Mike’s Rover 75

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – a “Perfect Ten”

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – a “Perfect Ten”

Happy times are here again as the Project Rover 75 passes yet another MoT… but, as Mike Humble explains,  this one is a milestone. Before I go any further, I simply loath that East Riding beat-pop combo The Beautiful South – indeed, I also detested their previous incarnation The Housemartins. Going back a few stones ago, I had a […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

It should have been a simple easy run from Cowley to Longbridge, but plans often go awry. I’ll stay quiet for a while and let ‘er indoors, aka: my other half, explain the turn of events about PoL from her own unique perspective. Jacky Lawler Well, it all started when we got the Rover 75 back. For the third […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – how I hate shoe shopping!

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – how I hate shoe shopping!

Mike Humble What is it with later Rovers and their damn handbrakes? The 6/800 series had notoriously poor handbrakes which sometimes barely stopped them rolling away on a billiard-table smooth and level road while certain HHR or R8 models with rear discs weren’t much better either. At best with the aforementioned cars, the park brake would be only just adequate […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – new boots and brakes bring new problems

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – new boots and brakes bring new problems

Mike Humble Well… what a past couple of weeks, I can tell you. There’s been major heartache at work, and then my trusty PC decided to catch fire (honestly) after almost ten years sterling service – deep joy. But like those Weebles that older readers may recall, I wobbled but refused to fall down – maybe being a […]

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Our Cars : Mike’s a welcome in the hillside…

Our Cars : Mike’s a welcome in the hillside…

His self-imposed Rover sabbatical lasted somewhat less than he thought. Mike Humble takes a drive out west to the land of song and re-kindles some funny, familiar, forgotten feelings upon arrival… Oh, well, that lasted a long time, didn’t it? My life without a Rover lasted barely two months, though it was not down to any cold […]

Our Cars : The Welsh takeover bid goes ahead!

Our Cars : The Welsh takeover bid goes ahead!

Mike Humble   I have said it before so… I`ll say it again, without a shadow of doubt, the R8 and R40 models are possibly the highest watermarks that Rover Group ever reached in terms of quality and image perception. In the case of the R8, the combination of a well engineered body, impressive trim (especially with the earliest […]

Our Cars : MoT time for Mike’s 75 – H2O not again!

Our Cars : MoT time for Mike’s 75 – H2O not again!

Mike Humble   Well, after a period of healthy reliability after taking the Project 75 back under my wing it was time to take a good look over the car for its rapidly looming MoT. There was a brace of advisory comments from the last test pointing to some much worn front anti-roll bar drop […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75

Mike Humble is getting to grips with the Rover 75 that has come back home for some well-earned love and attention. And once again, he comes away impressed at how resilient our old friend the K-Series engine actually is… Boomerang Bangernomics After sitting on the driveway for a short while, my Rover 75 1.8 Club SE […]

Blog : Wounded in action – the 75 returns!

Blog : Wounded in action – the 75 returns!

Mike Humble A little while ago, I added a scribe telling you all of the project 75 that was sold to a couple in Suffolk and about how it had become rather poorly. Some caring sharing MG Rover “specialist” garage had quoted over £1700 + VAT to repair a blown cylinder head gasket following a failure of […]

Blog : Rover 75 to come back home limping

Blog : Rover 75 to come back home limping

Mike Humble Me and my big mouth. A couple of weeks ago, I got in touch with Richard Fernadez, the nice chap who bought my project Rover 75 in 2012. I asked him if he was bringing it to the 2014 Pride of Longbridge – and despite a very busy schedule, Richard said he would […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 relocates

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 relocates

Mike Humble Well, that’s it folks, after just over one year of enjoyable ownership, the project Rover 75 has moved on to pastures new and from leafy Sussex to deepest Essex. The proud new owners – Richard and Jill Fernandez – are sure to enjoy the timeless good looks, quality body engineering and soothing ride of MG Rover’s swan […]

By 24 January 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Project 75 – it’s time to move on

Our Cars : Project 75 – it’s time to move on

Mike Humble Well, after over one year of thoroughly enjoyable ownership, the 75 is to be moved on to – hopefully – someone who will continue to pour in the love and affection these truly great cars deserve. For no other reason than a change, I am after something slightly retro and interesting to run as […]

Blog : 2012 – Goodbye to all that!

Blog : 2012 – Goodbye to all that!

Mike Humble Well, as ‘er indoors braves the gale force winds and driving rain on a step ladder removing those outside illuminated decorations from the front bay window – bless her – I thought I would take time out from the XBox and formally wish all readers old and new from all of us at […]

By 31 December 2012 11 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 loses its spark

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 loses its spark

Once, twice, three times a breakdown I have lost count the numbers of times that many people (including myself) bang on about servicing your car regularly and correctly in order to get the very best compromise of economy and reliability. It is, of course, completely true that if you never lift the bonnet, your car […]

Blog : The case for Bangernomics

Blog : The case for Bangernomics

Mike Humble I may have mentioned this before but, when I purchased the Rover 75, I never intended to keep it as a long-term smoker. The purchase price was so cheap considering the mileage that the original battle plan was to iron out the wrinkles, polish a bit of value into it, then sell it on […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 75 – FSH? Don’t you believe it!

Our Cars : Mike’s 75 – FSH? Don’t you believe it!

Words and photography: Mike Humble You know, it’s really nice when people stop and comment on your car, even better when someone takes a leaf from your book as t’wer and takes the plunge with a similar car.  Another one of those local residents you don’t know the name of – you know the sort, the […]

By 6 September 2012 21 Comments Read More →
Our Cars: The Rover 75 and its Kiss of Death!

Our Cars: The Rover 75 and its Kiss of Death!

Words and Photographs: Mike Humble My next door neighbour Joan is a lovely lady – even though she has just celebrated her 90th birthday and has been widowed for many years, she’s as lively as a cricket and sharper than a master Cutler’s blade. Her younger brother Peter (86) travels up from Devon regularly to […]

Our Cars : Two inches makes all the difference!

Our Cars : Two inches makes all the difference!

Words and Photographs: Mike Humble While Keith Adams’ 75 Connoisseur seemingly continues to provide a comfy commute to work and back on a daily basis without sounding like a child’s Tommy gun, my own 75  1.8 Club SE has been left on the drive – that’s, though, partly down to my use of the company’s 25 Commerce diesel van. […]

Our Cars : Are friends electric?

Our Cars : Are friends electric?

Just when you think you have created a reliable car, a small problem comes along to remind you otherwise, which thanks to some laziness, became a major headache. Friends and neighbours to the rescue! Words and Photography: Mike Humble Guilty and not charged It’s a well known fact that both Keith Adams and I along […]

Our Cars : Another year of Club (SE) Class

Our Cars : Another year of Club (SE) Class

With Pride Of Longbridge 2012 only days away, Mike Humble breaths a sigh of relief following a visit to a place even more traumatic than the dentist… You guessed it…  the dreaded MoT! As I think about this, I reckon I don’t have any phobias. Many people have a fear of spiders or mice while others […]