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 ...

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 …