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. …

Books Every Riley Owner Should Read

Written by guest contributor Ian Gladstone ——————————– The most obvious books that you might like to read are anything with Riley in the title as long as it is about cars! I have to admit to not being a great reader of motoring literature, but some of the following (although they are quite old now) had an influence on my …

The Trend Setter

Riley’s trusty adage “As Old as the Industry, as Modern as the Hour” may be a fond utterance of many….and for good reason. Riley’s first four-wheeler lived up to – or even set – both of these standards; designed and constructed around the genesis of the automobile, while pioneering technology still seen today – a century and a quarter later. …

Blue Diamond Services & COVID-19

23 March 2020 As old As the Industry, As Modern as the Hour was a phrase long used by the Riley Motor Company in its advertising. Although this slogan is now over 95 years old, it has never been more relevant to our business and our industry. These are challenging times for all of us. And now, more than ever, …

The Annals of Riley: Part I The Formative Years

Here at BDRS we tend to associate the proper noun ‘Riley’ with attractive four-wheeled vehicles. However, if we were to trace the firm’s roots back to the tail end of the industrial revolution, we would find a prosperous weaving business.  Based at King Street, Coventry, the firm was established by a Mr William Riley (1826-1910) of Foleshill. By the early …

Blue Diamond prepared cars successfully complete 2019 Flying Scotsman with no mechanical issues

The Flying Scotsman is one of the blue riband events on the vintage rally calendar, started by the Endurance Rally Association legend Philip Young just over 10 years ago. The event celebrates the inaugural record-breaking run of the famous LNER Class A3 4472 ‘Flying Scotsman’ steam locomotive that hauled the express passenger train between Edinburgh and London. It was the …

Blue Diamond team successfully completes Monte Carlo Classique

We are proud to announce that all 6 Blue Diamond cars have successfully completed the grueling 2019 Monte Carlo Rally Classique. It was an incredible rally filled with every emotion. And we couldn’t have done it without the endless support from all of you. The messages, emails, facebook live comments, etc. were so helpful when spirits were low. So thank …

What a difference a day makes..

What a difference a day makes – 35 little hours. Endurance rallying, in some of its forms you don’t travel THAT quickly, what you do is travel large distances in old cars and deprive yourself of large swathes of sleep. That deprivation can go two ways, it can make you feel deliriously happy and the adrenaline kicks in, or it …

Bienvenue en France!

We’ve woken up to around three inches of snow overnight here in the beautiful Chateau de Cocove just outside the industrial town of Calais in northern France. The run from Barnby Moor to Banbury was pretty insignificant with very little to report apart from some fantastic ingenuity from Chrisso Rheault in the WD Tourer. The steering column bracket broke whilst …

2019 Monte Carlo Classique Start

30 January 2019 The Blue Diamond Monte Carlo Classique 2019 team is gearing up for the start at Clydebank. Gathered below for a quick picture before the adventure begins. Don’t forget to track the team via the live tracker to watch their progress. And be sure to watch our video from our very own videographer, Kev. Taken just moments before …

Off to the Monte!

After weeks of preparation, it’s time for the Monte. We’re underway and heading to Clydebank for the start of the 2019 ACM Monte-Carlo Classique. The run from Blue Diamond base in Bicester to Clydebank is around six and a half hours in a modern car on a clear day; if you add into this the age of our vehicles and …