Nick’s Rovers move to a new home – but only one of them manages to get there unscathed
Many a classic car owner winces every time it rains – and their car is out there, facing the elements. Rain running across those lovely flanks and down the window channels ready to collect and rot out door bottoms, baking sunlight attacking interiors and the joy of retrieving car covers from halfway up the street in high winds.
Long-term outdoor storage of classics isn’t really an option and is probably the biggest reason for the demise of old cars nowadays. Cars deteriorate rapidly while their owners convince themselves that they will restore them someday. I hold my hands up as one such offender.
Loss of other storage had meant that my 1963 Rover 95 – bought to save it from a grisly banger racing fate – has spent time languishing outside Larkin Towers, making me feel very guilty.
A further project – a 1964 Rover 2000 – hogged the garage, but with the imminent arrival of my 1960 Austin Cambridge, it too faced being ousted out into everything the changing seasons could throw at it. I had always wanted a pre-suffix Rover 2000 and 475 VHN is my absolute dream car, but it needs quite a bit of work and as with other projects, prolonged outdoor storage would soon rot the bodywork. The problem – and no-one knows this better than me – is that months and years have a habit of slipping by while nothing happens.
So there I was with two of my all-time favourite classics and nowhere to keep them. My beloved colleagues on
Classic Car Weekly and its sister titles also have classics in need of storage, so a search began.
I won’t name our saviour – it would reveal the location – but he is a big classic car fan who runs a farm and has a newly-restored and cladded building that could accommodate 12 cars at a push.
My two Rovers will be the first to move in, but have been allowed to live in a barn on the same site while their new home is readied.
I was very happy to see both cars depart on a trailer for their new home, but then followed an anxious phone call. Unfortunately, while negotiating a sharp turn, the P 6’s wing had been damaged and the sidelight/indicator glass smashed.
Just one of those things I suppose. I’ve used this particular recovery firm several times before for local moves and nothing like this has ever happened before. Its team was absolutely horrified, too.
Oh well, I’m sure a good panel beater can sort it out and worse things happen at sea.
Though I do wonder about the wisdom of having projects in storage long-term I am hoping that one day an immaculate P6 will be the result.
I have been tempted to find an on the road early P6 or even ( kneel down and pray in front of vehicle) arguably the ultimate fantasy P6, an early V8 in Tartan or Brigade red!
To be honest, most cars I have looked at do need some work, and at least the base unit on my car is reasonably sound.
There’s a really good correct spec early interior and even the door shuts are painted black rather than body colour, as was the case with early P6s.
The car runs well, apart from its tendency to splutter to a halt when hot, and it can legally go for little drives on the nearby farm tracks.
I’ve set myself a strict deadline for action on the P6 to begin. It’ll all be over by Chrismas, I’m sure…
Interested in sharing some storage with Nick? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
OWNED SINCE June 2010 MILEAGE SINCE LAST REPORT Nil TOTAL MILEAGE 74,805 LASTEST COSTS Nil ‘There I was with two of my favourite cars, and nowhere to keep them’
The new home for classics nears completion. Larkin’s Rover P4 and 2000 luxuriate in the dry and will soon be joined by other classics.
Ouch. Rover P6 took a hit en route to its new home.