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Rover SD1@ 40 : Keith Hopkins – why the SD1 will beat Peugeot, Volvo, Ford…

Rover SD1@ 40 : Keith Hopkins – why the SD1 will beat Peugeot, Volvo, Ford…

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s why Leyland Cars’ Sales and Marketing Director, Keith Hopkins, thought his new car had the beating of the opposition. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. Trading on the magical combination of tradition and advanced design and engineering, the Rover 3500 […]

Obituary : Jim Slater 1929-2015

Obituary : Jim Slater 1929-2015

Ian Nicholls tells the story of former BLMC director, Jim Slater, who has recently died.

By 23 November 2015 5 Comments Read More →
People : Tom Fraser

People : Tom Fraser

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the imposition of the 70mph speed limit, Ian Nicholls tells the story of the man who introduced it to the UK, Tom Fraser… The late 1960s is seen as a hedonistic time when attitudes became more liberal, with homosexuality and abortion being de-criminalised. The London-based intellectual elite, […]

By 18 November 2015 19 Comments Read More →
People : The life and times of Ernest Marples

People : The life and times of Ernest Marples

Ian Nicholls tells the story of the man who opened our motorways and had a soft spot for Minis with a twist. Apart from Prime Ministers, most politicians are destined to oblivion in our collective memory, here today and gone tomorrow. One name that still resonates today, over half a century since he left office, is […]

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline

To mark the 30th birthday of the Montego, Russ Swift kindly offered to help cut the cake at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. Mike Humble spoke to the man who did the stunt driving in one of TV’s most memorable car adverts ever… The one thing about being the wrong side of 40 is […]

By 20 November 2014 15 Comments Read More →
Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

After 50 years since the Mini won the Monte Carlo rally, Paddy Hopkirk is still regarded as the man who put the Mini on the global motorsport map.  Mike Humble was invited down to Goodwood for a one to one chat. It’s staggering when you consider that it’s just over 50 years since BMC fought […]

Essay : Tony Benn and British Leyland

Essay : Tony Benn and British Leyland

Ian Nicholls examines the time when Tony Benn’s political career intersected with that of British Leyland. As discussed in our obituary last month, Benn was well-intentioned for his plans for the Government-controlled carmaker, but events conspired against him. Here’s how and why. The troubleshooter The death of Tony Benn only a year after the demise […]

People : Spen King

People : Spen King

An interview with the man behind many of the company’s greatest cars – and a few that you might not immediately associate with him…. Interviewed by Keith Adams, 13th December 2002 ROVER had enjoyed a very successful time during the 1950s and 1960s – once the company was swallowed by Leyland, Donald Stokes asked King […]

People : The Martyn Nutland interview

People : The Martyn Nutland interview

In July AROnline reviewed Martyn Nutland’s Brick by Brick, a biography of Leonard Lord. It is an extraordinary and important work, the product of over 25 years of research, and establishes its author as the foremost authority on the enigmatic and oft-maligned man who wielded immense power over the British motor industry for over 30 […]

By 22 November 2013 4 Comments Read More →
People : Forgotten chairmen – Sir Austin Bide

People : Forgotten chairmen – Sir Austin Bide

Every BMC/BL/Rover fan has heard of Lord Stokes, Sir Michael Edwardes and Sir Graham Day. They were the most famous chairmen of British Leyland. But three other men occupied the post after Lord Stokes: Professor Sir Ronald Edwards, Sir Richard Dobson and Sir Austin Bide. Here’s the story of the last. By Ian Nicholls. 3: […]

People : Forgotten chairmen – Sir Richard Dobson

People : Forgotten chairmen – Sir Richard Dobson

Every BMC/BL/Rover fan has heard of Lord Stokes, Sir Michael Edwardes and Sir Graham Day. They were the most famous chairmen of British Leyland. But three other men occupied the post after Lord Stokes: Professor Sir Ronald Edwards, Sir Richard Dobson and Sir Austin Bide. Here’s the story of the second. By Ian Nicholls. 2: […]

People : Forgotten chairmen – Sir Ronald Edwards

People : Forgotten chairmen – Sir Ronald Edwards

Every BMC/BL/Rover fan has heard of Lord Stokes, Sir Michael Edwardes and Sir Graham Day. They were the most famous chairmen of British Leyland. But three other men occupied the post after Lord Stokes: Professor Sir Ronald Edwards, Sir Richard Dobson and Sir Austin Bide. Here’s the story of the first. By Ian Nicholls. Professor […]

Blog : 20 years on, let’s remember George Turnbull

Blog : 20 years on, let’s remember George Turnbull

Keith Adams More cruelty at the hands of the passage of time, I’m afraid. Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of George Turnbull, who without doubt, was one of the UK’s most successful motor industry executives. Okay, so his greatest achievements weren’t actually made in the UK, but his career within ‘the […]

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News : Ratan Tata interviewed by the Brum Post

News : Ratan Tata interviewed by the Brum Post

Graeme Brown Indian industrialist Ratan Tata has transformed the fortunes of Jaguar Land Rover since taking over the firm in 2008. He speaks to Graeme Brown about the future of the Midlands’ most important company. It has become the UK’s go-to success story – a historic car-maker that has gone from losing hundreds of millions […]

People : George Turnbull

People : George Turnbull

George Turnbull was instrumental in the British Leyland story following its formation in 1968. Keith Adams He who would be king… IF ever a man was born into the motor industry, George Turnbull was: his father was the manager of the Standard Motor Company’s service and spare parts organization, worldwide. Turnbull Senior was also supervisor […]

People : Peter North, Leyland Australia

People : Peter North, Leyland Australia

Anything but an average company? I rarely have much reason to be grateful to my 14 year old self, but searching through some old papers at the weekend, I was delighted by my youthful prescience in keeping a Financial Times article from 26 June 1973, the day of the Leyland P76’s launch in Australia. Don’t […]

By 28 September 2011 8 Comments Read More →
People : Richard Woolley

People : Richard Woolley

Richard Woolley is a successful stylist, with credits that include the Rover 600 and much-lauded Rover 75. His unstinting enthusiasm for the marque comes across in the email correspondence we have shared, and the fact that he is responsible for the shape of Rover’s two best looking cars in recent years, means that whatever he […]

People : Lord Stokes

People : Lord Stokes

Lord Stokes: He was up against it from day one when British Leyland was formed in 1968… As is revealed in this interview by Eduard Steiner, which appeared in Auto Motor Und Sport in 1970, it didn’t lessen the man’s optimism for the future, or his pleasure at becoming a Lord. Stokes said he was […]

People : Harris Mann

People : Harris Mann

Classic Car Weekly magazine features editor, and Allegro and Princess owner Richard Gunn talks to Harris Mann about his life, career, and confesses that not even he liked the Quartic wheel… AS A classic motoring journalist, I guess I lead a pretty privileged life. I get paid money to write about a subject that fascinates […]

People : Sir Alec Issigonis

People : Sir Alec Issigonis

Sir Alec Issigonis: an insight into the great man, from an interview originally published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the Mini. From Autocar magazine, 25 August 1979 The genius today Sir Alec Issigonis still has some interesting ideas on car design. Anne Hope finds he still hates all things big. […]