I’VE just got back from a week away from it all in France and have to say that it was nice to shack up for a week in a rural gite without anything resembling a ‘phone or Internet access. Very nice indeed… Big apologies go to anyone who may have emailed or sent messages during the past few days and thought that they were being ignored. I’ll have a mass replying session this evening!
While stuck there in the middle of nowhere with just the odd trip to the nearest small town to break up the magnificent solitude, it struck me just how many R8s must have been sold over there. Northern France, you see, is awash with the things. That, in turn, set me thinking about Rover’s rapid fall from grace once these cars were off the scene and how things could go so wrong so quickly.
Perhaps it wasn’t that – maybe the R8 really was just the right car at the right time and was no more than a brief interlude in the gradual decline of Rover.
I still find myself congratulating everyone involved with the creation and marketing of this clever range of mid-liners.
Thanks, guys… Let’s hope that enough survive to make it to classic status.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.