Lucie Mabel Riley is the subject of the words in this site. She (or her like) held the number one slot on Dee’s bucket list for 25 years and after a long wait and some good fortune she was discovered in New Zealand in April of 2016 and after some months and a long Pacific cruise, came to live in Melbourne, Australia.
Lucie is named for Dee’s paternal Great Grand, and Grand Mothers and she is fond of long drives in the country, picnics, and generally enjoying capturing peoples attention wherever she goes.
For the technical among you, here are her [ahem] statistics.
1965 Riley Elf, Mk III
First registered in NZ in October of 1967
Built in NZ from a Complete Knock Down (CKD) kit import to NZ from the UK (one of 1975 cars in this category).
Engine: A Series 998 cc Transverse mounted
Gearbox features : 3.44:1 final drive
Specs: 38 hp (28 kW) at 5250 rpm and 52 lb·ft (71 N·m) at 2700 rpm
If you’re interested in reading more about Riley Elfs, you can do so here
Dee is an expatriate New Zealander who has called Australia home since February of 1999. She owned an earlier Elf in her teenage years and sold it to go traveling. She regretted it for years.
In her daylight hours Dee is a project manager for a company building large scale internet websites having spent years as a developer of such things. She spends time traveling with work, but when she has her feet on the ground she loves to tinker with Lucie, and drive her wherever the muse takes them.
The wee grey cat you may see in the occasional image is Lulu, she’s a bit of Princess but also loves to go for rides in the car.