CLUB CORNER Rover Car Club of Auckland
Like many British marques, Rover cars are no longer being made, but our members are genuine enthusiasts, who are keen to see them remain on our roads for many years to come, and we have regular displays at most of the classic car shows around Auckland.
The Rover Car Club of Auckland is part of a network of Rover car clubs in New Zealand, with these found in the Waikato, the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, and Otago. We get together for an annual rally, hosted by the Association of Rover Car Clubs New Zealand. This year, the rally will be in Oamaru, at Easter.
The oldest Rover in our club is a 1908 Rover 6hp, while the most popular model is the P6, which comes with four-cylinder 2000 engine or as a 2000 TC, 2200, 2200 TC, and, of course, the V8 3500. The Rover P6 is great for classic car enthusiasts, because all the panels, including the roof, are bolted onto a base unit, which makes them easy to take apart and put back together again.
We also have a few of the last Rover model, the modern Rover 75. This was made from 1999 to 2005, after which time Rover ceased to exist as a company. Similar vehicles are now being made in China under the Roewe brand (the Roewe 750).
One of the main advantages of belonging to a Rover car club is accessibility to parts and technical advice. Our club has some parts, and the Nelson/marlborough club has a large number of parts, as Rovers were once assembled in Nelson. Some of our members are walking encyclopedias when it comes to knowledge of all things Rover and are very willing to share that information.
Other benefits of membership include regular club events, such as visits to local places of interest to give an opportunity to rove about in the Rover. We also hold technical nights, when we visit a specialist in some area of car maintenance, or we might have someone come and talk to us during a club night. We often combine with other car clubs — such as the Triumph and Wolseley clubs — for these events.
Our regular magazine, Roverdom, is sent out about five times per year and has helpful articles for members. It also includes information about upcoming events, cars and parts for sale or wanted, plus membership information and contact details for our committee members.