Reliant Motor Club

The Club for Owners and Enthusiasts of Britain’s finest specialist car manufacturer”

No 16. March 2020

Covid-19 Reliant-85 
It is almost impossible these days to open a newspaper or turn on the TV without mention of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.  Countries have been locked down, businesses closed, and many lives have been lost. It is something that has affected every single one of us in one way or another and looks to continue for the near future. Here at the RMC our thoughts are with those who have been affected.  We wish anyone who may contract it a speedy and healthy recovery and hope that everyone stays safe.

Thankfully there are things to celebrate, as 2020 marks the 85th Anniversary of Reliant being formed, although for those of us at a certain age, it is perhaps stranger to think that Reliant ceased manufacturing cars and closed its doors for the final time 19 years ago,  How time flies.  We will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary in our next club magazine (due in June 2020) and we invite everyone to send in there favourite Reliant stories or memories to us - no matter how short or long it may be, we will feature all of them

Whilst we are looking at anniversaries, 2020 also sees the 130th birthday of Reliant co-founder Tom Williams born in Church Street, Tamworth in March 1890.  A lesser known fact is that his birthplace is also the same spot where the annual Reliant gathering of vehicles is held in Tamworth every year.  2020 also brings with it the 50th Anniversary of the Bond Bug, a fun 3-wheeler designed by Reliant using the Bond name, although Bond as in Bond Cars Ltd. that Reliant bought out in 1969 and not, as some people believe, the 007 kind. .  

As mentioned above, please stay safe and take care,


RMC Secretary
Tom Williams (Centre) with some of the Reliant vehicles that were produced during his life at Reliant.  (1935 - 1964)  Our thanks to Denise Wileman for this image that was drawn as a present for her grandfather, Bill Taylor, when he retired from Reliant in 1973.
RMC in Brazil
The RMC has many members around the world and so we were delighted to make contact with Novo Meio in Brazil who were planning to make a little film about Reliant for their members,  The article, that also details the Reliant Motor Club, and the film can be seen here. (Please note, you may wish to use a web browser like Google Chrome where the article can be translated into English.)
Toilet Roll Stampede

Now, we have to admit we didn't think we would ever be talking about toilet rolls in a RMC Newsletter although with the Coronavirus Covid-19 currently working its way around the globe, it appears that the one must have thing is toilet rolls - so much so that in some places people are even fighting over it as some people take way more than they need. 

Here at the RMC we thought maybe we should help members out with their very own personalised RMC toilet paper, not so much for those with the Coronavirus but for those with the Car-owner virus for which those inflicted keep on buying old cars.  However, at around £7 a roll we did not think we would get many takers - although, that said, if the scramble for toilet rolls gets any crazier, £7 might be the going rate for one!
Staffordshire Past Track
Last month the RMC was featured on the Staffordshire Past Track website and their social media pages when they featured a photo of the Reliant Sabra prototype.  The RMC works with a number of historical societies including Staffordshire Past Track which is a large archive of images from the Staffordshire area. 
On Staffordshire Past Track you can explore photographs, images, film clips, maps and audio clips using a range of easy to use search tools. You can also visit a range of on-line exhibitons on aspects of Staffordshire's history. Managed by Staffordshire County Council's Archives & Heritage Service.  The RMC has provided them with a number of Reliant images that can all be found on their website.

A break from Home Learning

Due to the Coronavirus most schools in the UK are now closed or will be within the next day or so.  Whilst taking a break from Home Learning, why not print off this superb "colour me"  picture drawn by Tamworth artist Tracey Flynn that features Tamworth Landmarks and of course also includes the Reliant Robin. 

Once coloured in, why not take a photo and send it to us.  We will feature the best ones in our next magazine and also see if we can find a nice prize for the winner. 

Click here for a full sized image to print off.

Please send a photo to and include the name and age.   Closing date for entries is midnight April 30th 2020.
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

The eighth edition of the Reliant Motor Club Review (June 2020) is currently being put together although whilst you wait, the December 2019 edition (No 7) is available to members on our website..

As always it contains all our usual features along with a host of other articles including with an interview with Eddie Pepall and Reliant's former nurse Marian Whitefoot.  For those who have recently joined or opted out of our mailing list, this and past editions that can be viewed here.

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 magazine will be emailed to all current RMC members as soon as it is ready.
Membership Update March 2020

With well over 350 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, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Israel, 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.

Supporting Reliant Clubs & Historical Organisations

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.
Membership Discounts:

Amongst other benefits RMC members are also eligible for the following discounts:
  • Big Dug (10% off)
  • The car-wash .co (10% off)
  • classicline insurance (10% off),
  • Northern Radiators (10% off)
  • Fertan Products UK (15% off)
  • Rajah Ayurveda, India (25% off)
  • James Mann (£4 off How to photograph cars book)
Please click here for further details.
Club Merchandise:

Reliant Motor Club  Mugs

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 
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:
Reliant Partsworld
UK's largest range of Reliant parts and spares.
Tel: 01543 431 941
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

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