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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 perspective. Jacky Lawler Well, it all started when we got the Rover 75 back. For the third […]

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 […]

Drive Story : Rover 800 and Audi 100

Drive Story : Rover 800 and Audi 100

We’ve read the stories a million times before – pampered journo flies to Modena, picks up a supercar, wafts it across the Alps and on to Blighty. Gushing, worshipping prose follows and we all feel like we’ve lived the dream. We like to do things differently here at AROnline and, in a fond tongue-in-cheek homage […]

Drive Story : On the trail of Arthur Daley

Drive Story : On the trail of Arthur Daley

Keith Adams and Mike Humble go walking in the wild West End soaking up the vibes and ghosts of the brilliant Thames TV show, Minder. The MG6 is our transport for the day. Pictures: Mike Humble, Trigger and minder.org. The idea of searching out some Minder locations and visiting them for a little nostalgia had […]

Drive story : Приключение: Лaдa к Чернобыль (Adventure: Lada to Chernobyl)

Drive story : Приключение: Лaдa к Чернобыль (Adventure: Lada to Chernobyl)

We had been planning this one for months – and several times during the run-up, we thought it wouldn’t come off… But despite the worries and setbacks, our plan to travel out to Ukraine and visit Chernobyl (Chornobyl for our Ukrainian readers, Чернобыль in Russian) – in that evergreen symbol of communist automotive excellence, a […]

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Drive Story : Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

Drive Story : Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

Getting to know Wales… the easy way The first gasp happened in the mountains on the climb out of Sennybridge, a small town located in the Brecon Beacons. A ragged landscape, broadly brush-stroked in the deepest greens and browns, strewn with sandy-coloured boulders, unfolded under a deep blue sky and opened out before us. Moments […]

Drive Story : Range Rover Classic – early vs late

Drive Story : Range Rover Classic – early vs late

The original Range Rover enjoyed a 26-year production run, during which time it was almost unanimiously regarded as the best off-roader in the world… bar none. That’s an exceptionally long production run. To see just how well the Rangie held up during such a long run, we compare a 1971 and 1993 cars. Does purity […]

Drive Story : A (not so) MINI adventure

Drive Story : A (not so) MINI adventure

Keith Adams takes an unstructured journey back home from the International Mini Meet in a Clubvan Cooper D and surprises himself by travelling rather further than he planned. Florence and home in a day… Time to go home – after a great weekend at the International Mini Meet 2013, it’s time for the MINI Clubman […]

Drive Story : Triumph TR8 across America

Drive Story : Triumph TR8 across America

Florida red eye Richard Truett I’m on the verge of being sacked at work. It’s just days from my 52nd birthday and I’m getting married in less than three months. There’s really only one thing that will help me sort all this: a solo road trip in my 1981 Triumph TR8. Long, lonely hours behind the wheel […]

Drive Story : Anglo-Swiss assignation

Drive Story : Anglo-Swiss assignation

Part three: Returning Home Steven Ward takes his hot-blooded Fiat Coupé to Geneva to find the secret of what makes a British car British… Photography: Andrew Elphick The final part of this year’s Salon was the Green Hall. This was dedicated to electric and hybrid and probably range-extended cars, all of which you could actually […]

Drive Story : Anglo-Swiss assignation

Drive Story : Anglo-Swiss assignation

Part two: Asking The Questions Steven Ward takes his hot-blooded Fiat Coupé to Geneva to find the secret of what makes a British car British… Photography: Andrew Elphick Sadly the hotel’s deceptively strong coffee that morning gave me a violent peristaltic reaction and we were delayed just long enough to get caught-up in Swiss crush […]

Drive Story : The Anglo-Swiss assignation

Drive Story : The Anglo-Swiss assignation

Part one: Rolling Out The Bunting Steven Ward takes his hot-blooded Fiat Coupé to Geneva to find the secret of what makes a British car British… Photography: Andrew Elphick What Makes a British Car British? It’s a question asked by designers and journalists many times over. It is also too much of a cliché for […]

Driven : Vauxhall Astra GTE (1984)

Driven : Vauxhall Astra GTE (1984)

The Mk1 Vauxhall Astra GTE might be one of the underrated hot hatches of the 1980s, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not up there with the best. Keith Adams drives one along the Route Napoléon in the South of France and comes away smiling. Star in ascendency For those old enough to remember the hot […]

Drive Story : Cavalier – then and now…

Drive Story : Cavalier – then and now…

Keith Adams enjoys a week in Vauxhall’s very own Cavalier Mk1. But it does get him thinking about the past and present. And asking the obvious question. Cavalier progress I’ve already introduced Vauxhall Heritage’s timewarp Cavalier 2000GLS. And you already know just how important this car was to the overall health of the British arm […]

Drive Story : AROnline goes Stateside

Drive Story : AROnline goes Stateside

Despite being well into the autumn of his life, Keith Adams had made it until the beginning of 2012 without setting foot in the USA. However, the past couple of weeks saw all that change… and here are his first thoughts of the great place. From one extreme to another The USA and I have […]

Drive Story : MINI Coupé 1.6T John Cooper Works

Drive Story : MINI Coupé 1.6T John Cooper Works

Coupés are cramped, impractical, noisy… and a whole lot of fun. That’s the whole point of them, yes? MINI obviously thinks so, and has introduced a crackerjack Coupé to prove it. Keith Adams takes one up to Yorkshire and experiences something even more cramped and noisy. Coupés, trains, and the Coopermobile It’s fair to say […]

Drive Story : VW Passat // New chasing the old

Drive Story : VW Passat // New chasing the old

We aim for the deep south of France on a single tank of fuel… our mission, to find old cars and buy great wine. Our car of choice for the adventure is a Volkswagen Passat 1.6TDI SE with Bluemotion technology – and it sure beats flying. Words: Keith Adams Photography: Keith Adams and Michael Hayward […]

Drive Story : Land Rover Defender // Stonehenge to London

Drive Story : Land Rover Defender // Stonehenge to London

Recently refreshed and confirmed for production for a few years yet, the Land Rover Defender is a British institution, and the closest thing to a brand new classic you can buy in the UK. To celebrate, we take one from Stonehenge in Wiltshire to the heart of London, and photograph it with something rather modern. […]

Drive Story : TVR Griffith // Back to Blackpool

Drive Story : TVR Griffith // Back to Blackpool

TVRs are misunderstood – mocked for parts bin engineering and poor build quality by their detractors, and adored by those who own them. We take a late Griffith 500 on a homecoming trek to Blackpool in order to find out whether the ageing prize-fighter is still a prestige or past it? Blackpool rocks… IT’S 3.30pm, […]

Drive Story : Rover 800 // to the south of France and back

Drive Story : Rover 800 // to the south of France and back

3000 miles in ten days of hard driving across Europe: obviously, the car to take needs to be fast, comfortable and reliable. So why take a Rover 800? Keith Adams explains why he did it, and why he came to the conclusion that it is now finally time for all of the Rover 800’s detractors […]