas, to be fully operational by the end of January 2017.
As some of you know, Club Carver already offer a full servicing facility in Wales and now all the parts are directly on hand, we can provide every Carver owner with supply of parts and servicing for maintenance and repairs in a timely and efficient manner. Throughout this process we have discovered some low stock levels for certain essential parts and we have already started a re-stocking programme - our aim is to eventually provide a 48-hour turnaround time from order to dispatch for all parts. Of course In the short term, there may be some delays in parts being shipped due to the un-packing, sorting and cataloguing involved.... so bear with us please!
The move to the UK is good news for all, because the parts are now managed by enthusiastic Carver owners, whose only mission is to allow all our cars to 'fly
the road' for many years to come. Because Club Carver Parts & Service (CCPS) only operate on a 'club' basis, please ensure you firstly register your car with Jonathan Bedford at the CVR-OC (Carver Owners Club). Membership of CVR-OC is free and available to all Carver owners worldwide.
With a vast range of parts available now, don't hesitate to contact Club Carver with your requirements for parts or servicing or both. See the Contact Info page for our new email address
For CVR-OC membership please contact Jonathan Bedford, CVR-OC President see the Contact Info page or you can message him via Facebook on the Carver One Fan Club group.
Further bulletins will be forthcoming soon, including the launch of a new dedicated website for CCPS, a sellers and buyers register and the possibility of some special pricing offers on certain stock items next year.
Fly The Road forever....
Improved Parts and Service supply for Carver Club MembersA new facility for Carver One servicing and repairs has been set up in the UK, based in North Wales. The engineers have plenty of experience in working on Carvers and have developed several upgrades for the car to improve reliability and handling. Services also include full camber and tracking setup and front wheel alignment, main valve refurbishment & rebuilds, and 50-point service checks. This facility does not operate as a separate business, but instead has been privately established by Carver enthusiasts, who's primary aim is to help existing owners keep their cars flying the road.
A new facility for Carver One servicing and repairs has been set up in the UK, based in North Wales. The engineers have plenty of experience in working on Carvers and have developed several upgrades for the car to improve reliability and handling. Services also include full camber and tracking setup and front wheel alignment, main valve refurbishment & rebuilds, and 50-point service checks. This facility does not operate as a separate business, but instead has been privately established by Carver enthusiasts, who's primary aim is to help existing owners keep their cars flying the road.
In providing these services it became necessary to stock a range of Carver parts in the UK, so that owners' cars could be promptly serviced and repaired. Arrangements were made with 2Drive and ACU in Germany and a selection of Carver parts have already been shipped to the UK. These are now available for Carver owners ex-stock, with further stocks to follow over the coming months.
This new arrangement for parts supply will be called the "Club Carver" scheme and is available to all members of the UK Carver Club. To qualify you must be a UK Carver Club Member and have supplied your VIN No, Address, Telephone Number(s) and Email address to the Club, together with a photograph of your Carver. There is currently no membership fee for the UK Club.
As a Carver owner and member of the UK Club, Simon Kippax has volunteered as Club Carver Parts Coordinator, to be the principal contact for supply of Carver parts, liaising with the Welsh service facility and the parts warehouses in Germany and in the UK. The aim is to build an efficient parts supply service for all Carver owners, with Simon coordinating the various activities required to ensure parts are supplied as swiftly as possible.
As we all know, the Carver One does require specialist knowledge in many areas of its operation and maintenance. The Club has close links with the technicians in Wales and can forward any queries to the relevant engineers and experts, ensuring the correct part is identified and then supplied. Any owners needing repairs and servicing should also contact Simon or myself, as we can log their request with the Wales service facility who will then respond directly with the owner.
Please note that the Club Carver scheme runs complimentary to the existing UK Owners Club and the services already provided by Harry Studemann at 2Drive.
The UK Club is keen to improve the facilities available for all Carver owners and we are sure that these new arrangements will help with owners' requirements for parts, servicing or both - so please get in touch with us in the first instance. Simon can be contacted directly on [email protected] or you can message me (Jonathan Bedford) via Facebook.
For any further information regarding this announcement, please feel free to email on [email protected] or message me via Facebook.
Jonathan Bedford Club President - Carver Owners Club (Independent)