Video: Who says Rover 800s can’t handle?
I’ve just spent the afternoon watching one of my favourite DVDs again and, although I’ve blogged about it many times in the past, I still find myself absolutely on the edge of my seat watching Tony Pond going for a 100mph average at the Isle of Man TT circuit – if you want hair-raising stuff, it doesn’t get much more frightening than this.
Back in 1988, Pond missed his ton average by a mere six seconds, but he returned with an ‘unmodified’ Rover Vitesse in 1990 and successfully beat the magical target of 100mph. Pond was an absolute legend and, although his in-car commentary is dead-pan, listening to what he says is absolutely riveting, giving the viewer a true insight into a driving genius’ mindset.
Anyway, as a marketing effort, the 100mph lap was brilliant – although Rover’s assertion that the car was standard was, ahem, stretching it a little bit. Mind you, even if the exhaust – which makes the Vitesse sound like a Honda NSX – wasn’t standard and might have added a little power, it doesn’t distract from the scale of this achievement in a car that was never really renowned for its agile handling.
Grab yourself a copy from Duke Video if you feel flush in the run-up to Christmas – it really is hair-raising stuff and for less than a tenner!
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