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…

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 […]

Our cars: Introducing the fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Our cars: Introducing 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 […]

By September 19, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By August 28, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Introducing the Fleet : No.3 – MG ZS 180

Introducing 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 […]

Introducing the Fleet : No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Introducing 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 […]

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 →