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 : 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 […]

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.3 – MG ZS 180

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.3 – MG ZS 180

Craig Cheetham Okay, so there are quite a few of these to go through – indeed, until I sat down and worked it out for this very purpose, I’d lost count of how many cars I actually owned (18 at present…). This one follows a path that, so far, may seem a little familiar in […]

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Mike Humble Another year… another show, and this time it was the BMC and BL Rally at Nene Park in Peterborough. This particular event is one is one I have never attended until now, and I`m glad that I did because the sun shone almost as brightly as the cars on display. This year, AROnline […]

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Craig Cheetham Sometimes, a car can come along that really surprises you. And that’s the case with my 25 GTi, which I acquired back in April in the knowledge I was about to be made redundant from my old job, and needed something cheap and economical to run around in for a few months after […]

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 […]