Built to last at the NEC

Wheeler Deal­ers and PC will join forces to re­vive a 1951 Ri­ley RMA

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

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.

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