[ROVERNET - UK] Slightly OT but not quite

Steven Dibdin sdibdin at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 7 14:04:46 GMT 2006

I know, as I guess most of you chaps do that the Merlin was fitted to the 
Lancaster Bomber (makes a great noise in the Battle of Britain memorial 
flight). For a while back in the eighties(?) there was a Merlin special that 
used to turn up at classic car shows in the south of England. I don't know 
who owned/converted it or what happened to it. But it was a pretty 
interesting beast.

>From: "Ray" <raywilkins at optusnet.com.au>
>Reply-To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
>To: "Rovernet" <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
>Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Slightly OT but not quite
>Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 21:59:42 +1100
>I have just bought the February edition of the UK mag 'Classics'. Yes, I
>know we get it about 2 months late seeing as though we are on the other 
>of the world and it has to come out by Tea Clipper etc etc.
>One of the articles concerned a Rolls Royce Merlin V12 (from a WWII
>Hurricane fighter) put into RR Phantom based chassis and handmade bodywork.
>Very interesting. It made mention that the engine was a genuine Rolls Royce
>and not a Rover built version. Can anyone expand on this? Did Rover make
>these engines in wartime? And were they only used in fighter planes? I've
>not researched this topic extensively but I do know of a Rod Hadfield from
>Castlemaine here in Oz who put a supercharged Merlin V12 in a custom built
>'55 Chevvy which was supposedly the most powerful road registered car in 
>world! The website is www.rodshop.com.au/project55.htm.
>It would be interesting to hear of Rover's involvement with these engines.
>Ray Wilkins
>Melbourne, Australia
>1976 P6B
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