About The Riley RM Club
The principal object of our Club is to ensure the continued use of RM series Rileys through the provision of spares. We are extremely proud of our spares service, which we feel is second to none in the old car movement.
You are probably wondering about the significance of RM in our title. During the period of the production run of post-war Rileys, the letters RM (for Riley Motors) with an alphabetical suffix (denoting the model) were applied to the model as a means of identification:
1945 - 1952 (late)
1½ litre saloon
1946 - 1952 (late)
2½ litre saloon
1948 - 1950
2½ litre roadster
1948 - 1950
2½ litre drophead coupe
1952 (late) - 1955
1½ litre saloon
1952 (late) - 1953
2½ litre saloon
1954 - 1957
2½ litre Pathfinder saloon
Approximately 23,000 cars were produced in the series RMA - RMF of which about 500 were Roadsters and a further 500 Dropheads. The final car of the series and the only one with a name was the Pathfinder, or RMH of which approximately 5000 were produced.
During the 1960's the spares which were available from the manufacturers began to dry up, and those of us who were running RMs were beginning to have difficulties in obtaining even fairly mundane parts. Then in 1969 two fellow Riley owners, John Byron and James Atkinson had the foresight to start the Club, which now has a membership of over 1700 spread all over the world.
We have adopted throughout the attitude that Rileys should be used, and our spares policy has over the years been to make this possible. The Club's spares company is continually increasing the range of spares held and, where a demand exists, has arranged the remanufacture of many parts.
To keep Riley RMs on the road, the Club's UK Heritage approved spares company retains a comprehensive stock of new spares for both 1½ and 2½ litre models, including:
A - C
D - H
I - M
Instrument panels and bezels
N - R
S - T
U - Z
Oil filter conversion kits
Small end bushes
Spares cannot be ordered unless you have a current Riley RM Club Membership Number. Please allow 21 days for your membership to become effective. Please note that the constitution of the Club restricts the sale of spares to fully paid-up members of the Riley RM Club.
In addition to the normal range of new spares held by the Club's spares company, a considerable number of second hand spares are available, details of which can be obtained upon request from our Spares Secretary.
Our spares secretary sends parts internationally so wherever you are in the world you can benefit from this vital club service.
Sale of safety-related parts to USA and Canada.
In recent months we have been in increasing contact with our insurers, and have to report that the current situation is that we (The Riley R.M. Centre Ltd) cannot supply safety-critical or safety-related goods to the above areas, either directly or indirectly (e.g. member to member) for reasons of Product Liability.
This is not a situation that pleases us by any means but it is one that, at least for the time being, we have to accept. We are optimistic that we will be able to announce in the near future that the restriction can be lifted, and we continue to negotiate with various insurers to that effect.
The restriction affects items used primarily in braking, suspension and steering systems. Other spare parts are unaffected, as indeed are areas of the world other than those above. It is not in any way a reflection of the quality of parts, but a situation currently being experienced by all clubs such as ours. Those at The Riley R.M. Centre Ltd are fully aware of the restrictions and will be able to advise on specific items should there be any uncertainty.
We apologise to members so affected and stress that we continually work to resolve the matter.
Heritage Approval means that the Club's spares company, The Riley RM Centre Ltd meets the strict criteria regarding quality of service, product knowledge, financial stability, premises and that they carry a broad range of Heritage Original Equipment parts in stock. Only the premier companies in the classic sector are approved to display the accreditation sign.
The quality of service you receive is of the highest order and you know you are dealing with the best companies in the classic sector. British Motor Heritage product is produced to the highest standards, mostly from the original tooling and to the original specification. All of the product is identified by the distinctive product label.
We have a wide range of club and Riley items available, including clothing, car and lapel badges, restoration manuals and books relating to RM Rileys.
In addition to our spares service, there is a wonderful and informative Club magazine, RMemoranda, which is printed and sent to members eight times a year. We are proud of the quality of this magazine which contains technical articles, information on social activities, and details of spares, as well as advertising pages in which one can buy and sell cars or parts.
The RRMC has a number of technical advisers to assist with problems. and a registrar / archivist with records covering the majority of cars still in existence.
The RRMC maintains an extensive archive related to Riley cars of our period, in addition to which, a massive database now exists detailing all RM cars about which any information is known. This has proved a fascinating resource, as a number of articles the Database manager supplies to RMemoranda has shown. The database manager welcomes further information about your present or former Riley RMs - please look at our Census page.
The Riley RM Club online forum is for club members only. A vibrant community of some 500 members share ideas, ask questions, answer what they can. This is a very popular facilty especially for the far flung members who cannot easily get to a noggin and natter session.
On the social front, there are monthly meetings in most parts of the UK (see events listing), a good number of regular events (like the Pennine and Welsh Weekends) and of course, our annual National Rally, which is held in a different venue every year.
If you are or intend to become a Riley RM owner or just love Rileys. Many people join the club first and hear of cars becoming available from other members - a safer way to start ownership.
If you need spare parts. the Club's spares company holds very large stocks of new and second hand spares and specialises in RMs.
If you need advice. The club advisors and other members are only too pleased to help. The club sells instruction books, workshop manuals etc.
If you enjoy the social activities connected with car clubs, meetings, day trips, rallies and a sense of belonging and sharing your interests.
If you are an enthusiast and want to keep the 'Riley' name alive.
Membership is open to all owners and enthusiasts of the Riley RM series motor cars made between 1945 and 1957, and is also open to owners of pre-war Nuffield Rileys and those post-war Healeys using Riley mechanical parts.
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