Riley Enthusiasts Go Rallying – The Monte Carlo Way

Monte Carlo
If you are going to go rallying, where better than to start at The Top? There is probably no more famous endurance and speed road event than The Monte Carlo Rally. These days, it’s just one of the exciting World Rally Championship series which is beamed into our widescreen-TV homes, but with a history going back to 1911, it can ...

“Turn left at the junction we’ve just passed!”

During the past few weeks, few maps have been left unturned, in our house – maps, that is, on which I can plot our BDRS Riley’s course during the Monte Carlo Rallye Classique. While it’s clearly imperative that our main driver, John, aims for safe and consistent coverage of the 1,400 miles involved, he will need crucial support if our ...

Tunnock's Sponsorship

Regular readers of our Monte Carlo blog all know well that the team entering the 2016 Monte have a strong Scottish connection. In fact, the team is 80% Scottish! And, as a result, I needed to make sure I kept on the right side of the natives-- so to speak! I decided early on that the best way to do ...

Wynn’s Sponsorship

The task of preparing and entering the WD is a complex one-- even when you are able to call on the resources of the Blue Diamond team. Once the decision to enter was made, I sought out some industry partners that could assist us with our epic adventure. One such partner was Wynn's. Wynn's have been manufacturing oil and associated ...

Preparing the team for Monte Carlo

It is often overlooked, or done at the last minute, but the preparation of the drivers is as important as the mechanical preparation. To this effect, the following will give you a flavour of the kit and preparation involved in our Monte Carlo adventure, or should that be our expedition. Cooking Equipment • 5 Thermos flasks- In the WD, there ...

The ‘new’ Blue Diamond van

Shortly after taking over at Blue Diamond, it became obvious that a new van was required to carry all the kit needed to attend the various club shows up and down the country. Initially, the VW T5 transporter was plain and without any advertising-- the plan was always to place some kind of advertising on the vehicle. After all, it ...

Making tracks to Monaco

Blue Diamond's WD Tourer
Written by our guest contributor, Gordon McAllan. “Let’s start at the very beginning ….,” says the song, so John O’Groats, at 8.00am on Wednesday 27th January, is a very good place to start! John and I will head south on the A9 in our Monte Carlo Riley WD Tourer, hoping for a clear run to join the Monte Carlo Historique ...

The end of the 30’s…

We all know that birthdays are always an exciting time, but, when the birthday involves a big or significant number then it takes on an even bigger importance. My birthday on the 19th of December marked the big 40 and unknown to me the team at Blue Diamond were keen to make sure that this did not pass un-noticed. So ...

Preparation of the WD

A number of people have asked about the specifics of our preparation of the WD 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! As previously mentioned, the WD was purchased from the Bonhams Beaulieu auction in September 2015. The ...

Our route to Monte Carlo

Written by guest contributor Gordon McAllan. The race is on! The race against time, that is. In just 6 weeks from now, The Blue Diamond Riley Services Limited 1931 Riley WD Tourer will be leaving Monte Carlo, its work done. That quietly-confident statement reflects what’s going on in the interim at Blue Diamond’s Rallye HQ, where our sturdy little Riley ...