Reliant Motor Club

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

No 13. June 2019

Lest we forget

With the news being filled with pictures of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy earlier this month we thought we would also take a moment to remember those who gave their lives so that we may have a better future.  Lest we forget.

Back in Tamworth it is well known that during World War II Reliant manufactured over half a million parts for the war effort and whilst it is detailed that they made parts for various aircraft and tanks, what isn't really documented was the actual parts they made.  At the RMC we have been trying to put together life at Reliant during World War II and it is proving to be difficult.  However, we are very lucky that the RMC archive includes drawings made by Colin Fine-Thompson in April 1997 that cover in detail numerous parts that Reliant made during the war along with a brief description of what each part was used for (where known). The two diagrams below were components being manufactured for sea mines and are just a small example of some of the parts Reliant made. 

Hope you have a great summer.


RMC Secretary
Parts A & B, Paddle spindles and associated clutch drums. The spindles were fitted with paddles which controlled the speed of rotation of the clutch drum fitted to the end of the paddle spindle, which in turn controlled the depth at which sea mines were submerged beneath the surface of the sea, The spindles and drum were contained in a box-like carriage which settled on the sea bed and was lost for all time.  Some 40,000 sets were made by Reliant under the most primitive conditions using standard Covmac centre lathes. The amount of swarf produced frequently enveloped man and machine, since to clear this would have cost the operator lost piecework time
All change at Reliant Partsworld

It’s all change at Reliant Partsworld as we are informed that Stewart Halstead, former MD of Reliant Partsworld is now the Chairman and CEO at the Partsworld Group. 

This means that Rob Walsh is the new Managing Director of the Reliant Group of companies.  We have contacted Rob who stated “we are more than willing to continue our relationship with yourself and the Reliant Motor Club and help wherever we can”.  Rob is also now a member of the Reliant Motor Club.

We welcome Rob to the club and look forward to our continued association with Reliant Partsworld,
Tamworth Heritage Weekend
The Heritage Open Day in Tamworth is on 22nd September this year and whilst historically it has been run by Tamworth Borough Council , this year it is being organised by the Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) of whom we have been working closely with over the last year.  The TDCS have contacted us in regard to a Reliant display within the town to celebrate the history of Reliant.  We are formulating a plan for this and more details will be revealed nearer the time.

For those familiar with the Reliant Gathering being organised by the Reliant Owners Club in Tamworth earlier in the same month, please note that this is still going ahead at an event run by Tamworth Borough Council.
Calendar 2020 - 85th Anniversary
Whilst sounding very futuristic for some of us, 2020 is the 85th anniversary of the first Reliant and so we thought we would celebrate the occasion with a RMC Calendar that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

We would therefore like to see your best Reliant photos for possible inclusion into the calendar,  Best of all you do not need to be a subscribed RMC member to send one in.  Please send your favourite Reliant photo to and the best ones will be picked towards the end of the year,  Please note that images must be at least 2MP (1600x1200) so they maintain detail when printed.
Reliant Scimitar book now available
Elvis Payne's latest book on Reliant Sportscars entitled, The Reliant Scimitar  is currently available. The book contains a foreword by H.R.H The Princess Royal and covers all Reliant Sportscar models (both production and abandoned projects) from the Sabra to the planned De La Chapelle Roadster based Scimitar in 1999. 

As with Elvis' previous books, numerous key people have assisted with the book including former Reliant directors, Barrie Wills, Ritchie Spencer, Ed Osmond, Stewart Halstead, Tony Stafford and Jonathan Heynes, along with Tom Karen from Ogle to name just a few.  The book also contains new information along with GTE concept images from the 1990s that have not been published before.

Priced at £19.95 the book is available from Crecy Publishing, Amazon and all good book stores.

The sixth edition of the Reliant Motor Club Review will be available in the next few days and emailed to all subscribed members.  It contains all our usual features and a host of articles along with an interview with Les Collier of B&N Plastics on the Reliant Robin BN1 and BN2..  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. 

Issue No 7 is due in December 2019.
RMC Membership hits 300 members

We have now reached the300 members mark as membership continues to grow, yes, we say it every newsletter although it is always great to see new members and wonderful that so many existing members are renewing their memberships. We welcome all our new members and indeed welcome back those who have renewed.  The RMC continues to be global with members in Australia, 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 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:
Having identified merchandise best suited to the RMC, we plan to have our new online shop up and running this year.  If you have any ideas for club merchandise we would still love to hear from you.
Please contact us with your suggestions.
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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