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 : Time to find a new AROnlinemobile

Blog : Time to find a new AROnlinemobile

Keith Adams For pretty much the entire time I’ve been away from AROnline I’ve been buying and selling (at a loss pretty much consistently) old cars, fuelling my ongoing CHPD (Compulsive Heap Purchasing Disorder). Interestingly, during that year or so, other than the ex-Jason Kennedy of this parish Land Rover Discovery (above), there have been no […]

Blog : Return of the prodigal son

Blog : Return of the prodigal son

Thanks, Craig, for your touching words the other day. More than that, though, thanks for keeping my seat at the helm of AROnline warm. On a personal level, 2014 and ’15 have been extremely busy, but also incredibly rewarding – so coming back to AROnline, the site I created to get ‘the Internet’ the proof-read a […]

Project Vanden Plas : Wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Project Vanden Plas : Wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Mike Humble: So… what do think of the news eh? Yer man has returned to where he belongs and I have a immobile old banger cluttering the drive, so as far as AROnline matters from a personal point of view… nothings changed for me but its good be back to the old routine once more. Welcome back […]

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal “S” Series engine.

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal “S” Series engine.

Mike Humble: Austin Rover S Series Gold Seal Engine – Unused old stock Once a Doyen of the remanufactured engine industry, Unipart in automotive guise has now sadly left this parish to join the great defunct names of old but imagine my surprise when I spotted this cheeky little number on eBay recently. Here we […]

Events Preview : 2015 BMC / BL Spares & Rally Peterborough

Events Preview : 2015 BMC / BL Spares & Rally Peterborough

Mike Humble: Well its here again – the 2015 BMC – BL Rally and Spares day held in Ferry Meadows, Nene Park Peterborough on Sunday the 2nd of August. Even though many pundits reckoned the show might fade as Pride of Longbridge amazingly gets bigger every year, this particular event seems to show no evidence of that […]

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Well the work has started on the Project Maestro and its already moved to a temporary home in leafy Horsham. So if you’ve got a Maestro… and it don’t run good… who ya gonna call? Mike Humble:   If you keep abreast of events you’ll know I came very close to selling the Rover 75. […]

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant Minis in the diminutive car’s history.     With the RSP Cooper, it’s arguable that the Rover Mini may not have survived much beyond the dawn of the 1990s. Already over 30 years old, the Mini continued in production due to a steady drip […]

Our Cars : Mikes Rover 75 – A Perfect Ten.

Our Cars : Mikes Rover 75 – A Perfect Ten.

Happy times are here again as the Project Rover 75 passes yet another MOT… but this one is a milestone as Mike Humble explains: Before I go any further, I simply loath that East Riding beat-pop combo The Beautiful South. Similarly… I detested their previous incarnation The Housemartins. Going back a few stones ago, I had a […]

eBay find of the week : Mint Maestro van

eBay find of the week : Mint Maestro van

If the ‘is it or isn’t it?’ Maestro pick-up isn’t enough light commercial action for one week, then you might need to go and lie down in a darkened room after looking at this one…     Thanks to AROnline reader Mike Packwood for pointing it out. Maestro vans are rare enough these days, but […]

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Last week, the first driver to be prosecuted under ‘road hog’ laws introduced in 2014 was convicted in Lancashire, with a fine of £940 and five penalty points.     Ian Stephens, a 47-year old painter and decorator from Wigan, Lancs, was pulled over by police on the M62 and charged with the offence, for […]

eBay find of the week : Rover Metro GTA…

eBay find of the week : Rover Metro GTA…

Apologies for the Metro overkill in recent weeks, but the humble hatchback seems to be very much the car of the moment among AROnline readers, so much so that I was spurred into buying one myself.     This example is, of course, a rarity. A Mk 2 GTA in Flame Red, with less than […]

Blog : And then this happened…

Blog : And then this happened…

Yes, I was supposed to be slimming down my car fleet to a more manageable level, but when somebody walks into the local MoT station and says: “I believe there’s a bloke in the village who likes old Rovers”, you know the conversation is only going to end one way.     The next thing […]

Blog: This happened…

Blog: This happened…

Another new car has joined the editor’s fleet during a period of ‘slimming down’ that hasn’t quite gone according to plan…   The  new arrival, to be fair is something I’ve fancied for a long time. But it was only when researching survival numbers for the recent ‘Endangered Species’ blog on this site that I realised how […]

eBay find of the week : ‘New’ Astravan

eBay find of the week : ‘New’ Astravan

Every so often, a car turns up that, for some reason, has never really seen the light of day. The 82-mile from new Triumph Dolomite, for example, that we featured on here earlier this month.     But this one is something sensational – a workaday commercial vehicle that has never carried a load, nor […]

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

Mike Humble:   Bit of a strange one this as I personally never saw this video at dealer level though my sources confirm its a genuine MGR production. If you want any more proof that MG Rover were scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, then this short and narration free video might just […]

Blog : Endangered species?

Blog : Endangered species?

Almost five years ago to the day, the UK ‘Scrappage Scheme’ came to an end. And with it came an end to the destruction of 10-year old plus cars that, for the most part, were among the best examples on the road. Sadly, many of the cars that left our streets in 2009-2010 were among the […]

eBay Find of the Week : Ogle SX1000

eBay Find of the Week : Ogle SX1000

One of the most unusual Mini variants is currently up for sale on eBay, even if it does look a lot like a squashed Allegro (despite predating the the BL Baked Bean by over a decade).     The creation of eccentric engineer David Ogle, founder of Ogle Design, the SX1000 was introduced in 1962, […]

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 […]