Still cross about the loss of a Riley RME
In the mid-1960s I was a newly qualified RAF aircraft mechanic in Lincolnshire, working on Vulcan bombers. I bought a Riley RME saloon car as a non-runner – it needed attention to the leather cloth roof lining too.
Otherwise it was quite a tidy car with good bodywork and a mint interior. With the help of the corporal I worked for, I fitted a new head gasket and ground the valves in. She ran sweetly and I was saving to have the roof trimmed.
The car was parked on the parade square and one day I saw that my Riley had a big white cross painted on the screen. The station warrant officer had done this because it wasn’t displaying a current tax disc. A couple of days later the scrap man took it away and that was the end of my motoring for a while.
Now that Riley RMEs are making £1012,000 do you think I could bring a claim against the MoD?
I love my classics and I’m sure that helped me to survive a major cancer operation recently. Thanks to everyone at Manchester Royal Infirmary, I’m back working on my cars again; a Ford Consul MkII convertible, two Sunbeam Rapiers and a Morris Minor Tourer. Brian Aldred, Stockport, Greater Manchester