Re­liant archive treats

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin re­liant­mo­tor­

A club for Reliants that was formed just a year ago has al­ready at­tracted 150 mem­bers. And now it’s put some highly im­por­tant archive in­for­ma­tion on­line.

Set up by mar­que fa­nat­ics Elvis Payne (whose ma­jor new book on the cars has just been pub­lished), and Mark Crop­per, the Re­liant Mo­tor Club has lost no time in build­ing a unique archive. As well as pro­duc­ing a 70page mag­a­zine packed with his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, the club has put ev­ery is­sue of the rare mag­a­zine Re­liant

Re­view on­line for mem­bers only. This was pub­lished from 1963-67, then as an in­ter­nal news­let­ter from 1997-1998.

All 96 is­sues are avail­able, along with 239 Re­liant brochures.

The club’s phys­i­cal archive in­cludes the orig­i­nal Re­liant sign from the firm’s Tam­worth premises and com­pany founder, Tom Wil­liams’, per­sonal set of wood chis­els.

Club pres­i­dent and for­mer Re­liant deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Barrie Wills, says: ‘We’ve re­ally tried to em­brace the in­ter­net and all of the ben­e­fits that come with it. But club mem­bers have also shown so much ded­i­ca­tion to the Re­liant mar­que, and are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job in spread­ing the word and build­ing up this archive. It’s some­thing we’re re­ally proud of.’

Club mem­ber­ship is £8.50 a year.

Ev­ery is­sue of the Re­liant Re­view is now on­line.

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