Words and Photography: Mike Humble
Well, Summer time is well and truly here and in the ‘Swiss’ household that signals the time to pack a case or two and head off towards the sunshine. Traditionally, we have ventured onto a plane usually heading for the Canary Islands as we are both very much sun worshippers. Last year, we decided to go British in the holiday sense and owing to where we live in leafy Sussex with both Eastbourne and Brighton on our doorstep, we opted to venture somewhere a little further.
Straight away I suggested the Norfolk resort of Great Yarmouth owing to some laughs there in my late teenage years and ‘er indoors having never been. What we both really needed was a proper bucket and spade-cum-fish and chips type of break – Yarmouth is just the ticket.
Having enjoyed our week there last year so much, we opted to book the same Guest house and even secured the same room this time around with its view looking over the beach and sea. Arriving at said hotel, I was greeted by the sight of a trio of R40 models – a brace of 75s and a ZT190 which did make me chuckle, to which ‘er indoors quipped that it was just like being at home.
It then transpired that the guest house proprietor Bob Junker had moved on from his elderly Renault Espace and plumped for a pretty 75 CDT Club SE Tourer. Following a chat after breakfast, I made good a loose carpet sill cover and secured the loose fitting rear seat cushion on his motor (they all do that sir) and again, she made the remark about being at home once again!
But it didn’t stop there either. We took a walk into the town centre and within the space of less than 100 yards from the hotel, I spotted another 75 and a tidy looking ZR160. So I can confidently report that in the Great Yarmouth area, MG Rover products seem to be the chosen product for the Guest House/Hotel keeper.
And then while wandering along the sea front, I noticed another pair of 75s parked up, so imagine my surprise to then witness a young couple pile into a diesel Rover 75 taxi that swung into an adjacent layby. Its amazing considering the time which has passed since the demise of our beloved Rover and its previous incumbents, that MGR vehicles continue to ply their trade in a professional capacity – I noted three Rovers as taxis.
So there you go folks, should you be crying to get away to the sea side and be a devoted fan of legacy MG or Rover products, get on the A12 or A47 to Great Yarmouth – you’ll love the fact its clean, tidy and has mile upon mile of unspoilt sandy beaches. Shop-a-holics will note that the fine County City of Norwich is less than 20 minutes by car too!
Bob and Ann Junker run a cracking little Hotel called Anglia House situated on Wellesley Road, of which more information can be found at www.angliahouse.co.uk – they are also devoted petrolheads too by the way.