Wild about Rovers

A Rover P2 Woody.

A Rover P2 Woody. - Credit: supplied

A total of 95 cars went to Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens for Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club's 36th Bressingham Rally.

A Rover P4 pick-up and a row on P6s.

A Rover P4 pick-up and a row on P6s. - Credit: supplied

A display of Rovers spanning 70 years included a converted P4 pick-up and a P2 Woody, apparently one of only two ever made. There were five other pre P4s of various types and ages, together with 31 P4s including a selection of low-wing models plus a now quite rare 105R. The P5s totalled 13 with the usual mix of saloons and coupes, and these were joined by 19 P6s, which included examples of all the various models produced by Rover. A few SD1s this year were joined by a sprinkling of modern 75s.

To add extra interest a selection of non-Rover classics were on display, including an immaculate 1965 Daimler V8 2.5 and a very smart Humber Imperial in gleaming silver. A good selection of other models included a 1930s MG, a Triumph Stag and a Dolomite and a 1935 Austin 12/4 in gleaming black.

Despite this rally being organised by a regional club, cars came from as far afield as Nottingham, Middlesex and Bedfordshire as well as the eastern counties.

Club members never cease to be surprised at the level of interest generated by its rally and this is undoubtedly helped by the other attractions at Bressingham.

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In addition to the splendid gardens designed and created by the late Alan Bloom, visitors were able to enjoy the three separate narrow-gauge steam railways, the steam gallopers, steam and railway museum and the Dad's Army exhibition, all included in the entry price.

Refreshments were taken in the well-stocked restaurant and for those inspired by a walk around the gardens, a visit to the adjacent garden centre was a must.

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Class winners were chosen by those attending and sponsor Jim Brown, from Ely Sevices, chose the car of the show which was an excellent 1935 P2.

Club chairman Russell James said that it was through events such as the Bressingham rally that the club could try to keep the famous Rover name alive.

He thanked all those owners who brought their cars along for the day, Jim Brown for continuing to sponsor the club's event, to the team which organised the rally and to the staff of Bressingham for making such a splendid site available for the event.

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