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Rover 2000

Post  CDM on Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:15 pm

This is a model of the 1970 Marathon de La Route Rover 2000. The drivers were Roy Pierpoint, Clive Baker and Richard Enever.

Remember 1970 was also the World Cup Rally year so all efforts were being directed towards the Triumph 2.5Pi on that very long rally. So the car was built for BL by Bill Shaw Racing with a 3.5 litre V8 engine. The 1970 Marathon de la Route started with a night race at the Nurburgring and the car led the event for the first 14 hours of the 84 hrs. Remarkably the Rover required just ONE gear change per lap. They had a lot of propshaft problems before the race and Hardy Spicer had rushed some new ones to them which were fitted just before  the start, but again the propshaft failed after 16hrs and before the gearbox disintegrated the car was retired.







It could have been the start of quite an amazing race car. But just after the event BL Special Tuning Department was closed down. There would be no more.

This model is based upon the Corgi Vanguard Monte car. I could have used any of their Rover 2000 models, but the hub capless wheels might prove useful in the future!! Milliput was used to make up the wheel arch extensions and bonnet bulge.







Very few good photos exist of the car, but we have a few from period and of the cars as it is today in Australia. The real car today looks quite a bit different to what it did look like, and there was another car raced in the UK which was different again, just to add to the general confusion. The original press photos are also nothing like the car



I am about halfway through this project. The interior is proving difficult, lack of photos and poor interior on the model.

More soonish..
Chris

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Re: Rover 2000

Post  Mark Lowe on Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:15 pm

Very nice work Chris
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Post  Hampton Caught on Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:22 pm

Yes indeedy, Chris. Fine work there, my friend! Cool

Shame the car didn't have more opportunity, but then, that's the story of BL really! Ho hum!!

Cheers, Steve
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Post  newt5550 on Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:24 pm

Looking good
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Post  Zeus on Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:02 pm

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Re: Rover 2000

Post  Zeus on Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:03 pm

Great work so far Chris, need to get used to miliput
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