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AROnline Blogs

We’ve been commenting on the motoring scene – and, sometimes, a little bit more, since June 2004. Read what’s on the minds of AROnline’s Contributors and see if you agree with them – as always, blogs are opinion pieces and do not necessarily reflect the editorial stance of the site.

Blog : 1967 and all that…

Blog : 1967 and all that…

Fab and groovy man! 1967 will forever be remembered for the summer of love, for hippies and love-ins, the Torrey Canyon Disaster, Jimi Hendrix, Sergeant Pepper, pirate radio, Radio 1 and the Six Day War. In Britain both homosexuality and abortion were de-criminalised – although, in the case of homosexuality, decades of criminalisation meant it […]

Blog : Project Vinland – an employee’s perspective

Blog : Project Vinland – an employee’s perspective

Martin Halliwell worked for the Rover Group in the 1990s, and saw some interesting changes at the company. Sparked by our recent look at Project Vinland, he shares his thoughts about the company during this vital period.

Blog : MG – which direction for the future?

Blog : MG – which direction for the future?

AROnline Contributor and former BMC manufacturing apprentice turned British Leyland retailer Richard Williams takes a closer look at the famous British-born MG marque’s prospects following the debut of the MG E-motion Concept at Auto Shanghai in April and the UK unveiling of the new XS B-segment SUV at last month’s London Motor Show. Regular readers might recall […]

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Blog : Brexit – will it happen?

Blog : Brexit – will it happen?

Ian Nicholls considers the UK’s future within, and outside of, the European Union, following the General Election result… Now that the dust has settled on the 2017 General Election, what does the result mean for Britain’s motor industry. Does it really face exile from the EU Single Market, or is everything up in the air? […]

Blog : Do we want to go to Peterborough?

Blog : Do we want to go to Peterborough?

It’s almost that time of year again. The annual BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day is drawing closer, and AROnline is putting out its annual opinion-gathering email to see whether there’s sufficient interest here for us to put up our own stand. In years gone by, we’ve attended on a number of levels. In the early days of AROnline we […]

Blog : Should MG Rover have been bailed out in 2005?

Blog : Should MG Rover have been bailed out in 2005?

With the ashes of MG Rover long since scattered to the four winds, and UK PLC doing a pretty good job of manufacturing cars without it, the answer to the blog’s question seems pretty clear, doesn’t it? Well, no, actually says Keith Adams.

Blog : A little bit of politics

Blog : A little bit of politics

Ian Nicholls recalls a couple of moments where the election trail intersected with the motor industry. It wasn’t always that positive…

Blog : X X X – That’s all men think about!

Blog : X X X – That’s all men think about!

Mike Humble gets nostalgic for an era when the badge on your bootlid meant more than what was under the bonnet. And adding an X to Ghia put you above the rest of the herd.

Blog : Rover SD1 – the Australian perspective

Blog : Rover SD1 – the Australian perspective

Igor Spajic When my stepfather bought a new Rover SD1 3500SE in 1982 (among the last Series 1s), it was still car-of-the-future stuff – alloy V8, EFI, hatchback, etc. It was impressive, but I couldn’t help wondering why the auto was only a three-speed, when those backward Americans all had four-speed autos (with overdrive) by […]

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Blog : Diesel scrappage – here we go again…

Blog : Diesel scrappage – here we go again…

Oh dear – it looks like the issue of diesel scrappage is on the agenda again. According to a story by the BBC, drivers could be offered up to £2000 to chop in their old cars. Unlike the earlier scrappage scheme, which was instigated to keep the motor industry turning in the midst of the […]

Blog : What happened to Issigonis’ Mini world? – Part 2

Blog : What happened to Issigonis’ Mini world? – Part 2

Back in September 2012, I penned a blog asking where had all the small cars gone and why were people driving around in diesel-powered behemoths. I concluded that the price of diesel fuel had created a situation where it was perceived that it was just as economical to drive around in a large diesel car […]

Blog : Why the history books are waiting for MG…

Blog : Why the history books are waiting for MG…

AROnline Contributor and former BMC/British Leyland manufacturing apprentice Richard Williams recently returned to Longbridge and that prompted some in-depth reflections on the fate of the famous factory. Here’s his take on that and SAIC Motor’s stewardship of the historic and still much-loved MG marque…

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Blog : What CHPD means to me

Blog : What CHPD means to me

Keith Adams I know what you’re thinking – what the hell does CHPD mean? If you’re not a regular reader of AROnline, then the chances are that you’ve not come across the term, and that’s probably a very good thing. It’s an acronym for Compulsive Heap Purchasing Disorder, and it kinda sums up my car buying life – and […]

Blog : Why JLR could do wonders with Vauxhall…

Blog : Why JLR could do wonders with Vauxhall…

Could Jaguar Land Rover be looking at an expansion of its portfolio via the Griffin Great? Don’t bet too heavily against it.

Blog : I’ve seen the future… and it can go and do one!

Blog : I’ve seen the future… and it can go and do one!

Keith Adams Average speed cameras on the A9 (Picture: Keith WR Jones) Yesterday, Keith WR Jones and I spent an enjoyable day driving Vauxhall’s new Insignia Grand Sport from Luton to Northern Scotland. Between us, we covered more than 1100 miles, averaged more than 50mpg and consumed rather too much junk food along the way. […]

Blog : The Rover reviver becomes Mondeo Man

Blog : The Rover reviver becomes Mondeo Man

Our man in the south waves farewell to Project HHR, the car that’s quite possibly been the cheapest and most dependable of the bangers we have brought you. In a strange twist of fate, Mike hasn’t got a new project, but he is making good use of the ratty Mondeo we recently purchased. Andy Widdows […]

Blog : AROnline Bangernomics is back!

Blog : AROnline Bangernomics is back!

We buy a £760 Ford Mondeo with a view to running it for the rest of the year. Will it go well, or end in tears?

Blog : Welcome to the Velar motor show!

Blog : Welcome to the Velar motor show!

Andrew Elphick visits the 2017 Geneva motor show, and gives us his sideway view on this most prestigious of automotive events. It’s hard to ignore the impact the Velar made.

Blog : Geneva 2017 – Why the Monteverdis made me a bit emotional

Blog : Geneva 2017 – Why the Monteverdis made me a bit emotional

Keith Adams stumbles across a cache of gorgeous Monteverdis in Geneva, and remembers why he loves old cars as much as he does. It felt as if these 1970s icons far too easily showed the way to the moderns…

Blog: Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Ford Sierra Sapphire

Blog: Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Ford Sierra Sapphire

Mike Humble Here’s yet another one of those car birthdays that makes you feel old. Ford’s medicine to a customer base that still mourned the passing of Cortina came along thirty years ago. The old faithful to family and fleet as well as being honoured amongst thieves, we raise and wiggle a glass to the Ford Sierra Sapphire. Like ’em […]

Blog : Going French? Mais, oui!

Blog : Going French? Mais, oui!

Keith Adams has come into three Citroens in quick succession. Will he remain sane? Was he ever? Either way, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Blog : An unlikely design icon

Blog : An unlikely design icon

There is a bold design connection that links the Ferrari Dino with the Renault Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire – neither object bears the logo of its famous manufacturer. Originally created as a sister brand for Ferrari’s absent of 12 cylinders, the yellow Dino logo graced the first mid-engined Ferrari and was born of the Old Man […]

Blog : Why, oh why…

Blog : Why, oh why…

Editor Keith Adams ruminates – once again – over the important matter of what constitutes a classic car…

Our Cars : Mike’s 400 blots its copy book

Our Cars : Mike’s 400 blots its copy book

Mike Humble After months of trouble free motoring it had to happen eventually. The old scrotter itself, our Project HHR, has finally given me a serious enough reason to dig deep into the pocket in order to keep the old girl rolling just that little bit longer… It’s always the way, isn’t it? Just as you settle […]