’80s Vibes: JD Classics’ Rover SD1 At Goodwood

I vividly remember the very first time I heard a V8 engine. Or at least, the first time I realized that what I was hearing was indeed a V8.

It was a wet and cold winter day in Oxford, I couldn’t have been more than nine years old, and as I was walking down the high street that led to the center of town with my parents, a Ford Capri spun its rear wheels brutally away from the lights. That moment left a lasting impression. The roar of a big engine, the excitement of seeing wheels spinning – you know how kids think!

But while the 5.0L V8 version of the Capri was a nice ride, my personal favorite from the ’80s was a car I saw almost every day on the roads – the Rover SD1. Most of them weren’t the eight-cylinder version with the 3.5L Rover V8 engine, but I recall my joy when I actually came across one with the big motor.

All these memories came rushing back when I saw this amazing 4K film from Adam Tait captured at the recent Goodwood 75th Members’ Meeting. With a focus on JD Classics‘ ex-Patrick Motor Sport SD1, there’s plenty action from the Gerry Marshall Trophy race, coupled with snippets of old racing footage to tie it all together. It’s pure goodness and I just wanted to share. Hit play above and enjoy!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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I know.... loved in family for 15 years

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Out of curiosity, was it unreliable? V8?


As we are not diving it daily- it's doing pretty good!
I know that early models have a problems with cooling- we own a vitesse, produced in 1983


First car I got driven at more than 100 mph was an ex police sd1. Still remember dad telling the guy to slow down while me and my friends shouted faster

Automotive obsession

Turbo civic causing hearing damage! https://youtu.be/GT9yXYD0X20


5.0 v8 Capri in Oxford? You sure it wasn't the 3.0 v6? S.Africa got the Mustang-sourced 5.0. Very few 5.0 Capris in the UK!


Badged Parena not Ford too...