That time of year again. Off to the Rydale Folk Museum up on the beautiful North Yorkshire moors. Despite a scorching summers day, numbers were down amongst the Minor crowd, although we managed to assemble fourteen 'Crabs.
Dave Young and family brought this MkI over from Czechoslovakia - quite heroic with no servo!
Blue Ute. Not seen this one before. It's a work in progress and it also works for its living.
Lovely Damask Morris with an appropriate registration. Mine'll look like that next year!
Not seen Ron with GOO for a couple of years. Just look at this interior.
Stuart brought this "S" down from the Scottish Borders. Also back on the road this year from a long lay-up.
Seen this one before - turning into one of the "usual suspects".
Pete up from Halifax way.
Laurie brought Penny's DOE out for the day.
The Jordans brought UDM.
Tony Wood's travelling emporium. Remarkable what's stashed in that car!
And our own Foursquare in the police car.
This rather fine Honda 160 was in the back of the Ute.
And Tripplescrew turned up in this:
Made some excuse about his 'Crab throwing oil everywhere. Actually, the 800s are getting rare now and offer tremendous value for money and exciting performance.
No idea where the Panther came from. If you look more closely, you'll see that the metal trim - handles, mirrors, headlamps etc - are gold. They're actually gold plated. I suppose if you're going to ham it up, why do half a job?
The Rover 800 is 18 years old, so nudging up to the "magical" 20 mark. Whilst it's relatively young, the survival rate is appalling. They go for peanuts on eBay. Perhaps get one while you can!
Pity the Panther wasn't a DeVille, then you could have compared doors. As it is that one looks like it has cut mini doors, and is that a MG Midget quarterlight?
800s now around the 1,400 mark still on the road and reducing rapidly I believe. Buy one and then spend the next couple of years getting a lifetime's worth of spares while they are still widely available and dirt cheap. When I was in Rover I remember the parts people saying they couldn't get rid of Honda 2.7 engines for £500 because they were so reliable that there was no demand. I wonder if that comment has stood the test of time.
Must get to Hutton next year, the photos always look lovely.
Hey Chris whats this lets pick on Strett time cos he turned up in a Rover 800 sterling? Ex ministerial car to the dodgy Tony Blair government. At least I turned up, even though my 1800 is in the sick bay with a suspect broken oil ring. I bought that car as a run around for the winter very cheap it was as well. It turns out to be a better car than I expected & drives perfect. I will be at Otley transport extravaganza this coming Sunday to show it off once more.
Oh come on - I said nice things about it and I reckon they will be pretty collectible very soon. Nick's made some pretty favourable comments as well.
Personally, I think the 800s were good looking cars, especially the fast back/coupe version, which had a most attractive line to it. Huge boot, plenty of "oomph", not too much electronic rubbish - what's not to like?
You know me Chris only a bit of fun. The 800 has turned out to be a nice car with this being the sterling it is fully loaded & it all works, electric heated leather seats, electric sunroof, 4 electric windows. The 2.0 litre engine coupled to the 4 speed auto box can give modern cars a run for their money off the start line(Not that I have tried this you understand). In fact Mark Chivers commented the seats out of an 800 would look good in an 1800, I have to agree with him. I have become attached to the 800 so much so I haven,t rushed to get the new engine in my 1800, going to do the last couple of shows in the rover. The 1800 engine will get done this winter.