How to find us – South Gate

Our Main Gate is currently out of action so visitors should enter through the South Gate. Please enter the below post code in to your satellite navigation, which will bring you to our temporary South Gate Entrance on Skimmingdish Lane. Once at the South Gate location, please press ‘7’ followed by the call button and they will activate the barrier …

We’re on Instagram

Blue Diamond Riley Services is now on Instagram. We hope you’ll find us and give us a follow – @BlueDiamondServices.

Day 2 complete!

Day 2 is complete! A much better day than yesterday and we are looking forward to see what the rest of the journey brings. After a brief nights sleep at the Old Bell Inn, I started the day on BBC Radio Oxford’s breakfast show. We then traveled south for the excellent Passage Control at Banbury – the council and volunteers …

Day 1 complete

Day 1 complete and what a day it was. To start, the atmosphere in Paisley was lively– so off we went! Things were going well until the weather took a turn for the worse — by the time we hit the A66, the snow made for very tricky driving. In addition to navigating the snow, we had an electrical short …

Where to find John and Dan during the Monte

Being days away from the start of our Monte adventure, we wanted to share with you all where will be for the coming weeks — but of course, we never know what adventure may be in store for us once we depart, so it’s best to keep a close eye on our tracker! The detailed navigation from the Monte team …

Bicester Heritage Working Together

As Dan and I work on the final preparations on our 1949 MG TC before our departure from Glasgow on the 31st of January, we wouldn’t have been able to complete without the support of the many specialists based at Bicester Heritage. Below is a list of the businesses that have helped us with our preparation of the car- Thank …

Monte Carlo stage depart at Banbury

The final preparations are in place for the Monte and we are delighted to share that we will be offering a ‘Service Facility’ at Banbury for the competitors  in the Monte Carlo Classique and Historique on Thursday, 1 February. We will be there with our car, a 1949 MG TC, and will be servicing other rally vehicles during the stop …

Testing the MG

With the Monte coming up fast, we’ve been busy testing the MG. Dan has covered approx 800 miles in 5 days traveling to Castleford, Sherburn in Elmet, Whitley Bridge, Northampton, Stainby near Grantham. It was a good test for the car as it has only been used locally over the past few years so it needed a good few days …

Preparing the MG TC

A number of people have asked about the specifics of our preparation of the MG TC 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! Our MG TC had only had light local use prior to being purchased, the car …

Meet the Monte Carlo team

Blue Diamond Riley Services and their sister company, The MG Automobile company, are pre-war Riley and MG specialists located at Bicester Heritage. They offer Race and Rally preparation services, parts sales, servicing and full restorations for pre-war Riley and MG cars. The Blue Diamond team is made up of John and Daniel; After we completed the Monte in 2016, I …