AROnline Blogs

We’ve been commenting on the motoring scene – and, sometimes, a little bit more, since June 2004. Read what’s on the minds of AROnline’s Contributors and see if you agree with them – as always, blogs are opinion pieces and don’t always refect the editorial stance of the site.

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 […]

Blog: Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

Blog: Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

By David Morgan It’s hard to believe it’s 25 years this week since the first Land Rover Discovery was revealed. The vehicle that, in many ways, was the catalyst for Land Rover’s success of today has built up a huge fan base in quarter of a century, as David Morgan’s truly excellent contribution testifies – […]

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Blog: Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

Blog: Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

By Charlton Mackerell Okay, so it’s not BLARG – but it is a recently eulogised classic that’s been a fixture of the roadscape for over half a decade. Charlton Mackerell certainly isn’t a fan though… You see them everywhere in summer, middle class motorists, often dressed as pseudo-hippies, posing with their teutonic split screen monstrosities, […]

By September 18, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Rick Ehrlich The Mini was challenged with the gearbox in the sump from a technical point of view. That it was brilliant there is no doubt. That it was durable depends on your experience. What has been written about the mini over time was that BMC/Leyland had to make plenty of repairs to the Mini […]

By September 5, 2014 48 Comments Read More →
Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s the eBay fuelled ‘barn-find’ phenomenon, but, all of a sudden, there seems to be a huge increase in the number of extremely low-mileage Eighties and Nineties A-R cars on the market. The reality, alas, is probably tinged with sadness, as a great many of these cars are emerging […]

Blog : Footballers’ cars

Blog : Footballers’ cars

Craig Cheetham Now, I’m not normally a massive fan of football… I appreciate it’s the most popular sport in the world, and certainly in the UK, but for me the ball’s the wrong shape and the players are generally a bunch of girls who like to writhe around in pretend agony and cheat quite a […]

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 […]

Blog : Jaguar XF-R – in our Humble’s opinion…

Blog : Jaguar XF-R – in our Humble’s opinion…

Editor’s note: Mike Humble gets to grips with Jaguar’s latest XF performance flagship. Lucky beggar. Here’s what he made of it… At AROnline, we’d be happy to hear of other readers’ experiences with some of the newer models that have stemmed from the British Motor Industry’s fine heritage – all contributions welcome…though it should be […]

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 […]

Blog : Europeans! Save your 75s!

Blog : Europeans! Save your 75s!

I’ve spent lots of time on European soil over the last 20-or so years, and one of the saddest phenomenon I’ve borne witness to is the disappearance of Rovers from the roads over there. Okay, so it’s something that’s happened with great gusto in the UK thanks to scrappage and our narcotic dependence on financed […]

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 : 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 : DVLA shenanigans – guilty until proven innocent?

Blog : DVLA shenanigans – guilty until proven innocent?

Craig Cheetham I am not, by nature, an angry person. Indeed, I pass most days with a fairly cheery demeanour because I’m a very lucky individual who has a reasonably good standard of living, a good level of education and a moral compass, a healthy family and a nice home. These are things I take […]

Blog : Bye Bye Bertone…

Blog : Bye Bye Bertone…

Ben Adams So we woke up last weekend to the sad news that Bertone has been declared bankrupt. Earlier this year the group ceased trading but I think we all hoped that somehow they’d come back, perhaps with the support of a major European or Chinese manufacturer. Bertone was launched by the then 28 year […]

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 […]

Blog : The school bus home – an Olympian task…

Blog : The school bus home – an Olympian task…

Mike Humble At AROnline, we like the bigger Leylands too. This fact was re-enforced when I took a ‘phone call on a recent day off asking If I could do a local operator and customer of mine a favour. Many of you will know my working life revolves around public transport as the old daytime […]

Blog : Keith Adams – a tribute

Blog : Keith Adams – a tribute

Ian Nicholls It was back in 2001 when I had just bought my second classic Mini after a gap of 15 years that while, looking for articles on BMC and British Leyland on the Internet, I stumbled on a website called, ‘The Unofficial Austin Rover Web Resource’. I read an article on the Austin Maestro and Montego. […]

By June 20, 2014 25 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass… to 30 years of the Rover 200

Blog : Raise a glass… to 30 years of the Rover 200

David Morgan Yes, on 19 June 1984, Austin Rover Group unveiled the new generation Rover 200 Series, initially offered in 213 guise and four trim levels – and later to become known by its unofficial internal codename, SD3. Okay, so not everyone warmed to this new, smaller and less luxurious looking compact Rover. Some thought it […]

By June 19, 2014 29 Comments Read More →
Blog : Bangernomics Cavalier 1000 miles on

Blog : Bangernomics Cavalier 1000 miles on

Keith Adams Somewhere in Belgium yesterday, my latest purchase, a 1995 Vauxhall Cavalier, rolled passed 1000 miles in my care. The fact that I can’t remember precisely where it happened speaks volumes for this excellent little car – because, after picking it up and giving it an all-round service with Mike Humble (I did make […]

Blog : Goodbye, and it’s been emotional!

Blog : Goodbye, and it’s been emotional!

Keith Adams Regular followers of my ramblings on social media will know that, as of 23 June, I start a new job. It’s one of those ones that represents a bit of a step-change in my career and will definitely occupy a huge amount of my time – certainly more than my previous stints at Practical […]