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Blog : Do we want to go to Peterborough?

It’s almost that time of year again. The annual BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day is drawing closer, and AROnline is putting out its annual opinion-gathering email to see whether there’s sufficient interest here for us to put up our own stand.

In years gone by, we’ve attended on a number of levels. In the early days of AROnline we pulled out all the stops, gathering a brilliant selection of your cars to display, flying the flag, both for the site and for our beloved jalopies. As time went on, the ‘official’ interaction with the show died down, before coming back under the careful tutelage of Mike Humble two or three years ago.

In 2016, we missed it entirely and, for 2017, I’m still weighing up whether it’s a good idea to try for an AROnline stand at all. I currently don’t own anything from the BMC>MGR stable, and Mike’s Rover 216 GSI project is still some way off being finished. We could get Alexander Boucke to bring something tasty from Germany – but that depends very much on whether he has time to do so.

Our resident historian, Ian Nicholls, certainly has an appetite to come along. He’s revving up his own car to make the journey to Peterborough.

So, the questions remain… Would you join us? Would you bring your cars? And should AROnline go to town with it? Please let me know…

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.
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7 Comments on "Blog : Do we want to go to Peterborough?"

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  1. Ian Mackenzie says:

    Hi Keith, would be very interested in attending and having a place on an AR online stand. Choices I can bring are my son’s mini, along with either my Wolseley 1100 or mk1 Metro.

  2. roverman68 Neil Rapsey says:

    Well I’ll be there in the Ex ARonlne project 75, I’m sure Mike can get the 216 show ready now that the fuel relay has been swapped out, A selection of about 10-15 cars would be good as it is a easy number to handle and maybe a quiz with some sort of giveaway as we did in 2015.

    Some kind of banners would be a good idea too so everyone can spot us from across the field, what do you think Keith?

    Lets hope that the weather will be kind as in previous years as being stuck in a muddy field is no joy as all

  3. Jonathan Pallant says:

    When is it? If I’m free, if be happy to bring my sort-of-Ford-but-it’s-got-a-heart-of-solid-Leyland X300.

  4. Benny Ben Adams says:

    Yes I am happy to attend and bring along my R8, its Sunday 6th August for those looking for the date.

    **WORD OF WARNING**

    Nene Park uses ANPR now as part of its parking charge system so if your car doesn’t have valid tax, MOT or insurance I suggest you trailer it into the site. Whilst I am sure they only collect information for parking charges, I would not want anyone to find themselves in trouble for petty infringements.

  5. The Wolseley Man says:

    I’m not going to be popular with this one. I got Keith’s e mail and immediately dived into the diary to discover this is the only weekend that we are not with the Wolseley Nine or MG TD at a show throughout the summer/autumn. We love doing these shows every weekend but there is one big difference with the BMC/BL show – we get charged (£7) for providing the exhibits! We are not mean or tight (obviously as we travel the country every weekend in one of the cars) but paying for entry after driving a couple of hundred miles to get there is simply just not cricket ‘old boy’. No other show we attend does it. No can do – sorry.

  6. Ken Strachan says:

    I fear that neither our VW nor our Ford would add to the atmosphere of the event! So we are unlikely to come – but if we do, we may well arrive by train on the Nene Valley…

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