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.
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 […]
In the first of this brand new section which gives us (and you, if you want to tell us your memories) chance to reminisce and stuff that isn’t solely about BMC>MG cars, Mike Humble shares a nostalgic tale about teachers and their cars…
With around 2200hp available and weighing less than 80 tons, these locomotives, seemed to prove the point about the superior power to weight ratio of the diesel hydraulic over the diesel electric. The 2000hp Class 40 diesel electric weighed in at 133 tons. But the Western Region needed more power and this was to lead to the development of the ‘Westerns’.
A few weeks have passed of Montego ownership, and as of yet there are no real regrets. One or two acts of heritage but no real regrets. It would be pointless trying to compare the outgoing Project Rover 75 with the Montego as they prime examples of their BMC>MG timeline.
Ian Nicholls Question: What does the Lamborghini Miura have in common with the British Rail Class 55 Deltic diesel locomotive? Answer: They both appeared in the main title sequence of a classic Michael Caine film. The Miura appeared in The Italian Job, the Deltic in Get Carter, depicting the journey of the main character from London to […]
Here it is, AROnline’s latest Car of the Month. But hang on, we hear you say, all there is to see in the picture below is an empty patch in a slightly overgrown garden… …if you want to find out why, you’ll need to read on. Words: Alexander Boucke Photography: Chris Chantrell Re(u)sting place Back in November 2013, […]
It’s good to look back at what was going on in the company’s history – and to see that both 30 and 40 years ago, it was turning for the better, and the worse.
I decided that I could set up an ASK ARONLINE section of our moribund forum, and have added a link to our top menu. So, if you have any question about cars that’s burning away, click the link, hit ‘New Topic’ and ask away. I don’t profess to know everything, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know a lot of people who do know a lot of things, so if I can’t come up with an answer, I’m sure one of those can.
Ian Nicholls One of the most fondly remembered British Rail diesel locomotives was the English Electric Type 4, later christened Class 40. Nicknamed ‘Whistlers’ by rail enthusiasts, due to their distinctive engine noise, it was at one stage the star of the British Railways diesel fleet, hauling top line expresses in the east of England and […]
It’s funny how a mature and well-resolved design can make a car lack ‘surprise and delight’ appeal. Take the Jaguar XE – it’s a great looking car, superbly engineered, and after a quick drive, it was easy to conclude that it’s there or thereabouts at the head of one of the most competitive market sectors. But seeing it in standard small-wheeled form in silver, it’s a little underwhelming in the looks department, and it leaves me wondering whether the (understandably) safety-first approach to its design, was really necessary?
Keith Adams Move over to Austin Rover Austin Rover had a fair bit of new metal to crow about back in 1982. The post-launch euphoria of the Metro had yet to die off and ‘Move over to Austin Rover’ seemed like a good way of promoting the newly-introduced follow-on models. The actor, and former Cowley Apprentice, […]
The Class 37 has had an even longer career than the Brush Class 47, but because it was more of a mixed traffic locomotive, and less powerful, it never hauled the crack expresses. The locomotive was a product of the English Electric company, which in the 1950s was riding high. During World War II, English Electric had built Handley Page Halifax bombers under licence at their Warton plant.
You’ll have to be eagle-eyed to spot it, but I’ve reinstated the ‘other’ cars link on the site. Head up to the menu, above, click on ‘The Cars’, wheel down to ‘Other Cars’, and you’ll see an interesting collection of British cars we’ve covered on AROnline.
It must be a year since I’ve put pen to paper (vitually) about MG Motor UK, and I think my tone back then might have been careful optimism about the company’s chances once the MG GS comes on stream. One year on, it feels as though the wait for this interestingly-styled baby SUV is as long as ever, and we’re still notching up penny number sales in the UK.
I get the impression that editor Keith and Mike Humble are big HST/Inter City 125 fans. Perhaps they had the Hornby model as kids?
But I think the Brush Type 4 or Class 47 is a more remarkable locomotive. Introduced in 1962, some 30 are still in service in 2015, an amazing 53 years. The HST has only put in a mere 39 years service!
Journalists are always banging on about Britain’s best roads, usually some windswept highway in a sparsely populated area, miles away from civilisation. But we all know day to day motoring is not like that. It usually involves traffic, speed cameras, cars pulling out of junctions…
The New Romantic movement will have passed the JLR engineer who set-up the Freelander 2 by. I mean how else can Land Rover, exponents of the long-travel coil spring, still persevere with such a hindrance to swift and serene progress?