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Many ex-Rover engineers are interviewed to help tell the story and also to get those historic anecdotes that can only be revealed by the people who were present at the time. In addition to the Rover personnel, owners of significant Rover models relate the history: Alan Buttle demonstrates his replica of JET1, which was the world’s first ever jet powered car following the wartime collaboration with Frank Whittle to develop the gas turbine engine.
From the Rover Safety Bicycle in 1885 to the last Rover cars in 2005, this documentary traces the turbulent history of this famous British motor manufacturer.
The Land Rover was introduced in 1948 and was joined by the Range Rover in 1970. We talk to some of the men responsible for the engineering and testing of these these world beating vehicles throughout the years.
The ‘Auntie’ P4 and P5 Rovers are covered along with the later P6. Peter Willmer (Chief Engineer -Transmissions), recalls his work on these cars which included European testing and in particular, pulling heavy trailers up the Stelvio Pass to test cooling. The later Rovers are all featured along with some of the men behind the motors before Rover historian James Taylor, concludes to tell the final collapse of MG Rover.
Appearing in the main feature are:
Peter Willmer - Rover Chief Engineer - Transmissions
John Carter - Engine Development Engineer & Project Manager
Ian Elliott - British Leyland Product and Technical Affairs Manager
John Worth - Rover Design Engineer
Chris Elliott - Rover Principal Engineer Quality Reliability Testing
Alan Wood - Rover Development Engineer
Dennis Patstone - Rover Development Department Validation Engineer
Ron Brown - Rover Design Engineer and Brand Manager
Robin Wilson - Rover Chassis Engineer
John Batchelor - Rover Chassis Engineer
James Taylor - Rover Motoring Historian
Michael Humble - Rover Dealer Mechanic at Henlys
Alan Buttle - Rover JET1 gas turbine replica (P4)
Adrian Mitchell - Rover 16 Sports Saloon (P2)
Plus a host of other Rover owners with their cars in the extra feature ‘Rovers & Owners’.