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.

eBay Find of the Week : When is a Metro not a Metro?

eBay Find of the Week : When is a Metro not a Metro?

Craig Cheetham ANSWER: When it’s a Metruck… While I’d never be 100 per cent convinced of the structural integrity of such a thing, this interesting homemade venture appealed to me for one reason and one reason alone – if I squint a bit, I actually think it’s quite pretty… Whilst I ready myself for cries […]

Essay : Is the world ready for the Rover’s return?

Essay : Is the world ready for the Rover’s return?

Editor’s Note: Published below is an article that appeared earlier this week in the Birmingham Post, written by one of the title’s most established journalists, Enda Mullen. In the piece, Enda looks objectively at the arguments for and against the Rover name making a comeback.  The article is published word-for-word as it appeared in the […]

By 23 January 2015 136 Comments Read More →
Car of the Month : January 2015 – David Whitham’s 2002 Rover 75 Connoisseur SE CDT Tourer

Car of the Month : January 2015 – David Whitham’s 2002 Rover 75 Connoisseur SE CDT Tourer

David Whitham A little introduction first – I’ve been lurking around AROnline for a number of years now and have taken plenty out if it, so thought I would offer something in return. I’m a serial AR enthusiast, having admired and, in some cases, lusted after the bread and butter that make this site so appealing […]

By 19 January 2015 17 Comments Read More →
eBay Find of the Week : MG Metro Turbo (and a rather pricey one at that)

eBay Find of the Week : MG Metro Turbo (and a rather pricey one at that)

Craig Cheetham Here’s an indicator of how times change – and, hopefully, for the better… Back in the day, this MG Metro Turbo would have been pretty worthless other than for its engine – we don’t need to go into detail here about Metros giving up their engines to Mini nuts, but the fact that, despite […]

Essay : The road to 2005 started in 1985…

Essay : The road to 2005 started in 1985…

Ian Nicholls In the first of our 2005-themed articles to mark the tenth anniversary of MG Rover’s demise, AROnline Contributor Ian Nicholls puts forward a well-constructed argument that the beginning of the end was 20 years sooner. 1985 – THE DEFEAT OF AUSTIN ROVER It may have been the year of Live Aid, but 1985 was also the […]

By 12 January 2015 95 Comments Read More →
Essay : Why MG Motor has more than a fighting chance…

Essay : Why MG Motor has more than a fighting chance…

Craig Cheetham Based on the 2014 full-year sales figures, MG Motor claims that the brand’s rebirth has been ‘highly successful’, and that MG is also the fastest growing automotive brand in the UK, with sales up 361 per cent year-on-year –  AROnline’s Editor believes that, this time, it isn’t all smoke and mirrors…   A couple […]

eBay Find of the Week : A guaranteed future classic?

eBay Find of the Week : A guaranteed future classic?

Craig Cheetham Okay, so I’m biased. I love Land Rover Discoverys and have owned three, including our current family hack, which is a W-reg Td5 ES Auto. Given that we have a large family and live in a grand but crumbling Victorian DIY project, I can’t think of a vehicle more practical or versatile to […]

Sales Talk : And now, from Norwich…

Sales Talk : And now, from Norwich…

Norwich isn’t just Partridge and mustard you know. It has a link with BLARG cars thanks to one of the biggest watched TV game shows of its era. Mike Humble shares an ironic tome of a trip out to Norfolk’s capital… Norwich – a fine City. Well, that’s what the road sign just beyond the […]

By 30 December 2014 23 Comments Read More →
Blog : Winter tricks and winter tips…

Blog : Winter tricks and winter tips…

Mike Humble We live in a fairly quiet commuterville cul-de-sac for those who don’t know and, as a consequence, anything motor-related means the word travels fast. Now that winter is well and truly upon us, most of the garages up and down the land brace themselves for the influx of dead batteries and temperamental alternators. […]

By 23 December 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Blog : Dear Santa… (or AROnline’s Editor opens his toy box)

Blog : Dear Santa… (or AROnline’s Editor opens his toy box)

Craig Cheetham Christmas is almost upon us and, all over the world, there’ll be millions of kids, much like my own, excitedly bouncing off the walls in anticipation of the big day. For me, Christmas was always about one subject – and, unsurprisingly, it was cars… From October onwards, I’d drop the least subtle of hints to […]

First Drive : Jaguar XJR

First Drive : Jaguar XJR

Who says all new cars have to be green? This one is white… and rather good. Mike Humble finds out more… Despite how nonchalant or low key some of us try to be when going about our daily motoring escapades, if you are into your cars, you cannot help looking at your own reflection in […]

By 20 December 2014 19 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir… No, they really do!

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir… No, they really do!

To conclude the 30th anniversary of Austin Rover’s family saloon, Mike Humble recalls a smile-inducing tale of Montego mayhem… Those with intimate experience will know that older generation four cylinder BLARG power units ran, at best, with all the sweetness of lemon juice and the refinement of Lego trapped up your Mum’s Hoover Junior. Even the most […]

By 17 December 2014 18 Comments Read More →
Your Cars : Graham Eason’s Allegro experience…

Your Cars : Graham Eason’s Allegro experience…

Graham Eason runs Great Escape Classic Car Hire, and earlier this year bought a 1980 Austin Allegro to run on the fleet, alongside such greats as Austin Healeys and E-Types. Six months on, it seems that British Leyland’s baked bean is proving more popular than you’d think – and not just with Graham’s customers… Buying an […]

Car of the Month : December 2014 – Gavin Harvey’s 1963 Morris Mini Super De Luxe

Car of the Month : December 2014 – Gavin Harvey’s 1963 Morris Mini Super De Luxe

Everybody loves a Mini, but Gavin Harvey’s 1963 example is simply stunning… My love of Minis began at a very early age – there are photos of me at the tender age of two, sitting at the wheel of a new Clubman at the 1976 Motor Show. From then on, I was hooked. I couldn’t get […]

Your Cars : P6B ZF gearbox transplant – Part Two

Your Cars : P6B ZF gearbox transplant – Part Two

AROnline reader, Warren Loveridge, from Christchurch, New Zealand owns a unique 1972 Rover 3500 named Brown Rover. However, when the original Borg Warner 35 transmission blew up, Warren opted to replace that with a later, modified ZF unit. Here, in the second part of a revised version of an article which was originally published in the October, 2014 issue of Driving Force, the Rover P6 Club’s magazine, Warren concludes […]

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Most of us know the Montego, along with the Leyland Roadrunner, celebrated a 30th birthday this year. Also, back in 1984, the Rover 200 was introduced – an important product that today, almost seems forgotten in classic car circles. Mike Humble stumbled upon the sole surviving early 216 Vitesse… and this one’s rather special too! […]

Your Cars : P6B ZF gearbox transplant – Part One

Your Cars : P6B ZF gearbox transplant – Part One

AROnline reader, Warren Loveridge, from Christchurch, New Zealand owns a unique 1972 Rover 3500 named Brown Rover. However, when the original Borg Warner 35 transmission blew up, Warren opted to replace that with a later, modified ZF unit. Here, in the first part of a revised version of an article which was originally published in the October, 2014 issue of Driving Force, the Rover P6 […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 214 GSi is up for grabs

Our Cars : Mike’s 214 GSi is up for grabs

Mike Humble After some soul searching and considerable thought, I have recently decided to opt out of the company car scheme with the full-time role becoming more office based. It looks like the trusted Panzer Wagon (Golf Bluemotion) is going to be thrown back into the motor pool. But this has left me with another […]

eBay Find of the Week : The Mini Mira

eBay Find of the Week : The Mini Mira

Chris Chapman Thanks to AROnline reader Chris Chapman for this week’s rather quirky discovery, which puts a whole new slant on the concept of grey imports…   When is a Mini not a Mini? There’s certainly some Mini DNA in this week’s online auction discovery, but under the skin it’s a 660cc Daihatsu Mira – […]

Unsung Heroes : Rover Streetwise

Unsung Heroes : Rover Streetwise

Craig Cheetham Much of the automotive press ridiculed it when it first came out, but history has shown us that the Rover Streetwise was a concept that was, in many ways, a long way ahead of its time… Until recently, I hadn’t really given the Rover Streetwise much thought. I remember it being launched back in […]