Hi All, James CT here. I have once again, dived into my media collection, and uploaded some material to the members section, of the website. For your enjoyment, we have the completed Launch Pack text, all 103 pages worth. We also have a new section, dedicated to Magazine articles, and, within the brochures section, the highly entertaining 'Rover Elegance' brochure.
I have also built upon our successful Regalia Series, and can now offer some winter Fleeces, complete with Club logo, Union Flag and your choice of Coupe, Vitesse or Sterling, script. Drop a line to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' if you're interested in purchasing one.
The NEC Classic Car show is almost upon us, we will be present on stand, so if you're visiting, feel free to stop by and say Hello.
Thanks for reading.
Hi All, James CT here, club secretary and wearer of many many hats!!.
You probably know that the Rover 800 series was developed with quite a considerable amount of help from Japanese car manufacturer, Honda. Project XX became the 800 series and Project HX became the Honda Legend, also known as the Acura Legend, and the first of a pair of cars to make up Hondas Acura brand, in the US (the other being an Integra coupe).
In the members section, a new page has been added, which contains some information about the Legend, including a brochure, from 1987.
It is interesting to compare the two. The 800 was by far the more superior car, when it came to interior appointments, but, the Honda had the edge when it came to overall build quality. It's also fascinating to see the shared aspects of each car, for example, the Legends seats look like they have come straight out of an 800, albeit with different trim colour options!.
Hope you enjoy the update, and as always, thanks for reading.
Hi All, this entry has been compiled by James Copp-Taylor, our club secretary and current multiple hat wearer :) .
So, the 800 Owners Club Website continues to go from strength to strength, with the already excellent work, being added to. You may have noticed a change to some of the background images, and also the fonts used. This is to keep the site looking fresh and further enhance the experience we provide to members and non members, alike.
The Club Store now has two separate shop fronts. We have a shop for non members, but, Club members, once logged in, can make use of the club shop and enjoy some excellent discounts on the items we have for sale.
Over the next couple of months, we hope to be able to further add some items to the Regalia Collection, and further build on the exciting range of products we already have.
I'll very likely be on stand at the NEC, along with the chairman and a number of other club members. So, feel free to have a chat, and if you have any website suggestions, and ideas, I'd love to hear them :).
Until the next time, thank you for taking the time to read this.
Hi everyone. Coming out from the club, over the next couple of days, we have some exciting mailers. Mailer one will contain your exclusive NEC Classic Motorshow discount. We hope to see you there. The show runs from the 10th -12th November 2017.
The second mailer is our autumn Newsletter.
Keep an eye out in your mailbox, for these messages. A word of warning, some of our members have advised that the mailers we send, via MailChimp, have in some cases, ended up in their junk folders. Take a couple of moments just to check this folder.
Keep an eye on the website for further additions to the 'Launch Series'.
As always, thanks for reading.
I was thinking about this, just last night. Where have I seen the 800 series, playing a prominent role in a television program, or film? The 1988 film, Taffin, starring a young Piers Brosnan, has some excellent footage of a nearly new, Oporto Red 820i or Si. The film seems to have been forgotten, but, it does crop up every now and then.
Another forgotten show from 2001, starring Johnny Vaughan, featured a number of Flame Red Mk1 Fastbacks. The base car was supposed to be a flame red 820i, but, it seems a Vitesse (without boot spoiler), was also used.
Soon, in the media Centre, we hope to be able to bring some screen grabs, and hopefully some clips of the 800 in action on the big, and small screen. I don't know about you, but, I always get a warm feeling when I see the car I dedicate so much time to, appear in a television program or film. Well, thanks for reading this far, and catch you soon on the next installment.
Just over 31 years ago, Austin Rover were entertaining a group of well fed, well watered journalists, in Switzerland, for the launch of the Rover 800 Series. Our Treasurer has one of the original Press launch packs. Under the media section of the website, we are gradually compiling some spoken extracts from the pack.
It makes for very interesting viewing!!
So, what was I up to in 1986? Well, by the 10th July 1986, I would have been 7 years old, though like our treasurer, who was just about to turn 7, the interest in cars was very much there, from an early age!
Enjoy the videos, and until next time, thanks for reading.
So, what was I doing back in 2002? I'll be honest, pretty much the same thing I am doing now. Driving 800s and exhibiting an unhealthy interest in 1980s consumer electronics. I asked the Treasurer, today, what he was doing in 2002. Well, I'll let him answer in his own words.
Back in 2002, I had just finished my first round with the 800, after completing on the sale of my 1991 820Turbo. I had just taken delivery of my Jaguar XJ40 3.6, which I still own to this day. I had around seven, yes....seven Betamax VCRs (I now have nine) and an equal number of early VHS machines. To say age has improved my obsession with the 1980s, would be a lie!. Anyway. Back then, I had a small website, to which I uploaded a number of Rover 800 related magazine articles and Brochures. With the wonders of Internet Archive Website, I have been able to retrieve some of these items. They have now been included into the members area, for you to enjoy. Back to the Chairman.
Yes, it's safe to say that our interests never seem to change! Just the items we have an interest in, just seem to get older and more expensive!. Enjoy the items James has uploaded. There is yet more to come.
It's getting to that time of year, the nights are drawing in, it's getting colder and soon, it's going to be Christmas. Only seems like last week that we were celebrating Christmas 2016!.
Here at Rover 800 OC Towers, we have a number of events in the planning stages, to keep you occupied during the winter months. A Service Bulletin shall be coming out, shortly.....and, we have the NEC Classic Car Show coming up in November, an event which brings many clubs from around the country, into one place, for the weekend.
So, what about me and my fleet? Well, my immaculate, recently acquired Mk1 827 SLi is currently in with my mechanic. The timing belt and water pump are being replaced, as well as all the fluids. It has been noted that Hondamatic transmission fluid, is getting very hard to come by. We at the Rover 800 Owners Club, know that AE Wilcox (Wickwar), a former Rover dealer, now MG (among other marques) have a few 2.5 litre bottles of Hondamatic, left. We are looking at alternatives, as Hondamatic is getting harder to come by and as any enthusiast knows, it's the only fluid you should use in your C25A and C27A automatic.
And other things? Well, hobby wise, I recently purchased an early 1980s BAIRD 26" Television with Teletext. I picked this monster up on the way back from Gaydon. It certainly added a 'Radio Rentals Rep' feel, to the interior of my 1986 Sterling!
Watch out in your mailbox for further updates from the Rover 800 Owners Club. Until then, as always, thanks for reading.
Welcome to the Rover 800 Owners Club, preserving Rover's Flagship! If you are a returning member, the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed the New Look website and updated features. Those new to the site, please do look around and enjoy the content. Whether you own a Rover 800 or you are just a fan of the Marque - membership to the club brings many benefits whilst helping us to champion and represent the Rover 800 at shows throughout the year.
Looking forward to meeting you!