In October 2015 about a dozen men and women gathered at Cowley to decide 2 things; should the Rover 800 have an Owners Club, and who would run it.
Back then with so few of us just about everyone left Cowley with a committee role of some sort, a lot of enthusiasm and little else, many would fall by the wayside for one reason or another.
By this time last year the Club had some serious issues, too few people trying to run it and as a result a dwindling membership of around 80 members, a figure going downwards, not up.
Something had to be done and done quickly if the Club was going to survive.
At last years AGM the few committee members that remained faced no challenge for their positions and no one coming forward to fill the increasing vacancies we had.
I took the decision to start co-opting members to fill various crucial committee roles, the website, our front window, had to change and be more involving for members with greater content. Regalia would bring a new and much needed source of income, as would Parts re-manufacture, and crucially someone to get on top of shows and Events.
That's only 4 roles out of the many others that it takes to run a car Club, but with those new people doing their jobs, the rest of the remaining committee could get on and concentrate on their roles with renewed enthusiasm, impetus had been added.
Today, happily, we can ask members if they would now like to add their enthusiasm to our committee, our Club, we are asking you to vote at our AGM.
Our membership has grown over the year to some 160+ and continues to grow, all the elements are now in place to take this Club to new levels, with new people.
I have always said that we The Rover 800 Owners Club will never be the biggest, but we can be the best, and that is what we should aim for. Think Executive, think prestige, it is after all what the Rover 800 was all about.
Chairman Nominee, Rover 800 Owners Club, AGM 2018
Having noted the other candidate did not adhere to the published limit of 200 words, for fairness and to ensure no undue advantages take place, please see a revised statement from myself which matches the word count of the other candidate:
I would like to begin by thanking the other candidate for putting themselves forward. In any organisation (and a car club is no exception), a challenge is a good thing and means that complacency never happens.
As the founder Chairman of this club I have been involved with the running of the club since it was established in 2015, and whilst Committee members have come and gone it is important to provide a sense of continuity to the club (which is still very young and early in its life) by an incumbent Chairman remaining to ensure the club grows, develops and most importantly succeeds in its aim to preserve the cars.
I am very well known in “Austin Rover circles” – particularly on the show-circuit and have built good working relationships with other ARG clubs, which not only benefits the Rover 800 model, but all ARG models. As these clubs tend to be small, working together where possible but retaining our separate identities will become increasingly important.
My approach is to allow each of our officials to get on with their role with minimal interference but providing support where necessary. Key to any organisation is allowing people to undertake their role to the best of their ability but without undue interference, providing support where necessary.
I acknowledge that in the period the club has been going there have been some issues regarding “fluidity” on the committee. This is inevitable in any club, but the key to this is how any such issues are managed. The club faced some problems last September when elements of the Committee decided to leave for their own reasons, however fundamental to this was how it was managed. Replacement officers were co-opted to ensure that the club continued to function and that the membership was by and large, unaware of any problems.
The club is still young, and continuity in its management is important to allow it to grow, networking with other clubs and the press. I have enjoyed Chairing the club to date and hope to contribute more in 2018. Your support to enable me to continue is most appreciated.
Hi All, James C-T (Club Secretary) writing. I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish all of our members a Happy New Year. Coming out, in email, later today, but, also currently uploaded to the website, is the club magazine for 2017. 'The Flagship' has taken a lot of effort to put together, with articles submitted by a number of members. It makes for some entertaining yet informative reading. Special thanks go to Richard Gelder, for collecting all the articles and putting them together in 'The Flagship'.
As we move into the new year, thoughts turn to the clubs AGM. This years AGM will be held on Saturday February 10th 2018 at 11:00. The Venue for the AGM, is as follows :-
The Church Hall
St. John the Baptist Parish Church
411 Turves Green
As with all AGMs, all of the major committee roles are up for renewal. Later today, and for members, via email, we will publish a list of the available roles, along with a basic description of what is involved.
Once again, we would like to thank you for your continued support over the past year, and, if you want to be part of 'what makes it all happen', then keep an eye on your email Inbox, and also the Website, for details of the roles that will be available.
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.