Rover 75

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - NICK LARKIN ED­I­TOR-AT-LARGE

2003 ROVER 75

My trusty-ish Rover 75 was, I felt, the most ap­pro­pri­ate ve­hi­cle in which to cover the ex­tra­or­di­nary Bright Yel­low Car Con­voy in sup­port of Peter Mad­dox, whose cus­tard-coloured Corsa was at­tacked by van­dals who felt it ru­ined the view in the beau­ti­ful Cot­wolds vil­lage of Bibury.

I ar­rived there un­tar­nished with an hour-and-a-half spare to park in the cen­tre of the vil­lage and find a good pho­to­graphic spot ready for the con­voy, which was heav­ily cov­ered by the na­tional main­stream me­dia.

Long dis­tance dashes are where the Rover comes into its own and it has been be­hav­ing it­self very well re­cently. It even passed its MoT, af­ter some wiring work around the rear lights fol­low­ing my ‘re­pairs’ when the car got hit by a bus. Memo to self: un­less it’s just one wire, leave electrics to the pro­fes­sion­als in fu­ture.

The car also proved its worth in get­ting me from Bibury to the Cotswold Mo­tor Mu­seum in Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, to catch the con­voy re­turn­ing to its base. As a treat, it was in­tro­duced to the amaz­ing line-up of yel­low MG Rover ZSs that had taken part in the event ( CCW, 12 April).

When the time came to jour­ney back, I de­cided that it was time for a gen­tle run and a bit of sight­see­ing. I wouldn’t say it was posh around here but even the local Lit­tle Chef was built from Cotswold stone with gleam­ing chrome sig­nage.

I trudged around the lovely but in­cred­i­bly traf­fic-clogged (de­spite a vast free car park) town of Bur­ford.

Fol­low­ing an un­speak­able in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the local spe­cial­ity of lardy cake, I tooled along the A361 into Ox­ford­shire and pho­tographed the car by Ban­bury Cross and the statue of the fa­mous lady who made the jour­ney there on a white horse. Then it was into War­wick­shire, then Daven­try and Northamp­ton and back to Peter­bor­ough, via a stop at Lidl near Rush­den when I re­alised that I’d for­got­ten to buy some cat food. Glam­orous cars, fast liv­ing. That’s me!

Nick’s Rover pledged its sup­port for the Yel­low Car Con­voy, so was al­lowed to pose as a goldie-lookin’ mem­ber.

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