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.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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Blog : AROnline v4.0 is go… your feedback needed

Blog : AROnline v4.0 is go… your feedback needed

Keith Adams It’s been a long time coming, but AROnline‘s next step is now with us – and we’re dusting off the final tweaks. It’s the most fundamental change in the site’s make-up since its first redesign in 2002 – and the reason for moving from the simple left-hand menu to a multi-layered top menu […]

Blog : My new wheels (with stomach-churning video)

Blog : My new wheels (with stomach-churning video)

Keith Adams In the coming weeks, my working life is about to change in a big way. Out will go the convenience of working from home for the bonus of an extra-long working week, as in comes the pleasures of a daily commute – and work in an office. These things happen, and it’s certainly going to […]

Blog : Why the Jaguar XE simply must succeed

Blog : Why the Jaguar XE simply must succeed

Keith Adams The reaction to Jaguar Land Rover’s news that it is now making huge profits has been greeted with universal approval from the industry and enthusiasts. That’s only right and proper because, if the company is doing well and earning billions, then the effects are widespread – not just across the British car and component industry, but […]

Blog : Are DVLA closures making it worse for everyone?

Blog : Are DVLA closures making it worse for everyone?

Keith Adams For anyone who buys and sells cars with any degree of regularity, being able get your paperwork quickly and efficiently from the DVLA is vitally important. By and large, it has to be said that, from my own personal experience, getting logbooks (form V5C, above) or tax discs through the post has generally […]

Technician’s Update : Rubber stamps or rubber bullets

Technician’s Update : Rubber stamps or rubber bullets

Mike Humble When there is nothing on the box I love nothing more than to trawl through the on-line car adverts with a big mug of hot sweet tea. The female of the species call this “window shopping” and for me anyway – my favourite part of the adverts are the long and never exhausting […]

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 : Death of a Mailstar

Blog : Death of a Mailstar

Andrew Elphick You may have noticed the decline of the cycling Postie and now, four years on from Royal Mail’s original announcement that cycle delivery would be replaced by other means, just a few hundred of the once 24,000 strong cycle fleet remain. Unsurprisingly that modern nemesis ‘Health & Safety’ is to blame for the phasing out […]

Blog : Maybe we’re not quite ready to move to petrol

Blog : Maybe we’re not quite ready to move to petrol

Keith Adams Just spent a week behind the wheel of the UK’s most successful family car, the Nissan Qashqai. It was good to be reacquainted, because I’d been pretty positive about it after my first drive, back in February, and I just wanted to reassure myself I’d not been too swept away by the whole […]

Blog : Happy 30th birthday, Montego

Blog : Happy 30th birthday, Montego

Keith Adams Oh, how time flies! The cold realisation that today marks the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the Austin Montego hits home just how time’s moved on – and how, if events had been kinder, the company which made this car might well still be with us. Indeed, in a way, it feels apt that we’re […]

Sales Talk : Only needs a re-gas!

Sales Talk : Only needs a re-gas!

Mike has pony burning a hole in his pocket for the next project car… the chase is on! Well… the chase… is on. But this time I don’t have the talents of my favourite Alvin Stardust look-a-like Bradley Walsh to guide me on against the Governess or the Beast. In a snap decision, I sold […]