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The Best of AROnline : MG Rover RDX60, the full story

The Best of AROnline : MG Rover RDX60, the full story

Between 2005-2010, Keith Adams managed to piece together the full and unexpurgated story of the ill-fated mid-liner that should have saved MG Rover, had things been different. The car, which was based on the Rover 75, and which went through several design processes before being canned in early 2005, looks better now than it did […]

The Best of AROnline : Steven Ward’s motorway rant

The Best of AROnline : Steven Ward’s motorway rant

Back in 2011, and no doubt after another day’s slog in the outside lane, Steven Ward let rip his frustrations with the British driving public’s attitude to motorway driving. We’ve all been there, we’ve all felt his pain… This morning, on my gentle canter into work, I saw what we commonly refer to as a […]

The Best of AROnline : Driving into hell

The Best of AROnline : Driving into hell

In 2006, Keith Adams and Mike Duff drove to Chernobyl in a £100 Lada Riva, to mark the 20th anniversary of the nuclear catastrophe that changed the course of history. The journey wasn’t without incident, but that hard work was put into context by the solemnity of the place, and the legacy of Europe’s worst radioactive […]

The Best of AROnline : Why Mike Humble hates the Freelander

The Best of AROnline : Why Mike Humble hates the Freelander

In 2013, Mike Humble opened his own personal floodgates on a subject that continues to irritate him to this day – his experience of owning a Land Rover Freelander. The car should have been great, and it was brilliant in theory, but in actuality, it was spoilt by shoddy build quality and poor engineering. Try not […]

The Best of AROnline : When Keith Adams met Raymond Baxter

The Best of AROnline : When Keith Adams met Raymond Baxter

Raymond Baxter was a national treasure, BBC frontman, one of the chosen few during WWII and, for many years, he was also a high-profile public relations man for BMC when it was at its most embattled. In February 2002, Keith Adams met him him at his Thameside home, and took him to a local pub for […]

The Best of AROnline : When Mike Humble was given a new Daewoo

The Best of AROnline : When Mike Humble was given a new Daewoo

In 1995, Mike Humble was given a brand new Daewoo Nexia to drive for a year and help to mark the launch of this brand new marque to the UK scene. It took him nearly two decades to work up the courage to recount the tale of breakdowns, misery and heartache – be prepared to feel […]

The Best of AROnline : Staples2Naples by Allegro

The Best of AROnline : Staples2Naples by Allegro

In 2005, Keith Adams, Declan Berridge and Alexander Boucke returned to the world of banger rallies by attempting the Staples2Naples run in an Austin Allegro. We weren’t quite as quick as we were in the Rover 216GTI 16V we took in 2004, but it was a great experience, and proof that you can’t kill old […]

The Best of AROnline : Back to Yorkshire in a Vauxhall Cavalier

The Best of AROnline : Back to Yorkshire in a Vauxhall Cavalier

Back in 2011, Keith Adams took a 1980 Vauxhall Cavalier – the best car of its type – on an emotional trip up North, and realised just how much things have changed since this repmobile rolled off the production line. Some of it for the better, but not all of it. The long road North […]

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The Best of AROnline : Austin 1100 meets Alex Moulton

The Best of AROnline : Austin 1100 meets Alex Moulton

In 2003, Keith Adams and Declan Berridge drove this lovely, early 1100 to Bradford-on-Avon to meet the technical genius behind its brilliant Hydralastic suspension, Dr Alex Moulton. It was clearly an emotional day for the octogenarian engineer, as he revelled in the all-round excellence of this wonderful small car. I have had the pleasure of driving […]

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The Best of AROnline : Longbridge Flight Shed in memoriam

The Best of AROnline : Longbridge Flight Shed in memoriam

In 2011, the Longbridge Flight Shed was demolished to make way for new housing development. Robert Leitch paid an emotional and insightful tribute to the iconic building that proved central to ‘The Austin’s’ war effort, before having a leading role in the company’s subsequent history. Goodbye to a legend The merciless pace of the regeneration process […]

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