A magnificent 1954 Riley RME wins ‘Vehicle of the Day’ at the inaugural Stody Classic Vehicles Day

 Chris and Hilary King with their winning 1954 Riley RME

Chris and Hilary King with their winning 1954 Riley RME

On Sunday 13th May 2018, Stody Lodge Gardens welcomed hundreds of classic vehicles who defied the morning’s grey skies to enjoy a fabulous afternoon of motors, homemade teas by St John’s Ambulance and spectacular gardens.

David Johnson of the Broadland MG Owners’ Club and Peter Thomas of the Norwich MG Owners’ Club judged and presented the ‘Vehicle of the Day’ trophy to Chris and Hilary King, the proud owners of a beautiful “Spatted” RME Riley built in 1954 with a 1½ litre twin cam engine.

The judges praised the car’s excellent condition and how it had been restored to a “perfect level.” In particular, they admired how the owners had retained the “beautiful patina of the original dashboard and seating.”

  ‘Teddy,’ Hilary King’s childhood teddy bear who was made in 1954, the same year as the car

 ‘Teddy,’ Hilary King’s childhood teddy bear who was made in 1954, the same year as the car

The Stody Classic Vehicles Day forms part of a series of events taking place at Stody Lodge Gardens this May. Next up is an exhibition of work by local artists, wood sculptor Martin Pigg and painter Tracy Weston, from Sunday 20th May to Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. In addition, the Stody Big Gay Out will take place on Saturday 26th May. This day will be a special invitation to and celebration of the LGBT+ community and will raise funds for Norwich’s 10th anniversary Pride parade on Saturday 28th July. All members of the public welcome.