Testing the MG

With the Monte coming up fast, we’ve been busy testing the MG. Dan has covered approx 800 miles in 5 days traveling to Castleford, Sherburn in Elmet, Whitley Bridge, Northampton, Stainby near Grantham. It was a good test for the car as it has only been used locally over the past few years so it needed a good few days …

Preparing the MG TC

A number of people have asked about the specifics of our preparation of the MG TC for the Monte, and as such I’ve sat down with the team and written a list- as we all know, there is nothing that a good list can’t fix! Our MG TC had only had light local use prior to being purchased, the car …

Meet the Monte Carlo team

Blue Diamond Riley Services and their sister company, The MG Automobile company, are pre-war Riley and MG specialists located at Bicester Heritage. They offer Race and Rally preparation services, parts sales, servicing and full restorations for pre-war Riley and MG cars. The Blue Diamond team is made up of John and Daniel; After we completed the Monte in 2016, I …

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 …