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As previously stated we, the organising committee of Roverfest 2020, which includes the RSR, have been reviewing the viability of the event especially in the light of the recent Government guidance regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19). After recent negotiations with Sywell Aerodrome, we have reached an agreement to Postpone Roverfest 2020 until 2021. Sywell have also agreed that we can have the same weekend and also any hotel bookings made with them at their Aviator Hotel will be honoured for that weekend at no extra cost.

The decision has therefore been made to postpone Roverfest 2020 for one year and to honour all existing entries and Sywell Aviator Hotel bookings.

Roverfest 2020 will now become Roverfest 2021, to be held on 6th, 7th & 8th August 2021. All existing Roverfest bookings will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled event unless this is not required, in which case a full refund will be made available using the same method as the original payment. It should be noted that while existing entries will be honoured new entries are not guaranteed to be at the original price.

This decision was not easy to take but when we were informed that the Practical Classics Restoration Show was to be rescheduled from March to the same weekend as the original Roverfest, this August, we felt in order to make Roverfest the best event we had to postpone. We hope that if you have made arrangements around the original date they too can be put forward 1 year.

Wishing you continued good health,

Roverfest Committee.

Members of the RSR receive the club magazine Freewheel every two months and also are eligible for a number of benefits plus access to specialist help and an increasing range of club regalia.

February Freewheel

There are monthly local meetings as well as a dedicated online forum and facebook pages for discussion and debate.  NEW RSR Workshop Manuals now available


The RSR represents all models and variants of the Rover Marque and is proud to be the oldest and one of the largest Rover clubs.The club welcomes enthusiasts and owners of all Rovers, from Bicycles through to the last Rover 75s. In terms of benefits we offer : –

  • Coverage of all Rover models, old and new
  • Comprehensive Spares coverage for early cars, access to specialists for later cars
  • Technical expertise for all models
  • National Network of Regional Meetings
  • Extensive Programme of Rallies and Events
  • Access to Library plus Technical Publications
  • Insurance Scheme
  • Haynes Manual scheme
  • On line forum at http://www.rover-forum.thersr.co.uk
  • A First class· Bi-Monthly magazine – FREEWHEEL, plus additional publications
  • Workshop manuals and parts lists for early cars
  • Club badges and regalia

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Chairman’s Chat.

Besides enjoying myself in old Rovers, I have been working
on Roverfest2020 and planning the RSR’s stand at the Practical
Classics Car and Restoration show at the NEC. You can book
discounted tickets on-line at www.necrestorationshow.com/club-
tickets using the RSR’s discount code – RSCC3322.
I heard today of some serious damage caused to a Rover 45’s
diesel engine when the worn alternator belt failed, and got caught
in the timing belt, lifting it sufficiently for the driven pulley on the
camshaft to jump a couple of teeth. The engine is repairable but
prevention is certainly cheaper than cure – check your car’s belts
Whatever your feelings about Brexit, changes to processes and
documents required when motoring abroad are inevitable. If you
intend visiting the continent in your car, check HM Government’s
advice about International Driving Permit and green card
Members owning 10 and 12 tourers will probably have received a
letter from Howard Jones (who is a new RSR member) requesting
information. Your details were sourced from the membership list
and Howard’s request is genuine.
Please contact me directly for details of tickets for Drive-it-day at
Bicester Heritage in April.

Mike Maher Chairman January 2020


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