Pleas­ant sur­prise

New Zealand Classic Car - - READERS’ WRITES -

As is my cus­tom, I al­ways make a point of scan­ning through all the mo­tor mag­a­zines as they ap­pear on the book­shop shelves and make a pur­chase if there is some­thing in­ter­est­ing to fol­low up on — and that, of course, usu­ally re­lates to Ri­ley cars. And it is an in­ter­est­ing ob­ser­va­tion that in all the mo­tor mag­a­zines which are avail­able, there are very few ar­ti­cles which in­volve Ri­leys.

It there­fore came as a pleas­ant sur­prise to pick up the Oc­to­ber 2017 is­sue of the New Zealand Clas­sic Car ( No. 322) to find an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on a beau­ti­ful white 1948 RMB Ri­ley. The write-up was gen­er­ally fac­tual, and in ad­di­tion gave a short pot­ted his­tory of Ri­ley’s de­vel­op­ment over the years, and the fi­nal de­cline with the badgeengi­neered BMC prod­ucts.

It got me think­ing that per­haps as a one-make car club we tend not to seek the lime­light, but rather en­joy our Ri­leys in quiet ob­scu­rity.

If your mag­a­zine were to (say) cover our next an­nual Na­tional Rally and high­light the great va­ri­ety of clas­sic qual­ity cars that Ri­ley pro­duced, I am sure that read­ers would be greatly en­light­ened. How­ever, is that nec­es­sar­ily a good thing to pro­mote, or do we con­tinue to en­joy our cars in quiet ob­scu­rity?

Food for thought …

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