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.
Words and photography: Alexander Boucke At times it happens to all of us: something bulky needs to be carried, typically after a visit to your local Swedish furniture store. In our case a friend of the family had a surplus musical instrument – a small organ, a harmonium to be precise – that he wanted to […]
As I depart from my search for a new AROnlinemobile, having bagged a (so far) reliable Land Rover Freelander TD4 from work colleague Calum Brown, I now find myself casting over the idea of what AROnline-flavoured classic car for next year. It’s a conversation I have with myself many, many times – what piece of BL-brilliance can I add to the fleet next?
Words: Mike Humble Photography: Mike Humble and Jacky Lawler L-R: Jeff Patterson from the MMOC, Kevin Jones and Denis Chick – both ex-Austin Rover – and Russ Swift prepare to cut the birthday cake for the MG Montego Turbo’s 30th anniversary (Photo: Jacky Lawler) Despite spending two full days up at the NEC for the […]
Mike Humble The Ital ran from 1980 to 1984 in saloon, estate and light commercial form. This is a Longbridge built SLX model. If there was ever a car in the Austin Morris line-up that epitomised everything that was crumbling around them, perhaps the Marina and Ital fits admirably. The Ital whined onto the scene […]
The recent BBC series Making Cars Live revealed the extraordinary lengths BMW at Cowley go to ensure that the customer gets a well built reliable vehicle. The logic behind this is that a satisfied customer is more likely to be a returning customer.
Long-term readers (and I really do mean long term) might recall that in the earliest days of AROnline, when I was a little more critical about such things, two cars that really incurred my wrath were the Austin Allegro and the Montego. Both cars were instrumental in their parent company’s retreat towards oblivion, and both – in my opinion – could have been so much better.
Let’s get this out of the way first, so you know exactly where I stand – I like the MG3. There, I said it. It’s a statement that needs to be made after the recent pasting I gave the revised MG6 because of the large question marks over its viability, quality and long term residuals. I concluded that it’s a difficult purchase to really recommend… So the more positive message about the MG3 should bode well for its chances.
Time really does fly when you’re having fun – and that’s certainly been the case with my MINI First, bought almost exactly four years ago. The car was unusual for being as basic as basic can be, being specified in the entry-level First form – and with a couple of important options, metallic paint and air conditioning.
One of the biggest projects ever undertaken by BL has reached the grand old age of 35 this year, and in the BMC>MGR scene its one of the most forgotten vehicles. The very first class member of the Leyland T45 range was the Roadtrain, but had plans turned out the way they should have, the truck could have been on the market two years earlier.
Richard Kilpatrick Vauxhall has disguised discounting its laminated book of mediocrity by relaunching ‘Scrappage’. It’s offering a minimum of £2000 trade in for old cars against most models, with fulfilment via the presumably ironically titled ‘Autogreen’. I’ve advocated models of scrappage – in hand with rises in special car tax equivalents – but this is going […]
David Morgan celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Rover 200 (R3) in this detailed account of one of the Rover Group’s unsung heroes from the portfolio.
A petrolhead’s wife tells us what it’s like to live in the shadow of constant vehicular ‘fernerkling’. The good news is – she’s happy and contented, even with those oil stained teatowels and the dishwasher full of car parts!
The recent report on the Stanford Hall Mini show resulted in a debate on what constitutes British Leyland beige. The owners of one particular MkIII Mini insisted it was Harvest Gold. Well that is probably what BLMC officially called it.
Perhaps it would be better to resurrect our old friend Rover for such vehicles. DS-style vehicles, comfortable, stylish, modern.
For two decades this rugged design was the mainstay of express trains out of St Pancras to the north of England. Never a star performer in the way the Deltic was, lacking the style of a ‘Western’ diesel hydraulic.
Your town or city definitely had one. Perhaps even two, or three in some cases… not necessarily red light districts, but BL dealers. Lest we forget the Mann Egertons and the like, large showrooms once packed with the best of BL (and later Rover) tin, now turned over to Kia or Hyundai, or converted to other uses, or derelict, or torn down and long gone…
Either I’m losing my touch, or there’s a dearth of attractive project cars out there for me to nail AROnline’s colours to. Since coming back to the site, I’ve been vaguely looking for a new car to take on the mantle of my project – and here we are two months in, and I may be in the middle of my longest period without a new car acquisition in years…
I love a car caper. The thrill of arranging to buy something very cheap, unseen, and with the promise of questionable reliability can’t be beaten for a crap car fan, like me. Actually, I am being cruel on Richard, as I know his car’s going to be far from crap.
It’s not all about the cars on AROnline, you know. An awful lot goes on behind the scenes keeping our cacophony of clunkers shipshape for your reading delectation. Words and photography: Mike Humble Mark Taylor – without him running our project cars wouldn’t be quite so easy. It’s also a family affair with his two sons Alex and […]