“The Club for Owners and Enthusiasts of Britain’s finest specialist car manufacturer”
No 4. March 2017
H.R.H The Princess Royal
Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017, how the months are flying by. We are delighted that the Reliant Motor Club is continuing to go from strength to strength as a steady flow of new members continue to join us. We felt very proud in January when H.R.H The Princess Royal accepted our invitation to become a Honorary member of the club. H.R.H is a keen Reliant enthusiast having owned Scimitars, Kittens and Robins. To date the Princess still owns a Middlebridge Scimitar.
H.R.H. The Princess Royal visited Reliant in July 1975. We have added a page to our website detailing some of the files from our archives planning the occasion. Please also check out our YouTube Channel that features a video of the Royal visit that was captured by the Reliant Cine Club.
Princess Anne in her first Scimitar GTE that was a combined Christmas and 20th birthday present from the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Members all around the world
Although the RMC is only 9 months old we are already building up a list of members from around the world. We now have members in Australia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. We welcome all new members and hope that you are finding membership of the RMC both enjoyable and interesting.
Supporting Reliant Clubs
One of the key aims of the RMC is to co-exist and work alongside other clubs and so we feel compelled to also thank the Reliant Sabre and Scimitar Owners Club, the Bug Club and the Kitten Register for all their encouragement and cooperation. They have demonstrated that a new club like the RMC can co-exist with other clubs and share resources.
Staffordshire Past Track The Reliant Motor Club is always looking at new ways that we can share and distribute our archives with other organisations. We are pleased to announce therefore that we are now working with the Staffordshire County Council Archives Department and providing Reliant related material for their Staffs Past Track web site.
Past Track first went online in 1999 and to date contains more than 30,000 resources and historical maps for the Staffordshire area. It was as a result of Elvis Payne's 3-wheelers.com website that Staffs Past Track visited Elvis' home in 2000 wishing to view his Reliant Archive so that Reliant images could be added. With the introduction of the RMC we are continuing this connection and providing more material for Staffs Past Track.
RELIANT MOTOR CLUB REVIEW: No 1
Our first club magazine, the RELIANT MOTOR CLUB REVIEW was published in December 2016. If you have not read it yet then please click here.
Your responses to our first magazine have been superb with more than one member expressing that the magazine alone is worth the membership fee that the RMC charges. Thank you to everyone who contacted us to provide feedback.
Our next magazine is due in June 2017 and is already being prepared. If you have a story or anything you would like to share with club members via the magazine then please let us know.
One of our aims at the RMC is to scan as much of our archives as possible and move them online for RMC members to enjoy. This month we will be adding a new Reliant Document Library to our website that will feature Press Releases, Notices, Letters, News items and much more. It will contain numerous documents from all areas of Reliant history relating to employees, dealers and customers rather than just concentrating on the vehicles it manufactured.
With just over 410 documents currently available on the website, this new library will help us achieve our first goal of uploading 500 documents within our first year. Please watch the website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news of its arrival.
We are continuing to try and get a wide range of discounts for our members. These are our latest associates to offer discounts to RMC members, please help to support them.
Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show
Special discount for club members of £14.50* for a single ticket and £30** for a family ticket. Click here for codes and more details.
James Mann Thanks to James Mann the RMC is able to offer its members £4 off the RRP (usually £19.99) of James Mann's latest book, How to photograph cars. Click here for more details and see photography competition below.
All other discounts:
Don't forget in addition to the discounts above the following discounts are also available:
Reliant Motor Club Window Sticker Our first batch of RMC window stickers has genuinely surpassed our expectations and sold much quicker than we imagined with some members buying 4 stickers or more. We now have limited stock although the good news is that we will be ordering more. For more information on a RMC window sticker for your car(s), please click here.
RMC Photography Competition Photograph you car and enter our competition for a chance to win a signed copy of James Mann’s new book, How to Photograph Cars worth £19.99. All entries will be judged by James Mann who is one of the world's leading car and motorcycle photographers. For more details of the competition and how to enter click here. The competition is open to RMC members only.
Olympia Historic Competition Congratulations to Phil Sharman and Mike O'Callaghan who both won a pair of tickets to the Olympia Historic Automobile Fair and Auction. They correctly chose 1935 as the year that Reliant was founded,
The Reliant Motor Company Elvis Payne's latest book on Reliant has been receiving some very positive praise for both its wide coverage of Reliant and for its historical accuracy. With a foreword by H.R.H The Princess Royal, this is the first book to cover the whole of Reliant, both three wheeler and four wheeler models, in a single volume. It also includes numerous projects in addition to vehicles created for the car industry in Turkey and Israel.
Click here for more info. The book is priced at £18.95 and is available at all good book shops.
We are also delighted to announce the following Reliant Specialist who support the RMC:
Specialist offering servicing, repairs and MOTs.
Tel: 01392 833301
If you have not already done so please come along and join us, our online signup process takes just a few minutes. Membership is £8.50 for one year. For more information please visit www.reliant.website.
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