Blog : Merry Christmas from AROnline

Keith Adams

Merry Christmas

Well, here we are having made it through another year and, as we begin to dim the lights on 2013 and look ahead to 2014, I thought I’d thank you all for your continued support. It’s certainly been an interesting year, with the British car industry, now under overseas ownership, going from strength to strength – we now seem to have cracked the art of building cars that people want. It will be good to see how that momentum continues into 2014 with two of our big sellers, the MINI and Qashqai replaced by brand new models.

AROnline has continued to grow throughout the year and, despite the fact that I spent much of the first half of the year building and then launching Honest John Classics, I hope that there’s been more than enough love spread in this website’s direction. One of the great things about HJClassics is that I’ve been able to refocus AROnline on UK-built, and (to a lesser extent) badged cars – my passion for the others now has a more legitimate outlet. I’ve not, of course, taken any of the existing content away from AROnline - you’ll just have to search a little harder if you want to read about Audi, Alfa Romeo or Citroen…

The AROnline community continues to impress and delight, too. Throughout 2013, you’ve challenged, interested and contributed massively to the site. Truly, if it wasn’t for you, the site would be a shadow of its current self and for that I am grateful to you all. We’ve had some brilliant contributions to the blogs along the way – thanks to the likes of Martyn Kelham, Andrew Elphick, Robert Leitch and the irrepressible Mike Humble, we have some great original content – and you don’t end up bored reading just my ramblings.

What does 2014 hold for AROnline? Well, I’m planning a new site layout, which will improve how you access the content. Trust me, there’s a lot of it – we’re rapidly approaching 6000 stories, and it’s time to make the place a whole lot easier to navigate. That’s in the future – right now, we’re sauntering into Christmas and I can smell the mince pies and mulled wine, so I’ll sign off for now.

Have a great Christmas, and see you in 2014!

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Editor at AROnline and @hjclassics. Likes cars, taking pictures, travelling and knee-high boots...


20 Responses

  1. francis brett francis brett - December 22, 2013

    A very merry Christmas to everyone at and on ARonline, and I hope you have a superb new year!

  2. David 3500 - December 22, 2013

    Thanks for continuing to provide sterling service to those of us who appreciate active and dormant British marques, Keith. Above all, Aronline continues to be in a class of its own.

  3. Adam - December 23, 2013

    Merry Christmas to all at AROnline!!

  4. Merlin Milner - December 23, 2013

    Have a great Christmas and New Year.
    I am enjoying my recent purchase, an X308 Jag.
    Thanks Keith and the team.

  5. IanW - December 23, 2013

    Thanks to all the ARonline contributors.
    Have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

  6. Andrew - December 23, 2013

    The best car website, in the world.

  7. Andrew-P AndrewP - December 23, 2013

    Happy Christmas and best wishes to everyone at the site whether a contributor or a visitor.

    I look forward to seeing the improvements to the site in the new year.

  8. The Wolseley Man - December 23, 2013

    The problem with this website is it’s more addictive than some illegal drugs!
    Well done Keith – and happy Christmas to you and all the contributors!

  9. Christopher Storey - December 24, 2013

    Happy Christmas to all and thanks to the editors and contributors for a very interesting year

  10. Collywobs - December 24, 2013

    Thanks for keeping us all sane.This is our own Santas Grotto always full of treats.Happy holidays everyone and keep the breakdowns to a minimum.

  11. Hilton D - December 24, 2013

    Always something of interest at aronline and I guess that 2014 will have good offerings aswell… Merry Xmas

  12. Sam Mace Sam Mace - December 25, 2013

    Happy Christmas all, I shall be raising a glass to AROnline this year. The community has been very helpful and supportive to me.
    Cheers! :-D

  13. Andrew Elphick - December 25, 2013

    Hear, hear Keith – Happy Christmas! Onwards and upwards in 2014!

  14. Ian Nicholls - December 25, 2013

    Merry Xmas everybody.
    It is probably me, but this year I don’t have a christmas bone in my body. It’s all a load of old squit as we say in Norfolk, a lot of fuss over two days. But that should not stop the rest of you from having a damn good time.

  15. Alasdair Mackenzie - December 25, 2013

    Thanks to all who have kept us informed (and sometimes amused) throughout 2013.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  16. alex scott nzl 69 alex scott - December 25, 2013

    Happy New Year and a belated Merry Christmas, many thanks to Keith and those others that make this such an interesting webplace to be. The future of Britain is Bright with JLR Pumping and MG trickling out new cars, lets hope some of the brightness makes its way to Norfolk :-) alex (NZL).

  17. Tony - December 26, 2013

    Merry Christmas to Keith and the team. Thanks for some excellent reading in 2013 and I look forward to the updates in 2014

    Good luck to JLR, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, MINI, Lotus, Aston Martin, Morgan, IBC, Ariel, Triumph, Norton, JCB as the British manufacturing recovery continues

  18. 406v6 406V6 - December 28, 2013

    Quote: “….I’ve been able to refocus AROnline on UK-built, and (to a lesser extent) badged cars ….you’ll just have to search a little harder if you want to read about Audi, Alfa Romeo or Citroen.”

    How about an article on the Slough-built Citroens ?

  19. Sam Mace Sam Mace - December 29, 2013

    You may find this interesting, 406V6.

    http://www.citroenet.org.uk/foreign/slough/slough-index.html

  20. Rockin Rover - December 30, 2013

    Hi Keith and all the fellow British Car enthusiasts. I read all the articles and comments regularly while not posting as often as I should, and as stated above, it’s the most enjoyable and best car site on the web.
    Thanks and best wishes to you all (especially to you for all you do Keith) for the coming year. I feel that things are looking up for British based manufacturing and this site has done a lot to keep the positives in view despite the best efforts of other parts of the media!
    Here’s to 2014!

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