Seeing all those 3-wheelers and listening to their little engines sing really made me realize how much I miss having one. My Rover may have every electrical gadget known to man but sitting in a Robin again really brought back all the fun I used to have with one. So, I may have to move house and get one with a garage and drive so that I can have a 3-wheeler as well.
The Rally was opened by a chap from Reliant Cars Ltd who mentioned the current state of Reliant and seemed very secretive about a new 3-wheeler that was being made. Regular visitors to this site will know that the vehicle is no secret as it is the Reliant Robin BN-1 being manufactured by B&N Plastics.
After a cup of tea I managed to find a few old Reliant Regal advertisements on the Reliant stall and had a go at stabbing corks in a bowl of water. 46 corks in a minute that just wasn’t going to win me a prize. I also noticed some line drawings for sale of Reliant pictures and recognized them instantly. In Tamworth the local Morrisons Supermarket has huge paintings of Reliant vehicles on its wall, and these drawings were of these paintings. I shall have to photograph them next time I’m shopping ... I imagine I will get some strange looks doing that.
One of the highlights of the event for me was seeing a 1934 Raleigh Safety Seven owned by Martin Strange. It is featured on the Raleigh page of this site. I’ve always been a fan of the Safety Seven and it was great to see one in real life. The vehicle has been in Martin’s family since 1934 and speaking to Martin’s father he told me all about how his father would have to reverse the vehicle up really steep hills as it just could not make it going forward. As well as the Raleigh I have also been a great fan of the Bond Bug but sadly none were present today .. probably because Bond had there Rally on the same day.
The event also had some great 4-wheeled Reliants but we don’t want to talk about those here. However as my interest in Reliant grows I find myself more and more picking up bits of 4-wheeler info. There is no escaping it, Reliant made 4-wheelers and great machines they were to ... so as I can not add the data to this site I guess a new “Reliant Site” will soon be on the horizon. So watch this space!
But to me 3-wheelers are more fun and all in all it was a most enjoyable day and one in which makes me realise just how much I need to get a 3-wheeler again!!
May 27th 2001