Still cross about the loss of a Ri­ley RME

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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

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