Rover 75 : Owners Club to stage 10th Anniversary Round Britain Relay

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

The Rover 75, which the company described as ‘the car we had to make,’ first went on sale to an expectant UK car buying public back in 1999.

However, ten years on, and with older examples of the model gradually disappearing from Britain’s roads, a growing number of enthusiasts have joined the Rover 75 and MG ZT Owners Club and are determined to ensure that this ‘formidable modern classic is preserved and promoted for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.’

The members of the Owners Club are staging a Round Britain Relay to celebrate and commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Rover 75. The event, which will cover over 2000 miles in 48 hours, will start from the former Rover factory in Cowley at 6.00pm on the 19th June, 2009 and traverse the UK in 11 stages before finishing at the former MG Rover Group Limited plant in Longbridge which was the home of the Rover 75 and MG ZT until that company went into administation in April, 2005.

The stages will be split into sections and the participating drivers will use the Owners Club’s official mascot, ‘Fred the Ted,’ as the relay’s baton. Progress will be monitored in real-time using GPRS/GPS technology and be visible on the Owners Club’s website.

Event Organiser, Andrew Garcarz, says that the Owners Club’s ‘aim is to promote the Club, raise awareness of two great British cars and have a lot of fun doing it.’

Clive Goldthorp

Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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