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Archive : The affair of the missing Jaguars

Archive : The affair of the missing Jaguars

On this day… The Times, 1 May 1970 reported that delays for Jaguar XJ6s were so intolerable, Swiss buyers came to London and took matters into their own hands… Impatient at delays in delivery of Jaguar’s highly successful XJ6 model (above), a party of Swiss businessmen clients staged a demonstration outside BLMC’s Berkeley Square showrooms […]

Archive : Quality with a sniff

Archive : Quality with a sniff

Motor, 4 June 1983 Robots and new production line techniques are helping to ensure the improved quality of Austin Rover cars. Howard Walker reports. You won’t see many white coats along the production lines at Cowley or Longbridge — the traditional image of the white-coated quality controller peering into nooks and crannies is fast disappearing […]

From the archive : January 1983

From the archive : January 1983

Thirty years ago, British Leyland was on the cusp of launching its most important car in a decade – the Austin Maestro. And the company management was already beginning the important task of briefing the press… The Times, January 1983 BL’s hopes riding on Maestro in the medium car market On the road special report […]

From the archive : 50 years ago today

From the archive : 50 years ago today

‘Twini’ Moke goes testing The Times, 8 January 1963 A twin-engined 1696cc version of the BMC Mini-Car has been produced experimentally at the BMC works here by Mr Alec Issigonis, technical director, and Mr George Harriman, chairman of BMC. Together they have been working on special versions of the vehicle for nine months, with the […]

From the archives : New car news 1-7 January

From the archives : New car news 1-7 January

Compiled by Keith Adams, taken from AROnline‘s vast archive 50 years ago this week: Looks like snow was stopping play! The Times, 2 January 1963: On a day of snow showers and freezing rain. supplies of car bodies to motor manufacturers in the Midlands were again seriously reduced. The Pressed Steel Company said today that […]

Archive : Jaguar celebrates 20 years of the XJ220

Archive : Jaguar celebrates 20 years of the XJ220

It’s 20 years since the astonishing XJ220 burst on to the scene – and today it still has more road presence than any other supercar of its era. With a top speed of 213mph, it was briefly the fastest car in the world. It’s still up there, today. Supercat at twenty! The XJ220 remains the […]

Obituary : Sir Richard O’Brien

Obituary : Sir Richard O’Brien

Sir Richard O’Brien Sir Richard O’Brien, who died on December 11 2009 aged 89, chaired the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) from 1976 to 1982 and later served as chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s controversial Commission on Urban Priority Areas; during the Second World War he fought with great bravery and was awarded an MC, […]

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Obituary : Alex Park 1926-2009

Obituary : Alex Park 1926-2009

Alex Park: Chief Executive of British Leyland Alex Park ran British Leyland during a controversial period of the motor manufacturer’s history in 1975-78. Park fought hard to revive the newly nationalised company’s fortunes by stemming the haemorraghing of its funds, restructuring its operations and attempting to raise productivity, but left before being able to fully […]

Archive : The man behind the Mini

Archive : The man behind the Mini

THE only surviving director of the motor company that designed the iconic Mini has claimed the concept was not the brainchild of Sir Alec Issigonis, its legendary designer, as most people think. Westcountry resident William Davis, the British Motor Company (BMC) production boss who ensured the hugely popular car was manufactured, says few credit the […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE INDEPENDENT Lord Stokes: Tough industrialist unfairly blamed for the failure of Leyland’s merger with the British Motor Corporation Donald Stokes was chairman of the ill-fated British Leyland Motor Corporation from 1968 to 1975. He was unfairly blamed for the inevitable failure of the government-inspired attempt to bring together all the major British-owned motor companies […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

DAILY TELEGRAPH Lord Stokes, who died yesterday aged 94, was probably the most outspoken industrialist in Britain in the 1970s when, as chairman of British Leyland, he used colourful language to warn repeatedly of the need for Britain to improve her efficiency to compete effectively in world markets. Sadly, factors including industrial strife and lack […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE TIMES As chairman and managing director of the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) from its creation in 1968 from the merger with British Motor Holdings and the Leyland Motor Corporation until its demise in a government reorganisation in 1975, Lord Stokes was faced with the intractable task of bringing some shape and order to […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE GUARDIAN British Leyland chief given the unenviable task of turning round the UK car industry in the late 1960s Roger Cowe Lord Stokes, who has died aged 94, had what the Financial Times described as “the toughest job held by any boss in Britain” when, as Sir Donald Stokes, he was given a key […]

Obituary : Sir Austin Bide 1915-2008

Obituary : Sir Austin Bide 1915-2008

From The Independent Sir Austin Bide: Industrialist who transformed Glaxo into a world force and then clashed with Thatcher at British Leyland Sir Austin Bide was the man principally responsible for the transformation of Glaxo from a company best known for its baby foods into a world force in the pharmaceutical industry. During a 40-year […]

Obituary : Jeff Daniels

Obituary : Jeff Daniels

By KEITH ADAMS I WAS deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jeff Daniels. For those who don’t really know about the history of the creation of this site, Jeff’s book, ‘BL: The Truth About The Cars’ was a motivating factor behind the accidental creation of, what was then known as, www.austin-rover.co.uk, back in […]

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Obituary : Brian Griffin

Obituary : Brian Griffin

KEITH ADAMS BRIAN Griffin, son of BMC engineer Charles Griffin, and long-time Rover engineer himself has recently died following a short battle with Cancer. To MG enthusiasts, he will be primarily remembered for his work on the MGF project, turning into the fine-handling car that it was – but his involvement with the company is […]

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Archive : Return to Hell

Archive : Return to Hell

In 2006, Keith Adams drove to Chernobyl in a £100 Lada Riva, to mark the 20th anniversary of the nuclear catastrophe that changed the course of history… Please click on the thumbnails below – all images open in a new window (1024px wide). This feature was originally published in CAR Magazine in May 2006… Page […]

Archive : MG Rover Press release

Archive : MG Rover Press release

MG Rover calls on UK Government to decide on loan Today MG Rover called on the Government to make a decision on the bridging loan which will open the way to the car maker completing complex negotiations with the Chinese company SAIC. The loan is crucial if the partnership is to be established. Peter Beale, […]

Obituary : Jack Daniels

Obituary : Jack Daniels

Draughtsman to Issigonis on the Mini Even an observant car obsessive would not have looked twice at the Morris Minor that threaded its way, daily, from Oxford to Birmingham in 1956. But it was a remarkable car: unlike other Minors, this one had its front wheels driven rather than its back ones, its transversely mounted […]

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Obituary : John Barber

Obituary : John Barber

John Barber: The businessman who tried to make British Leyland work Martin Adeney John Barber, who has died aged 85, was a key player in the government struggle to create a viable British-owned motor industry out of a tangle of underperforming companies in the 1960s and 1970s. He wrote the business plan for Leyland’s takeover […]

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