|The Rover SD1 Coupe|
Of coarse the Americans have the record of the biggest amounts of improved cars, but the English have always tried to get this award. I've never been to the UK but what I've heard from the France "customizes" (LOuasil, D'Jimmy, Porta and others) made me pretty curious. In the end I had to give in that the always clouded skies of the English sky was not an argument to be not a part of what is happening over there.
It is a secret, but according to roomers Madonna used the car to be not recognizable to visit Eden Roc. That is why the Rover SD1 coupe a whole day long was parked in front of the luxury Hotel with an offshore boat attached! The stars had apparently no time to get the same brown colored tint and the photographers where interested for the mechanics that year. To achieve the result Tom Radford (the owner of the car) had made a casting-mould of the Rover body, of which he made a polyester shaped version which is of coarse much lighter than the original. At the same time he made the body wide of the car much wider before he made a tube frame which was strong enough to keep up with the expected forces. After that he built a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 together with two Turbo compressors from a ship engine to give a reasonable power.