Rover in Focus Archive
Pictures that have formerly graced our Front Pages
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50th Anniversary of Rover P5
The Rover P5 3 (litre 6 cylinder) was launched at the London Motor Show on 22 October 1958. With enhancements the model ran for 15 years. More than 70,000 cars, 3 litre 6 cyl and 3.5 litre V8, were made in this time.
Here are some pictures of a P5B (V8) saloon doing what is pretty rare for one of these models, racing at an Historical Motor Racing Event at Wakefield Park raceway in New South Wales. To quote the owner: " The body roll almost made me sea sick but she ran all day trouble free with no brake fade. Also handled the 700km round trip to the track and back no worries as trailers are for wimps"
Now resident in Australia, Rover Tomcat Racing Car. This car won LMA Eurosaloons championship in 2006. We hope to see it around the local tracks soon.
A not exactly flattering advertisement for us Rover aficionados!! From Australian Sports Car World July 1973. Today, which would you buy? A P3 75 or a Valiant Charger?
Victorian Bush Fire Disaster - Marysville
There is a connection
between the RCCA and the town of Marysville which was devastated in the Bush
Fires on Saturday 7 February 2009. Our Easter Rove of 2008 included Marysville on our
touring itinerary, and involved a lovely lunch hosted and catered by Country
Fire Authority members and their families from the Marysville CFA station. Among
those helping that day was the Station chief.
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1959 Rover P5 Saloon
Here are some pictures of a lovely
old Rover, a 1959 P5 3 litre saloon. It is thought to be the oldest in the P5
Owners Club in the UK and perhaps the oldest still on the roads anywhere.
Our Rover in Focus this month is the Rover P4.
2010 is the 60th anniversary of the production commencement in 1950 of the Rover P4 "Cyclops" after being shown at Earl's Court Motor Show in September 1949. The P4 75 had a six cylinder 2103cc engine with twin SU carburetors. The chassis was a development if the previous P3, with independent front suspension and semi ecliptic springs at the rear. The P4 remained in production in it's various guises for 15 years.
Motor magazine from March 1950
We feature the following story of one of our Club Member's car, which will turn 50 next year.
My September 1960 build P4 100 was
purchased by my late father in 1983. He was a motor mechanic with a love of
classic cars and had worked on many of these old cars when they were new. She
was purchased from the original owners family in driveable but unregistered
condition for $2000. The first owner was a doctor from Longford about 20 minutes
drive from Launceston.
We are Focusing on a lovely Rover 14/45. The car is owned by Stephen Lawson in Tauranga, North Island New Zealand. It is a 1925 two seater Tourer, car no. 4012.
Stephen is in need of a sloping su carb.no. RG4B to fit his 14/45. If you can help please e-mail him at email@example.com
Production of the 14/45 began in 1924 and finished in 1927. The engine was a two litre, four cylinder, with four speed gearbox giving (as the name suggests) 45 h.p. The model came with four wheel brakes. According to official Rover figures 2,776 cars were built with a variety of body shapes. A small number of 2 and 4 seat Sports models were produced; 5 seat Tourer; 2 seat Tourer, Coupe; and at least two single-seat racers and a two-seat racer were built and run at Brooklands Speedway.
As you can tell by a close look at the photo Stephen has just a few Rovers!!! His fleet, in various states of repair and restoration includes:
P5B Coupe, P4 1951 75 Cyclops, 216, 1984 SD1 Vanden Plas, 1993 Sterling 827, 1959 P4 90, 1953 90, 1955 Landrover, Triumph Renown, 1966 Daimler V8 and various parts cars.
RANGE ROVER 40TH ANNIVERSARY
2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of the Range Rover. The original first generation Rangie, now known as the Classic, went on sale in 1970 and continued in production, with numerous upgrades and a multiplicity of variants, for just over 25 years.
In mid June 1970, the Range Rover was launched to the press, first went on sale in the U.K. on September 1st 1970 and was the highlight of the Earls Court motor show in October 1970.
With the introduction of the Range Rover came coil-springs, self-levelling suspension, full-time four wheel drive, all-round disc-brakes and a 3.5L V8 engine - the very first model offering a three door wagon with 4-speed manual gearbox.
While the idea of a more luxurious version of the Land Rover had been around for some years, and in fact a prototype called Road Rover had been built in the 50’s, it was not until 1966 that work began on the first Range Rover prototype, known as the '100-inch station wagon'.
It was soon realised such a vehicle would require a much more powerful engine than currently available in the Land Rover. Rover had just the right engine, the 3.5 litre V8 they got the rights for from Buick, planned for use in the P5B and P6B.
The original two-door Range Rover was designed and developed by a team led by Charles Spencer King (who recently passed away after an accident) and Gordon Bashford.
The design of the Range Rover was finalized in 1969. Twenty-six engineering development vehicles were built between 1969 and 1970 and were road registered with the number plates YVB 151H through to YVB 177H. Here is a photo of one of the development vehicles. (YVB 163H)
(Photo reproduced with permission from Unstead's Photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/35149354@N02/ )
Rover had been considering the concept of a more luxurious Land Rover since the early 1950's. This was the Road Rover project, and several prototypes were built using the P4 Rover base, before the project was shelved in late 50’s. This prototype was photographed by a Club member at Gaydon Motor Museum in 2008.
RACV Great Australian Rally held on 16 January 2011 at Mornington
"A Cavalcade of Rover"
The RCCA had two outstanding exhibits, and stood out as perhaps the most active car club at the show. The main exhibit was large with a diverse display of models and all in exceptional condition.
Our other exhibit, was the new special club display competing with four other clubs for the new Fairfax Award. Despite our extraordinary presentation of models, The Sunbeam Club won the award. However, the 1905 Rover 6HP won the award for the Best Veteran Car on show beating some very stiff competition.
Our exhibit covered 100 years of Rover production from the 1905, 6 HP through to the last of the production with the Rover 75, and basically included one of each post war models. The exhibit was well positioned partially under large trees in the middle of the show. It got a lot of attention from everywhere with all owners pretty busy all day talking about their cars.
1905 Rovers Win Awards
In recent Displays by the RCCA two of the oldest Rovers in Australia have won awards, both happen to be 1905 Rover 6 HP models. One car, owned by member of Rover Owners Club of NSW won the the Best Veteran Car on show at the RACV Great Australian Rally held at Mornington in January 2011, and the other car, owned by RCCA member, won the Best Veteran Award at the 2011 RACV Classic Showcase held at Flemington in April.
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National Motoring Heritage Day
In Tasmania members and guests turned out to display their cars at the Post Vintage Car Club of Tasmania's Ross Picnic.
And, in Victoria Members participated in AOMC organised Event at Yarra Glen.
More photos can be seen on our Flickr Site:
One of RCCA's major Events each year is participation in the AOMC Classic Showcase for British & European car makes. It is also RCCA display Day for our Rovers. The Event is on 29 April at Flemington Racecourse Car Park, beginning at 9.00am for display cars and from 10.00am for spectators. There is usually many 100s of cars on display from many different and past makers, this year featuring MG Concours, Austin Healey Concours and Mecedes Benz Concours.
Some photos from past Displays:
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