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…

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.1 – Rover 827 Sterling

Our Cars : Meet 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 […]

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Well the work has started on the Project Maestro and its 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:   If you keep abreast of events you’ll know I came very close to selling the Rover 75. […]

Our Cars : Mikes Rover 75 – A Perfect Ten.

Our Cars : Mikes Rover 75 – A Perfect Ten.

Happy times are here again as the Project Rover 75 passes yet another MOT… but this one is a milestone as Mike Humble explains: Before I go any further, I simply loath that East Riding beat-pop combo The Beautiful South. Similarly… I 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…

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…

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, to be fair is something I’ve fancied for a long time. But it was only when researching survival numbers for the recent ‘Endangered Species’ blog on this site that I realised how […]

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 PoV. 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 […]

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 […]

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 that had sunk to such low levels of residual value and give it a second chance, not least because, according to the […]

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 […]

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 800 Fastback…

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 800 Fastback…

Craig Cheetham Okay, it’s confession time… Back in the summer, when I picked up the reins of AROnline from the legend that is Keith Adams, one of the first stories I covered was the imminent appearance at Anglia Car Auctions of an ultra-rare low-mileage Rover 820e – almost, but not quite, the base of base […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – new boots and brakes bring new problems

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 – new boots and brakes bring new problems

Mike Humble Well… what a past couple of weeks, I can tell you. There’s been major heartache at work, and then my trusty PC decided to catch fire (honestly) after almost ten years sterling service – deep joy. But like those Weebles that older readers may recall, I wobbled but refused to fall down – maybe being a […]

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Our Cars : Some wheely good news for Craig’s Vitesse…

Our Cars : Some wheely good news for Craig’s Vitesse…

Sometimes, it’s the minor details that make all the difference… Since repatriating my Rover Vitesse from Amsterdam last summer, I’ve set about a course of gradual improvement and turned it from a very presentable Vitesse into a really rather nice Vitesse, but like any critical owner, there were areas of the car that many people […]

Our Cars : Mike’s a welcome in the hillside…

Our Cars : Mike’s a welcome in the hillside…

His self-imposed Rover sabbatical lasted somewhat less than he thought. Mike Humble takes a drive out west to the land of song and re-kindles some funny, familiar, forgotten feelings upon arrival… Oh, well, that lasted a long time, didn’t it? My life without a Rover lasted barely two months, though it was not down to any cold […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 214 GSi is up for grabs

Our Cars : Mike’s 214 GSi is up for grabs

Mike Humble After some soul searching and considerable thought, I have recently decided to opt out of the company car scheme with the full-time role becoming more office based. It looks like the trusted Panzer Wagon (Golf Bluemotion) is going to be thrown back into the motor pool. But this has left me with another […]

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.6 – 1995 Rover 214 SEi

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.6 – 1995 Rover 214 SEi

Craig Cheetham The problem with owning a rather vast fleet of vehicles is that sometimes you forget exactly what you own… I hadn’t forgotten about this one, per se, and to tell you the truth I wanted to take it to the R8 25th birthday bash at Gaydon a couple of months ago, but as […]

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.5 – Rover 800 Vitesse

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.5 – Rover 800 Vitesse

Craig Cheetham Most kids my age used to fantasise about Ferrari Testarossas or Lamborghini Countachs, those Athena poster icons that pretty much summed up the late ’80s and early ’90s. But, as friends, family and even girlfriends used to tell me, I wasn’t like most kids. On the car wall of my bedroom (truth be […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214 GSi – Tried and tested

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214 GSi – Tried and tested

Mike Humble Well, after the Gaydon celebration of the Rover 200, there has not been much to report on the old girl lately. Work has been busy and some car reviewing has taken place on my own site so the recently acquired 214 GSi has been parked up in a quiet corner of the office […]

Events : Rover 200/400 R8 25th Birthday gathering

Events : Rover 200/400 R8 25th Birthday gathering

Mike Humble So that’s another long distance proving trip undertaken with 100% reliability in the 214 GSi – and even ‘er indoors did her whack behind the wheel too. I am, of course, referring to the Rover 200/400 birthday gathering that took place at the British Motor Heritage Centre in the sleepy setting of Gaydon, Warwickshire. […]

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Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Craig Cheetham Back when I was nowt more than a kid, I promised myself that before I was 30, I’d own a Jaguar. At the time, the XJ40 was the dawn of Jaguar’s brave new world, the company was owned by Ford and I’d fallen deeply in love with my next-door neighbour’s F-reg 3.6-litre Sovereign. […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 214GSi – I’m not such a bright spark!

Our Cars : Mike’s 214GSi – I’m not such a bright spark!

Mike Humble Well, after it’s first long run up to Peterborough and back for the BMC / BL rally I can say that the latest project car seems to be behaving reasonably okay . I use the term loosely of course owing to the fact that the R8’s copy book does seem to have one […]