PRIDE AND JOY: Winemaker James Radcliffe with his 1969 Rover 2000.
PRIDE AND JOY: Winemaker James Radcliffe with his 1969 Rover 2000. Ewan Leighton

Combining love of car and wine

US AND Australian wine worlds collided at the weekend, but not in the vineyard.

Thousand Islands, US, winemaker James Radcliffe drove from Adelaide late last week to enter his 1969 Rover 2000 in the Rover Show at the showgrounds.

"My grandmother bought the car new in 1969. I've been driving it since 1992," Mr Radcliffe said.

"(Winemaking) took me overseas in 2002 but I kept it in Adelaide with historic plates, so I could drive it when I came back."

Having visited various vineyards around the country, Mr Radcliffe said the thought of visiting the Granite Belt spurred him to enter his car .

His only previous show had been in Adelaide 10 years ago.

"It's a great turnout for the area," he said.

"It's a wine region and I am a winemaker, so I'm keen to taste some of the local drops.

"I've visited wineries all over Australia in it."

Why does he love his car? The answer is simple.

"I just like the style of it and the way it just lasts and keeps going for 60 years," he said.

"I have a Rover 2000TC in the US.

"I found that one on eBay and bought it from a guy in Virginia.

"The main difference is it's manual rather than automatic and it's got a more powerful engine."

Next up for Mr Radcliffe is a return trip to New York.

Before he finds another wine region hosting another Rover Show.

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