Rover SD1’s in Australian Motorsport

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New South Wales | Grover, the 1982 Rover 3500 SE Rally Car

With thanks to James Hallowell for the use of the images and text.

Bought from a Wreckers in Orange, New South Wales for $50 in 2009, the car has since completed two Cancer Council ‘Sh**box Rally’ events – in 2010 journeying from Sydney to Alice Springs up the Oodnadatta Track, and 2011 from Brisbane to Darwin, up the Savannah Way – Australia’s most remote road. The car is a replica of a TWR Vitesse. Over 2010 & 2011 the car has raised $9,000 for the Cancer Council. To quote the owner, he is very chuffed that a $50 Rover, since restoration, has travelled over 15,000 kilometres on some of the roughest, bleakest, most beautiful terrain Australia has to offer, and has never missed a beat, when other cars have been brought to their knees.

A photo of Grover, as found in 2009

DSC_0013 1984 Rover 3500 SE 'Grover' as found in 2009

Photos of Grover, the 1982 Rover 3500 SE Rally Car at Bathurst, and in rally duties in Outback Australia

DSC_0001 1984 Rover 3500 SE 'Grover' Bathurst 8-5-2011  DSC_0002 1984 Rover 3500 SE 'Grover' Bathurst 8-5-2011  DSC_0003 1984 Rover 3500 SE 'Grover' Bathurst 8-5-2011  DSC_0004 1984 Rov 3500 SE 'Grover' Bathurst 8-2-2011  DSC_0011 1984 Rover 3500 SE Grover at Hells Gate Doomadgee Qld 2011  DSC_0012 1984 Rover 3500 SE rallying in outback Australia 24-5-2011  DSC_0008 1984 Rover 3500 SE 'Grover' 31-3-2011  DSC_0009 1984 Rover 3500 SE 'Grover' 31-3-2011

 James’ Rover 3500SE featured in the February 2013 issue of Practical Classics magazine.
Article provided with acknowledgement to Practical Classics magazine.
• Click to read the article:
1982 Rover 3500SE Australian rally SD1 Practical Classics PDF

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South Australia | Rover 3500 SD1 Rally Car
With thanks to Jai Raymond for the use of the images and video clips.

Under restoration:

DSC_0001 Rover 3500 SD1 under restoration Jai Raymond South Australia

Being campaigned in South Australia:

DSC_0002 Rover 3500 SD1 Jai Raymond Victoria Park Adelaide SA Clipsal 500 Rally Prologue 2007    DSC_0003 Rally Rover SD1 ASP Rally 2010

New parts, coil overs & number plates being installed in readiness for the 2013 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally, held over the weekend of 22 & 23 June 2013:

DSC_0005 Installing new parts coil overs & number plates 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Jai Raymond South Australia 20-6-2013  DSC_0006 New coil overs 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Jai Raymond South Australia 20-6-2013

  
Sunday 23 June 2013:
• Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally
• 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 makes it to the Podium
Driver Jai Raymond & Co-Driver Jen Mathwin-Raymond achieved 3rd Place in the 2013 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally.

DSC_0007 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Nairne SA 23-6-2013  IMG_2367 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Jai Raymond Nairne SA 22-6-2013
•  Above left: Wickhams Hill, S.A., 22/6/2013; Above right: Nairne, S.A., 22/6/2013.

IMG_3338 Jai & Jen (right) Podium Serafino McLaren Vale SA 23-6-2013
Above: Jai & Jen (right), Podium Finish, Serafino, McLaren Vale, S.A. 23/6/2013.
Photos provided with kind permission of MWP Sports Photography & Jai Raymond.

In car video clips of Jai’s Rover SD1 3500 from 2011:

Climbing Willunga Hill, South Australia:

Cudlee Creek Rally Stage, South Australia:

Nairne Rally Stage, South Australia, 190kph in 4th gear:

Norton Summit Rally Stage, South Australia:


Rally Rebirth Magazine Article
With acknowledgement to NRMA Publishing – Australian Classic Car Magazine
& Jai Raymond.
The article appeared in the Australian Classic Car 2012 Yearbook.
• Click to read:
1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Rally Rebirth Australian Classic Car magazine PDF

1979 Rover 3500 SD1 rally rebirth Title Photo
‘The Specs’ published on page 26 of the ‘Rally Rebirth’ article appear to be for the previous model 1976 Rover 3500 P6B. The Specs for a standard 1979 Rover 3500 SD1, as detailed in the Leyland Australia Sales Brochure dated 1 December 1978 are:

Power DIN: 102 kW @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 245 Nm @3,000 rpm
Suspension:
Front – Independent Macpherson strut with lower link.
Rear – Torque tube type live axle with coil springs and combined telescopic damper/ride levelling units. Fore and aft location by trailing arms and transverse location by Watt’s linkage.
Brakes: Front discs and rear self-adjusting drums
Wheelbase: 2,815 mm
Length: 4,698 mm
Height: 1,354 mm
Weight: 1,915 kg

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Victoria | 1984 Rover 3500 SE Racing Car
With thanks to Graham McGilvray for permission to use the images.

The first two images show the car being campaigned at Sandown Raceway; the next three images are at the Rob Roy Hill Climb, Victoria.

1984 Rover 3500 SE Sandown Raceway Vic  DSC_0002 1984 Rover 3500 SE Sandown Raceway Vic  DSC_0003 1984 Rover 3500 SE Rob Roy Vic Hill Climb  DSC_0101 Rover 3500 SD1 & 3500SE Rob Roy Vic 2008  DSC_0102 Rover 3500SE & 3500 SD1 Rob Roy Vic 2008
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Tasmania | 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Improved Production Racing Car
Uprated to 4600 full race engine
With thanks to Peter & Barb E. for permission to use the images.

IMG_0001 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Improved Production Race Car Tasmania 2013  IMG_1774 1979 Rover 3500 SD1 Improved Production Race Car Tasmania 2013  IMG_2224 20045 Land Rover Discovery 2001 Rover 75 Connoisseur 1985 Rover Vanden Plas 3500 1979 3500 SD1 1977 MGB Roadster Tarmac Rally Car Tasmania April 2013
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Sh*tbox Rally 2015 | Canberra, Australian Capital Territory to Townsville,
Queensland, 9 to 15 May, 2015

Photos taken at the rally start in Canberra, provided by Chris Forsey

• About the Rally: Sh*tbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable; to drive cars worth $1,000 across Australia via some of its most arduous roads, all in the name of charity. The event is officially endorsed and supported by the Cancer Council.

• For full rally information, click here | Sh*tbox Rally website

P1100188 Rover 3500SE Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100189 Rover 3500SE Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100191 Leyland P76 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100193 Leyland P76 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100195 1980 Rover 3500 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100196 1980 Rover 3500 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100197 1980 Rover 3500 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100204 1969 Morris Mini Van Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100205 1969 Morris Mini Van Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100211 1980 Rover 3500 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100213 1980 Rover 3500 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015  P1100214 1980 Rover 3500 Canberra ACT 9-5-2015
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