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 …

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 …