Oldest surviving Rover car takes to the streets - The Leamington Observer

Oldest surviving Rover car takes to the streets

Ian Hughes 6th Nov, 2017   0

A CAR from the British Motor Museum built over a century ago successfully took to the road again at the weekend.

TV presenter and adventurer Charley Boorman drove the museum’s 1904 Rover 8hp – the oldest surviving Rover car – in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday.

Five other cars from the Gaydon museum took part in the 60 mile run.

A 1901 Wolseley 10hp tonneau was driven by motoring journalist Quentin Willson, while the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s new chairman, Kevin Timms, was behind the wheel of a 1904 Thornycroft 20hp tonneau.

Also participating were the museum’s 1899 Wolseley 3½hp voiturette, 1902 Albion A1 dog-cart and 1904 Wolseley 6hp phaeton.

Museum curator Stephen Laing said “The run is one of the most exhilarating and exclusive motoring adventures in the world. These wonderful cars are all more than a century old and are some of the rarest and finest models from our collection. Watching 400 veteran cars take part in the Run is an amazing and nostalgic experience.”

Visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk for further information about the museum.

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