News : Codename R40 – Rover 75/MG ZT video now on sale

The wait is over! The Rover 75 DVD-Video or Blu-ray Disc, called Code Name R40 is on sale now directly from Producer John Clancy’s website. Our man Mike Humble has helped gather some of the most important names in the car’s development and, in doing so, he and John have created and told the definitive story of the Rover 75/MG ZT’s development and launch.

Some of the people to have been interviewed include Peter Morgan – Rover Group R40 Project Director, Ron Brown – Rover Design Engineer, Denis Chick – MG Rover Director of Product Communications, Kevin Jones – MG Rover Product Manager, Rob Oldaker (above) – MG Rover Director of Product Development, Ian Pogson – MG Rover Engine Development Engineer and Martyn Knowles – Editor of Car Mechanics magazine.

If you are a proper R40 nerd, an enthusiastic owner or just a fan of the model, we promise there will be something for everyone. Mike Humble devised the introduction and has narrated the feature. You can watch a video preview, below – it’s worth a look.

Mike said: ‘It’s been a two-year toil of running around the country, gathering together long-lost contacts and getting people sat down to tell their story, the actual story and the true story. One thing does come over well on this special documentary is the passion the involved automotive legends and owners still have all these years after the car was launched. To everyone who stepped forward to contribute, John Clancy and I thank you all – you did a great job.’

Keith Adams


  1. I note all the contributors listed are English, was any of the numerous BMW engineers that were involved were able to give their input? I think their input into the project, its objectives and the quality of the decision taking would have been very interesting.

    Also their view point in the “Turf War” between the CEO and CFO that led to the CFO at the car’s launch publicly sticking the knife into Rover and the Car would have been very interesting to have.

  2. Having spent my entire career in Film & Video/TV production, this taster clip indicates that this is a quality programme.

    Very useful that it features so many people who were at the sharp end of the 75’s design and manufacturing. It will be an asset as an educational item for those interested in the automotive field.

  3. Mine arrived yesterday. Enjoyed watching from start to finish. What struck me most was just what a thoroughly decent bunch of gentlemen all those interviewees are. Their camaraderie, intelligence and passion for their craft come across throughout. It was uplifting and sad to watch. Sad to know that the company came so close but the market really didn’t care and that, in a way, what happened to the Rover group reflected a change in the values of the UK which we are all suffering from now.

  4. Very enjoyable video. A lot of “if onlys” spring to mind. The 75 was a good base to expand the entire range from in terms of quality and design.
    BMW should have stayed, reorganised the plants and staffing levels and also allowed Rover to expand MG into the USA without hamstringing Rover with their fear of Rover Group “stealing” sales from their own car range.

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