Founded in 1904 and shuttered in 2005, throughout its 101-year history the Rover car company built a huge array of vehicles – and all of them are eligible for membership of the Rover Sports Register. It’s a group that bills itself as ‘The only club for all Rovers’ because whether your garage houses something from the Edwardian era or a 21st-century 75, it’s welcome. Within the club’s ranks there are even Rover pushbikes from the turn of the last century, so if you’re a fan of the marque this is the club for you.
The Rover Sports Register (RSR) is active when it comes to events, because it organises its own fixtures, plus it also supports an array of other clubs when they put something on. The RSR’s flagship event is its National Rally, which each year visits a different part of the country. As a member of the Joint Rover Clubs it also helps to organise Roverfest, the Northamptonshire gathering of classic Rovers, but that’s had to be put off this year will return in August 2022.
What RSR members can look forward to in 2021 is the Northern Rally in September, while the RSR will also have a presence at days or weekends put on by the Rover P5 Club as well as the Rover P4 Drivers’ Guild. With the RSR also at the Quainton All Rover Rally in August, the Beaulieu Autojumble in September and the NEC classic car show in November, and a few other smaller shows, the club is certainly making the most of the 2021 season – especially when you also take into account the activities of the 18 local groups spread across the UK.
Security is becoming a real issue for many classic car owners, which is why the latest initiative from the Rover Sports Register is a tracking app, which is an unusual (but not unprecedented) offering among classic car clubs. Through the app you can keep track of the location of as many vehicles as you like, and the transmitters can be fitted on a DIY basis; they can be battery-operated or wired into a car’s 12-volt electrics.
As with most clubs, sharing knowledge is one of the cornerstones of the RSR, which is why it has a forum that can be accessed by members and non-members alike, and a members-only facility on its website, where paid-up supporters can manage their details and access information from the club’s archive.
The Rover Sports Register prides itself on being able to help any Rover owner, whatever they drive. To that end the group can provide technical expertise for all models, with comprehensive spares coverage for the earlier models and access to specialists for the later cars. Need a workshop manual for a 1930s P2 or a P3 from the late 1940s? No problem; the club has come up with its own manual, which members can buy for just £31 (P2) or £19 (P3).
The club also keeps a store of mechanical and body parts for members’ projects. Many of these parts are for the P2 and P3 as those models are not so well served by specialists, but there are bits for the post-war models too, including the P4, P5 and P6.
Need to know: Rover Sports Register
Current membership: 1000
Membership fees: £32 (UK), £44 (Europe), £40/£50 (outside Europe)
Regional groups: 18 across the UK
Publications: Bi-monthly magazine, Freewheel
Club website: thersr.co.uk
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