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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…

Introducing the fleet : No.1 – Rover 827 Sterling

Introducing the fleet : No.1 – Rover 827 Sterling

Craig Cheetham As I mentioned in my introductory post last week, I have quite a collection of cars. Over the next few weeks, then, I’ll be introducing them at a rate of one every 10 days or so, which should keep me going until Christmas. By which point, of course, there’ll probably be even more […]

Event Preview : The 2014 BMC/BL Rally and Spares Day

Event Preview : The 2014 BMC/BL Rally and Spares Day

Mike Humble   Once again, its even time. August the 3rd is the 21st BMC/BL rally and hopefully the weather will be a little bit better than last year. The event is held at Ferry Meadows Nene Park in Peterborough and features a mouth-watering gathering of vehicles from our historic British Motor Corporation and subsequent brands. […]

Our Cars : The Welsh takeover bid goes ahead!

Our Cars : The Welsh takeover bid goes ahead!

Mike Humble   I have said it before so… I`ll say it again, without a shadow of doubt, the R8 and R40 models are possibly the highest watermarks that Rover Group ever reached in terms of quality and image perception. In the case of the R8, the combination of a well engineered body, impressive trim (especially with the earliest […]

Blog : Big shoes to fill (or hello, from the new Editor)

Blog : Big shoes to fill (or hello, from the new Editor)

In a world of hard acts to follow, there are few harder than the man himself, Mr Keith Adams. It is, therefore, both a real honour and also something of a fright to be asked to oversee what has long been my favourite automotive website, especially as I have been something of a lurker here […]

Our Cars : MoT time for Mike’s 75 – H2O not again!

Our Cars : MoT time for Mike’s 75 – H2O not again!

Mike Humble   Well, after a period of healthy reliability after taking the Project 75 back under my wing it was time to take a good look over the car for its rapidly looming MoT. There was a brace of advisory comments from the last test pointing to some much worn front anti-roll bar drop […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75

Mike Humble is getting to grips with the Rover 75 that has come back home for some well-earned love and attention. And once again, he comes away impressed at how resilient our old friend the K-Series engine actually is… Boomerang Bangernomics After sitting on the driveway for a short while, my Rover 75 1.8 Club SE […]

Blog : Wounded in action – the 75 returns!

Blog : Wounded in action – the 75 returns!

Mike Humble A little while ago, I added a scribe telling you all of the project 75 that was sold to a couple in Suffolk and about how it had become rather poorly. Some caring sharing MG Rover “specialist” garage had quoted over £1700 + VAT to repair a blown cylinder head gasket following a failure of […]

Blog : Rover 75 to come back home limping

Blog : Rover 75 to come back home limping

Mike Humble Me and my big mouth. A couple of weeks ago, I got in touch with Richard Fernadez, the nice chap who bought my project Rover 75 in 2012. I asked him if he was bringing it to the 2014 Pride of Longbridge – and despite a very busy schedule, Richard said he would […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi

Mike Humble enjoys another year’s trouble-free motoring with his early Rover 214. …with the added bonus of an MoT pass. Another year with my mate, R8 I may be many things – overweight, over opinionated, underpaid and overworked, but indecisiveness doesn’t really apply in my world. Rightly or wrongly I stick by my guns and […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi

These boots are made for driving From the outside, the only visual aspect of my R8 214 that I have never got used to are the spindly 14-inch wheels, shod with laughably skinny 175/70×14 tyres. It makes tyre replacement cheap, even though as time passes, a decreasing number of vehicles have tyres this size fitted. […]

By January 20, 2014 14 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi – charging forward into 2014!

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi – charging forward into 2014!

Mike Humble It’s been an interesting few weeks with the Rover, to be honest. Firstly, the damn thing nearly gets written off thanks to a Yummy Mummy driving in the middle of the road in her Ford Galaxy on a blind bend, causing me to run the car up a muddy bank into some hedgerows […]

By December 24, 2013 10 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Rover – don’t neglect your loved ones

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover – don’t neglect your loved ones

Mike Humble Since the R8 has come back into the fold not a great deal has been reported, quite simply because just like the time under my previous ownership, it’s simply just got on with the job. Over the past few weeks owing to running a couple of test cars, the 214 was seconded to […]

By December 2, 2013 12 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi – racking up the miles

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi – racking up the miles

Mike Humble I simply adore a car that requires a squirt of juice and a dab of throttle to operate. It is, after all, what we all need in a car – sheer reliability allied with a hint of character. There hasn’t really  been anything to report on since the Rover’s return, with the exception […]

Our Cars : Richard Truett’s Triumph Stag – Part 3

Our Cars : Richard Truett’s Triumph Stag – Part 3

Richard Truett Not long ago, I leaned over the wing, looked into the Stag’s engine bay and all I saw was an abyss. Nothing fit. Nothing worked. Nothing lined up. Installing the proven and reliable Triumph 2.5-litre six into the Stag was the easy part of my summer Stag project. And it is where my […]

By September 17, 2013 23 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : MINI First – four wheels on my wagon

Our Cars : MINI First – four wheels on my wagon

Keith Adams They say that you need four wheels on your wagon but, after a bit of an unfortunate incident, I came away having come to the conclusion that cars really are better with five. It was the end of a long week and, driving on some back lanes to avoid a rather annoying traffic […]

By September 7, 2013 36 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214SLi

Mike Humble   Friends reunited Out of the huge number of cars I’ve owned during the past 24 years, only a handful have tugged at the heartstrings when it’s been time to move on and sell. A really nice Saab Turbo was sold to make way for a company Audi, and of course there was […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Citroen Xantia

Our Cars : Mike’s Citroen Xantia

Mike Humble The bangernomic bug bites again First things first, the Xantia is back in the fold - the car’s so good I bought it twice. Having passed it on to a work colleague, who enjoyed a few months of very happy motoring, it became surplus to requirements. Following an incident in which the Renault backfired and stopped, causing […]

Our Cars : MINI First – reliably reliable

Our Cars : MINI First – reliably reliable

Keith Adams There’s been lots of MINI talk in these pages over the past couple of years. Maybe longer – but it seems that you, my wonderful readership, have lots to say one the subject of the latest generation of car to wear the badge. Some is good. Some is bad… but very little seems […]

Our Cars : Richard Truett’s Triumph Stag – Part 2

Our Cars : Richard Truett’s Triumph Stag – Part 2

I’m having trouble focusing on work. There’s been little interest in maintaining the homestead – you know, cutting the grass, putting out the trash, washing the dishes, paying attention to the dog. That sort of thing. More troublesome is that I am probably not spending enough time with Christie. And when I do – oh, […]

Our Cars : Richard Truett’s Triumph Stag – Part 1

Our Cars : Richard Truett’s Triumph Stag – Part 1

My Summer of Stag: Confronting The Fear The freshly painted black 1973 Triumph Stag standing in front of me is taken so far apart that it’s making me nervous. In my 35 years of restoring classic cars, I have never owned one so disassembled. Right now, the Stag is little more than a just a […]