Our Guinness World Record application for the oldest working automotive garage

Our Guinness World Record application for the oldest working automotive garage

Founded in 1900, Riddelsdell Bros would like to be acknowledged, by Guinness World Records, as the oldest filling station in the World. Our local TV station has picked up on our story, following an alert that a garage in the USA is claiming this title - having been founded in 1909. As Riddelsdells was founded 9 years before that; dispensing fuel, initially as agricultural/motor engineers, then as three wheeler motorbike manufacturers and car repairers/sales of the earliest motor vehicles; we believe that we have a greater claim to this title.

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The BMW 328 Frazer Nash

The BMW 328 Frazer Nash

We are privileged to have been entrusted by the family owners of this famous BMW 328 to carry out running repairs in our workshop. Sir Stirling Moss's father Alfred Moss owned the car from 1946-50 during which time it was raced by his son at the start of his racing career, taking part in the 1947 Poole Speed Trials, Harrow Car Club Trial winning the Cullen Cup, winning the NW London MC Inter-club trial and class winner of the JCC Eastbourne Rally

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A day out at Helmingham Hall Festival of Classic & Sports Cars 2019

A day out at Helmingham Hall Festival of Classic & Sports Cars 2019

Having begun over 20 years ago with a small selection of Bentleys displayed outside the hall, this year's event featured the Hall's biggest collection of vehicles to date, with over 400 cars featured on the lawns outside the hall and a further 610 cars making up the 36 car club stands around the arena, all bathed in glorious sunshine and accompanied by fine food and music. Classic car ownership at its best!!.

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The Honda Insight

The Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is a hybrid electric vehicle that was manufactured and marketed by Honda in its first generation as a three-door, two passenger 'liftback'. Based on the Honda J-VX concept car unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, the Insight was introduced in Japan in November 1999 as the first production vehicle to feature Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. It pre-dated the Toyota Prius by some 8 months.

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'Maggie' and 'Glen' the Ferguson Tractors

'Maggie' and 'Glen' the Ferguson Tractors

The Ferguson TE20 is an agricultural tractor designed by Harry Ferguson. By far his most successful design, it was manufactured from 1946 until 1956, and was commonly known as the Little Grey Fergie. It marked a major advance in tractor design, distinguished by light weight, small size, manoeuvrability and versatility. The tractor played a large part in introducing widespread mechanised agriculture. In many parts of the world the TE20 was the first tractor to be affordable to the average farmer and was small and light enough to replace the draft horse and manual labour.

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The Reliant Scimitar GT SE4b 3 litre

The Reliant Scimitar GT SE4b 3 litre

Autocar January 1967 "At a Glance - High performance 2+2 coupe. Lusty, low revving engine in conjunction with high gearing gives effortless cruising at three-figure speeds. Good gear change, but rather wide ratios. Smooth, light clutch. Ride and handling very good, and much improved over the earlier car. Light, accurate steering and first class brakes with powerful servo. Ventilation improved but still not ideal. Fuel and range very good".​

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The Ferrari F430

The Ferrari F430

The F430 is so quick it has become one of those rare cars in which you need to pick your moment very carefully before opening the throttle fully; a car that can eat straights so rapidly you have to be extremely mature about where and when you deploy full acceleration. This car is fantastic. Not, perhaps, as good on the track as it is on the road, but remember, despite the way it goes, sounds and looks, this is not a racing car. It’s a road car.

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1961 Jaguar E Type FHC Chassis no 860035 Semi Lightweight Flat Floor - an historically significant car

1961 Jaguar E Type FHC Chassis no 860035 Semi Lightweight Flat Floor - an historically significant car

Jaguar's E-type is Britain's greatest-ever sportscar. And CUT 7 is arguably the most famous of all E-types. Back in 1962 CUT 7 was twirled around Mallory with considerable gusto by its first owner, Elmer Richard 'Dick' Protheroe. Jaguar's valued privateer took his new toy to its first overall victory in the Easter Trophy there, then starred again on his return to the Leicestershire speed bowl on Whit Monday. During a packed season of action Protheroe would claim five overall wins around the country, an impressive sixth in the Goodwood TT and then sign off with class honours at Snetterton's Autosport Three Hours. It was his final fling in this, the original CUT 7. But his association with one of the best-known registration numbers in Jaguar folklore had only just begun.

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The Panhard PL17 Tigre. Guess what? I now own two of these typically French cars

The Panhard PL17 Tigre. Guess what? I now own two of these typically French cars

The Panhard PL17 Tigre is typically French; quirky, Gallic, full of charm and joie de vivre, silly perhaps but maybe romantic. And yet the car is the product of a ruthless French design process which produced a highly efficient transportation machine, designed to carry six adults in comfort with their luggage at high rates of speed whilst consuming the least amount of fuel possible. The same efficiency was also an asset in races and rallies. In the USA magazines boasted that the tough frugal saloon had amassed "over 900 sports car victories", and among more memorable triumphs were a 1-2-3 finish in the 1961 Monte Carlo rally, and three consecutive wins of the Index of Performance at Le Mans from 1950 through 1952. All this from an 850cc twin cylinder engine!

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Our Services - Vehicle Restoration

Our Services - Vehicle Restoration

If your car or project is in need of some TLC, we can offer a complete restoration service to return your car or motorbike to showroom condition. Every step of the restoration process will be documented in detail, reinforcing the quality of our work, your car and its future value. A recently completed project is this desirable 1967 Volvo P1800S

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