National Rove 2018

As you may know the National Rove 2018 organised by the Rover Car Club of Australia Inc was held in Shepparton, Victoria over the weekend of 27th to 30th April. There was an exceptional turnout as evidenced by these photos; reproduced coutesy of Tristan McMahon.


National Rove – Is on this weekend in Shepparton

This weekend, the National Rove meet will be held in Shepparton, Victoria.  This is a terrific event if you can make it along to view the vehicles at the display which is set for 11am on Sunday at the Emerald Bank Leisure Land area.

Below is a link which shows the event itinerary.

Link to National Rove Itinerary

For sale 1947 Rover 16 six light

This lovely vehicle is located in Hobart, Tasmania, unregistered but complete and runs. Much work done during ownership to suspension, front and rear with new shackles and bushes  and replacement of king pins. Rebuilt generator, distributor and water pump, radiator disassembled cleaned and reassembled. Window and door rubbers replaced. Interior reupholstered in burgundy leather with carpets and door cards to suit, new excelsior tyres. Loom replaced. Colour slate grey over indigo blue, presentable but not perfect. Engine has no knocks or rattles and does not blow excessive exhaust. Sun roof had been replaced in the past, but needs further work, all gauges present but not all operating.Chassis number  R7411042  Unfortunately the engine number remains elusive.

Seeking $8000.00 for this fine old car. Interested parties can contact me on 0439 803 723 or email,

Tassie Tourers 2018

Members of the Guild, some with their partners, traveled to Tassie on the Spirit of Tasmania for a week of sightseeing.


The group at breakfast on the first day

This included not only scenery but cars as well. We caught up with Guild members David Longcake, Ken Watts and Ian Summers as well as Peter Huttemeier from the Rover Car Club of Australia who moved down to Tassie from Melbourne some years ago. As an added bonus the Guild gained a new member, Roger Hesketh and his wife Marie who met up with us for breakfast on the first day just outside of Launceston. Roger kindly acted as tour guide for the first day and led us through some lovely scenery on the way to St Marys.


From left to right are the Grey 105S (Nigel Rock), Dark Green 100 (David & Jenny Allen), White 95 (Phil Gleeson) and Two tone 100 (I think!) (Roger Hesketh). Missing is Bill Harrison’s 100 who took the easy way due to a leak in the exhaust manifold.

We spent a lovely few hours with Ian Summers at his Museum at St Marys and then were given a great reception by Peter Huttemeier and his partner Fiona at his property in Little Swanport. Mention must be made of Fiona’s almond biscuits that were a great success.


The group at the Huttemeier’s


The cars at Peter Huttemeier’s with Bill Harrison’s 100 on the right.

Following these stops we made our way down the east coast via Wine Glass Bay, down to Port Arthur and on to Hobart. During our stay in Hobart we visited Bruce Hills who had an eclectic mix of cars including 3 Rover P6Bs, a Bentley Mark VI, a Hudson Super Six and the star of the show a 1935 Rover P1 Speed 14. The car is still going thanks to Triumph 2000 running gear but he still has the engine and gearbox! This visit gave the ladies some time to check out the shopping on Hobart.


Bruce’s 1935 Rover P1 Speed 14. A rare beast indeed.

From Hobart we went our separate ways with some going straight home and others staying on longer.  We saw some stunning scenery, some terrific cars and met some lovely people.


Freycinet National Park

We had some memorable group dinners and the food was wonderful from the Oyster Farm at Wine Glass Bay to the Greek Restaurant and the farewell dinner at the Ball and Chain both in Salamanca Square. In return we were shown some excellent hospitality and it all made for a week that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

In closing, it would be remiss not to mention the work and effort Alan Travell has put in to organise this trip and to extend to him and Di our thanks for making this trip so memorable.




For Sale – Two (2) Rover P3 Vehicles & Stock of Spare Parts.


The first car is a grey 1948 4 light model. (Chassis No. R8431580, Engine no. R8414554). 

P3 1I have owned this car for 13 years and in the past have driven it on quite a number of long car club runs etc. Since originally purchasing the car it has been in need of a repaint although there have never been any major mechanical issues.

About a year ago I decided to commence to restore the car in order to improve the general appearance of the vehicle. I have lifted the body off the chassis and removed the motor, gearbox etc. from the chassis in readiness to clean and paint the chassis.

During the dismantling of the vehicle I have taken many photographs and made copious handwritten notes to aid in re-assembling the vehicle. I have also tagged notes to most parts removed from the vehicle.

Both the chassis and body were found to be completely free of any rust which would hamper the restoration.  I believe that as well as there appearing to be no rust problems, all panels on the vehicle are undamaged, meaning that there is no requirement for extensive panel beating.

I have had all the instruments in the grey Rover restored by an automotive instrument repairer.

It is emphasised that prior to commencing the restoration the vehicle was registered and road-going. There were no mechanical issues with the car with the motor performing well.

The picture of the grey Rover parked at a lookout gives an indication of the car’s appearance prior to starting the disassembly of the vehicle about 12 months ago. However, the picture does not show the poor condition of the paint or upholstery.

The other pictures of the grey Rover are the latest pictures that I have taken. Since these pictures were taken, the remaining parts have been removed from the chassis.

The second car is a black 1948 6 light model. (Chassis no. R8412797, Engine no. R8414453).

P3 3It was purchased many years ago as a “parts car” but is complete, although in need of restoration. Since this point in time it has been parked in our garage.

The pictures of the black Rover were taken the day after we had purchased the vehicle. The car had been parked in a farm shed for many years. A day after we purchased the vehicle we were able to start the engine and drive the car a short distance up our street.

I also have a large quantity of spare parts which I have accumulated over the years, including two complete spare engines.

Ideally, I would prefer to sell the two vehicles and the spare parts in one lot. If I am able to do so, I feel that an amount of $5,000 ono is a fair and reasonable price. In setting the price which I believe is on “the low side” I have intended to make it a little more affordable for the new owner to restore the grey Rover. In my mind it is my contribution towards the restoration.

For further information or if you require pictures of specific items on the vehicles, please contact:- Graham Dawson

Phone (02) 9982 8828


I am very disappointed that I am not able to deliver on my stated intention of restoring the grey Rover due to medical reasons. Regrettably, I am now forced to abandon the restoration

Both vehicles are located at Narraweena, a suburb of Sydney situated in the northern beaches area.

Rover 100 For Sale

eBay auction now ended. Page shows Reserve Not Met. 1960 p4 100 in good condition for the year it is not concourse but well worth a look paint and body is good, interior and roof lining is good carpet are good apart for the section behind the driver seat see picture ,the car runs and drive but it has not been on the road since 2009

Advertised on ebay currently:  eBay Advertisment Link

Update: Auction ended at $4,800 (which was below reserve)