It’s a sign of the place the Chevrolet Corvette enjoys in American culture that the news of eight Corvettes swallowed by a sinkhole that opened up under the centre of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky has been widely covered in the mainstream press, both in America and around the world.
The Museum is not owned by General Motors but is only a quarter of a mile from the Corvette factory at Bowling Green and naturally enjoys a close relationship with the car firm. General Motors has announced that it will repair the eight damaged cars itself at its Mechanical Assembly facility in Warren, Michigan. This is a specialist unit within GM that handles one-off engineering jobs such as concept cars and prototypes, as well as maintenance and restoration of GM’s heritage collection.
With a nod towards André Citroën, the sporty RME offers a surprisingly modern driving experience.
Words and Pics: Ian Seabrook
Like so many others, the roots of Riley start in Coventry, with the Riley Cycle Co Ltd which was formed in 1896. Thoughts very swiftly turned to the motor car, and by the turn of the century, a prototype had already been built. Production picked up and the firm began to develop a niche for itself as a builder of relatively small-capacity but sporting saloons. However, the 1930s were not kind to small motor manufacturers and cashflow became an issue for the family-owned firm.