The adventure continues.

It’s that time again. Sunny June – except it was raining. Time to drive to Brooklands for the annual Double 12. So named because back in the day, the race was supposed to be a 24 hour event like LeMans but no, the local populous that moved to live near the racing circuit, thought motor…

Speedometer fabrication

A long time back I purchased a 30’s speedometer that was a little bigger than the standard Riley one with a view of having a cable made up to suit the connection to the gearbox and to the gauge. The trouble is that ‘someone’ made the cars instrument panel to look nice but totally missed…

Grand Prix de Farnham

A rather special day out in the Riley… A few months back whilst attending a classic car show in the Riley, I was approached by one of the organising members of ‘Friends of Mike Hawthorn’ who asked if I would mind bringing my car to a forthcoming local event which promised to be a bit…

Inspection light

A fun distraction. I bought a vintage inspection lamp at Beaulieu many many months ago. It was looking very sad and not working but was priced cheaply because of that. I took a risk with the mindset of how hard can it be to get it working. Two wires and a lamp plus a bit…

Night driving – Indicators

  Sadly…. the reluctant fitting of indicators. I love the clean lines of just having headlamps at the front of the car. Brake lights at the rear of course are a legal necessity – indicators though? Nasty ugly things that never look right on vintage cars, historically¬†and legally I didn’t need to have any. But…

Night driving

Last week I took the Riley down to the local VSCC meeting at the Phoenix not really thinking about the early sunset or that the rain had only stopped half an hour before. A pleasant evening ensued, chatting to other like minded enthusiasts and the time came to head off home. Stepping out of the…

Coxcombing

Say what? It is a nautical term for the ‘string’ wrapping on a boats ‘helm’ (steering wheel). You will have seen it on many yachts. You may also have seen it on sporting vintage Bentley’s and a number of other vintage racing cars. The steering wheel on the Riley was quite tired and the original…