Enthusiasts descend on Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club rally

Glen Read with his vintage Rover 14 (left) and Rover 10

Glen Read with his vintage Rover 14 (left) and Rover 10 - Credit: Dominic Bareham

Rover enthusiasts from as far afield as Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Kent and the Midlands descended on a car rally, which showcased both vintage and new motors.

The Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club staged the car rally at Bressingham Steam and Gardens on Sunday, which attracted 108 Rover cars, some dating back to the early 1930s.

The annual event is designed to represent 70 years of Rover production from the 1930s until 2005, when the company ceased trading and the Rover marque became dormant and was subsequently sold to Ford.

Two of the oldest cars on show were a Rover 10 and Rover 14 dating back to the 1930s, which were displayed by Wymondham man Glen Read, of Ash Close, Wymondham, who had bought and restored the motors.

Mr Read said he had spent thousands buying the cars and then thousands more to restore them, adding that both vehicles ran well.

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Another exhibitor was Chris Whitehead, who gave visitors a glimpse of his white Rover Speed Pilot Tourer, a vintage open top Rover he spent £16,000 to buy and then fitted with a new carburettor, as well as carrying out other work to the bodywork.

He also owned a red 1936 Speed Pilot Tourer, which a friend of his had driven to the show.

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Russell James, a rally official and member of the club, said this year's rally was being held on the 110th anniversary of the first Rover being produced in 1904.

He said: 'It has been really fantastic. Today is about encouraging people to use their cars and get out on the road and by doing that we can keep this famous Rover name alive.'

Do you miss the Rover brand? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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