Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The coolest cars are often the ones that are deliberately uncool, that transcend the established conventions of whatever scene they're elbowing into, to shake things up in a howling storm of post-modern aesthetic self-consciousness.
That's very much what Robin has achieved here with his tongue-in-cheek 'Swagon'. He started with a car that would have been anathema to the fashion-forward kids of the modern stance scene: a Rover 75, stalwart of elderly shopping runs and caravan plodding. And an estate, no less! And yet he's overcome these perceived hurdles by the thoughtful application of coilovers at the front and shorter springs and dampers at the rear to remove any sembalnce of old man handling or arch gaps; said arches, artfully flared, are filled with a set of custom-made Work Seeker wheels. The 2.5-litre V6 has been raised on new mounts to stop it smashing into the road, and a new straight-through exhaust makes it sound like this. Which is all kinds of awesome.
For extra in-your-face points, Robin chose to roll into the Players Classic wearing some fresh new Twinings Tea livery, to further accentuate the spirit of the dadwagon. And, as such, he pretty much won the show for most people. So Rover 75 estates are cool now. QED.
More pics of the 2015 Players Classic here.