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.
This was the year that TIME magazine described London as swinging, Harold Wilson and Ian Smith met on HMS Tiger, Michael Caine was Alfie and Ronald Reagan entered politics. The Beatles were reaching their creative peak. Their long playing opus, ’Revolver’, introduced the world to artificial double tracking, and left other artists trailing in their wake.
I had a brief run in an Austin Allegro today. The car in question is owned by Calum Brown, and it has to be said that he was very keen to get my views on his pride and joy. He’s a nice chap – 24-years old, a car nutter, and owner of a very interesting and diverse range of cars. He’ll go far in our industry. Anyway, I digress – he handed me the keys to his 1979 Allegro 3 1.3L, and told me to enjoy myself.
Mike Humble Ah, the dear old Morris Marina, yet another BL clunker that strikes a nostalgic chord in my heart. Yes folks, it’s birthday time again as British Leyland’s answer to the Cortina MkIII hits the ripe old age of 45 this week. Launched on 27 April 1971, the range of two- and four-door saloons hit the […]
Let’s have a sideways look at some of our long gone, but can picked up for a song kind of cars. The Rover Metro and 100 is our first example and it’s starting to become quite collectable. Mike Humble kicks us off with Longbridge’s offering to urban transport…
If anyone out there thinks that car design is stagnating, and we’re living deep in the era of me-too styling, may I present you with the Lexus RX450h. Here’s a car that’s suffused with slashes, folds and creases, and although it’s a high-riding SUV, many of its design themes scream sports car at you. But here’s the thing – before I’d spent my week with this car, I could barely bring myself to look at it, but by the end of my tenure with a car I so wanted to hate, the beast had wormed its way into my affections.
Dodgy wiring and a language that bordered on gibberish once took the UK by storm. Mike Humble recalls the time when your handle and 10-20 made all the difference in social circles. We are, of course, talking about CB radio… Films like Smokey and the Bandit captured the hearts of the British public and CB […]
Keith Adams ‘My name is Keith Adams, and I am a speeder.’ Seems like a foolish thing to say online, but I guess I should qualify that before I get inundated by complaints from readers accusing me of reckless endangerment. The truth is I was caught, and I’ve paid the price – in my case, […]
The world never stands still, and not only do fashions and technology change over the passage of time, but also our habits. Not only have traditional industries disappeared, but also the traditional British seaside holiday that gave employment to thousands of Britons.
Keith Adams Until last week, I was rather like the film buff who’d never seen Star Wars. My main claim to fame is that, as a British car journalist with a special interest in our own car industry, I’d never driven a Jaguar F-Type. Was I the only one? I think so. Oh, don’t get me […]
Tim Hanson ‘Sure, it does look a little ‘Avenger on steroids’ but the same could be said for a lot of other more successful model ranges of the time…’ Here we go again – as usual, the vast majority of knockers are people who’ve never driven one, never mind actually owned a Chrysler 180. I had one in […]
It seems ages since the latest generation L405 Range Rover was launched – and yet, it’s only now that I’ve finally driven one. Four years on from its triumphant launch, and with them being a relatively common sight on UK roads, it’s great to be able to put some perspective on what for many of us could well be the best all-rounder in the world.
Mike Humble After a 10-year overhaul, Flying Scotsman eases away from ‘The Cross’ on her 393-mile journey to Edinburgh. It wasn’t smooth running though. (Image: Reuters) It’s not all about cars you know. Here, at AROnline, we love all modes of transport in general and, within a few weeks of the celebration of Concorde’s 40th […]
The news that the nation is to vote on 23 June as to whether to remain a member of the European Union could be another turning point in the history of the British motor industry – one that could result in its final extinction after a strong revival from the depths of the early 1980s.
Minimize that spread sheet and flick the kettle on for a coffee-break smiler. This time Mike Humble ponders for a moment on that mystical motoring phenomenon… cars that fix themselves. Full electrics and pepper pots – the Sierra Ghia was once a full-loaded bargain in every sense. You won’t get even a half-decent one for […]
Last week, my Citroen C6 embarrassed itself a little bit, by throwing up a bunch of errors and then losing power. These things happen – it’s a 10-year old French car, and one that actually so far hasn’t cost me a penny to run in the nine months I’ve owned it. Still, never one to look too closely at my failures, I decided to ask around the CCW office and see if anyone had anything I could borrow until I could get the C6 up and running again (it is now, by the way).
Keith Adams It cannot have escaped any of this wonderful site’s readership that the bulk and heft of modern cars has been getting out of hand since the late 1990s. Safety legislation accounts for a lot of this, as does the need to pass the brutal EuroNCAP test, but additional equipment and the fact that people are […]
Vivian Griffiths What the heck are we going to do in flooded areas like we have here in Cumbria without a regular supply of new Land Rover Defenders, now that their production run has come to an end? We have all gone nostalgic about the story of the Land Rover now that it’s no more, but there […]
Mike Humble In the real world, unless they are something really special, MGR cars tend to be as loved and as valuable as a Gary Glitter LP. To us fans of the brand they are worth every penny of what we are happy to pay Putting the value on a used Rover or MG is a […]
Very shortly, I’ll be celebrating my ‘second’ 21st. My first 21st celebrated my time spent on this earth. This 21st celebrates my time spent with a full driver’s license. And what a ball its been. As an elder, please allow me the indulgence of reminiscing about my first car and first year of driving.
Well, as with all things in life, you end up doing a favour for a favour – at the end of the day, that’s what makes us all tick and, indeed, makes life all that little bit sweeter, isn’t it? Anyway, a contact of mine through another good automotive friend is desperately seeking information/first-hand accounts of Leyland engine products relating to activities that once took place in the Bathgate factory in Scotland.
Ian Nicholls The recent turmoil in the world stock markets has been attributed to the low price of oil which, we are told by all the clever people, is bad for us. Excuse me? Since when has the low price of fuel been bad for us? Granted, if I worked in the energy industry, or […]