“The Club for Owners and Enthusiasts of Britain’s finest specialist car manufacturer”
No 17. June 2020
The RMC Winners
What a few months it has been, in our March newsletter we were just heading towards a lockdown in the UK and here we are 3 months later with restrictions from the lockdown slowly being lifted. I imagine that like us, many car owners haven't visited a garage for fuel in months, we last went in March and as a result of working from home, we still have just over half a tank left - just think how much less we would have used if the car was a Reliant 3-wheeler!
It has been a very strange time and our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the Corona virus Covid-19 in one way or another.
It hasn't all been doom and gloom though, activity on our website has been at an all time high and our first virtual rally held last April was a huge success. We saw just over 500 people taking part on the day and even had the Mayor of Tamworth drop in to welcome everyone. The event was such a success that we decided that the winners of all the virtual rallies would receive a real trophy. Things were slightly hindered due to the lockdown restrictions although real trophies were purchased and sent out. We understand they created a lot of smiles once received, especially from Geoff Ward who was our overall winner. Our congratulations go to everyone who won a trophy and indeed our sincere thanks go to all those who took part in the rally. You can read more about the rally and discover all the RMC winners in our June magazine due this month.
For those who have asked will we be arranging another virtual rally, the answer is most definitely yes, we will be making it an annual event and full details for the next one will be detailed in both our newsletters and on our website.
Stay safe and take care,
Just some of the real trophies presented after out first Virtual Reliant Rally last April. with the main overall winner trophy in the centre. For a full list of who won trophies see our latest club magazine that will be released by the end of the month.
RMC Heritage Certificates
When it comes to heritage certificates for Reliants, they are pretty much impossible to get as it is believed that all manufacturing records have been destroyed over the years. Earlier this month Elvis had an astonishing discovery when he was contacted by someone selling Reliant memorabilia that once belonged to a former Reliant employee. Amongst the general items that Elvis bought, was a large black A4 notebook that contains manufacturing records for the Scimitar GT (SE4) from July 1965 to December 1966. This means that the RMC is now able to provide a heritage certificate service for these vehicles. Visit our website for more details.
There was a very positive article on our virtual rally in the FBHVC News magazine, The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs thanked the RMC stating, "Thank you very much to the Reliant Motor Club for sharing their great initiative to give their many members (and non-members) a boost in these current circumstances. Maybe other clubs may wish to try something similar?
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
RELIANT MOTOR CLUB REVIEW: No 8
The eighth edition of the Reliant Motor Club Review (June 2020) is being finalised and will be made available to members by the end of the month.
As always it contains all our usual features along with a host of other articles including with an interview with Robin Mk 3 designer Andy Plumb and former Reliant employee John Tracey who introduced part numbers to Reliant in 1948. As you can tell by the cover, we have also gone tangerine for the 50th anniversary of the Bond Bug.
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.
Spreading around the globe - Membership Update June 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, 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 email@example.com
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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