“The Club for Owners and Enthusiasts of Britain’s finest specialist car manufacturer”
No 19. Dec 2020
2020 - Annus horribilis
Some of you, of a certain age, may recall Her Majesty the Queen saying in 1992 that the year wasn't a good one and that it was in fact Annus horribilis. When I was younger, 2020 sounded so futuristic and yet I think given how 2020 has gone with Covid-19 the year hasn't been a pleasant one and so, to quote Her Majesty, it was indeed Annus horribilis. At least now Science has come to the rescue and the UK is leading with the world's first Covid-19 vaccine program. All being well, this time next year things will have returned to some sort of normality.
It has been wonderful to see so many new members and indeed so many from all around the world, it is amazing to think how far reaching the club is. It was also fantastic to see the 400th member join recently especially as we head towards 2021 which will be the 5th Anniversary of the Reliant Motor Club.
With all the Covid-19 restrictions and loss of loved ones, Christmas will be especially tough for some this year. No matter where you are or what you do, our thoughts are with you and we hope that everyone has the best Christmas they can and remains safe.
We found this wonderful photo on the Internet from the Beamish Collection. It dates back to 1957 and shows Father Christmas arriving at Peterlee in the back of a Reliant Regal Mk II. Everyone in the photo looks so excited to see him.
Christmas card from
HRH The Princess Royal
It is always a great honour for us to receive a Christmas card from our Honorary Member: HRH The Princess Royal. This year the card contained the following message for all RMC members:
With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Heathy New Year from Anne.
The Toymaker Competition Winner
For those who are members of our Facebook page you may have seen our competition recently to win a copy of Tom Karen's latest book, "The Toymaker" (RRP £20) which is an autobiography. To be in with a chance of winning the book, entrants needed to answer the following question:
What colour was the Bond Bug?
Thank you to all those who entered, the answer was of course B - Orange. To make it as fair as we could all entries (all being correct) were placed in a name selector app that randomly selects one name - and we are delighted to say the winner was: Andy Jones.
Congratulations Andy, pictured here with his prize.
New Reliant Scimitar Book
Some people will be aware that Elvis Payne is currently writing a new Reliant book for Veloce Publishing entitled The Essential Buyers Guide - Reliant Scimitar GTE. The book covers all GTE's from the SE5 to the Middlebridge Scimitar and details things to look out for when buying a Scimitar GTE.
The book was originally due to be published in November 2020 although as with most things, Covid-19 halted it and the book was temporarily postponed. The good news is that the publishers are now up and running again, and if Elvis can get it completed by the end of October, the book is now due in February 2021.
For those curious about the Scimitar GTE on the front this was actually the very first Reliant Elvis can recall seeing in 1977. It belonged to one of his teachers Bob Cole and here we are all these years and Bob still owns the car driving it daily. What a great testament to the Scimitar GTE.
Website update coming soon
We have another large website update planned for the end of the month in which dozens more documents will be uploaded to our website. These will expand our online archive even further and indeed assist it making it possible the largest collection of Reliant material on the Internet.
We have had a lot of activity on our website during 2020. It has also been interesting watching the statistics over the year, the most visited page on our website appears to be the RMC Document library followed by the Brochure library whilst the most popular article is our "Know your Supervan" article that details the differences between the models.
In addition whilst all RMC magazines are viewable by RMC members only, our first edition is available to all and this year alone has been downloaded 237 times.
RELIANT MOTOR CLUB REVIEW: No 9
The latest edition of the Reliant Motor Club Review (No 9 December 2020) is currently being compiled and will soon be available to all members to download from our website.
As always it contains all our usual features along with a host of other articles including with an interview with Charlotte Oliver (Reliant co-founder E.S.Thompson's grand daughter) and former Reliant employee Robert Pickett who used to work in the wood yard at Reliant in the days they were built with wooden frames.
For those who have recently joined or opted out of our mailing list, this and past editions that can be viewed here.
We will soon start working on our next edition due June 2021. Remember. this is your club so if you have a story or anything you would like to share with club members via the magazine then please let us know.
The December edition will be emailed to all current RMC members as soon as it is ready.
A reminder to all our members looking for insurance for their vehicles. We have partnered with classicline insurance to find the best deal and better still, RMC members receive 10% off. To find out more information visit their website at www.classiclineinsurance.co.uk
You can see a more in-depth article on classicline insurance in the latest Reliant Motor Club Review magazine (No 9).
Membership Update December 2020
With 400 members, membership is still continuing to grow and so many existing members are renewing their membership with a 2 year option, which is wonderful, we cannot thank people enough for their continued support. We welcome all our new members and indeed welcome back those who have renewed. The RMC now has members in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey. UK and the USA. For those who are still thinking about it, remember that the club is for both Reliant owners and enthusiast and so you do not need to own a Reliant to join.
Thank you again to everyone for their continued support.
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. The RMC is also a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the Tamworth and District Civic Society, the Tamworth Heritage Trust and shares resources with the Staffordshire County Council Archives Department.
Reliant Motor Club Window Sticker
Our RMC window stickers make a great addition to any car. What better way to show your affiliation to the Reliant Motor Club.
For more information on a RMC window sticker for your car(s), please click here.
Amongst other benefits RMC members are also eligible for the following discounts:
The perfect way to enjoy a cuppa when you have been busy in the garage or indeed to have at hand whilst browsing the RMC website.
Mugs cost £5 each plus £3 Post & Packing (for overseas orders please enquire). For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reliant Motor Company
Elvis Payne's book entitled The Reliant Motor Company 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 1 year or £15.50 for 2 years.
For more information please visit www.reliant.website.
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