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Reliant gets a Blue Plaque and the Quar­ry­men play the NEC Clas­sic show.

Ablue plaque has been un­veiled in Tam­worth fol­low­ing a cam­paign sup­ported by the Reliant Mo­tor Club and its Honorary Mem­ber HRH The Princess Royal.

The plaque is at­tached to the house on Ket­tle­brook Road where res­i­dent Tom L Wil­liams and his col­league Ewart S Thomp­son built their first car in 1934. The brick shed where it was con­structed still ex­ists at the bot­tom of the gar­den.

Elvis Payne, Chair­man and His­to­rian of the Reliant Mo­tor Club, says not many peo­ple knew about the house. ‘We are de­lighted we have been able to high­light the sig­nif­i­cance of the prop­erty. Not even lo­cals were aware of the his­tor­i­cal connection to Reliant and so it’s great to not only mark Reliant’s birth­place but also to pay trib­ute to its founders.’

On fin­ish­ing the ve­hi­cle – a 356kg van pow­ered by a 750cc V-twin – Wil­liams and Thomp­son re­alised it was too wide to fit through the gap at the side of the house, so

they dis­man­tled and re­assem­bled the three-wheeler at a nearby garage where it was regis­tered, on January 1, 1935. Later that year Wil­liams trans­ferred de­vel­op­ment work to a dis­used bus de­pot and formed the Reliant En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany. The blue plaque project was funded jointly by the Reliant Mo­tor Club and Tam­worth Her­itage Trust.

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