Goodwood – Part 2

Above and below are some of the displays on show at the Revival, these will give you a flavour of the attention to detail I talked about in my last blog. I am sure that some of the companies must spend most of the year planning their display! The sights and sounds on display are something one nevers forgets when …

The Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage

The final Sunday Scramble of 2016 at Bicester Heritage was a huge success with over 3,000 visitors. A cool, crisp and sunny October morning made for the perfect motoring weather. The day was an extra special one for Blue Diamond as they officially ‘opened’ their workshop and parts centre. While there’s still some work to do before welcoming their first …

Goodwood – Part 1

The Goodwood Revival is one of ‘The’ events of the vintage and classic car calendar. Like any large scale event, it has its challenges, but the attention to detail and sheer number of vintage and classic cars (never mind Aeroplanes) in one place mean it is a must do event. This year was to be the first that Blue Diamond …

Coventry 2016

The Riley Register Coventry rally has long been the largest annual gathering of Rileys taking place in the UK. The Saturday is more gentle affair with a gala dinner the main event of the day, while Sunday is the main day of the weekend with a Concours and excellent displays of Rileys following the event’s annual theme. For 2016, the …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 8 (Gearbox)

The vast majority of Riley Imps were fitted with the tried and tested ‘Wilson’ Pre-selector gearbox. With cockpit space at a real premium, the pre-selector choice was a sensible one. These offered a ‘seamless’ gear change and simplicity of use, albeit with a significant weight penalty. The first batches of gearboxes were made by ENV, with later Rileys using the …

2016 Scottish Riley Enthusiasts National Rally

The 2016 SRE National Rally was to be held in Kinguissie, Nr Aviemore. This was a part of the country that Gordon Mac and I were very familiar with as we had briefly passed very close by on our Monte jaunt earlier in the year! The logistics involved taking a customers Imp, our own WD, and a supporting van. So …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 7 (Painting)

The Imp was to be finished in a cellulose paint, some painters do not use cellulose as they prefer the easier (and cheaper) use of modern two pack. Whilst a two pack paint has its place in the world of restoration, I personally prefer cellulose as it gives a much more period finish. It is also in my opinion a …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 6 (Parts)

The sheer number and complexity of parts used on any car is mind blowing and it is not until you have stripped a car that you actually realise this. In truth you require around three times the floor space to hold a car in pieces vs a complete car. As the Imp was stripped, each component was carefully identified, assessed, …

Road Test: Riley Nine WD Tourer

Written by guest contributor, Gordon McAllan You’d think that after well over 1,800 miles aboard the WD during the Monte Carlo Rallye Classique in January that I would be familiar with the car, but my first opportunity to drive it over a distance arose during The Scottish Riley Enthusiasts National Weekend in Kingussie. My impressions follow! The WD or “Military” …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 5 (Wings)

The wings and any re-skinning required were being carried out at a third generation coachbuilder who had previously worked on a number of friends cars. The skill of re-making a set of Imp wings with their curves and reverse curves is one that is hard to find. Many try but not a lot succeed! It was very enlightening to see …