Living in Tamworth (UK) just 5 minutes away where the Reliant factory used to be until 1999 when it moved to Burntwood means that I have access to a treasure trove of information about Reliant and its past. Indeed it can be traced year by year back to 1935 in my local newspaper “The Tamworth Herald” of which all copies are stored at Tamworth Library.
Reliant are most famous for the Reliant Robin they produced from 1973. Everyone knows what a Reliant Robin is and images of Reliants in TV programs like “Only Fools and Horses” and Rowan Atkinson’s “Mr Bean” spring to mind supplemented with jokes about wheel barrows from comedians like Jasper Carrot Ironically these programs actually use a Reliant Regal 3/25 and a Regal Supervan III but people tend to think of all Reliant 3-wheelers as “Reliant Robins” or “Robin Reliants.
I have been a member of the Reliant Owners Club (ROC) for many years. Whilst I do not always attend the regional rallies organized by ROC I have always tried to get to the National rally that is held around May time each year. With the creation of this site in June 2000, from June 2001 I documented all these rallies with the exception of 2008 when my car was destroyed traveling to the rally. In this instance my brother documented it for me as he did in 2012.
The history of Tamworth is celebrated each year with the Heritage weekend that is held each September. Since 2006 we have been a pat of this organising a Reliant display each year. In 2006 we had 5 Reliants, 2007 we had 25 Reliants, 2008 54 Reliants and in 2009 81 Reliants turned up. In 2010 we had 95 Reliants and then 75 in 2011, 47 in 2012, 48 in 2013 and 37 in 2014.
The 10th Reliant Gathering is now being planned. All Reliants are welcome.