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Reliant Export Story (1967)

 

In 1967 a short BBC film was made about Reliant and its Export business of the Anadol and Regal. This film was then destroyed and no copies were known to have existed until Elvis Payne found a copy in 1992 on 16mm film belonging to Derrick Smith who used to work at Reliant. Derrick then lent Elvis the film and a friend of his, Mike Redwick Jones, then borrowed it from him to convert it to VHS. They found out that it was actually a BBC story and so the BBC said they would convert to to VHS if they could keep a copy for their archive. And so, 4 copies were made of the film. One, of which the BBC kept, and Elvis Payne, Mike Redwick Jones and Derrick Smith had one each. Sections of the film have since appeared on the BBC program “Top Gear” and the BBC documentary “Trouble at the Top”.

The film shows some fantastic footage of the Reliant Regal 3/25 being manufactured and also features the Reliant Ant and briefly covers the 4-wheeled Scimitar and Anadol. The digitised version on YouTube has been straight from one of the VHS master copies.

 

Reliant Export Story

 

 

 

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Foundation for the Future (1970s)

 

This film fron the early 1970s by the Reliant Cine Club shows Reliant during its time of expansion. At the time a new Robin Assembly hall was built with plans for another for the Scimitar that didn’t actually go ahead.  In addition to the expansion at that time, it also offers a glimpse into factory life and the Reliant Robin that had just been introduced,. Converted from 16mm film to VHS and then DVD, the quality has suffered a little although it still makes an interesting feature. Our thanks to Kate Pointon for providing a copy of this film.

 

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Reliant’s Royal Occassion (1975)

 

Filmed by the Reliant Cine Club in July 1975, this film documents the visit of HRH Princess Anne to Reliant. During her visit, Princess Anne visited the sites at Two Gates, Kettlebrook and Shenstone.Converted from 16mm film to VHS and then DVD, the quality has suffered a little although it still captures what was a great day for Reliant. Our thanks to Kate Pointon for providing a copy of this film.

 

Reliant's Royal Occassion

 

 

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World of Reliant (1980s)

 

A rather interesting film from the 1980s by Reliant showing seveal vehicles including the Fox, Rialto and Scimitar along with other projects like the Lucas Hybrid. It also offers a fairly indepth over view of the manufacturing process showing the body been hand layed, parts being pressed and mechanical components being assembled. 

The film is copied from a VHS master copy that was salvaged from the Reliant offices by ex-Reliant worker, Troy Walton.  The quality however is still a bit dubious in places as the original version was filmed on 16mm tape and so quality has been lost converting it to VHS.  So much so the VHS master copies has a label indicating the quality as “acceptable”.

 

World of Reliant

 

 

 

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