Our Cars

We like to put our money where our mouth is by running the cars we cover on AROnline. Sometimes they’re troublesome, but always rewarding. Here’s the pick of them…

Events : AROnline at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

Events : AROnline at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

The weekend of 5-6 March at Birmingham’s NEC is the 2016 Practical Classics Restoration Show, a jam packed cacophony of old gold with every type of make in every type of condition. The ethos of the event is ‘work in progress’, and although its not as big as the aforementioned classic motor show, it’s getting bigger and better every year.

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Our Cars : Getting to know the Freelander

Our Cars : Getting to know the Freelander

It’s funny that for a car that’s been out of production for so long, many people seem to have strong opinions about the Land Rover Freelander. The early ones, especially, have a reputation for biblical unreliability, and fragility.

By 28 November 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Blog : A Practical Classic

Blog : A Practical Classic

Words and photography: Alexander Boucke At times it happens to all of us: something bulky needs to be carried, typically after a visit to your local Swedish furniture store. In our case, a friend of the family had a surplus musical instrument – a small organ, a harmonium to be precise – which he wanted to get […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Montego – by now, my patience ought to be exhausted!

Our Cars : Mike’s Montego – by now, my patience ought to be exhausted!

Mike Humble overcomes more trials and tribulations on his journey to becoming a happy Montego owner. This time it’s his exhaust that’s playing up…

By 22 November 2015 9 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Our Cars : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

It’s been rather a long time since I took up residency at the head of AROnline’s top table, and since then, I’ve been looking for a new project to keep me amused in between the long hours editing Classic Car Weekly and Modern Classics.

Blog : Facing my demons

Blog : Facing my demons

Long-term readers (and I really do mean long term) might recall that in the earliest days of AROnline, when I was a little more critical about such things, two cars that really incurred my wrath were the Austin Allegro and the Montego. Both cars were instrumental in their parent company’s retreat towards oblivion, and both – in my opinion – could have been so much better.

Our Cars : MINI First end of term report

Our Cars : MINI First end of term report

Time really does fly when you’re having fun – and that’s certainly been the case with my MINI First, bought almost exactly four years ago. The car was unusual for being as basic as basic can be, being specified in the entry-level First form – and with a couple of important options, metallic paint and air conditioning.

By 7 November 2015 6 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Montego – now we’re motoring… eventually!

Our Cars : Mike’s Montego – now we’re motoring… eventually!

A few weeks have passed of Montego ownership, and as of yet there are no real regrets. One or two acts of heritage but no real regrets. It would be pointless trying to compare the outgoing Project Rover 75 with the Montego as they prime examples of their BMC>MG timeline.

By 7 September 2015 15 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Montego 1.6 LX

Our Cars : Mike’s Montego 1.6 LX

In a surprise chain of events, Mike Humble has parted with the Rover 75 and plumped for yet another sensible and quintessentially British four door saloon. But this one has that all important ‘X’ factor… The obligatory hand over picture of the sealed deal involving Mike’s Rover 75 and John Pollard’s stunning Montego 1.6LX It wasn’t supposed to happen, nor […]

Our Cars : Project Vanden Plas – wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Our Cars : Project Vanden Plas – wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Mike Humble So, what do think of the news, eh? Yer man has returned to where he belongs and I have an immobile old banger cluttering the drive so, from a personal point of view, as far as AROnline is concerned nothing’s changed for me but it’s good be back to the old routine once more. Welcome […]

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Well, the work has started on the Project Maestro and it’s already moved to a temporary home in leafy Horsham. So if you’ve got a Maestro, and it don’t run good, who ya gonna call? Mike Humble tells the tale… Well, if you keep abreast of events, you’ll know I came very close to selling […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – a “Perfect Ten”

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – a “Perfect Ten”

Happy times are here again as the Project Rover 75 passes yet another MoT… but, as Mike Humble explains,  this one is a milestone. Before I go any further, I simply loath that East Riding beat-pop combo The Beautiful South – indeed, I also detested their previous incarnation The Housemartins. Going back a few stones ago, I had a […]

Blog : And then this happened…

Blog : And then this happened…

Craig Cheetham Yes, I was supposed to be slimming down my car fleet to a more manageable level, but when somebody walks into the local MoT station and says, “I believe there’s a bloke in the village who likes old Rovers”, you know the conversation is only going to end one way. The next thing […]

Blog : This happened…

Blog : This happened…

Craig Cheetham Another new car has joined the Editor’s fleet during a period of ‘slimming down’ that hasn’t quite gone according to plan… The new arrival is, to be fair, something I’ve fancied for a long time. However, it was only when researching survival numbers for my recent An endangered species? piece on this site that I realised how rare […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

It should have been a simple easy run from Cowley to Longbridge, but plans often go awry. I’ll stay quiet for a while and let ‘er indoors, aka: my other half, explain the turn of events about PoL from her own unique perspective. Jacky Lawler Well, it all started when we got the Rover 75 back. For the third […]

Our Cars : Project Maestro – so, what have we bought, then?

Our Cars : Project Maestro – so, what have we bought, then?

Craig Cheetham Okay, so it’s taken a while due to commitments with the day job, a family holiday, three unexpected car purchases (one more to go, watch this space…) and diverting attention to my 214 in order to prepare it for Pride of Longbridge but, at long last, I’ve had time to properly investigate Project […]

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Craig Cheetham As is always the way, I had no intention of buying another car. Indeed, in recent times, I’ve been trying to downsize the fleet to more manageable levels, but sometimes one comes along that just needs saving – and this is a perfect example. Had I not intervened, I fear this lovely 32,000-mile […]

Our Cars : Meet the £300 Rover 75…

Our Cars : Meet the £300 Rover 75…

Craig Cheetham A few months back, our Ebay Find of the Week was a 2000 W-reg Rover 75. Ever since then, I’ve had a nagging desire to go out and rescue a 75 which had sunk to such low levels of residual value and give it a second chance, not least because, according to the DVLA […]

Blog: She’s back on the road again…

The last update of the Xantia had me bemoaning the fact its steering rack ram had blown a seal, and left the car with an almighty LHM leak to accompany the drip, drip, drip coming from the Activa ram. I’d driven the car to Pleiades in Sawtry, and left it there, with instructions not to […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – how I hate shoe shopping!

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – how I hate shoe shopping!

Mike Humble What is it with later Rovers and their damn handbrakes? The 6/800 series had notoriously poor handbrakes which sometimes barely stopped them rolling away on a billiard-table smooth and level road while certain HHR or R8 models with rear discs weren’t much better either. At best with the aforementioned cars, the park brake would be only just adequate […]