It’s done – we’ve made it!

It's been a long and grueling 4 days to Monaco - and we are thrilled to be at the finish line! Thank you to all that cheered us on and supported us along the way - family, friends, and of course the BDRS team. We share the finish with you all. Now, it's time for some rest, we'll update more ...

A quick change of plans..

A bit of a frantic start to day 2 for us here -- as you all know, we were set to be on a ferry in Hull this morning but due to an electrical issue, the ferry was cancelled! So, after a bit of a frantic re-plan, we're going to end up driving about 530 miles (vs. the planned 230!) ...

Day 1 Complete!

We are thrilled to say that day 1 is complete and everyone and everything is in one piece! We left John O'Groats early this morning being flagged off by the Lord Lieutenant of Caithness (picture below) and began the drive south for 300 hard, cold miles to the formal Monte Ramp Start in Paisley. Upon our arrival, we were honoured ...

And we’re off!

We set off from John O’ Groats this morning and have started our drive south to join entrants at the formal Monte Ramp Start, in the lee of the magnificent Abbey, in the centre of Paisley. Huge crowds turn out for this event each year and we are very pleased that Victor Riley himself, the living link with the Riley ...

John O’Groats, here we come!

Hello all! We're off to John O'Groats after a brief stop this morning to take some pictures with some fellow travelers. (pictures courtesy of Andy Thomlinson.) We're in good spirits despite the pouring rain - and we're finally seeing a bit of sunshine up ahead. Gordon, our navigator, has done a fantastic job planning our our trek for the next ...

Flagging off!

When Gordon and I arrive at Paisley on Wednesday afternoon, bright and breezy (well, breezy – we’re aboard our Riley WD Tourer!) after our 300-mile run from the morning Start at John O’ Groats, we will feel particularly honoured when we catch sight of the tall, distinguished figure of Victor Riley, the living link with the original Riley Motor Company ...

All things insurance

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For almost everyone insurance is a 'distress purchase' we all legally need insurance but don't actually enjoy the process of purchasing it. As any Riley owner will know the business of restoring Vintage cars is not an easy one and the value of our vehicles is often far in excess of their original purchase price. For Blue Diamond the 'risk' ...

Riley Enthusiasts Go Rallying – The Monte Carlo Way

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If you are going to go rallying, where better than to start at The Top? There is probably no more famous endurance and speed road event than The Monte Carlo Rally. These days, it’s just one of the exciting World Rally Championship series which is beamed into our widescreen-TV homes, but with a history going back to 1911, it can ...

“Turn left at the junction we’ve just passed!”

During the past few weeks, few maps have been left unturned, in our house – maps, that is, on which I can plot our BDRS Riley’s course during the Monte Carlo Rallye Classique. While it’s clearly imperative that our main driver, John, aims for safe and consistent coverage of the 1,400 miles involved, he will need crucial support if our ...

Tunnock's Sponsorship

Regular readers of our Monte Carlo blog all know well that the team entering the 2016 Monte have a strong Scottish connection. In fact, the team is 80% Scottish! And, as a result, I needed to make sure I kept on the right side of the natives-- so to speak! I decided early on that the best way to do ...