Rovers rule the roost at Gaydon gath­er­ing

Mas­sive P4 turnout dom­i­nates mu­seum’s classic bash

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - Nick Larkin

’I got my first Rover P4 in 1965 and thought I’d made it’

Rovers cer­tainly ruled the roost at the Gaydon Spring Classic.

The P4 Driv­ers Guild was hold­ing its An­nual Rally as part of the pop­u­lar event, and all ex­am­ples of mar­que were wel­come.

A wide va­ri­ety of other clas­sics at­tended the in­for­mal gath­er­ing, some just drop­ping in for a few min­utes and other choos­ing to stay for the day.

A def­i­nite star of the event was Stan­ley Valler, 87, who drove his 1960 Rover P4 100 from west London.

He bought the 1960 car in 1984 at 68,000 miles and reached 322,743 at the show. Stan­ley still drives around 7000 miles a year, and has no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up us­ing his classic reg­u­larly.

He says: ‘I got my first Rover P4 in 1964 and thought I had made it. I’ve had them ever since.’ Stan­ley still does much of the P4’s main­te­nance, with some oc­ca­sional help. ‘Parts have been re­placed as nec­es­sary but many are orig­i­nal.’

The P4 Rally at­tracted 104 ex­am­ples. ‘ This is the sec­ond time we have held the event at Gaydon and it is a great venue,’ says P4 Driv­ers Guild event sec­re­tary, David Green­well.

Turn­ing to other mar­ques at the gath­er­ing, Ni­cholas Webb from Dud­ley, West Mid­lands, brought along the 1964 Singer Gazelle his grand­fa­ther, a First World War vet­eran, bought in 1966 as an ex-demon­stra­tor with just 5000 miles on the clock. It re­mained in the fam­ily un­til 1993 but Ni­cholas reac­quired it in 2014 af­ter see­ing the car ad­ver­tised on a web­site. A com­plete body restoration fol­lowed Ni­cholas says: ‘It’s great to have the car back in the fam­ily – we love it!’

Rover P4 Driv­ers Guild brought more than 100 cars along. Gra­ham Keesey and part­ner Kim with their 1958 Rover 75. Si­mon Ough had picked up his 1998 Cal­i­bra V6 a week ear­lier.

Paul Nieuwen­huis has owned his 1971 DAF 55 CoupŽ for nearly 20 years.

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