A true sports car of its day. The original Riley Nine's were nothing like the Brooklands - they had a full coachwork body and an engine that was nowhere near as powerful, the Brooklands boasted a 50HP engine, a huge amount of power at the time. This is a car for the experienced to drive, it is unlike a modern vehicle, the gear change requires constant double declutching and the brakes are cable operated, meaning that a great deal of forethought is required when driving her! Once mastered, the Riley Nine Brooklands gives a really rewarding driving experience - and being so low to the ground the sense of speed is fantastic.
The Riley Nine was one of the most successful light cars produced by the British motor industry in the inter war period. It was made by the Riley company of Coventry, England with a wide range of body styles between 1926 and 1938. The car was largely designed by two of the Riley brothers, Percy and Stanley. Stanley was responsible for the chassis, suspension and body and the older Percy designed the engine. The 1,087 cc four-cylinder engine had hemispherical combustion chambers with the valves inclined at 45 degrees in a crossflow head. To save the expense and complication of overhead camshafts, the valves were operated by two camshafts mounted high in the crankcase through short pushrods and rockers. The engine was mounted in the chassis by a rubber bushed bar that ran through the block with a further mount at the rear of the gearbox. Drive was to the rear wheels through a torque tube and spiral bevel live rear axle mounted on semi elliptic springs.
Our pricing is simple. Cars are priced by group and package price for HERO events. Cars are also available for corporate hire, bespoke tours, gift driving days and some also for promotional film work.
All our cars are regularly maintained by specialist mechanics. Each car is prepared to meet the requirements of regularity rallying. Arrangements can be made to view and drive the cars prior to hiring. Cars are equipped with a tripmeter and when necessary a “navigators event pack” and can be collected by the hirer, from our base in Bicester Heritage, or delivered to and collected from the event (additional charges apply).
Prior to taking control of the vehicle, our A&D team will do a full handover of the vehicle showing you all the controls and go through the vehicle with you.
Mark has worked with HERO for 7 years. He manages the Arrive & Drive fleet, providing storage of vehicles for a number of our clients, as well as being responsible for the vehicle logistics.
Telephone +44(0)1656 740275