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 : 1966 and all that…

Blog : 1966 and all that…

This was the year that TIME magazine described London as swinging, Harold Wilson and Ian Smith met on HMS Tiger, Michael Caine was Alfie and Ronald Reagan entered politics. The Beatles were reaching their creative peak. Their long playing opus, ’Revolver’, introduced the world to artificial double tracking, and left other artists trailing in their wake.

By 1 January 2016 10 Comments Read More →
Blog : I’ve seen the future… and it can go and do one!

Blog : I’ve seen the future… and it can go and do one!

Keith Adams Average speed cameras on the A9 (Picture: Keith WR Jones) Yesterday, Keith WR Jones and I spent an enjoyable day driving Vauxhall’s new Insignia Grand Sport from Luton to Northern Scotland. Between us, we covered more than 1100 miles, averaged more than 50mpg and consumed rather too much junk food along the way. […]

Blog : The Rover reviver becomes Mondeo Man

Blog : The Rover reviver becomes Mondeo Man

Our man in the south waves farewell to Project HHR, the car that’s quite possibly been the cheapest and most dependable of the bangers we have brought you. In a strange twist of fate, Mike hasn’t got a new project, but he is making good use of the ratty Mondeo we recently purchased. Andy Widdows […]

Blog : AROnline Bangernomics is back!

Blog : AROnline Bangernomics is back!

We buy a £760 Ford Mondeo with a view to running it for the rest of the year. Will it go well, or end in tears?

Blog : Welcome to the Velar motor show!

Blog : Welcome to the Velar motor show!

Andrew Elphick visits the 2017 Geneva motor show, and gives us his sideway view on this most prestigious of automotive events. It’s hard to ignore the impact the Velar made.

Blog : Geneva 2017 – Why the Monteverdis made me a bit emotional

Blog : Geneva 2017 – Why the Monteverdis made me a bit emotional

Keith Adams stumbles across a cache of gorgeous Monteverdis in Geneva, and remembers why he loves old cars as much as he does. It felt as if these 1970s icons far too easily showed the way to the moderns…

Blog: Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Ford Sierra Sapphire

Blog: Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Ford Sierra Sapphire

Mike Humble Here’s yet another one of those car birthdays that makes you feel old. Ford’s medicine to a customer base that still mourned the passing of Cortina came along thirty years ago. The old faithful to family and fleet as well as being honoured amongst thieves, we raise and wiggle a glass to the Ford Sierra Sapphire. Like ’em […]

Blog : Going French? Mais, oui!

Blog : Going French? Mais, oui!

Keith Adams has come into three Citroens in quick succession. Will he remain sane? Was he ever? Either way, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Blog : An unlikely design icon

Blog : An unlikely design icon

There is a bold design connection that links the Ferrari Dino with the Renault Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire – neither object bears the logo of its famous manufacturer. Originally created as a sister brand for Ferrari’s absent of 12 cylinders, the yellow Dino logo graced the first mid-engined Ferrari and was born of the Old Man […]

Blog : Why, oh why…

Blog : Why, oh why…

Editor Keith Adams ruminates – once again – over the important matter of what constitutes a classic car…

Our Cars : Mike’s 400 blots its copy book

Our Cars : Mike’s 400 blots its copy book

Mike Humble After months of trouble free motoring it had to happen eventually. The old scrotter itself, our Project HHR, has finally given me a serious enough reason to dig deep into the pocket in order to keep the old girl rolling just that little bit longer… It’s always the way, isn’t it? Just as you settle […]

Blog : An unpatriotic act?

Blog : An unpatriotic act?

Ian Nicholls on the ramifications of the Margaret Thatcher-led Conservative Government’s decision not to go ahead with Austin Rover’s sell off to Ford… On 3 February 1986 the Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher admitted it was in talks about an American takeover of a large chunk of what remained of the British-owned vehicle industry. The […]

By 26 February 2017 56 Comments Read More →
Blog : Capri – the car that might have changed history

Blog : Capri – the car that might have changed history

How Ford dropped the ball with an appealing sports car idea that it managed to fumble. Would the front-wheel drive Capri have altered the course of history?

By 26 February 2017 22 Comments Read More →
Blog : PSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns

Blog : PSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns

Just-Auto’s Dave Leggett has an interesting view of the potential GM-PSA alliance, and how it will affect the associated marques – Opel and Vauxhall – in Germany and the UK. Read on… The Chief Executives of GM, Fiat Chrysler and Ford after a meeting with President Donald Trump. US protectionism in the car industry has not been […]

By 25 February 2017 45 Comments Read More →
Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Beetle

Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Beetle

Ian Nicholls I drive a classic Mini, two in fact, although not at the same time. The modern family car has two fathers, depending on your choice. If you prefer a capacious 4×4, then Spen King, the father of the Range Rover, is your man. If you prefer something like a Focus, Astra or Golf, […]

Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Ian Elliott In the recent thread about 2.0-litre Itals/Marinas, the subject of V8-engined Marinas was raised. If I have rambled about this in any previous AROnline submission, I apologise, but here goes: stuffing V8s into small, unsuspecting family cars is a long-practiced amusement of the hot-rodding fraternity and the more unlikely the starting point, the […]

Blog : AROnline’s winter tips

Blog : AROnline’s winter tips

Here, at AROnline, we know you lot – our loyal readers – aren’t daft. Far from it, in fact. However, you guys are bound to be the ones asked ‘What do I do?’, when the nation’s driveways resemble an iced bun. So here’s a quick get out of jail free card from Andrew Elphick for […]

Blog : The view ahead…

Blog : The view ahead…

Alexander Boucke While I know that about 3 per cent of the New Year have already passed, I will start with a look in the rear view mirror… Listening to a two-hour special on the local radio station playing just David Bowie songs, I am reminded that 2016 had some memorable moments, but certainly not all […]

Blog : 1967 and all that…

Blog : 1967 and all that…

Fab and groovy man! 1967 will forever be remembered for the summer of love, for hippies and love-ins, the Torrey Canyon Disaster, Jimi Hendrix, Sergeant Pepper, pirate radio, Radio 1 and the Six Day War. In Britain both homosexuality and abortion were de-criminalised – although, in the case of homosexuality, decades of criminalisation meant it […]

Blog : Merry Christmas, AROnliners everywhere!

Blog : Merry Christmas, AROnliners everywhere!

Keith Adams Season’s greetings to you all! It might have been one of the weirdest – and, in many cases, unpleasant – years I’ve known for world events, but it’s good to know that AROnline continues to chug along doing its own little thing. And although it’s impossible not to mention 2016 in the same breath as […]

By 24 December 2016 12 Comments Read More →
Blog : Vinyl outstripping CDs shows there’s hope for mags

Blog : Vinyl outstripping CDs shows there’s hope for mags

Keith Adams draws parallels between the burgeoning sales of vinyl records compared with music downloads to a potential growth in car magazine sales.

By 11 December 2016 15 Comments Read More →