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. …

Blue Diamond team successfully completes Monte Carlo Classique

We are proud to announce that all 6 Blue Diamond cars have successfully completed the grueling 2019 Monte Carlo Rally Classique. It was an incredible rally filled with every emotion. And we couldn’t have done it without the endless support from all of you. The messages, emails, facebook live comments, etc. were so helpful when spirits were low. So thank …

What a difference a day makes..

What a difference a day makes – 35 little hours. Endurance rallying, in some of its forms you don’t travel THAT quickly, what you do is travel large distances in old cars and deprive yourself of large swathes of sleep. That deprivation can go two ways, it can make you feel deliriously happy and the adrenaline kicks in, or it …

Bienvenue en France!

We’ve woken up to around three inches of snow overnight here in the beautiful Chateau de Cocove just outside the industrial town of Calais in northern France. The run from Barnby Moor to Banbury was pretty insignificant with very little to report apart from some fantastic ingenuity from Chrisso Rheault in the WD Tourer. The steering column bracket broke whilst …

2019 Monte Carlo Classique Start

30 January 2019 The Blue Diamond Monte Carlo Classique 2019 team is gearing up for the start at Clydebank. Gathered below for a quick picture before the adventure begins. Don’t forget to track the team via the live tracker to watch their progress. And be sure to watch our video from our very own videographer, Kev. Taken just moments before …

Off to the Monte!

After weeks of preparation, it’s time for the Monte. We’re underway and heading to Clydebank for the start of the 2019 ACM Monte-Carlo Classique. The run from Blue Diamond base in Bicester to Clydebank is around six and a half hours in a modern car on a clear day; if you add into this the age of our vehicles and …

Meet the BD Monte team: John Lomas and Martin Greaves

John Lomas and Martin Greaves will be representing Blue Diamond on this year's Monte driving a 1936 Riley Sprite. John is no stranger to the ‘Monte’ having competed in the Classique in 2016 and 2018. Martin is the owner of Classic Performance Engineering which occupies the adjoining unit to Blue Diamond at Bicester Heritage.  Martin is no stranger to the ...

Meet the BD Monte team: Hugh Miller and Jocelyn Martin

Hugh Miller and Jocelyn Martin are another one of the BD teams competing in the Monte. This is the second Sprite built which competed in the 1936 Rallye Monte Carlo--reaching 68th place overall. Previously owned by famous Riley author David Styles, BDU has been with the Miller family since 1969. Having known this car all his life, Hugh remembers riding ...

Meet the BD Monte team: Adam Gompertz and Craig Callum

We are proud to introduce another Blue Diamond Monte team: Adam Gompertz and Craig Callum. This is Adam’s and Craig’s first foray into the world of historic endurance rallying. While Adam's day job is a Vicar, he is also the driving force behind ‘Revs’ – a monthly meeting for car enthusiasts with a spiritual connection. Craig is the Director of the ...

Meet the BD Monte team: Richard and Noel Schneider

We are proud to introduce another Blue Diamond Monte team Richard and Noel Schneider. While the pair are no strangers to vintage car events having competed in the Blue Train Rally and 1,000 Mile Trial in their 15/6 Special, this is their first experience of the Monte in their newly acquired 12/4 Kestrel – possibly the most sensible car for ...

Meet the BD Monte team: Will and Roger Twelvetrees

We are proud to introduce another Blue Diamond Monte team Will and Roger Twelvetrees. Both are first timers on the Monte, but old hands at vintage car events. Will and Roger will be competing in the 1933 Riley 9 Monaco. The duo currently own 7 Rileys between them, 3 of which are running, 1 which is close to running, and ...