To celebrate Tamworth's history, for the last few years the second weekend in September has been a Heritage Weekend displaying Tamworth’s rich history. Last year it was the first weekend in September though this year it returned to being the second weekend again. For the last few years we have been blessed with sunshine for the day though this year was forecast rain and strong winds. Despite the dismal forecast we still had a superb turnout with 48 vehicles on display.
This year we were again one on the Aldergate Car Park in the town center directly opposite the Tamworth Information Center and Assembly Rooms though like last year a number of other vehicles shared the car park as not only had a number of vehicles been left in there over night it had also not been blocked off. Perhaps the strangest thing for me was not having a Reliant. I’ve had a number of Reliants on show over the years since the Reliant Gathering started though having sold them all it was a bit strange walking to to event rather than driving on 3-wheels.
This year we almost got a vehicle from every decade of Reliant’s history. For the 1930s we again had my brother’s (Geoff) 1935 Reliant styled on the original prototype created by Tom Williams in 1934. For the 1940s the Black Country Living museum in Dudley again kindly allowed us to borrow their 1949 Reliant 8cwt van. Unfortunately there was nothing from the 1950s this year and the 1960s were supported by Richard Morley’s 1963 Reliant Regal 3/25 (which is the first time we have had a 3/25 model with the slatted front at the display) along with John Nuttings 1968 Scimitar GTE and Dave Poole’s 1969 Scimitar GTE. It was Dave Poole’s Scimitar that appeared on the plaques this year.
The 1970s were well represented with a pristine 1971 Reliant Regal 21E saloon owned by Lance Pedwell and a Supervan III of the same year owned by David Wharmby.
The 1980s is always well represented and this year was no different with a number of Robins, Rialtos, Fox Tandy Campers and for the first time at the event a Steven’s Cipher owned by Simon Fitch. The 1990s saw a number of Robins whilst the 2000s also saw the latest vehicle to ever attend the show in the form of James Holland’s 2002 Reliant Robin BN1.
Unfortunately on the day both my son and I were suffering with man flu and by about 1:30pm this had got the better of us and so we decided to leave early and get our son back in the warm. My brother Geoff was still on hand to keep an eye on things and I’m told despite a downpour after I left, everything went well.
The complete list of vehicles was as follows:
1935 7cwt Pick up Geoff Payne
1949 8cwt van Geoff Payne
1963 Regal 3/25 Richard Morley
1967 Rebel - “Waterboost”
1968 Scimitar GTE SE4 John Nutting
1969 Scimitar GTE Dave Poole
1971 Regal 21E Lance Pedwell
1971 Regal Supervan III David Wharmby
1973 Rebel 750 Simon Hodges
1975 Reliant based Trike Ian & Teresa Gibson
1975 Kitten John Pearce
1976 Scimitar GTE Martin North
1976 Robin Dean Woods
1977 Kitten DL Garry Gregory
1977 Kitten Simon Fitch
1977 Robin Darren Butler
1977 Kitten Geoffrey Ward
1977 Kitten Kirsty Payne
1977 Kitten Stephen Baker
1980 Robin Super 850 Maggie Stone
1981 Steven's Cipher Simon Fitch
1981 Kitten DL Mike Rowley
1981 Robin 850 John & Helena White
1983 Rialto Heather Shortridge & Dan Lance
1984 Rialto 2 James Holland / Malcolm Norris
1984 Fox Mick Rowley
1984 Scimitar SS1 Andy King
1985 Fox Tandy Camper Duncan Bradford
1985 Fox Tandy Camper Keith Gittus
1985 Fox Tandy Camper Kerry Croxton
1985 Rialto 2 van Anthony Scholey
1985 Rialto 2 GLS Estate Phil Ade
1985 Scimitar GTE 6B Brain Calvert
1986 Rialto Darren Woods
1987 Scimitar 1800ti Roy Smallwood
1987 Rilato SE Mark Cropper
1988 Scimitar SS1 Lee Dyble
1988 Scimitar SS1 Dave ??? no 43
1988 Rialto Dean Smithson
1988 Rialto SE Aaron Hemsley
1988 Rilato SE Andy Hart
1994 Robin SLX Chris Adey
1994 Robin II Phil Cornish
1997 Robin Steve Cardall
1998 Robin Royale Tony Snow
1999 Robin BRG Sue Cropper
2000 Robin SLX Mk III Terry O'Keeffe
2002 Robin BN1 James Holland
This year we also had a non-Reliant guest arrive in the form of a MGB.
1967 MGB GT Pete Dyble