Rob's Riley Pages 1996-2016
RILEY MOTOR CARS 1896-1969

as Old as the Industry, as modern as the Hour


Twenty Years on the Web

History

In the autumn of 1996, coincidentally Riley's centenary year, when the internet was still in its relative infancy, I discovered that there was very little on the web about Rileys. A few sites, mostly relating to clubs, had limited information and a few photos, and Martin Frankford's Team.net site had a more comprehensive amount of information, but largely related to post war models, in particular the one point five, of which he owned an example.
I therefore decided to use the small amount of webspace that Bath Uni allocated to me to create a Riley website. In conjunction with Martin, we developed parallel 'mirror' sites providing the same basic range of information and pictures on either side of the Atlantic, to combat the slow download speeds often encountered with transatlantic data transfer. Later a further mirror site was developed in Australia.
Over the next 4 years, the site grew, and whilst the history pages are largely unchanged to this day, little else survives of that first site. In 2000 I left Uni, and transferred the site to UKOnline, where it grew and developed, with more and more information on individual models, but still keeping the specifications and image library separate.
UKOnline hosted the site for 8 or 9 years, but from 2005 I could no longer access the site, as it required dialup and I had transferred first to mobile data and then broadband, without a modem. However, in 2009 rileyrob.co.uk was born, with the site largely as you see it today going online.

What's New

With the exception of the history pages almost every page has been / will be reviewed and updated as necessary. In particular, the following have been done (italics identify work in progress):

Thank You

This site would be nothing without the support of the many people who have provided information, photos and corrections over the years. Thank you to you all. I hope that you find the revisions of interest and that Rob's Riley Pages can continue to provide a thorough overview of the cars produced by Riley, it's subsidaries and successors for the next 20 years and more. Thank you for reading.