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The very first Re­liant ve­hi­cle emerged from 29 Ket­tle­brook Road in Tam­worth on 1 Jan­uary 1935, and this event has been im­mor­talised by a blue plaque. It has been or­gan­ised by the Tam­worth Her­itage Trust after years of lob­by­ing from the Re­liant Mo­tor Club and founders, Elvis Payne and Mark Crop­per.

The house was home to mo­tor­cy­cle en­gi­neer, Tom Wil­liams, who de­signed a three-wheeled car that was made by Raleigh in Not­ting­ham. When the com­pany de­cided to stick to bicycles, Wil­liams moved to his par­ents-in-law’s house where he built a three-wheeled van in the gar­den work­shop and came up with the Re­liant name.

For­mer Re­liant ex­ec­u­tive, Bar­rie Wills, says: ‘ The shed is still there. It’s brick-built, which I guess is why it’s still stand­ing!’ Giles Chap­man

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