Tony Pond - In Car IOM TT - The Ultimate Test - Rover 827 Vitesse TT Track 100mph record
The Isle of Man TT Course filmed from a Rover 800 Fastback production
During 1988, Tony Pond, one of Britains most successful rally drivers and
Isle of Man resident, used a standard production Rover 800 fastback to
attempt the first ever 100mph lap of the 37.73 mile Isle of Man tt course
in a four-wheeled vehicle.
the challenge was a formidable one which created tremendous interest both
on the Island and outside. Despite a top speed on the level of over 140mph,
and the use of racing tyres, the Rover only had 1/4 the power to weight
ratio of the top TT racing bikes which are capable of average speeds of up
to 119 mph.
The video, based on the footage filmed during several laps completed on
closed roads during september 1988, shows you just what it is like to be on
the absolute limit in a car driven by a top-line driver over some of the
most demanding roads in the world.
Commentary (with gritted teeth and bulging eyes!) is from Manx Radios Geoff
Cannel, who braved the lap as a passenger to record his impressions.
And did they do the 'ton' lap? Well, the answer is here of course
Please note that a lap time of 22 minutes 38 seconds equate to 100mph
A Duke Marketing Production 1988
Introductory sequence courtesy of Clarke Hooper/Rover
Editor: Anglin Buttimore
Music: Elis and Armstrong
Sterling auto commercial from 1990
Commercial for the now defunct Sterling automobile.Aired during the
Iowa/Michigan football game played on 10/20/90.
Sterling was a brand name of automobile marketed in the USA by ARCONA,
Austin Rover Cars Of North America under the name Sterling Motor Cars, a
division of the Rover car company of the UK. It existed in North America
from 1987 to 1992, during which Rover was in collaboration with Honda of
The only Sterling model that was sold was the 800 series, which was a
rebadged Rover 800-series but with different specifications tailored for
the American market. At first, the sedan body-styled 825 (trims S or SL)
sedan was sold. In 1988, the fastback was added alongside the sedan,
coinciding with the introduction of a new, larger, Honda engine and was
called the 827 (trims SL, SLi, or Si).
In the United States and Canada it was available only with the V6 gasoline
engine. By 1989, the instrumentation had been changed to gauges sourced
from a different component builder (losing the oil pressure gauge and
voltmeter in the process) and build quality had started to improve year for
year. However these changes were too late to prevent the US-market version
from later being withdrawn after poor sales.
The 2.5 L Honda V6 was a completely different engine from the Rover KV6
engine introduced in 1996 (only sold in the USA in the Land Rover
Freelander), although the two share the same 2.5 L capacity and V6
Experience in the market
Sales in America were initially strong, due to the appeal of classic
'British' interior design, combined with a clean and up to date exterior
design, both of which compared well with its sister the Legend. US sales
hit a high of nearly 15,000 cars in 1988. All models came with extensive,
real wood interior trim. The SL models also feature ABS, power Connolly
leather seats, and two-tone paint as standard equipment.
While dynamic characteristics and performance were broadly similar to the
Honda Legend, due to the shared platform, core structure and power units;
detail spring and damper changes gave each model its own unique feel. The
Sterlings were the sportier cars, with less float and an overall tighter
feel than the Acura Legends. The ride/handling compromise was defined
through the shared use of Honda's double wishbone front suspension that
allowed a very low hood line, but offered limited wheel travel. This meant
that on poorer road surfaces, there was a greater possibility of reduced
Early build quality of the 800 was demonstrably poor as measured by J.D.
Power. Customer satisfaction fell quickly and sales dropped from this
initial high to less than 2,000 for 1991. The problems were varied with
interior trim, problematic Lucas electronics and paintwork problems, and
corrosion in early models would also mar its reputation. This all
contributed to the demise of Rover in the United States: the Sterling fell
to the bottom of J.D. Power surveys there, while ironically its twin, the
Japanese-built Acura Legend, was already found at the top in its first
Combined with the effects of the strong British currency, Rover was losing
money, and recovering lost ground with the facelifted car and its coupe
sister was not deemed possible, and Rover Cars withdrew from the North
Despite this exit from the US, these vehicles can still be seen on the U.S
roads, and remain in service—unlike most "orphan" vehicles—as many
parts are still readily available for the Sterling since it shared most
major mechanical components with the more popular Acura Legend; any Honda
or Acura dealer can service a Sterling.
After the withdrawal from the US Market, the Rover 800 remained popular in
Europe, especially following the major R17 facelift and was kept in
production until 1998 when it was replaced by the Rover 75.
NHRA Super Stock GT/FA Oldsmobile Achieva
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 1 at New England Dragway July
21st-24th 2011 qualifying runs. Best qualifying run 10.43 in 100 degree
temps. Not bad for the Oldsmobile, well not exactly Grandpa's Oldsmobile.
Class: Superstock GT/FA
Car: 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva
Driver: Ray Knight
Chin Racing/ Knight Racing
1995 Oldsmobile Achieva s
This was my nonno (Italian for grandpa) 's car. It is a 1995
OldsmobileAchieva s with a 2.3l dohc quad 4 witch push's out around 150hp.
I was passed down this car after my nonno passed away. I know you might not
think its much but it means alot to me so please dont rip on it. Just watch
the video and i will tell you pretty much everything i know. P.S. Please
forgive all the mistakes.
1996 Chevrolet Lumina Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
The first of many new videos and test drives from our dealership, thought
you guys would like to see some of out dealership for a change! An In
depth tour on the 1996 chevrolet lumina. I go through the interior,
exterior, engine, get an Exhaust clip
and see how it sounds with a short driving clip. One of the cleanest
luminas I've ever seen, I show you everything you would probably ever want
to see on the Lumina, enjoy!