Vintage Model Airplane? A domain name carefully chosen to help search engines find my site. Vintage Airplane or Model Airplane were too broad and Rubber Powered Free Flight Vintage Model Airplane too narrow. Now that you found me - what's this all about?

My story begins in '76 the year of the long-hot summer when Elton John and Kiki Dee did not break each other’s hearts and I was on a family trip taking in the Bedfordshire Village of Cranfield. More

In addition to my autobiographical reflections archived here for downloading to read/print offline, there are the Flying Faces from 1983-5 and the early history of Sam35Speaks 1979-83, both representing a romantic trawl through the early days of Sam35

My other addiction from '93, is a '86 Rover SD1 3500 cc Twin Plenum Vitesse recently featured in "Classic Cars" mag from which this image was drawn. Styled along the lines of the Ferrari "Daytona", the shape alone caused a sensation when launched in '76. Eight years later Rover's own racing machine, same as mine, dominated Europe's Group A Production Racing thro' the late '80's.

My car was the 20th last off the production line and, perhaps due to poor build quality that plagued the life of the SD1, is one of the last, true, All-British Rovers. Having written many articles for club journals or internet forums and expanded my portfolio to cover in-depth fuel injection and component analysis, they are collated as free PDF downloads here to help share my technical knowledge and experience of its systems with SD1 owners around the world.

Autobiographical Reflections - of Vintage Model Airplanes, the Crazy

Rubber Band and the Rover SD1 3500cc Twin Plenum Vitesse

Bob Bienenstien's 300 sq in Challenger

My Bob Bienenstien 300 sq in "Challenger" at Launch

Click to Enlarge Rover SD1 Twin Plenum 3500cc Vitesse

My Rover SD1 3500cc Twin Plenum Vitesse at Speed

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New Image Gallery using larger and higher definition Photographs and Scans of material seen elsewhere on the website: here

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My Twin Plenum - Rear Seam Restoration

Debunking Cold Start Injector Mythology

Best Engine Operating Temperature

Remove SD1 Steering Wheel - Scary Way

"SNIPPETS?" A by-product of VMA and Rover SD1 Forum Activity, it challenges my personal diagnostic abilities. More so with regard to the Rover SD1 forums where owners report technical issues with their cars/engines to seek help, sometimes urgently. Internet forums have brought together a multitude of Marque Owners of varied experience and knowledge who will variously chip in with possible solutions based on their actual experience, logical deduction of the reported symptoms. or even wild guesses Proven experience is best but when symptoms are somewhat vague, or beyond certainty, then logical analysis will often lead to resolution.

My "Rover SD1 Snippets Archive" is a collection of resolutions to which I made contribution, and after corrective research I am personally satisfied they represent good, accurate solutions or collections of information that should help Rover SD1 Owners understand and resolve queries on the title subjects. Why not visit the Archive and see if any of the stuff there can help you too!

Tiba - Replaced Shadow who died in Sept 2009.

Tiba - click to enlarge

And read my story here

Beyond the Right Hemicolectomy Operation.- My cancer was 100% removed with no distant spread and no further treatment indicated. 12 days in hospital, now recovering at home with the incredible help and dedication of wife - Mo! Huge recognition to the skills of the Surgeons, Nurses and Support Staff at Bedford NHS Hospital Trust. I SALUTE YOU

Stop Press A Major Review of Rover SD1 V8 Electronic Ignition System

Description and Analysis Here: Components and Testing Here:

Just Started a Brand New Archive called Rover SD1 Snippety Bits: -

Including a Dynamic Test for Cam Wear, Reason for Plenum Hot Spot, Octane Rating vs Ignition Timing and Why the Inlet Hole in the Efi Air Filter is Small. Things you really want to know!

Trawling back through 7 Years of my Forum Contributions - here:

14 Days in the Life of a VintageModel Aeronaut and SD1 Nutcase here: 5 more Gory Days in the Life of your Scribe here:

The Medical Stop Press - Below

Ramon Alban - 'Gone Flyin' '


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