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.

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Craig Cheetham Sometimes, a car can come along that really surprises you. And that’s the case with my 25 GTi, which I acquired back in April in the knowledge I was about to be made redundant from my old job, and needed something cheap and economical to run around in for a few months after […]

Blog : Taxing times for future classics…

Blog : Taxing times for future classics…

Craig Cheetham And so, the time has finally come to remove our hats and bid a sorry farewell to the late, lamented road tax disc. Since 1921, it has been a legal requirement for motorists to display the often brightly coloured disc in their windscreen to prove they have paid their duties. But now, Big […]

By September 29, 2014 20 Comments Read More →
Blog : No Sh** Sherlock…

Blog : No Sh** Sherlock…

Barry Jones Well, the bashers are out there again… According to a new survey by Warranty Direct, MGs and Rovers are more likely to suffer from head gasket failure than any other make or model. I’m fairly sure we all knew that, though the debate no doubt will continue to rage as to whether this […]

By September 29, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Blog : eBay Find of the Week #2 – Rover 216 GSi

Blog : eBay Find of the Week #2 – Rover 216 GSi

Craig Cheetham Twice in a week? Well, I couldn’t let this one lie, really. Partly because there’s a lot of R8 love out there at the moment following its 25th birthday shindig at the weekend, and partly because it’ll be gone by Monday. Nice pre-grille R8s are getting fewer and further between, especially bearing in […]

By September 26, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Blog : eBay Find of the Week #1 – £5k Allegro Estate

Blog : eBay Find of the Week #1 – £5k Allegro Estate

Craig Cheetham   Okay – an old feature momentarily resurrected, because when a mate pointed this out to me I had to share my incredulity…     I can’t decide if it’s the price, the car or the fact that someone decided to do a full nut and bolt job on a Doom Blue Allegro Estate […]

By September 25, 2014 24 Comments Read More →
Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Mike Humble BASE!  How low could they go? It may have a cult following today but it’s fair to say that the Rover 800 never really got off to the best of starts back in 1986. Despite it having clean cut lines and a silhouette like no other large Rover before it, early models lacked […]

By September 25, 2014 40 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Craig Cheetham Back when I was nowt more than a kid, I promised myself that before I was 30, I’d own a Jaguar. At the time, the XJ40 was the dawn of Jaguar’s brave new world, the company was owned by Ford and I’d fallen deeply in love with my next-door neighbour’s F-reg 3.6-litre Sovereign. […]

By September 19, 2014 16 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

David Morgan It’s hard to believe it’s 25 years this week since the first Land Rover Discovery was revealed. The vehicle that, in many ways, was the catalyst for Land Rover’s success of today has built up a huge fan base in quarter of a century, as David Morgan’s truly excellent contribution testifies – (ed). […]

By September 19, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

Charlton Mackerell Okay, so it’s not BLARG – but it is a recently eulogised classic that’s been a fixture of the roadscape for over half a decade. Charlton Mackerell certainly isn’t a fan though… You see them everywhere in summer, middle-class motorists, often dressed as pseudo-hippies, posing with their teutonic split screen monstrosities, making a […]

By September 18, 2014 48 Comments Read More →
Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Rick Ehrlich The Mini was challenged with the gearbox in the sump from a technical point of view. That it was brilliant there is no doubt. That it was durable depends on your experience. What has been written about the mini over time was that BMC/Leyland had to make plenty of repairs to the Mini […]

By September 5, 2014 56 Comments Read More →
Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s the eBay fuelled ‘barn-find’ phenomenon, but, all of a sudden, there seems to be a huge increase in the number of extremely low-mileage Eighties and Nineties A-R cars on the market. The reality, alas, is probably tinged with sadness, as a great many of these cars are emerging […]

Blog : Footballers’ cars

Blog : Footballers’ cars

Craig Cheetham Now, I’m not normally a massive fan of football… I appreciate it’s the most popular sport in the world, and certainly in the UK, but for me the ball’s the wrong shape and the players are generally a bunch of girls who like to writhe around in pretend agony and cheat quite a […]

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.3 – MG ZS 180

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.3 – MG ZS 180

Craig Cheetham Okay, so there are quite a few of these to go through – indeed, until I sat down and worked it out for this very purpose, I’d lost count of how many cars I actually owned (18 at present…). This one follows a path that, so far, may seem a little familiar in […]

Blog : Jaguar XF-R – in our Humble’s opinion…

Blog : Jaguar XF-R – in our Humble’s opinion…

Editor’s note: Mike Humble gets to grips with Jaguar’s latest XF performance flagship. Lucky beggar. Here’s what he made of it… At AROnline, we’d be happy to hear of other readers’ experiences with some of the newer models that have stemmed from the British Motor Industry’s fine heritage – all contributions welcome…though it should be […]

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Mike Humble Another year… another show, and this time it was the BMC and BL Rally at Nene Park in Peterborough. This particular event is one is one I have never attended until now, and I`m glad that I did because the sun shone almost as brightly as the cars on display. This year, AROnline […]

Blog : Europeans! Save your 75s!

Blog : Europeans! Save your 75s!

I’ve spent lots of time on European soil over the last 20-or so years, and one of the saddest phenomenon I’ve borne witness to is the disappearance of Rovers from the roads over there. Okay, so it’s something that’s happened with great gusto in the UK thanks to scrappage and our narcotic dependence on financed […]

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.1 – Rover 827 Sterling

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.1 – Rover 827 Sterling

Craig Cheetham As I mentioned in my introductory post last week, I have quite a collection of cars. Over the next few weeks, then, I’ll be introducing them at a rate of one every 10 days or so, which should keep me going until Christmas. By which point, of course, there’ll probably be even more […]

Our Cars : The Welsh takeover bid goes ahead!

Our Cars : The Welsh takeover bid goes ahead!

Mike Humble   I have said it before so… I`ll say it again, without a shadow of doubt, the R8 and R40 models are possibly the highest watermarks that Rover Group ever reached in terms of quality and image perception. In the case of the R8, the combination of a well engineered body, impressive trim (especially with the earliest […]

Blog : DVLA shenanigans – guilty until proven innocent?

Blog : DVLA shenanigans – guilty until proven innocent?

Craig Cheetham I am not, by nature, an angry person. Indeed, I pass most days with a fairly cheery demeanour because I’m a very lucky individual who has a reasonably good standard of living, a good level of education and a moral compass, a healthy family and a nice home. These are things I take […]

Blog : Bye Bye Bertone…

Blog : Bye Bye Bertone…

Ben Adams So we woke up last weekend to the sad news that Bertone has been declared bankrupt. Earlier this year the group ceased trading but I think we all hoped that somehow they’d come back, perhaps with the support of a major European or Chinese manufacturer. Bertone was launched by the then 28 year […]