At one point I was also approached by the BBC TV program “Top Gear” as they used some of my information in a program about the Reliant Robin. As well as a few articles I have written, this web site has been on various Radio stations and on TV. Also in many magazines including the Practical Classics, Canadian Classics, Classic, Lledo Collector and Model Collector magazine to name just a few. I was also delighted when Microsoft e-mailed me to say they would include a link to this site in the Automobiles section of Microsoft Encarta. In October 2003 the site was even mentioned in the extras section on the BBC Only Fools and Horses DVD.
My Robin was eventually put to sleep in 1993 when a lady in a dark blue Vauxhall Astra parked her car on my rear seat as I waited at the traffic lights one day. So GRE 33N (How I wish I kept that number plate as some one is now selling it for £9,000) was no more. I then bought a X reg Reliant Rialto and whilst it was a bit nippier than the Robin with its 850cc engine it just did not have the charm. There was something about the Robin that made people smile and want to get in it to see what it was like. Even people who jeered at 3-wheelers became so curious that they had to get in and have a look. If I had £1 for everyone who said, “One of your wheels have fallen off!” I would be on an exotic island now drinking cocktails all day whilst soaking up the sun. My reply of course would be to show them the spare wheel in the back of the car and say, “Don’t worry, I found it so I put it in here for safe keeping.” But, giving the Rialto its praises the passenger door mirror had a really unique feature that most executive cars don’t have and that was that at any speed over 40 mph the mirror would imitate a jet engine with a really cool jet sound. People were really surprised when they sat inside my Reliants and they proclaimed, “It’s just like a real car.” Its exactly like a real car with all the same controls. I think most people were expecting peddles and a joystick attached to a rather large elastic band but I guess that’s thanks to the Media and the way they portray 3-wheeled vehicles as a joke.
I had the Rialto until about 1995 when it suddenly seemed to be a large lorry magnet and got hit by numerous vehicles in the space of a few weeks. I managed to keep in going with bits of mesh and several tons of fibreglass matting but a year or so after graduating I decided to take my driving test. After moving into the IT sector where I now work as a “Group Intranet Developer” (a job I was offered as a result of this web site) I bought my first car that had a wheel in each corner; a 1985 Vauxhall Cavalier Estate. I have changed cars a few times since then (click here for my car history) and have a Jaguar X-Type now but despite the comfort of the Jaguar, I just had to buy another Reliant. My idea was to buy a Reliant Regal Supervan so that I could create a full sized version of the scale models I had made for this web site in 2002. This I did in February 2004 when I bought a 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III which was fully restored. The whole restoration process was turned into a restoration manual which resulted in my first published book in December 2005 by Veloce Publishing.
In 2005 this web site also acquired its 1,000th page which initially was my goal. In 2000 I thought once I reach 1,000 pages I will stop ... but once I got there I realised there was so much more to add and so the site continues to grow.
In December 2007, I got my second 3-wheeler, a 1974 Reliant “Super” Robin. Sadly in May 2008 my 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III (Ole Blue) was destroyed by fire though thanks to Terry O’Keefe giving me his vehicle, I soon had a 1970 Reliant Regal Supervan III 21E. (Snoopy) and then a 1961 Reliant Regal MK VI van of which I purchased in July 2008. The same month also saw the 1,000,000th hit at 3-wheelers.com
Sadly towards the end of 2008, I had to find new homes for both the Reliant Robin and the Reliant Regal due to the lack of decent garage space. I now just own a 1961 Reliant Regal Mk VI van and since owning it this has appeared in a few programs, the BBC film “Toast”, the film “Soul Boy”, the medical drama “The Royal” and adverts on BFBS3 Television.. In June 2008 my brother and I also drove 5,500 miles to the North Cape and back in a 1990 Reliant Robin LX. This is available as a book.
In 2010 3-wheelers.com was 10 years old and the site was revamped from scratch to bring it up to date.
In 2011 with co-author Stuart Cyphus we wrote a new book called The Reliant Three-Wheeler 1935-1973 published by Crecy Publishing. 2011 also saw me get married to Caroline and my first son was born (sadly my father also died) and as a result spare time now gets swallowed up and so time to update 3-wheelers.com gets scarcer all the time - which is a shame given how much there is still to add to the site though work comes first as that pays the mortgage. My mission remains though to keep the web site and ensure it gets updated. 2011 was also the 50th birthday on my 1961 Reliant Regal Mk VI van.
Volume 2 of mine and co-author Stuart Cyphus’ book The Reliant Three-Wheeler 1973-2002 was published in April 2012.)
To see some of my other web sites, click here or for the history of 3-wheelers.com, click here.