Entry Number 1
1952 Riley RMA 1 ½ litre. This was the first car I bought, when I was 20, and provided everyday transport through10 student years. It is currently undergoing a rather slow complete re-build. Front suspension sorted, most of the ash frame replaced, most of the body panels straightened, welded, painted and put away. The engine was rebuilt by Agra. Current work is focused on the rear wheel arches and the boot area. The chassis is being de-rusted and painted in sections as I uncover it. A huge job, but do something every day and we’ll get there in the end.
Entry Number 2
TG5687 1933 Riley 9, originally a Falcon, now a Gamecock. Dad bought ‘TG’ in 1951, ‘a bit of a wreck’, which he drove across London with no foot brake! He repaired it and rebuilt the engine. He drove it 12 miles to work every day from 1953 – 1964.
I taught myself to drive it in 1965 and put it back on the road briefly in 1967. It then languished in the garden until sold in 1985. I tracked it down in 2006, the body having gone and the Gamecock project started. I did a full strip down and rebuild, finished in 2016.
Entry Number 3
GN2892 1931 Singer Super Six Saloon. The only one remaining. Bought by my Grandfather as an ex-demonstrator in late 1931 and used by him until 1953, then by my uncle. Saved from being scrapped in 1959 by Dad, who stored it until 1996. I had to put new tyres on and rebuild the front axle to get it out of the garage!
Rebuilt and restored by me in 1997. Complete engine rebuild and much woodwork replaced due to woodworm although the ash frame was sound. All leatherwork and wood trims are original.
Just refurbished with re-chroming and mechanical overhaul for 2020.
Entry Number 4
1933 Riley 9 Lynx. “Mrs Peel” was originally in New Zealand from 1933 until 2000. She was totaled in 1955, and sat until 1973 before spending 20 years being restored. She was then sold to a new owner in Florida, who drove her for a couple of years before dismantling her. He lost interest and we acquired her in November 2018 as a basket case. We are the 4th owners. I have been restoring her in our garage and have her almost complete except for seat upholstery, carpet and finishing the wiring. Covid has allowed me to get lots of work done improving my restoration skills.