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News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham What must be one of the oldest surviving Rover 800 Fastbacks is set to go under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions’ summer sale later this month. Among the many more upmarket classics due to be sold at the ACA sale in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the Oyster Beige 820e base model could easily […]

MGR@10 Month : Pride of Longbridge 10th anniversary review

MGR@10 Month : Pride of Longbridge 10th anniversary review

Craig Cheetham     Pride of Longbridge isn’t a car rally, or certainly not in the conventional sense. It does what car rallies do, but it also does much, much more than that. Whereas Fords, Vauxhalls, VWs, BMWs and Citroens (to name but a few) all have one-make shows that attract enthusiasts from far and […]

News : MG Fans set new world record

News : MG Fans set new world record

Words: Keith Moody, HonestJohn Classics MG enthusiasts have set a new world record for the largest parade of cars made by the brand.     In total, 144 MGs gathered at Rockingham circuit in Corby, Northamptonshire, on Sunday, 11 April. Organised by Lancaster Insurance, the parade took place on the Rockingham oval with an official Guinness […]

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News : Euro Rover Round Britain Driving Challenge

News : Euro Rover Round Britain Driving Challenge

Four members from the Euro Rover Owners Club will be highlighting their pride in Longbridge built cars by taking part in their very own 24-hour Round Britain Driving Challenge to raise funds for charity. Wyn Fellowes, Daniel DeMellow, Sarah James and Mark James are all avid enthusiasts of Rover and MG cars built during the Rover Group and […]

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News : Land Rover launches new Heritage division

News : Land Rover launches new Heritage division

A new Land Rover Heritage division will be launched at the Techno Classica show in Essen, Germany, this week. Running alongside the recently established Jaguar Heritage division, Land Rover Heritage will offer original Land Rover parts for a variety of older models that have been out of production for more than a decade. Body, trim and servicing items are available […]

News : Car production returns to Solihull with new Jaguar XE

News : Car production returns to Solihull with new Jaguar XE

Car production has returned to the former Rover plant in Solihull, W Mids, with the first new Jaguar XE being built at the facility.     The site has built only Land Rovers since production of the Rover SD1 ceased in 1986, but was subject to a £500 million investment to gear up for the […]

News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham A pair of rare Mini 30s with little more than delivery mileage will go under the hammer at this weekend’s Anglia Car Auctions sale in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The special editions are both expected to raise more than £10,000 in the sale. The lowest milage car, one of only 1,000 black Mini 30s […]

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

Craig Cheetham Today is the first day of April 2015, and for many of us it’s astonishing to think that the demise of the MG Rover Group was a whole decade ago. But a decade ago it was. The writing may have been on the wall for weeks, or even months, before the Longbridge production lines were […]

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

Jaguar Land Rover has this week reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the West Midlands, with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The largest single investment has been made at the company’s Castle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Plant, where over £400m has been spent in new and […]

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Simon Davies MG Motor UK and the now rebranded Triple Eight Racing’s original three-year British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) deal was crowned with victory in the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ Championship last season but the two partners lost little time in confirming that their successful relationship would continue into 2015. However, after an off-season during […]

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

Dan Powell, Honest John.co.uk Jaguar has unveiled the next-generation, MY16 XF ahead of its UK launch in the autumn. The new XF will be lighter, better equipped and more economical than the outgoing model, with Jaguar’s new range of Ingenium diesel engines returning up to 70mpg. The new XF takes a number of styling cues from the Jaguar XE, […]

News : MG Car Club rescues rare rally car

News : MG Car Club rescues rare rally car

The MG Car Club’s MGB Register has found and rescued a works-backed MGB that contested the 1968 London to Syndey Marathon. UMD 534F was not a works entry, though the car received significant support from the BMC Competitions Department and was driven by Jean Denton. Jean was well-known for her rallying exploits, spending three years […]

News : Facelifted MG6 to launch in UK in April

News : Facelifted MG6 to launch in UK in April

MG Motor UK has issued a teaser image (above) of the revised MG6, which will go on sale next month. The company claims that the new model offers major improvements in every area over the original version, which was launched in 2011. The updated MG6’s 1.9-litre DTi-TECH diesel engine has been developed to give lower CO2 output and improved […]

News : Free road tax for pre-1976 classics

News : Free road tax for pre-1976 classics

Craig Cheetham Classic cars made before 1976 will be exempt from UK road tax from next year, it was announced in today’s budget. Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that the classic tax break wasn’t a one off, which means the rolling exemption for historic vehicles will continue. That means if you own car that was built […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover begins construction of new UK Automotive Innovation Centre

News : Jaguar Land Rover begins construction of new UK Automotive Innovation Centre

Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group), Cyrus Mistry (Chairman of Tata Group) and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ralf Speth joined Professor Lord Bhattacharyya (Chairman and Founder of WMG) to unveil the foundation stone for the new National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick today. The ceremony marked the […]

News : Spotted – MG GS out testing

News : Spotted – MG GS out testing

Craig Cheetham Official pictures have already been revealed, and last week Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch was spotted filming a TV ad for it, but it appears that the new MG GS SUV is still undergoing disguised development testing in the UK. Spotted by eagle-eyed AROnline reader and renowned classic motoring journalist Richard Gunn, this black-and-white […]

News : AROnline’s new project car

News : AROnline’s new project car

Craig Cheetham AROnline has gone and bought a Maestro. Well, it is Friday the 13th after all… It all started with a random conversation. In one of those ‘small world’ scenarios, I happen to play for the same rugby team as the Chief Sub Editor at Practical Classics, Matt George. While it’s a distinct worry (to […]

News : London Taxi Company given go-ahead for new £150m plant

News : London Taxi Company given go-ahead for new £150m plant

Story: Coventry Telegraph Additions: Andrew Elphick Coventry’s London Taxi Company has been given permission to build a new plant at Ansty Park. Officials at Rugby Borough Council gave the go-ahead for a new £150million factory at a recent Planning Committee meeting. The application is for a state-of-the-art facility for research, development and assembly of high […]

News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

Story: Business Insider Additions: Mike Humble Nick Mead, a collector of armoured vehicles in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, is selling former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s own armoured bus and has put it on the market for £25,000. Mrs Thatcher was used to British products in less than hostile conditions as she was often seen on the TV […]

News : XJ-S Cabrio mystery

News : XJ-S Cabrio mystery

Craig Cheetham Can anyone solve the mystery behind this XJ-S Cabriolet, brought to our attention by AROnline reader Martin Benham? The car has belonged to a friend of Martin’s for quite some time, and has been off the road since 2009. According to the DVLA Vehicle Enquiry website, it was first registered in May 1980 […]

Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Bentley previews future two-seater sports model

Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Bentley previews future two-seater sports model

John Slavin, Honest John.co.uk Bentley has revealed a two-seater concept sports model at the Geneva Motor Show today. The low-slung, muscular-looking model, called the EXP 10 Speed 6, is finished in British Racing Green and while it is a concept it’d be a surprise if it didn’t make production in some form or another. There […]