The Supervan III was purchased in 2004 had a full nut and bolt restoration and another spin off from that lead to the whole restoration being documented which resulted in my first book, “How to restore Reliant Regal” in 2005. The writing bug had then bitten and this lead to further books with the Reliant North Cape Challenge in 2008 co-authored with my brother, The Reliant Three-Wheeler 1935 – 1973 (in 2011) and The Reliant Three-Wheeler 1973-2002 (in 2012) both co-authored with Stuart Cyphus. Following on from these was The A-Z of Three-Wheelers in 2013 and The Reliant Motor Company in 2016 in which H.R.H The Princess Royal wrote the foreword. In 2017 my “How to restore Reliant Regal” book was revised, updated and republished. My latest book, The Reliant Scimitar, released in September 2018, also has a foreword written by H.R.H The Princess Royal.
Sadly my Supervan III was destroyed by fire in 2008 and was then replaced with a 1961 Regal Mk VI van which are quite rare. The van enjoyed the lime light and was used for a filming and enjoyed appearances in BFBS3 adverts, the BBC film “Toast” and the TV series, “The Royal”. Set in the 1960s, out of 8 seasons my Reliant was the only one to feature in the program. The van was also used for the film “Soul Boy” but sadly cut from the final version.
Whilst not using my vehicle I have also assisted numerous other TV programs and advertisements with information on Reliant or indeed found vehicles for them. This also includes the infamous Top Gear episode with the Reliant Robin constantly being rolled by Jeremy Clarkson. I was on that episode. Along with TV I have also helped many newspapers, magazines and radio stations Worldwide with either Reliant related information or photos. One of the more memorable request was from BBC America to write a biography of the Reliant van for the extras section for a DVD of the TV series, Only Fools and Horses. In addition to the biography I also took photos that were used on the packaging and the cover of one of the DVDs. From 2006 to 2014, I also organised the Reliant Gathering in Tamworth on which once a year Reliant vehicles would assemble as part of the town’s Heritage day. I was honored in 2015 to receive a BE Tamworth” award (in the form of a BE Tamworth pin badge) by the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Richard Kingstone for my interest in Reliant and thus promoting my home town; Tamworth.
I have owned a number of Reliant three-wheelers including three Robin Mk 1s, two Rialtos, two Supervan IIIs and a Regal Mk VI van. At present there is no Reliant in the garage although instead I have been collecting Reliant memorabilia to build up a vast Reliant archive which at this point in time, contains well over 1,500 items ... and counting.