Blog: I’m no longer a Rover man

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


For the first time in a very long time, I sit here typing away at my computer – and I feel as though I am in uncharted territories. Not sure why I should be, but I guess when something familiar, safe and sound is taken away from you, life takes on a slightly different slant…

But that’s where I’m at right now. You see, as of tomorrow night, there will not be a single BMC>Rover car in my fleet.

Not sure how it came to this, but whatever did happen to allow me to arrive at this situation, it happened quickly. I can still remember, only a couple of years ago, laughing along with my good friend Dale, as we stood in my driveway and admired my trio of British Racing Green Rovers. It was safe, it was predictable, but most of all, it was me. Yes, I was Keith Adams, Mr Austin-Rover, and if it was Monday, it must be time to drive a metallic green Rover of some description.

But time passed, and one by one, my cars moved on… and somehow, they were replaced by products of other countries.

And yesterday, I bade farewell to my Rover 75. After long discussions with my bank manager, I decided to cave in to the wishes of my boss, and sell him my car. He needed something good (and economical) to drive, and I needed some cash. A deal was done – and now, he’s happy, and I’m Rover-less. Well, not entirely. I do still have Nigel the Vanden Plas Allegro, but all being well, this will be going to a very happy new owner tomorrow afternoon…

So, what then? Will I be in the wilderness? Will Mr Austin-Rover cease to be? Of course not. I love cars, and most of all, I love British Leyland and Rover. Nothing changes that, even if I decided to exchange my 75 for something distinctively foreign…

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

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.
Keith Adams

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