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 : 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 […]

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 December 17, 2014 14 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! […]

By December 4, 2014 17 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By December 1, 2014 13 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Technician’s Update : When the Cavalier stopped laughing!

Technician’s Update : When the Cavalier stopped laughing!

Is there any real point of owning a classic or retro clunker unless its going to get a decent journey now and again? Mike Humble shares a thought or two about running a mature motor… It’s always nice to have nice comments bestowed upon your retro or classic clunker as you go about your daily […]

By November 25, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
Adspace : Princess, the ‘quite’ comfortable option

Adspace : Princess, the ‘quite’ comfortable option

Keith Adams As memories of BL’s constant struggles throughout the 1970s begin to fade with the passing of time, we’re left with many legacies of a bright, creative and interesting car manufacturer that wasn’t afraid to introduce bold-looking and innovative cars. For younger fans, born long after British Leyland had gone to the wall, to […]

By November 22, 2014 21 Comments Read More →
Blog : SOS – or Save Our Sterling

Blog : SOS – or Save Our Sterling

Craig Cheetham If I had the space, the time, the money… and I’m probably not the only one, but having recently acquired a Mk 1 800 (watch this space…) I can’t justify another. Any takers, then, for this poorly but lovely looking F-plater, for sale at Country Classics in Pewsey, Wilts? Bodily, it looks excellent, […]

Blog : eBay Puzzle of the Week – the Austin Metro shock absorbers…

Blog : eBay Puzzle of the Week – the Austin Metro shock absorbers…

Craig Cheetham I stumbled upon this bizarre listing earlier and it reminded me of my student days… At the time, I had a Pageant Blue Allegro 1.3 (which, of course, made me a HUGE hit with the ladies), and thanks to one too many 19-year old approaches to roundabouts, I was in need of a […]

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.6 – 1995 Rover 214 SEi

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.6 – 1995 Rover 214 SEi

Craig Cheetham The problem with owning a rather vast fleet of vehicles is that sometimes you forget exactly what you own… I hadn’t forgotten about this one, per se, and to tell you the truth I wanted to take it to the R8 25th birthday bash at Gaydon a couple of months ago, but as […]

By November 12, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Car of the Month : November 2014 – Jon Mower’s Rover 827 Si Fastback

Car of the Month : November 2014 – Jon Mower’s Rover 827 Si Fastback

Craig Cheetham Thanks for all the contributions for Car of the Month – we’ve now got enough to keep us going until… February! So please, keep ‘em coming, or the feature’s return will be somewhat short-lived. Next month’s feature car harks from the BMC era, so this month we’ll drop in a relative modern. Tongue […]

eBay Find of the Week : The £295 Rover 75 CDT

eBay Find of the Week : The £295 Rover 75 CDT

Craig Cheetham A Rover 75 CDT with less than 100k on the clock for £295…? If I needed a cheap winter car right now, I wouldn’t be putting this up here as it’d already be sitting outside the house… Sure, the interior looks a bit grubby, it’s not the best spec and the brake pad […]

Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Continuing the birthday celebrations for our beloved vehicles like the Rover 200 and Montego that both have milestone anniversaries, Mike Humble raises a glass for one of Leyland Trucks success stories that’s just turned 30 this year – the T45 Roadrunner. If you think hard enough, there were many car adverts on the television that […]

By October 28, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
eBay Find of the Week : 14k Rover 600

eBay Find of the Week : 14k Rover 600

Craig Cheetham Okay, so £2,000 sounds like a lot for a Rover 600 – but then there can’t be many left in this kind of condition. Indeed, if I had the spare space, cash and time, I’d consider this one myself. But I’ve recently bought something else kinda special (coming soon, I promise…) so the […]

Technician’s Update : A pre-delivery disaster…

Technician’s Update : A pre-delivery disaster…

Mike Humble The latest SMMT figures show there was a record September in 2014, as the economy pulls itself out of the doldrums. All of which got me thinking about the good old days, when plates changed on August 1st… The new registration period was always a great time in any new car dealership, the […]

By October 22, 2014 10 Comments Read More →