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 …

The Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering Advert

Those of you who are familiar with our advertising will know that Blue Diamond have used an image of two Imps together for the majority of our advertising campaigns. The advert is accompanied by our slogan, “Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering”. But how did the advert come to fruition? Soon after the purchase of the business, my business partner and I …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 4 (Body)

Once the body had been removed, it was off to a specialist for the ash frame to be checked and the skin replaced where required. The brief from the customer was crystal clear, as much of the original frame and skin were to be retained as possible. The wings had to be re-made as the ones that came with the …