To preserve our heritage of Rover engineering with a car which instils a polite, unhurried style of driving, enjoyed with dignity.
The NROA was founded in May 1977 - the first Rover Club on the Continent of Africa. Famous for pioneering and developing gas-turbine aero-engines and the jet-turbine car from 1939 to 1965, Rover has perhaps the widest range of vehicle types of any marque. Yet each different model retains a distinctive and inspired engineering flair. We at the Rover Club believe that our cars reward the effort that goes into their preservation and restoration because of their inherent high quality of design and workmanship.
The club was originally formed to cater for Rover owners who loved their cars and wanted to restore and preserve them as permanent possessions and a means of transport and fun. These aims are the same today; the Club welcomes owners of any model Rover, including Land-Rovers and Range Rovers.
Club activities include attending the major car shows, rallies, and social outings. Families with children are part of the scene. Our membership includes owners of all ages. Young and old share the enthusiasm that the name Rover always seems to stimulate.
A Club magazine, RoverNews, is published quarterly. By means of this the Club keeps in contact with members who live too far away to attend rallies, and publishes technical articles which may be of help to owners, as well as articles of general interest and personal reminiscences of Club members.
We have built up a small stock of spares for the older models, and we are continually looking to expand this. But, in common with many other well-known car clubs, the NROA does not welcome those who join with the sole object of buying spares and then vanishing from the scene! In fact, new members must attend a number of rallies and must have been members for a year before they are eligible to buy spares from the Club. We have always been ready to give advice to any and all Rover owners although we naturally expect that they will join the Club.
The NROA has attended the Vintage Sports Car Club's Pietermaritzburg Cars in the Park every single year since the show’s inception in 1977. We in the Rover Club share the aims and objectives of the organisers of this justly famous car show, which fosters the belief that classic cars such as the Rover marque reward the love and care that their owners lavish on them. The Natal Rover Owners’ Association is proud to be, in its own way, a ‘founder member’ of this traditional Natal car show.
WHY A ROVER CAR AND WHY THE NATAL ROVER OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION?
I am 74 years of age and for many years was an avid motorcyclist and then collector of stationary engines. As motorcycles became increasingly difficult to ride and stationary engines became ever more difficult to manhandle, I needed an alternate hobby and preferably one in which my wife could participate. The answer seemed to be a classic car and one that had the support of a dedicated club or association. After looking at a number of options, I found what I was looking for in a 1959 Rover 100 and the Natal Rover Owners’ Association.
Why a Rover? Sound engineering practice, unique and useful features and quality of finish abound in a Rover. A glance under the bonnet of my P4 reveals a six-cylinder engine; overhead inlet and side exhaust valves (a la Rolls Royce); an SU carburettor and an aluminium cylinder head. Other features such as servo assisted disc front brakes, a four-speed gearbox with overdrive unit, a separate chassis and numerous aluminium body components are less obvious. Leather upholstery, a walnut fascia, walnut window mouldings and quality fittings are features of the car’s interior. Perhaps this is just the sort of car you would like to have bought in the 50’s when you were an impecunious young man who had to settle instead for a Morris Minor or similar.
With all these features, one would think that a Rover must be expensive to buy and maintain, an important factor for most people these days. On both of these counts I was pleasantly surprised. Although they are relatively scarce, a P4, P5 or P6 in reasonable and complete condition can be bought for less than R15,000.00.
The Natal Rover Owners’ Association has a comprehensive selection of spare parts and they are more than willing to help club members with parts, advice and practical assistance.
What is it like to drive? I’ve had little experience of older cars and my memory of motoring in the 50’s is limited, but I was impressed. Quoting from a road test of a 1959 model: “Altogether the Rover 100 is a car which, by reason of its good performance, good standard of fuel economy and, above all, its beautiful engineering and finish, will undoubtedly appeal to those who want a medium powered car of above average quality.” I agree.
Why the Natal Rover Owners’ Association? Some of the services offered have already been mentioned, but there is more. Trips to places of interest are held on a regular basis. Participation in shows, such as Cars in the Park, is encouraged. Regalia such as caps and shirts are available for sale and members are encouraged to wear these. A small but dedicated committee takes care of these matters.
No club or association is complete without a newsletter and members receive RoverNews on a regular basis. It is full of interesting snippets of news and technical information regarding club activities and Rover cars.
May I suggest that you join the Natal Rover Owners’ Association and then buy a Rover. You should find this a rewarding experience.
We look forward to meeting you, your family and friends.
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