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.

Blog : Did Jaguar Land Rover forget to file the Range Rover Evoque’s Chinese patent in time?

Blog : Did Jaguar Land Rover forget to file the Range Rover Evoque’s Chinese patent in time?

Jack Yan     There has been a lot of ongoing press about Landwind’s copy of the Range Rover Evoque, one of my favourite Sloane Ranger SUVs. There’s no way Landwind would have come up with its X7 design independently, and, if put before most occidental courts, there would be a finding in favour of […]

Blog: Never work with animals, children or Austin Allegros…

Blog: Never work with animals, children or Austin Allegros…

Craig Cheetham   I’ve had a fair few Allegros over the years… Back when I passed my test, in 1994,  my first car was a 1979 Allegro 1.1. And that was the very reason for me recently spending the day as the chief custodian of such a vehicle…     In my day job, I […]

Blog : One of the best British-built vehicles on the road today…

Blog : One of the best British-built vehicles on the road today…

Craig Cheetham First, a disclaimer. For 10 years, I worked for General Motors. I had good times and bad, and had the inside track on quite a lot of the development of the vehicle featured, but notwithstanding (or perhaps because of) my knowledge of its gestation, I genuinely believe it to be an incredible British […]

Unsung Heroes : The Austin-Rover bendy key

Unsung Heroes : The Austin-Rover bendy key

Craig Cheetham     Today, car keys come in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, some are not even keys at all – the one for my daily driver, for example, which is a German mid-size estate car, is a blob of plastic that has buttons to lock and unlock the doors and another to release […]

eBay (2nd) Find of the Week : Monogram 45

eBay (2nd) Find of the Week : Monogram 45

Craig Cheetham Now here’s a curiosity… Okay, so it’s a 2003 Rover 45 1.6, and it’s in upper mid-spec iL trim. In other words, not exactly out of the ordinary. Except for one thing…     This latest eBay discovery, which you can view here, is finished in MG Rover’s Monogram ‘Spectre’ paint. Depending on […]

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital 1.7 SLX

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital 1.7 SLX

Mike Humble: Morris Ital 1.7 SLX At first upon spotting this little doom blue beauty I thought “wow… that’s steep” but after a little pondering and reminiscing about my own Ital owned well over 20 years ago, I went all warm and fuzzy. They say that time heals old wounds and even though my own […]

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

We all like to browse and reminisce during our tea breaks, and what better than to enjoy the massive back catalougues of on-line video’s on the internet. We’ll kick of this new section by going back to 1984 shortly after the launch of the Montego with this corporate film that shows the salesman how to […]

Drive Story: Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

Drive Story: Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

It should have been a simple easy run from Cowley to Longbridge, but plans often go awry. I’ll stay quiet for a while and let `er indoors, aka: my other half, explain the turn of events about PoL from her own unique PoV. Jacky Lawler: Well, it all started when we got the Rover 75 back. For the third […]

Driven : Jaguar Sportbrake RS

Driven : Jaguar Sportbrake RS

Mike Humble: There’s no point wasting too many words, the Sportbrake is a truly great car. Made in the UK and developed for the discerning driver who appreciates style with substance wrapped up in a package that radiates coolness rather than brashness. Personally as a fan of the XF, I find the Sportbrake to be a […]

Our Cars : Project Maestro – so, what have we bought, then?

Our Cars : Project Maestro – so, what have we bought, then?

Craig Cheetham       Okay, so it’s taken a while due to commitments with the day job, a family holiday, three unexpected car purchases (one more to go, watch this space…) and diverting attention to my 214 in order to prepare it for Pride of Longbridge, but at long last I’ve had time to […]

Events: Drive it day 2015 and the Princess 40th birthday party.

Events: Drive it day 2015 and the Princess 40th birthday party.

Mike Humble recently visited the MINI plant at Cowley for the 2015 Drive it Day event and grabbed a steer of a rather one off Leyland Princess on the day of the models 40th birthday party…   Just a week after Pride of Longbridge and my escapades with a Maestro, I had to drive up to […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

When Mike Humble was asked to drive a very rare MG Maestro in the Cowley Convoy, it was music to his ears. However, heritage soon kicked in almost scuppering the adventure…  Going back a few months, before the 75 came back into the fold (for the third time) I asked Tanya Field from the Maestro […]

Car of the Month : April 2015 – Marc Stillebroer’s Rover 827 Vitesse

Car of the Month : April 2015 – Marc Stillebroer’s Rover 827 Vitesse

Admittedly, it’s a little late in the month for a Car of the Month, but that’s because AROnline dedicated most of April to remembering the events of 10 years ago. Anyway, I make no excuses (despite my own well documented fondness for the model) for featuring another Rover 800 in this spot. Marc Stillebroer is […]

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Craig Cheetham As is always the way, I had no intention of buying another car. Indeed, in recent times I’ve been trying to downsize the fleet to more manageable levels, but sometimes one comes along that just needs saving – and this is a perfect example.   Had I not intervened, I fear this lovely […]

Our Cars : Meet the £300 Rover 75…

Our Cars : Meet the £300 Rover 75…

Craig Cheetham A few months back, our Ebay Find of the Week was a 2000 W-reg Rover 75. Ever since then, I’ve had a nagging desire to go out and rescue a 75 that had sunk to such low levels of residual value and give it a second chance, not least because, according to the […]

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

Craig Cheetham About 12 months ago, I was giving my previously-owned MG ZS 180 a lick of wax outside the house when a cruel passer-by, with nothing but pre-conceived ideas to go by, commented: “Mate, you can’t polish a t#rd”.     Not the most helpful of comments, but I remember it well. I recall thinking, […]

MGR@10 Month : A Dealer’s Tale – Jon and Tim Wilcox of A. E. Wilcox and Son

MGR@10 Month : A Dealer’s Tale – Jon and Tim Wilcox of A. E. Wilcox and Son

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: A. E. Wilcox and Son Limited and Geoff Cottle Any AROnline readers who also happened to be readers of the Daily Telegraph back in the dark days of 2005 and 2006 might recall a series of advertisements being placed in what was then the broadsheet-sized Telegraph Motoring supplement by a former […]

MGR@10 Month : 2005 Save MG Rover Rally

MGR@10 Month : 2005 Save MG Rover Rally

Ten years ago today, an estimated 600 Birmingham-built cars made an important pilgrimage to Longbridge. They were there in order to support MG Rover’s workers and their families, whose futures were cast into uncertainty following the company’s fall into administration nine days previously… We were there at the Save MG Rover Rally, which would end up morphing into the […]

MGR@10 Month : A Salesman’s perspective…

MGR@10 Month : A Salesman’s perspective…

Our man Mike Humble talks to former Phoenix Retail salesman Mark Newton about his experiences at the coal face selling new MG Rover cars immediately prior to that fateful day in April 2005. Tell me about Phoenix Retail and how you came to sell MGs and Rovers? Well, Phoenix Retail had been set up to plug the gaps in […]

MGR@10 Month : The demise of MG Rover – an American view

MGR@10 Month : The demise of MG Rover – an American view

Words : Richard Truett DETROIT: The very last auto industry event MG Rover took part in came on 12 April 2005 in Detroit. Alan Warburton, Iain Fleming, James Scott and Neil Butler of Powertrain Ltd, MGR’s money-making engine and transmission operations, were in Detroit with Camcon to present a paper on camless engines at the […]

By 14 April 2015 15 Comments Read More →