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 : Did Jaguar Land Rover forget to file the Range Rover Evoque’s Chinese patent in time?

Blog : Did Jaguar Land Rover forget to file the Range Rover Evoque’s Chinese patent in time?

Jack Yan     There has been a lot of ongoing press about Landwind’s copy of the Range Rover Evoque, one of my favourite Sloane Ranger SUVs. There’s no way Landwind would have come up with its X7 design independently, and, if put before most occidental courts, there would be a finding in favour of […]

eBay find of the week : Rover Metro GTA…

eBay find of the week : Rover Metro GTA…

Apologies for the Metro overkill in recent weeks, but the humble hatchback seems to be very much the car of the moment among AROnline readers at the moment, so much so that I was spurred into buying one myself.     This example is, of course, a rarity. A Mk 2 GTA in Flame Red, […]

Blog : And then this happened…

Blog : And then this happened…

Yes, I was supposed to be slimming down my car fleet to a more manageable level, but when somebody walks into the local MoT station and says: “I believe there’s a bloke in the village who likes old Rovers”, you know the conversation is only going to end one way.     The next thing […]

Blog: This happened…

Blog: This happened…

Another new car has joined the editor’s fleet during a period of ‘slimming down’ that hasn’t quite gone according to plan…   The  new arrival, to be fair is something I’ve fancied for a long time. But it was only when researching survival numbers for the recent ‘Endangered Species’ blog on this site that I realised how […]

eBay find of the week : ‘New’ Astravan

eBay find of the week : ‘New’ Astravan

Every so often, a car turns up that, for some reason, has never really seen the light of day. The 82-mile from new Triumph Dolomite, for example, that we featured on here earlier this month.     But this one is something sensational – a workaday commercial vehicle that has never carried a load, nor […]

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

Mike Humble:   Bit of a strange one this as I personally never saw this video at dealer level though my sources confirm its a genuine MGR production. If you want any more proof that MG Rover were scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, then this short and narration free video might just […]

Blog : Endangered species?

Blog : Endangered species?

Almost five years ago to the day, the UK ‘Scrappage Scheme’ came to an end. And with it came an end to the destruction of 10-year old plus cars that, for the most part, were among the best examples on the road. Sadly, many of the cars that left our streets in 2009-2010 were among the […]

eBay Find of the Week : Ogle SX1000

eBay Find of the Week : Ogle SX1000

One of the most unusual Mini variants is currently up for sale on eBay, even if it does look a lot like a squashed Allegro (despite predating the the BL Baked Bean by over a decade).     The creation of eccentric engineer David Ogle, founder of Ogle Design, the SX1000 was introduced in 1962, […]

Blog: Never work with animals, children or Austin Allegros…

Blog: Never work with animals, children or Austin Allegros…

Craig Cheetham   I’ve had a fair few Allegros over the years… Back when I passed my test, in 1994,  my first car was a 1979 Allegro 1.1. And that was the very reason for me recently spending the day as the chief custodian of such a vehicle…     In my day job, I […]

Blog : One of the best British-built vehicles on the road today…

Blog : One of the best British-built vehicles on the road today…

Craig Cheetham First, a disclaimer. For 10 years, I worked for General Motors. I had good times and bad, and had the inside track on quite a lot of the development of the vehicle featured, but notwithstanding (or perhaps because of) my knowledge of its gestation, I genuinely believe it to be an incredible British […]

Unsung Heroes : The Austin-Rover bendy key

Unsung Heroes : The Austin-Rover bendy key

Craig Cheetham     Today, car keys come in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, some are not even keys at all – the one for my daily driver, for example, which is a German mid-size estate car, is a blob of plastic that has buttons to lock and unlock the doors and another to release […]

eBay (2nd) Find of the Week : Monogram 45

eBay (2nd) Find of the Week : Monogram 45

Craig Cheetham Now here’s a curiosity… Okay, so it’s a 2003 Rover 45 1.6, and it’s in upper mid-spec iL trim. In other words, not exactly out of the ordinary. Except for one thing…     This latest eBay discovery, which you can view here, is finished in MG Rover’s Monogram ‘Spectre’ paint. Depending on […]

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital 1.7 SLX

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital 1.7 SLX

Mike Humble: Morris Ital 1.7 SLX At first upon spotting this little doom blue beauty I thought “wow… that’s steep” but after a little pondering and reminiscing about my own Ital owned well over 20 years ago, I went all warm and fuzzy. They say that time heals old wounds and even though my own […]

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

We all like to browse and reminisce during our tea breaks, and what better than to enjoy the massive back catalougues of on-line video’s on the internet. We’ll kick of this new section by going back to 1984 shortly after the launch of the Montego with this corporate film that shows the salesman how to […]

Drive Story: Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

Drive Story: Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

It should have been a simple easy run from Cowley to Longbridge, but plans often go awry. I’ll stay quiet for a while and let `er indoors, aka: my other half, explain the turn of events about PoL from her own unique PoV. Jacky Lawler: Well, it all started when we got the Rover 75 back. For the third […]

Driven : Jaguar Sportbrake RS

Driven : Jaguar Sportbrake RS

Mike Humble: There’s no point wasting too many words, the Sportbrake is a truly great car. Made in the UK and developed for the discerning driver who appreciates style with substance wrapped up in a package that radiates coolness rather than brashness. Personally as a fan of the XF, I find the Sportbrake to be a […]

Our Cars : Project Maestro – so, what have we bought, then?

Our Cars : Project Maestro – so, what have we bought, then?

Craig Cheetham       Okay, so it’s taken a while due to commitments with the day job, a family holiday, three unexpected car purchases (one more to go, watch this space…) and diverting attention to my 214 in order to prepare it for Pride of Longbridge, but at long last I’ve had time to […]

Events: Drive it day 2015 and the Princess 40th birthday party.

Events: Drive it day 2015 and the Princess 40th birthday party.

Mike Humble recently visited the MINI plant at Cowley for the 2015 Drive it Day event and grabbed a steer of a rather one off Leyland Princess on the day of the models 40th birthday party…   Just a week after Pride of Longbridge and my escapades with a Maestro, I had to drive up to […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

When Mike Humble was asked to drive a very rare MG Maestro in the Cowley Convoy, it was music to his ears. However, heritage soon kicked in almost scuppering the adventure…  Going back a few months, before the 75 came back into the fold (for the third time) I asked Tanya Field from the Maestro […]

Car of the Month : April 2015 – Marc Stillebroer’s Rover 827 Vitesse

Car of the Month : April 2015 – Marc Stillebroer’s Rover 827 Vitesse

Admittedly, it’s a little late in the month for a Car of the Month, but that’s because AROnline dedicated most of April to remembering the events of 10 years ago. Anyway, I make no excuses (despite my own well documented fondness for the model) for featuring another Rover 800 in this spot. Marc Stillebroer is […]

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Craig Cheetham As is always the way, I had no intention of buying another car. Indeed, in recent times I’ve been trying to downsize the fleet to more manageable levels, but sometimes one comes along that just needs saving – and this is a perfect example.   Had I not intervened, I fear this lovely […]