Built to last at the NEC
Wheeler Dealers and PC will join forces to revive a 1951 Riley RMA
Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead will join Practical Classics and the Riley RM Club on stage at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, on November 9-11. The pair will accompany PC editor Danny Hopkins and the restoration team as they attempt to rebuild his 1951 Riley RMA live across the weekend of the event. ‘It’ll be great to have the lads with us,’ says Danny. ‘As well as lending us a hand, they’ll be meeting the crowds and telling us stories about the cars featured in season 15 of Wheeler Dealers’.
The theme of the show this year is ‘Built to last’. Danny says the Riley RMA certainly fits that brief: ‘It was a father/son project that was never completed. ‘In storage since 1972, the previous owner Ron Jones was going to restore it with his father. It never happened but the robust nature of Riley engineering means he will be able to drive it on Sunday afternoon.’ Yes, Ron will be the first person to drive it once done.
More than 2500 classic cars and bikes will be packed into the NEC, where visitors will enjoy displays by 300 clubs, as well as auctions, competitions, classics car rides with the Sporting Bears and a giant indoor autojumble.
Turn to Danny’s Saga on p90 to read about the latest progress on the Rmaproject.