Skip to content

Missing the Nelsons again; & in search of piston advice

I’ve not had the pleasure as yet of meeting Ken Nelson in person. He was set to attend our event in Indianapolis in 2008, but had to cancel at the last minute because of a sibling’s health situation. Our last minute planning of this year’s AMG cost us the attendance of many good members who had pre-planned other important things. Ken, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was kind enough to explain, and ask in advance for some RM engine advice:

“Well, I know it’s a lame excuse, but I will have to once again miss the annual Riley meet… We have a family reunion planned a year in advance for that same weekend assuming things are uncomplicated with some surgeries. The meet looks fantastic, and Kathy would even be excited to go if we could make it (pretty good endorsement for a non-car person).

“But I thought I’d update you on the Riley events in my life. First, I have the engine on my ’54 RME half apart in the car. Crank and cams are in place and look great, but pistons and rods are out to be redone. I rebuilt this engine about 25 years and 16,000 miles ago, and at that time it was not possible to buy replacement rings for the . 030″ oversize pistons it had been bored out for. So I went to Hastings, MI, to the ring manufacturing company and they got me a Rube Goldberg set of rings from some of this and some of that. Well, it didn’t work. The compression rings had to have spacers added, and they clearly flexed in the lands enough to cause breakage of the rings and lands. See the photos below. So I went back to my original shade tree mechanic (see pic) to see if I could entice him to rebuild the short block again. He agreed! What’s more, he found a set of NOS unused .030” oversize Hepolite pistons, rings, and pins on the internet for me. Go figure! It only cost me double what any decent set of racing pistons for a Chevy would cost.

“However, I noticed with the MGB shell conversion for the big end bearings (that was done 25 years ago also) that there is a small area near the cut out locking tabs where the bearings had worn down to the copper. I wondered if the then newly made locking cut-outs weren’t made deeply enough? My machinist suggested it might just be variability in the thickness of the shell bearings at the edges, but I wonder why it only occurred at the tabs? So he’s trying to look into that while he makes me some new small-end bushings. I have checked the piston bores in the block and the journals on the rod crankpins, and they seem to be right on the money without significant scoring. So, after honing the cylinders with the engine in the car, I hope to be able to assemble the short block soon with new rod bearings and my new pistons and rings. Then I’ll take a better look at the head to see if I need any valve work or not, and hope to soon have an A-1 running Riley RME 1 1/2 litre engine again. I do plan to remove the hot spot tubes in the head and block before I assemble it to avoid leakage. My car has the twin 1 1/4 SU carb factory setup so the hot spot doesn’t do anything anyway.

“I’m open to any words of wisdom or sage advice from any of you, so feel free to write /email. I’ll be thinking of you all at the meet. And, once again, I’m hoping to make it to next years meet. Keep me on your mailing list.”


For a better look at Ken, above, click on his image and it will enlarge. Likewise, for an enlarged view of any photo in this gallery, click on it and it will grow.

More from Ken Nelson, his engine and the history of midwest meets

Regarding my engine rebuild, yes, please do include my email address in the newsletter (kenneth.nelson1@comcast.net). I welcome all comments and thoughts about the rebuild process. I have done about eight or nine engine rebuilds over the past 45 years, but spread out as they are it is often a “relearning” process. I have concluded, however, that these are sturdy cast iron engines which likely can stand their fair share of abuse or”‘lickin, and still come out tickin”. When I investigated my connecting rod conversion done in England (by I believe John Byron or one of the gurus there), it became very apparent the work was well done and functional, but hardly fine-tuned precision machining. Here are three pictures of one of the rod big ends after the Babbit bearings had been line bored out to accept MGB shells. The first is how the rod looked after shell conversion in England; the second picture is the rod cap with the shell after running 16,000 miles in my engine; the third picture is the same rod with a new replacement shell which seems to still fit well, and which I will be reinstalling in the engine. I don’t think this is the type of machining and parts we’d see in a Formula One race car, but it seems to work satisfactorily in a Riley 1 1/2 litre!

I did have the small end bushings redone at a machine shop in Grand Rapids, and here’s a picture of the rods and my honing of the cylinders prior to reassembly, which I hope to do soon. I also realize these bores aren’t perfect, but with unused NOS Hepolite .030″ oversize pistons, rings, and pins to install I think the engine will run adequately. As I mentioned earlier, I just did not want to embark on pulling the engine from the car and redoing cams and main bearings since all is well with them. I welcome all thoughts and suggestions.

Finally, I should also add a bit to the club’s history by relating that it was I, supported by Don Caldwell from Knoxville, who instigated and organized the yearly Midwest Riley meets which eventually ended up being held at Indianapolis for a number of years. I put on about 18 yearly meets before slowing down. I wasn’t quite as ambitious as you have been, however, and did not attempt a national meet. But I was able to get anywhere from about four to seven or so cars with a perhaps ten to twelve or so members together at various times by arranging a meet in association with another generic British Car show yearly. Originally this was arranged for Chicago with Don and I, and I held this also at Louisville, and Cincinnati, before settling on Indianapolis. I have a few stories about those meets, and I’ll see if I can dig some out to send you later if you wish. The most ambitious member then was Steve Tate who drove his drophead several thousand miles from Yakima, WA and back to attend one Indianapolis gathering. Sandy Turner was one of the Indianapolis members who owns his one-family drophead and was very enthusiastic and helpful in getting members to attend, along with Don Caldwell. Mike and Carol Long from Nashville, along with Carl Dorr from Frogmore (later renamed St. Helena), South Carolina were attendees from our southern states. Don Forrest had a beautifully restored red RMC he drove to our meet, along with another owner from Canton, Ohio, with an RMC transplanted with a Ford V8 power plant. Don Forrest’s car was sold and Carl Dorr’s car I believe ended up in Allan Campbell’s ownership. Don Caldwell bought a beautiful Riley Kestrel 6-light from Steve Tate, which he later sold to Mike Long after Don bought a beautiful 1935 PA Airline MG Coupe. Bob Grinsell from Michigan occasionally showed up and has restored at least 2 very nice RMs I’m told. So we have a bit of history for Riley’s in the Midwest, but most of the USA Rileys I’m sure ended up on the East or West coasts. Sandy Turner thought there might have been a Riley dealership somewhere in or around Indianapolis, but I have no knowledge of that. Perhaps someone else has details of where dealerships were located here, and how long they existed?

So now it’s off to the garage and some more skinned knuckles. Hope to meet you at least by next year!

Thanks, Ken. We had a similar experience at Indianapolis in 2008. Four fine Rileys in the field. Don Caldwell drove his RME to Indianapolis for the last time before selling it. Grinsell did one find RM and has long been at work on a Kestrel. Steve Tate later drove his roadster all the way from Yakima to Lime Rock and almost all the way home. There were many Nuffield dealerships in the Midwest. I met a man who worked for one while I was attending the meet I organized at Indianapolis.


For a better look at Ken’s engine block or any photo in the gallery below, click on it and it will enlarge.

This fall you could be in the picture

Mickey Shemin and John Riley traveled in late June to select a base hotel and plan our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for the weekend of September 30-October 2. Attending club members arrive on Friday, September 30 and will gather for drinks in the patio and dinner in the Founders Room at our base hotel, The Middlebury Inn. Saturday we visit four of the five covered bridges of Addison County, breaking for lunch and tech session at the home and workshop in Weybridge of longtime member Eric Killorin, his wife Betsy, and their sons. Eric has a fine Riley RMB and a 1924 Duesenberg, both inherited from his father, Karl, an early club member. Saturday night we will conduct our Annual General Meeting and dine at the Basin Harbor Club in nearby Vergennes. Sunday we will stop off at the fifth and final covered bridge in the county on our way to the great barn at Shelburne Farms. At noon our cars will half surround the carousel that adjoins the circus building at the Shelburne Museum while we tour its world famous collection, and Sunday night conclude our three day meet with an awards dinner aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen while cruising Lake Champlain.

Four inns have reserved rooms for us. It would be best if members with Riley cars in attendance book the Middlebury Inn, as a majority of rooms held for us adjoin the parking lot. Owners would have immediate access to their cars from front doors of their rooms. The inns are:

The Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square, Middlebury, VT 05753. (800) 842-4666. Erin O’Shaughnessy, senior sales & marketing manager.

The Inn on the Green, 71 South Pleasant Street, Middlebury, VT 05733 (888) 244-7512. Brenda Grove, innkeeper.

Middlebury Courtyard by Marriott, 309 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05733. (800) 388-7775. Robin Vaughan, sales manager. Rooms remain available.

Waybury Inn, 457 East Main Street, East Middlebury, VT 05740. (802) 388-4015. Tracey Getty, Innkeeper. Farthest away, but the model for the inn in the last Newhart television series.

Last Minute Additions: As our event approaches, a majority of the inns listed above are booked, although we recommend you check them for last minute cancellations. Hurricane Irene forced cancellation of a lot of long-held reservations in Vermont. According to the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, the following B & Bs may have rooms available. All have websites you can check for details. We have not negotiated any special rate with these late recommendations. They are:

Greystone Motel, Box 1395, Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05733, greystonemotel@comcast.net, (802) 388-4935.

Emilio Guest House, 394 East Main Street, East Middlebury, VT 05740, (802) 388-2156.

Clara Zeno House, 31 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05733, (802) 759-2103, office, (802) 989-0008, cell, closest to Middlebury Inn.

Kane’s Suite, 28 High Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-1162, fmkane@myfairpoint.net, Maureen Kane, innkeeper.

Our weekend is near the peak of fall colors, so rooms at the above inns are in demand. If calling the top four inns in this story, don’t forget to mention that you are a member of The Riley Motor Club Of North America. Please book as soon as you can. After our dinner cruise Sunday night we have an hour’s return drive from Burnlington to Middlebury. Those leaving early Monday from Burlington might consider spending Sunday night in an inn or motel in that city.

Attendees at last autumn’s Riley Motor Club Of North America Annual General Meeting at Allenberry Resort, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Many have re-enlisted for this fall’s AGM at Middlebury Inn, Middlebury, Vermont. For a closer view of the group, click on the photo.

Older drophead owners keep on coming

That’s Sandy Turner’s green drophead just over his shoulder. Sandy, kneeling, holds his hat in his hand. From his wheelchair, John Minatel, 96, smiles at the camera too. Earlier that day two weeks ago Sandy picked up John and took him to the Indiana British Car Union’s annual meet at Indianapolis, a tradition they share. Three years ago a few of us were with them when Riley was marque of the year. John had sold his drophead a few years earlier, shortly before he was widowed. Sandy banged his up a bit trailering it back to Indiana from our AGM meet last year at Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He hammered out the damage and finished with a bit of bondo. The car has been his since it was his father’s, purchased new in Oakland, California. Last year I had the honor of driving it from Boiling Springs to Gettysburg.

For years it was a midwest tradition for Riley owners to bring their cars to this Indianapolis meet. Don Caldwell came from Knoxville in his Kestrel or his RMA or his RME; the last Riley Don drove to Indy was in 2008, his yellow and black RME, but he’s sold all of them in recent years and kept only his MG Airline Special. Ken Nelson came from Grand Rapids in his 1954 RME; lately he’s had engine problems. John’s not as spry as he once was, as when he landed at Normandy for example, but he still appreciates a good look at a drophead, even one he knows as well as Sandy’s. The model and marque at this year’s meet, not held next to the raceway as in the past but at Lions Park north of the city, was the Jaguar XKE. More than a dozen were among the more than 150 cars shown.

At last year’s AGM Sandy was our first recipient of the Varlie Gordon-Bill Lewis Award for service to the club.

For a better look click on the photo.

Riley RMB (no longer) requires TLC in Lincoln, Nebraska

For a long time there were three postwar Riley cars in Lincoln, Nebraska. Gus Peach’s RMF. Professor Ronald J. Bonstetter’s longtime meticulous RMB restoration project (at http://www.flatwater.org/images/gallery/bonn/riley/index.html). And the spiffy green and black 1951 RMB that since 1994 was the property of Professor (now emeritus) Roger Cognard of the English Department at Nebraska Weslyan, a Shakespearian scholar. It had been in Lincoln its entire running life. Samuel S. Simpson, III, owned it until his death in 1974, thereupon it passed to Samuel IV. At some point in the 70s subsequent owner Allen Greiss upgraded the steering wheel, replaced the vinyl hardtop, and added a set of cheesy fake ugly chromed exhaust manifolds. Dr. Cognard always meant to have them removed, but had not done so. The interior was in what British Riley fanciers prefer, perfect tattiness. Subsequent owers included a George Carpenter and the downtown jeweler Ted Thomas, who was a member of this club. Dr. Cognard was firm on price. Ten grand, no less.

This fine car was purchased by a British car enthusiast from Las Cruces, New Mexico, who planned to join our club. It will soon be transported from Dr. Cognard’s residence to that of its new owner.

Click on the photo and it will enlarge

By the time it got to Phoenix

This Riley RMB had New Mexico plates on it and it was for sale at a swap meet in Fremont, Nebraska. Its owner had wanted to install an American truck engine in it. Brian Goldsmith bought it, got it running, but decided he was in over his head and sold it to Ron Bonnstetter, then a professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Ron’s website detailing a meticulous restoration of the car is listed above, in the article about the proposed sale of Dr. Roger Cognard’s RM saloon. This year Ron took a buyout at Nebraska and he and Nicolette have relocated to Phoenix, where he has joined a family business. He continues as webmaster of his Lincoln car club. One can do that from out of town. Work on this car, with its proper Riley engine, continues. More later.

For a better view of Ron’s restoration, click on its image.

The event at Allenberry Resort, details from its originator

Behind this sign is a dwelling unit at Allenberry Resort. Herein Mickey Shemin, Mac McMahon, and yours truly rested from reconnoitering our fall event and plotted its schedule. I had been with Mac on the RM Club Irish Tour and he came to our club event in Indianapolis. But I only knew Mickey as a New Jersey accented voice, quite distinctive, by telephone. So we had catching up to do when he picked me up in his white GMC van at Harrisburg International Airport. He was a little flustered because he had temporarily lost touch with his wallet, and he operates strictly on a cash basis. I climbed into the shotgun seat and he closed the door, which only he could reopen. There were no working handles on my side. Clearly, this was a New Jersey sort of vehicle, perfect for one-way rides. The back was stacked with items I assume were from the used merchandise trade. We drove to Allenberry and joined Mac in Cottage 3, also known as Irving, our three night home away from home.

I first learned of Mickey Shemin as he purchased Derek Wadman’s saloon car, which he learned about by reading this website. Derek described him to me as a colorful character. That was classic British understatement. Mickey is a born showman. A self-taught scholar of circus history, he once tried to promote a circus in Chicago. He was once a sandwich board wearing street busker in Aspen. He has long supported himself as a dealer in antiques, coins and stamps. He publishes the outspokenly personal weekly Evening Star Telegram in his native Bayonne, New Jersey. Rather than take to the air, he prefers more traditional forms of transportation. He sailed on the Queen Mary to attend Riley events in the U.K and on the continent last year, and he loves railroads. He has purchased a second Riley saloon and is halfway through buying a drophead from a longtime member. He is enamored of a flower of Southern womanhood, charmingly younger than himself, called Mandy, who accompanied him on his European expedition. No two Riley owners are alike. Mickey, the dreamer behind this fall’s Riley event in Pennsylvania, is unique. Taken from the letter sent to members and friends of Riley earlier in the year, I will let Mickey explain his conception of the event in his unique voice, which he would call his spiel.

My name is Mickey Shemin from Bayonne, N.J.. I’m a Riley owner and I have good news for all our fellow Riley owners and friends!

The Riley Motor Club Of North America announces that on Sept. 24th, 25th and 26th a gathering of the faithful will take place at Allenberry Resort in the bucolic town of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

I’d like to tell you how this came about. A group of Riley owners meet in the New York City area every six weeks; we gather in Staten Island (a suburban borough of N.Y.C.) where one of us keeps his 2 1/2 liter RMB. After fiddling with it for an hour or two, we decamp to a local eatery to talk Riley. It was at such a gathering that we bemoaned the fact that there hadn’t been a Riley gathering in our area for four years, and wasn’t it about time. A call to John Riley in California president of the Riley Motor Club of North America, was undertaken, and our idea was met with enthusiasm.

He led me to Doug Campbell of Virginia, who told me about British car shows he had attended at a place called Allenberry Resort. A few coast-to-coast phone calls between John and myself, and the dates aforementioned were set aside for us at the Allenberry.

Doug gave me a list of Riley people contacted for a car show in Lime Rock, Conn. Armed with this and updated lists from John, I started phoning. I contacted about forty of those (many names had addresses but no phone #s), and results were gratifying. In fact, some were joyous at the prospect of a Riley event. “I’m tired of being alone,” said Ron of Nebraska, most humorously. “What a great call to get on a winter afternoon!” said another.

We expect Riley folk from California, the West, the Midwest, the South, and of course a goodly number from New York, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic States. We are also encouraging members to bring Riley memorabilia and photographs for a Club show’n tell. In all, about 30 people said they’d make an effort to attend. And that’s just the start, because, as I said, I didn’t have numbers for everyone. For some of you this is first notice of the event.

Google the name Allenberry Resort and a website will show you the layout. It’s set in rolling hill country of southern Pennsylvania, and has charming historic buildings and houses. Main features are their dinner theatre and restaurant. The Allenberry will be headquarters, and special package rates have been arranged. You don’t have to stay at the Allenberry Resort to participate, but twenty rooms have been set aside with more still available. The hotel has seventy rooms, and there are nearby bed and breakfasts. One is Gelinas Manor (1 mile from Allenberry) a charming Victorian B & B with four rooms. Their rates are $79 to $139, but a club discount would apply, but only if our members book all four rooms: www.geninasmanor.com.

On Friday, throughout the day, Rileys will be arriving. Check in is at 3 P.M., or earlier. they’ll be a cocktail reception for all attendees, whether you’re staying at the Allenberry or not, on site, at 5 P.M. This will follow with a dinner and the show starts at 8. We’re starting this way because it will give everyone a day to get acquainted before our “Club” dinner Saturday. We’ll have the cars on display Saturday and a workshop or discussion group or two.

By the way, you need not bring a Riley to attend; long distances make that quite impractical, except for the most adventurous. So arriving in a “modern” is perfectly acceptable and understandable. That being said, we certainly encourage those with roadworthy cars (or with trailers) to bring a Riley, the more the merrier.

(The spiel from Mickey continues in the posting below For those of you who wish a closer look at the wood grain in the Irving Cottage sign, just click on it and it will enlarge.)

Mickey Shemin: the spiel goes on

(The camera pulls back on Irving, also known as Cottage 3. There are all styles of accommodation at Allenberry, from quaint to to modern. Be sure to ask for what you want when you book. If you want the cottage to grow – it grew on us – just click on it and it will. Mickey continues:)

On Sunday we’re going to go en masse to the historic and engaging town of Gettysburg, site of the Civil War battle. There is plenty to do and see, including battlefield tours. A feature of the weekend will be touring to and from the battlefield in our Rileys, on Sunday. There should be room for Riley-less attendees to “hitch” a ride with those that bring their cars. And for those whose interests run to all things antique, there will be an outdoor antique show in Gettysburg on Saturday, so a few may choose that. But Sunday will be “Riley Day” in Gettysburg, at least as far as we’re concerned, and a queue of cars will make its way the approximately 45 miles from Allenberry to Gettysburg.

Another thing to consider is the big Carlisle meet, which I believe is second only to Hershey; it will start on the Thursday following our event. Some of you may want to stick around for that, if you can spare the time. If you do, you’d be well-advised to book a room early as I’m told area hotels, motels and B&B’s start to fill up in late spring for Carlisle.

The package our hotel offers: $239 per person, 2 nights; that includes 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and a theatre ticket (per person). So the cost for 2 people for 2 nights, 8 meals, 2 theatre tickets, would be $478. Single occupancy is $309; that includes 4 meals, 1 ticket. There are other options available for less; for instance, if one wants to skip the theatre or meals. Conversely, if one is staying elsewhere, you certainly may join us for dinner one or both nights. These are available separately, but we’re encouraging attendees to go to both dinners and the show (which is excellent, by the way.)

The Allenberry requests a $50 deposit per 2 night booking, which we believe is reasonable. It should be sent directly to the hotel at 1559 Boiling Spring Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007. Send deposits to the attention of Leslie Sterner, 717 258-3211. (Editors Note: Mr. Shemin does not live in the world of bank plastic; the hotel will accept a credit card number, telephoned, to hold the room. Ms. Sterner’s email is aberry6@allenberry.com; she is an adorable person and has worked at Allenberry almost four decades; her mother worked there too. Back to Mickey:)

Mention the dates September 24-26 and the Riley Motor Club when making reservations. By the way, they are offering a third night (Sunday) at a reduced rate $99 rate, which I believe will cover Sunday dinner and Monday breakfast. (Ed: Strongly recommended after Gettysburg.)

That’s it for now…don’t delay – make your reservations as early as possible.

Mickey’s letter was signed by both of us. Fraternally, by me, and Regards to all, by himself. My email is jr@rileymotorclub.com and his is rileyguy1950@aol.com.

Both of us look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to Allenberry. Please bring your Riley if you can.

The drives around Allenberry & Gettysburg, sublimely beautiful

That’s Mickey Shemin on the left in the straw hat with the suede messenger bag over his shoulder, and Mac McMahon on the right peering into the same vintage Dodge. A large contingent of classic Dodge owners were visiting Gettysburg the sunny day we arrived to make arrangements for our Sunday at Gettysburg, the final full day of our event September 24, 25 and 26 based at Allenberry Resort at Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Just as a large contingent of shining Riley automobiles will arrive early on the 26th and park on a grassy corner at the American Civil War museum and their drivers and passengers climb aboard the 1933 Ford bus or the 1936 or 1937 Yellowstone Park buses operated by the Historic Tour Company. We will leave one volunteer behind to answer questions about our cars while the majority listen to Wes Ayre and his colleagues describe the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. (Having already read Bruce Catton’s brief “Gettysburg: The Final Fury” and Michael Shaara’s novel “The Killer Angels,” I am just beginning the book most highly recommended by Wes Ayre in our meeting with him, a thick trade paperback of Stephen W. Sears’s “Gettysburg.” For those of you wishing to read before you visit the battlefield with us, I recommend you make your own choice at this site of lists of top ten Gettysburg books by copying and pasting the following URL into the URL line of your internet browser: http://www.brettschulte.net/CWBlog/best-civil-war-books/top-10-gettysburg-books-civil-war-bloggers/).

While we were visiting the headquarters of the Historic Tour Company our Mr. Shemin told Mr. Ayre he remembered staying at a certain iron-colonnaded motel he recognized as we drove into town.

“That was the Holiday Inn,” Mr. Ayre said. “My father built that hotel.”

“I was there for the centennial of the battle,” said Mr. Shemin. For those of you who have not yet begun their reading, that was July 1, 2 and 3 of 1963.

“So was I,” said Mr. Ayre.

For those of you willing to face the battlefield unprepared by reading, you will find our visit to the restored cyclorama at the National Military Park’s visitor center beforehand and the dioramas and film at the American Civil War Museum afterward, before we reclaim our Rileys, will provide sufficient background within the one day visit.

On our way from Allenberry to Gettysburg our cars will have completed one leg of a great scenic drive, and we will drive the rest of the route on our way back to the resort. I have covered many a pretty mile in an RM, along the Big Sur coast of California and the Dingle Penninsula of Ireland. The rolling apple and peach groves of Adams County compare in beauty.

(For a bigger picture of Mickey and Mac and the cars they perused, click twice anywhere on the photo and it will enlarge.)

Yes, take another look at the gorgeous drophead

The camera has pulled back for yet another picture of the gorgeous drophead, taken in Nevada. You can see more of her, and she does not disappoint. Nor did the blonde lady, who was making “How To Marry a Millionaire” with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in 1953. Time is so finite. So we apologize for the quiet state of this website, but it is time for it to re-awaken to invite you to the latest North American Riley event. Many of you have already received invitations via the U.S. Mail. It will be in late September at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. We will inspect each other’s cars, enjoy a theatrical evening, and tour the battlefield nearby at Gettysburg. No other marque of automobile will participate in this event. I am off tomorrow for three days to Pennsylvania to meet organizer Mickey Shemin and longtime drophead enthusiast Jim “Mac” McMahon to make advance arrangements and make sure that this club event is our best ever. The first Riley owners to book the Allenberry were Kay and Col. Doug Campbell, who organized the first modern era Riley events in the eastern U.S. at Lime Rock, Connecticut, in 2005 and 2006. This venue was Doug’s idea. I will report back with photos and further information in a few days. In the meantime, enjoy a second view of the gorgeous creatures with their tops down.

To make the picture grow, just click on Miss Monroe’s evening gown.