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Tamworth Herald (Page 7 - 24th April 2003)

On April 24th was featured in my local newspaper the Tamworth Herald who did an article on the site reaching 200,000 hits. As I live in Tamworth and probably because Reliant was a Tamworth based company for so long the article mainly touched on Reliant rather than 3-wheelers in general. The Herald provided their own photos from their archives.

Motor Company web site registers 200,000th hit.



A Tamworth website dedicated to the world's most famous three wheeled car has become a huge internet success story.

The popular site, originally dedicated to the legendary Reliant Robin but now extended to cover the history of the Tamworth motor manufacturer which ceased production in 1998, has now clocked up over 200,000 hits from enthusiasts around the world.

And it has become so famous among collectors that software giant Microsoft have even added it as a reference point in their Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia.

Among the 710 pages of information on the site, are many stories from Herald archives on the Reliant factory in Tamworth, first mentioned in the paper in 1935.

The site was set up just two years ago by Glascote resident Elvis Payne, who says his friends all thought it was a joke.

"A lot of my friends laughed and said it would be lucky to get ten hits but within a few months it had 10,000 hits, then 50,000 and then 100,000 and it has now topped 200,000.

"It's amazing and at over 700 pages, is the biggest of its kind in the world.

"I receive around 40 e-mails everyday and used to spend every waking second updating the site. Now it's as and when I can."

The 37-year-old network analyst has been featured in car magazines such as Top Gear and Classic Car as well as giving information as an expert witness for a court case involving a Reliant.

And Elvis has had to get used to attention from the media after being contacted by several television companies hoping to film reliant owners and their vehicles.

"The site gets hits from people from all corners of the globe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and China to name just a few.

"They love three wheelers and it's only people in this country who laugh at them - most of the older cars are now sold abroad to collectors." Elvis added.

The site now contains an A-Z of three wheelers as well as accounts and memories from ex-workers at the old Reliant Factory in Tamworth.

But it isn't complete yet.

"My aim is to get to 1,000 pages of information on the site so every imaginable fact is accessible for enthusiasts."

Elvis has also commissioned 1,000 Reliant Regal models from Lledo, which are available from the site for £8.99 each.

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