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 ...

Meet the Monte Carlo team

John Lomas - Driver A Lifelong Riley fan (with the odd diversion of a 1928 Humber 9/20 and a 1975 MG B GT V8), the challenge of a long road trip has always been a big draw. A 12 day 10 continent European adventure for my dad’s 80th birthday and a 1,100-mile excursion in the Imp to the Le-mans classic ...

Our Monte Carlo Car – The Riley 9 War Department Tourer

On the 16th of October 1931, Autocar described the Riley 9 as follows; 'First of the superlative type of 9hp car, firmly established, regularly improved and as yet scarcely challenged in its class, the Riley Nine has a very definite appeal to those who can appreciate performance, safety, comfort and an appearance out of the ruck.' There can be little ...

The 2016 Monte Carlo Historique Rally

In 1909 the Automobile Club de Monaco (Sport Automobile Velocipedique Monegasque) started planning a car rally at the behest of Albert I, Prince of Monaco. The Monte Carlo Rally was to start at points all over Europe and converge on Monte Carlo. In January 1911, 23 cars set out from 11 different locations and Henri Rougier was among the nine ...

The Riley Factory Service Bulletins

The Riley Sales and Service Bulletins This week’s blog is all about rare gems and finding them unexpectedly! Steve and I were tidying up and sorting out the new spares area at BD last week and during this process I found this…   Now, some of the older Riley hands will no doubt know and love this book (and volume …

Hilton Head Motoring Festival

The Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance. This week’s blog covers an overseas trip for BD– well, myself. I have just spent a week out in the United States attending the Hilton Head Motoring Festival. One of our customers has a car that he wishes to enter for the Concours, so this was a fact finding trip to try …

1931 RILEY 9 WAR DEPARTMENT TOURER – HX 6507

How does one describe the Riley 9? In it’s day, the Riley works described it as ‘The Wonder Car’, and on the 16th of October 1931, Autocar stated, "First of the superlative type of 9hp car, firmly established, regularly improved and as yet scarcely challenged in its class, the Riley Nine has a very definite appeal to those who can ...

Riley 9 Sectioned Engine

First introduced in 1926, Percy Riley's 9hp twin-cam four was an outstanding engine design by any standards, with various developments powering Riley cars until 1957. Looking to all intents and purposes like a twin-overhead-camshaft design, the Nine's cross-flow cylinder head featured hemispherical combustion chambers and valves inclined at an included angle of 90 degrees. The twin, gear-driven camshafts were mounted ...

Welcome to the Blue Diamond Riley Services Limited blog!

Hello to all our friends, customers and new subscribers and welcome to the first entry into the new Blue Diamond blog. This blog is aimed to be very relaxed and more informative than formal, it will cover the exploits of the Blue Diamond team, our cars, workshop restorations and events that the team attend over the course of the year. …