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Blog : Vauxhall Insignia vs Rover 75 – the parallels are uncanny

Blog : Vauxhall Insignia vs Rover 75 – the parallels are uncanny

Mike Humble As most of you will know, I take a big interest in all the current cars and other vehicles which are built by the major UK-based manufacturers on my own website. Needless to say, I was chuffed to bits when the new Vauxhall Astra was awarded the 2016 European COTY award and rightly so – it’s very efficient, technology-led and […]

News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

Mike Humble Located just outside Shipley, Naylor Brothers Restorations Limited has closed down after many years of association with classic MG cars. Specialising in classic and sporting car renovation, the company started by Alastair and David Naylor also became known for the building of the Naylor TF 1700 – a modern, high-quality homage to the […]

News : Derek J Ketteringham calls it a day – finally!

News : Derek J Ketteringham calls it a day – finally!

Quite possibly England’s oldest-serving motor trader has finally done his last deal and walked away from the industry he’s worked in since the fifties – so much for early retirement. Mike Humble shares a coffee and a chat with him… Derek has finally retired from a career that hasn’t stopped since 1954. After one of the longest-serving careers in […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Montego – supreme reliability forces reluctant sale

Our Cars : Mike’s Montego – supreme reliability forces reluctant sale

The Project MintEgo has been thrust into daily use for a good while now. Don’t we just hate totally reliable cars? 0urs went on public display at the NEC recently and we were taken aback at the positive comments, but is it time for something different? Allow Mike to explain… The M&MOC stand just after […]

Blog : Bathgate engine information sought – can you help?

Blog : Bathgate engine information sought – can you help?

Well, as with all things in life, you end up doing a favour for a favour – at the end of the day, that’s what makes us all tick and, indeed, makes life all that little bit sweeter, isn’t it? Anyway, a contact of mine through another good automotive friend is desperately seeking information/first-hand accounts of Leyland engine products relating to activities that once took place in the Bathgate factory in Scotland.

By 25 January 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Sales Talk : Bums on seats sell cars – they did in my day

Sales Talk : Bums on seats sell cars – they did in my day

Mike Humble The title says it all really, that’s the well-used phrase that Sales Managers use. Any Sales Executives worth their salt will only stand half a chance of a signed order if the potential customer is placed at the helm and offered a chance of the all-important test drive. It’s the point where the […]

Blog : 2015 – A year for birthdays, celebrations and reflection

Blog : 2015 – A year for birthdays, celebrations and reflection

This past year has certainly seen some notable birthdays and anniversary’s, some joyous and some more heart-breaking. Mike Humble ploughs through the memory banks and shares some past events… Well, if Millicent Martin had her way, she’d be snapping her fingers while singing That was the year that was – and it certainly was one, at that. […]

By 28 December 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Sales Talk : My problem Pug punter!

Sales Talk : My problem Pug punter!

It’s a cold hard truth but, the cheaper the car, the higher risk of punter tends to buy it. Mike Humble explains why in the last Sales Talk tale of 2015… Peugeot’s formidable 406 – one of the finest saloon and estate cars in world of Bangernomics and subsequent replacement models failed match its success Many of you […]

By 21 December 2015 14 Comments Read More →
Car of the Month : December 2015 – Rainer Höltschi’s Innocenti Regent 1300

Car of the Month : December 2015 – Rainer Höltschi’s Innocenti Regent 1300

The members of our Editorial Team have, over the years, been fortunate enough to see most of the cars featured on AROnline in the metal, but there are still some exceptions. That’s why being able to feature one of those elusive, hitherto unseen models is a particular pleasure. This time it is an Allegro – with a twist. Words: Alexander Boucke […]

Blog : NEC Classic Motor Show – The passion and the people

Blog : NEC Classic Motor Show – The passion and the people

Words: Mike Humble Photography: Mike Humble and Jacky Lawler L-R: Jeff Patterson from the MMOC, Kevin Jones and Denis Chick – both ex-Austin Rover – and Russ Swift prepare to cut the birthday cake for the MG Montego Turbo’s 30th anniversary (Photo: Jacky Lawler) Despite spending two full days up at the NEC for the […]

By 19 November 2015 6 Comments Read More →
Events : Report – London-Brighton Veteran Car Run

Events : Report – London-Brighton Veteran Car Run

Full gallery of images from this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, by Andrew Elphick.

By 3 November 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Blog : Former UK MG engineers MG ZT-T up for grabs.

Blog : Former UK MG engineers MG ZT-T up for grabs.

Mike Humble As many of you may be aware, respected automotive engineer Ian Pogson until a few months back, has been the public face of MG Motor in the UK, China and to the British dealer network. His seemingly tireless enthusiasm for all things BLARG is well regarded and despite moving on to pastures new with Jaguar Land Rover, his […]

News : Legendary Leyland bus operator closes

News : Legendary Leyland bus operator closes

Mike Humble After a short period of financial uncertainty, one of the longest-trading UK bus operators to have had a strong association with British Leyland has closed after an incredible 107 years in business. Leyland-based John Fishwick & Son has closed this weekend marking the end of an era for a well-respected bus operator which also had one of the strongest ties with […]

By 25 October 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Events : Dutch Citroën A to ZX and Simca/Talbot meeting

Events : Dutch Citroën A to ZX and Simca/Talbot meeting

Why would AROnline visit a Citroën meeting in the south of the Netherlands? Well, for one, we love cars – all of them. And the French certainly built some of the most interesting ones of all times. But the interested reader of these pages will certainly know that, as a consequence of Chrysler buying both […]

Blog : Plus ça change, MG Motor UK

Blog : Plus ça change, MG Motor UK

It must be a year since I’ve put pen to paper (vitually) about MG Motor UK, and I think my tone back then might have been careful optimism about the company’s chances once the MG GS comes on stream. One year on, it feels as though the wait for this interestingly-styled baby SUV is as long as ever, and we’re still notching up penny number sales in the UK.

News : MG Motor UK opens flagship London showroom

News : MG Motor UK opens flagship London showroom

Earlier this year MG Motor UK announced it would be opening its flagship showroom in the prestigious area of Piccadilly, London. Today, members of the public and invited guests are gathering to celebrate the official opening of this exciting new store. This new showroom, part of MG’s major expansion of dealerships, is a significant move […]

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal S-Series engine

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal S-Series engine

Mike Humble Once a doyen of the remanufactured engine industry, Unipart in automotive guise has now sadly left this parish to join the great defunct names of old but imagine my surprise when I spotted this cheeky little number on eBay recently. Here, we have an unused new old stock Gold Seal S-Series power unit which […]

Events : Preview – BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day 2015

Events : Preview – BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day 2015

Mike Humble Well, it’s here again – this year’s BMC/BL Rally and Spares Day will be held in Ferry Meadows, Nene Park, Peterborough on Sunday, 2 August 2015. Even though many pundits reckoned the event might fade as Pride of Longbridge amazingly gets bigger every year, there seems to be no evidence of that happening. New for this […]

News :  A stay of execution for the Land Rover Defender?

News : A stay of execution for the Land Rover Defender?

The iconic Land Rover Defender may not go out of production in 2015 after all, following a huge upsurge in demand from customers wanting to own one of the very last examples. According to a report in the Birmingham Post, production of the iconic 4×4, which was originally scheduled to cease at the end of […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

Craig Cheetham Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I […]