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P4 Drivers Guild National Rally 2019

   

70 Years of the P4

We have owned our trusty P4 for 14 years now, and have been a member of the P4 Drivers Guild for almost as long, but had not been to one of their ‘National’ rallies for a while. With this year’s event celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the P4 & being held at Burghley House, in nearby Lincolnshire, we just had to go along for the day. A bonus for us was that our route to the show took us through the very attractive Northamptonshire villages of Glinton, Barnack, etc. all built of the local stone and second only to those found in the Cotswolds.

Burghley House is a grand 16th century mansion, on the edge of Stamford, built by the Cecil Family between 1555 & 1587, and still owned by the family today.  It is perhaps best known for the Burghley Horse Trials held there  each year in the extensive parkland that surrounds the house, but we were fortunate in being on the lawn, directly in front of the house.  As well as being an impressive backdrop this also gave us easy access to the gardens, facilities and the house itself, which many of us explored.

The weather could not have been better and I’m sure this helped, with a remarkable turnout of 150 P4’s for the event. There were also 20 other models at the show making a grand total of 170 Rovers sparkling in the sunshine. What better sight could you have.

Ten Norfolk Club members made their way to the event and it was great to see Graham Teeson picking up the Derrick Humphries Memorial Trophy for his P4, for what Stan Johnstone, Guild Chairman, called the best Car of the Show. Nigel Randall picked up the award for Best Engine Bay for his P4 and Peter Cane deservedly picked up the award for the Best SD1, which meant our Club did very well indeed.

As we all know, there were a number of variants of the P4 over it’s 15 year production life with the first back in 1949, being the now rare Cyclops. We were therefore surprised and delighted  to see 6 of these at the show, with condition varying from ‘original’ to Concourse. As always the most popular cars were the 100 &110 but there were examples of all the models at the show, including Stephen Parker’s PickUp Conversion and the one after market Diesel Model. What better tribute could you have to Gordon Bashford, the car’s designer at Rover, and Jack Swain the designer of the revolutionary Inlet Over Exhaust 6-cylinder engine that went on to power the 3Ltr P5.

To mark the occasion, the guild followed our lead from our 40th anniversary celebrations at Bressingham with a splendid cake, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. It was a Great Day Out.

Russell James VP

 

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Drive It Day 28th April 2019

This years joint Drive It Day run with the Norwich Classic Vehicle Club started under cloudy skies and then heavy rain.

However, this did not deter several hardy members taking out their pride and joys for the day.

A very scenic road run, starting from Norwich, had been planned with a coffee stop at the 100th Bomb Museum, near Diss and then on to the finish at Banham Zoo via Bressingham Gardens.

However, best laid plans and all that, things did not go well within the first few miles, with a road closure, meaning a slight detour had to be hastily found. For navigators who knew the area this was not difficult and they were all soon back on the route. Well done everyone.

The 100th Bomb Group Museum located in the former control tower houses many documents and photographs dedicated to the american soldiers of the US 8th Air Force. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

After light refreshments many headed to Bressingham Gardens for lunch and others to Banham Zoo where we were allowed to park on the grass area near the entrance. The weather had improved by then and everyone enjoyed a walk around the Zoo in the sunshine, watching the sea lions and then the tigers being feed.

All together a very enjoyable and interesting day.

 

 

 

Club stand at the NEC Restoration Show March 2019.

CLUB NEC TRIP 22nd – 24th March 2019

On the 21st March, a team of 12 Enthusiastic Club Members set out to journey to the NEC in Birmingham to display 5 ‘Rare and Unusual Rovers’ for the Club at the Practical Classic Restoration Show with Discovery 2019.

This is now the club’s 4th invite to display at the show.  Our largest stand yet, at 10.5m x 11m was to display the stunning cars generously volunteered to fill the space. The display included ….. a 1957 Rover 90 P4 Utility Vehicle, 1964 Rover 3lt P5 Hearse, 1967 Rover P6 Open Top, 1978 Rover 2200TC P6 under full restoration and a 1996 Rover 825 Limited Edition Sterling V6 Coupe.

The team arranged the vehicles, our new club notice boards crammed with information, a table with club advertising leaflets, along with our club flags and banners and prepared for a busy 3 days.

The public interest did not disappoint, with some of the 28,800 visitors stopping to admire all the cars on our stand, ask questions and get more information about our Rare Rovers. Being only one of 170 National Car Clubs present at the show.  In the true Restoration Show spirit, 3 of our members took time to complete some light maintenance tasks while at the show.

The P4 owner is currently restoring the interior and removed his passenger seat to apply several coats of leather balm to make the seat supple and prevent the leather cracking.  Our P5 Hearse owner has brought a box of items to fit to his car, and over the 3 days raised the hearse up onto axle stands and fitted 2 front brake calliper’s and shock absorbers to the car. Our 1978 P6 owner raised his car onto axle stands to fully refurbish the hub and brakes, on dismantling the brakes, he realised that he needed some new parts, so with over 350 exhibitors at the show he went shopping, although he came back with the bits he wanted, he also came back with other items that he hadn’t realised he needed!

Our stand had visits from some lovely people, some kindly signed our visitors book, along with several Club members too, who braved the long journey to the NEC to support the Club. We provided a Members Enclosure with seating and enjoyed a chat.

The Committee would like to Thank the Team and the Rare Rover Owners who displayed their Cars. Plans are in motion for 2020, so if you are a member and you are interested, Please contact us.