Avenue of P4 2019 Bressingham

Bressingham Rally 2019



Our Annual Club Rally at Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens was held on the 26th May 2019. The weather, as always on a Bank Holiday was, 50/50 and our rally site went from freshly mown green grass to a sea of shimmering paintwork and glimmering chrome in less than 2 hours. As the last entrants arrived, the sunshine did not disappoint. The rally attracted lots of visitors and by lunchtime, the steam trains were whistling and the show was in full swing.

With an extraordinary new record  set this year for the club, 116 entrants were booked in. Having had to take the step of closing entries a week early due to the fact that we had reached our maximum number and the restriction of space to park everyone on the day, a fabulous total of 102 cars arrived to take their places. Judging is done by the entrants who take part and it is always hard, but as the standards get better and better every year, it was difficult for people to pick winners.


Our special display this year was an ‘Avenue of Rovers’ to mark the 70th Anniversary of our ‘beloved Auntie Rover’ the famous P4. Sadly we could not get a ‘Cyclops’ (not for the want of trying) to put a cherry on top, but 32 P4’s lined up to form a lovely display.

A light rain shower appeared, just as the raffle was drawn, but not to be put off we continued to present the trophies to our show winners.

Trophies this year wer kindly sponsored and presented by Mark and Angie Gray from MGBD Parts and Services, who also picked our Car of the Show, a dazzling red 1989 1.3 Clubman Metro, owned by T.Morley. In my opinion the car absolutely stood out from the crowd and in its immaculate condition, was such a well-deserved winner, much to the shock of its owner, who in his words ‘ I can’t believe that’.


Our Best Club Car was picked by our long-standing Club Friend Tom Norman, being a Veteran Rover man himself, he picked out his winner as a 1961 Rover 100 P4 owned by T.Reynolds, who is one of our Club Founders.

On a personal note, as this was my very first ‘Chairman in Charge’ Rally for the Norfolk and Norwich Rover owners Club, it was an absolute joy to have been part of organising a Rally with such a wonderful team of people. I would like to thank everyone at Bressingham Museum, ALL  – who helped behind the scenes (my Fabulous hard working Committee) and (our Marshall’s and Gazebo Team). To everyone who shook my hand and congratulated My Team for a successful day. Also Special Thanks to Jason Moore Classic Cars LTD who sponsored our Rally Plaques and Hagerty Insurance for their continued support.

Bressingham 2020 is already in the planning stages……ALL details will be on our New Club Website in the New Year………

    Marie-Anne Read – Chairman

Trophies are as follows……..

Winner List 19


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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