Our Cars

We like to put our money where our mouth is by running the cars we cover on AROnline. Sometimes they’re troublesome, but always rewarding. Here’s the pick of them…

Our Cars : Project HHR is now tested and on the road!

Our Cars : Project HHR is now tested and on the road!

The Project HHR 414 lives to die another day as she sweeps through her MoT. It was also nice to see the bug of saving tired old Rovers and MGs is spreading throughout the Sussex South Downs… Moments before the journey to the testing station… The Project HHR was washed, vacuumed and ready for inspection then, typically, […]

Our Cars : Getting to know Keith’s MINI

Our Cars : Getting to know Keith’s MINI

Keith’s bought another car. This time, it’s one of the first R50-generation MINIs off the line. There are one or two issues to sort, but that’s what you’d expect with an old Mini. Yes?

By 28 November 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Ian Nicholls’ Jaguar journey

Our Cars : Ian Nicholls’ Jaguar journey

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s resident historian takes time out from his studies of the BMC>MGR archive to tell us about his rather eclectic taste in cars – and his relationship with Browns Lane’s finest…

By 22 November 2016 14 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Project HHR – it’s showtime!

Our Cars : Project HHR – it’s showtime!

With most of the niggles ironed out and the jobs to do list getting ever shorter, the Rover 414 is proving to be a faithful daily driver. Not only that, but it’s going on show at this year’s Classic Car Show at Birmingham’s NEC – and, in true AROnline style, getting the car ship shape […]

By 9 November 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Blog : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!

Blog : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!

The R50- and onwards-generation of MINI rather neatly dovetails AROnline in many ways. It appeared in 2001, started out with good intentions, and has grown beyond all recognition from the original idea. Well, something like that. That maybe why I now seem to have two very early MINIs in my possession right now.

Our Cars : Meet Project HHR – Mike snatches another one from the crusher

Our Cars : Meet Project HHR – Mike snatches another one from the crusher

After some utterly reliable service from the R8 416 Automatic, we have plumped for something a little newer, a little bigger, a little greener and, er… a little broken. Say hello to Project HHR. Trust me… It really is that clean and tidy in general. Local car with same family owners that just needed some `lovin. Owner […]

Our Cars : Keith’s Calibra soldiers on

Our Cars : Keith’s Calibra soldiers on

Keith Adams Well, I did go and buy it… I have to say that, so far, the Vauxhall Calibra has been as good as gold for me – as expected. It’s going to be one of our fleet that’s going to cause no trouble at all, just quietly getting on with the job, covering miles […]

By 10 September 2016 16 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Keith’s Calibra – welcome to a new coupe?

Our Cars : Keith’s Calibra – welcome to a new coupe?

Keith Adams Just a quick addition to the site, and one that I hope will back up my recent assertion in a blog that, in many ways, the affordable motor car reached its peak in the late-1980s/early-1990s. The Vauxhall Calibra might be looked down upon by keen wheelmen, as it’s based very closely on the […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 – torque about speaking too soon

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 – torque about speaking too soon

Mike Humble’s Rover 416 seemed to be rolling along quite merrily and without so much as a problem – or rather it was. What initially seemed quite terminal turned out to be a simple fix, but not without some time-served experience and the advice of a retired Workshop Manager… Tsch! Me and my big mouth, eh? Within days […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 GSi – Faster… Lighter!

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 GSi – Faster… Lighter!

Sometimes an old banger struggles to make for an interesting read, especially when it just trundles along without so much as a minor hiccup. But some good old traditional fettling has been taking place with our R8 416 – and what a difference a day makes! Mike Humble Well, as the headline states, there’s not […]

Our Cars : Say hello to the Project Rover 416 GSi

Our Cars : Say hello to the Project Rover 416 GSi

The ancient Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC), reputedly said “the only thing constant in life is change.”  How very true – and, in the spirit of AROnline bangernomics, Mike Humble and Neil Rapsey have been posting yet more V5 documents to Swansea in a scenario that’s very familiar to readers… I won’t try to dress it […]

Blog : A year with the ‘unreliable’ Citroen C6

Blog : A year with the ‘unreliable’ Citroen C6

I bought it on 19 May 2015, a late birthday present to myself, after selling the Renault Avantime that had been delightful company for the previous six months or so. That was a car I really bonded with, and the only reason I sold it was because I’d decided that I wanted a Citroen C6 more, and that the time was right to get one. I’d driven an example back at its launch in 2006, and ever since then, I knew I was going to have to have one.

Our Cars : Getting to know the Range Rover

Our Cars : Getting to know the Range Rover

Keith’s been using the Range Rover P38 for a few weeks now – for both commuting and as a general hack – and, so far, nothing’s gone wrong. But there are jobs to do… The funniest aspect of owning a Range Rover P38 is listening to and absorbing all the opinions that people have about these fine […]

Our Cars : Project Connie – Living the dream or letting off steam?

Our Cars : Project Connie – Living the dream or letting off steam?

Well, he’s been trundling around in her for almost a month and the V5 has now arrived in a nice brown envelope from Swansea… That’s right, the logbook is now in his name. We find out how things are shaping up for Mike Humble and his living room on wheels…

Blog : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Blog : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Keith Adams Regular readers are no doubt getting a real sense of déjà vu when reading this post. If that’s you, then you’d be right in thinking that, because last year after coming back to run the site, I posted an identically-titled blog, in which I introduced our new and rather nice Land Rover Freelander. Thanks […]

Our Cars : Alex Moulton was right…

Our Cars : Alex Moulton was right…

Alexander Boucke One can, of course, drive a car that has steel springs and hydraulic dampers on all four wheels – the wheels do bob up and down when driving down the road and manage to stick to the black stuff reasonably well. Over the past 40 years there has been a marked evolution of these […]

Our Cars : Say hello to Project Connie

Our Cars : Say hello to Project Connie

The MintEgo has moved on to pastures new so the chase has been on to find a suitable replacement. Even something as simple as finding a car was almost as emotional as selling the last one. Mike Humble explains… 1.8 Connoisseur SE Turbo in Firefrost Red – not perfect, but very sound and solid Who […]

Events : AROnline at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

Events : AROnline at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

The weekend of 5-6 March at Birmingham’s NEC is the 2016 Practical Classics Restoration Show, a jam packed cacophony of old gold with every type of make in every type of condition. The ethos of the event is ‘work in progress’, and although its not as big as the aforementioned classic motor show, it’s getting bigger and better every year.

By 11 February 2016 4 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Getting to know the Freelander

Our Cars : Getting to know the Freelander

It’s funny that for a car that’s been out of production for so long, many people seem to have strong opinions about the Land Rover Freelander. The early ones, especially, have a reputation for biblical unreliability, and fragility.

By 28 November 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Blog : A Practical Classic

Blog : A Practical Classic

Words and photography: Alexander Boucke At times it happens to all of us: something bulky needs to be carried, typically after a visit to your local Swedish furniture store. In our case, a friend of the family had a surplus musical instrument – a small organ, a harmonium to be precise – which he wanted to get […]