CLUB COR­NER Rover Car Club of Auck­land

New Zealand Classic Car - - Club Corner -

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.

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