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 : Ask AROnline

Blog : Ask AROnline

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.

Blog : Remembering the Whistlers

Blog : Remembering the Whistlers

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 […]

By 26 August 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Blog : Could Jaguar have been braver?

Blog : Could Jaguar have been braver?

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?

Blog : Let’s hear it for the Class 37

Blog : Let’s hear it for the Class 37

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.

By 20 August 2015 11 Comments Read More →
Blog : The return of ‘other’ cars

Blog : The return of ‘other’ cars

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.

Blog : Let’s hear it for the Class 47

Blog : Let’s hear it for the Class 47

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!

By 15 August 2015 41 Comments Read More →
Blog : The worst places in Britain to be a driver

Blog : The worst places in Britain to be a driver

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…

Blog : Dropping a clanger

Blog : Dropping a clanger

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?

By 12 August 2015 13 Comments Read More →
Blog : But do we want British Leyland back?

Blog : But do we want British Leyland back?

Keith Adams I make no apology for my politics – I’ve always carried a torch for the left of centre approach to government. It’s not a perfect system, but I always felt that Socialism was just a little fairer to Society as a whole, and when properly executed (note, I said ‘properly executed’), it is […]

Blog : Faith in the Defender, still…

Blog : Faith in the Defender, still…

Keith Adams decides that he is a fully paid-up masochist. Why, because after a day having the stuffing knocked out of him in a Land Rover Defender TD5, he’s still grinning from ear to ear…

Blog : As you were, MG Motor UK

Blog : As you were, MG Motor UK

Keith Adams No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a genuine photo, and it’s been sent in by AROnline reader, Alan Zafer, who gave me a fascinating insight into recent announcement that MG Motor UK had pitched up a new showroom in one of London’s more exclusive areas. One thing I absolutely adore about AROnline […]

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 […]

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 […]