I LOVE going through my archive of press photos because every so often, one I’ve forgotten that existed comes back to surprise and delight. Here’s on that tickled me – and I reckon it would evoke irrational feelings of destruction in the Top Gear team.
It’s a picture that accompanies a press release celebrating the Rover 416GTi winning the Caravan Club’s Tow Car of The Year award for 1991…
For one – I’m baffled as to why this car was even considered in the running. For one, its meaningful power is developed after 5500rpm – a point in the rev range you’d not want to go near when towing a lumbering great caravan behind you. Secondly, was it really more suitable than other 1990 debutantes on the UK market, such as the Citroen XM and Nissan Primera?
So, come on, Caravan Club. What’s the deal? I think we should be told…
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.
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