Rover 8HP 1904

<I>A Rover from 1904 during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 2001.</I> Photo: Martin Hooper
A Rover from 1904 during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 2001. Photo: Martin Hooper

This picture was taken 4th November 2001 of a 1904 Rover. It was taking part in the annual London to Brighton veteran car run, open only to cars made before 1905. This car is owned by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust - the famous Gaydon Museum. It is interesting to compare this with the other picture of a 1904 Rover on this page. The most obvious differences are the wheels and the lights.
We don't get many chances to see such old cars in action! It is a great day out if you can ever make it to see around 300 real old timers being driven flat out!
Some have a very surprising turn of speed - including the Rover which was travelling probably at 25 miles per hour (40kph) when I took the photograph. They were really enjoying themselves as you can see! The light wasn't too good - hence the slightly pixellated picture quality.
Martin Hooper

History:
1903 the company decided to build cars and Edmund Lewis was recruited from Daimler and in less then six months he managed to build a prototype. The car had a two seater coach and an 8 HP engine. The coach was built by Hawkins & Peake and the price for this car was £200 when it reached the market by the end of 1904


<I>This is the first ever Rover car, the 8HP built in 1904.</I>
This is the first ever Rover car, the 8HP built in 1904.

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