Well, I’d say that I’m now reasonably happy with my SD1’s progress. When it came back from MOTEST, I had a few fuelling issues, which dumped me on the hard shoulder. Then I changed a few servicing items, which also coincided with some other running problems… but, after a little perseverance, it’s all up and running now.
I took the old girl into the office, then drove it to Banbury and, for the entire journey, the Polski-Rover never missed a beat and turned heads all along the way. That had me thinking about driving a classic on modern roads. This one in particular seems to have me feeling that every destination reached is something of an achievement and every mile passed savoured.
Maybe it helps that in front of me is that tuneful V8 which delivers just enough performance to command the outside lane but, whatever, by the time I’d made it back home today after a 100-mile saunter, I felt all warm and fuzzy towards my Rover 3500.
I think it’s fair to say that, come the summer, regular users of the A14 and M1 are going to see rather a lot of the old girl.
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Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.