Welcome to the Blue Diamond Riley Services Limited blog!

Hello to all our friends, customers and new subscribers and welcome to the first entry into the new Blue Diamond blog. This blog is aimed to be very relaxed and more informative than formal, it will cover the exploits of the Blue Diamond team, our cars, workshop restorations and events that the team attend over the course of the year. …

How hard can it be to drive a vintage car? Turns out, very (for some).

We had a great deal of fun filming this short video with The Toms, Courtney Cutchen, and DriveTribe. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we did. And, it should be no surprise that Courtney won as ladies actually listen to what they are being told, unlike us blokes who listen and then think we can do it …

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers

Blue Diamond Riley Services and our sister company, The MG Automobile Company are proud to be members of The International Guild of Specialist Engineers. The Guild represents and supports the specialist engineers, businesses, and service providers in the motorised historic and classic transport industry. More specifically, the Guild encourages the interests of those individuals and companies who, with their specialist …

Pre-War Riley Restorations

Over the years, it has been our privilege to undertake a number of complete ‘nut and bolt’ restoration projects on pre-war Riley motor cars. Our sense of pride upon the completion of these projects cannot be underestimated. If you’re passionate about returning your pre-war Riley to glory and preserving its integrity along the way, we believe we have the skills …

April Scramble at Bicester Heritage

Our second Sunday Scramble of the year fell on ‘Drive It Day’ – Sunday 23rd April. As predicted, the day could only be described as an overwhelming number and variety of cars with everything from pre-war races and open-wheel cars to 90s classics — truly something for everyone. Bicester Heritage ‘Sunday Scramble’ events are a kind of ‘cars and coffee’ …

All about Bicester Heritage

If a classic car fan were to dream up their perfect place to work, it would probably look a lot like Bicester Heritage. As the UK’s first park for the restoration, storage, and enjoyment of vintage and classic cars (and motorcycles and aeroplanes, too), it sits comfortably on 348 acres of a historic 1920s RAF bomber station. The refurbished redbrick …

The War Department ‘9’

The Riley 9 War Department (or WD Tourer) was, as the Blue Diamond team discovered last year, a study and reliable steed. It’s relatively non-descript styling hides a well designed and rugged character– perfect for military, overseas or even long distance rallying! What follows is a letter from a Mr J.O.S. Millar describing his exploits in New Zealand. He was …

2016 Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance has been an event for 15 years, originating as a fundraising event for the Hilton Head Island Symphony Orchestra. Now heading into its 16th year, the event has expanded into multiple days and at multiple venues, raising funds for several local youth-oriented programs, including the Hilton Head Island Symphony Orchestra, as …

Prescott 2016

Those that know me will be well aware of the following phrase, “VSCC Prescott is like the Wimbledon of the Vintage car racing calendar”. It offers fantastic company, sounds and sights, and allows spectators to get up close and personal with every possible type of vintage racing car. As an event, it is a must do at least once in …

Le Mans Classic 2016

The Le-Mans Classic event is regarded by many competitors and spectators as the pinnacle of vintage and historic motor racing. This is no doubt due to the racing being held on the same track that has been the site of so many epic battles over the previous years. The Le-Mans 24 hour race has over the years proved an unforgiving …