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Blog : Wrestling with an Octopus – the Leyland kind

Blog : Wrestling with an Octopus – the Leyland kind

Mike Humble has a close encounter with a Leyland Octopus – and its charismatic owner – and finds himself transported back to the golden era of trucking…

History : Production figures

History : Production figures

Ever wanted a full breakdown of BMC>MGR production figures, but didn’t know where to go? Fear not – AROnline has all the numbers you’ll ever need.

History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

Our man Stuart Collins has been busy scanning the pictures he’s taken over the years while working at Longbridge. These photographs of Rover’s Company Protection Services (CPS) vehicles are absolutely fascinating. These CPS vehicles had been known to turn out to incidents and accident on the public roads around the factory as their response time was […]

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

Britain’s last commercially-operated fleet of Leyland Constructor tippers have been officially retired from front line duty at Tilbury ‘B’ Power Station in Essex. But wait, do we hear a curtain call of a different kind? Mike Humble shares an update… After 17 years of hard graft Tony Gothard’s Leyland’s next stop wont be the scrap dealer – they’re heading for […]

By 24 December 2015 5 Comments Read More →
BMC Sanayi TM 30 Kapali Kamyonet

BMC Sanayi TM 30 Kapali Kamyonet

In 1964 a Turkish truck-building company (BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.) was set up at Izmir (the birthplace of Alec Issigonis, incidentally) in partnership with BMC to build Austin and Morris trucks under licence. The Turkish Sherpa The company later became independent of British Leyland, but has retained its BMC name; indeed, when the company began exporting […]

By 25 November 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : LDV 201 and 202

Concepts and prototypes : LDV 201 and 202

The Sherpa/LDV 200/400/Pilot/Convoy was a perfect example of British industry make-do-and-mend. In an ideal world, the boxy JU/J4-based van would have been replaced sometime in the early 1980s, but it ended up going on a whole lot longer… Here’s the fascinating story of one aborted attempt at replacement, and how it went on to become […]

By 24 November 2015 17 Comments Read More →
The commercials : Leyland Sherpa and descendents

The commercials : Leyland Sherpa and descendents

We all know and love it from the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, but Leyland’s Sherpa had a vitally important role in life – to beat Ford’s all-conquering Transit. And given the resources available at the time, it was a fantastic effort. Leyland’s Transit By the late 1960s, BLMC’s offerings in the […]

By 23 November 2015 36 Comments Read More →
Video of the Week : Leyland Roadrunner TV launch (1984)

Video of the Week : Leyland Roadrunner TV launch (1984)

Here we have another one of those nostalgic look backs on celluloid. This time, Mike Humble salutes some stunt driving and a cracking light commercial that soon became known as the toughest truck on two wheels… No other TV commercial for trucks before or since had the same impact as the launch advert for the Roadrunner. It went […]

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

Craig Cheetham   It may not be a name steeped in glamour, but as one of the stalwarts of the former BMC/BL empire, LDV was one of the hardiest survivors. Now it’s back – well, in a sense. In the past few weeks, LDV has relaunched in Ireland, with talk of a return to the UK […]

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Despite all the historical trauma of Leyland, our sole remaining builder of trucks is in American ownership but still producing plenty of vehicles for the home market and for export at the factory in Leyland, Lancashire. Its major component supplier is Cummins, which is also US owned. Now in its fiftieth year in the UK, Cummins’ current engine facility in […]

By 25 February 2015 18 Comments Read More →
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 →
Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Continuing the birthday celebrations for our beloved vehicles like the Rover 200 and Montego that both have milestone anniversaries, Mike Humble raises a glass for one of Leyland Trucks success stories that’s just turned 30 this year – the T45 Roadrunner. If you think hard enough, there were many car adverts on the television that […]

By 28 October 2014 4 Comments Read More →
News : Leyland Trucks have a gas celebrating a milestone

News : Leyland Trucks have a gas celebrating a milestone

Leyland Trucks has produced the 125,000th DAF LF at its state-of-the-art factory in Leyland, Lancashire. The vehicle was officially handed over by Ron Augustyn, Managing Director of Leyland Trucks and Ray Ashworth, Managing Director of DAF Trucks Ltd to Calor Gas representatives David Brown, Fleet Asset Manager and Iain Carr, Operations Manager, at a ceremony held […]

News : Vauxhall Vivaro makes world debut in Birmingham

News : Vauxhall Vivaro makes world debut in Birmingham

Vauxhall has debuted the new British-built Vivaro van at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. The new Vivaro continues the excellent record being built-up by the UK’s most productive van plant, where nearly one million of the outgoing model have rolled off the production line since 2001. It goes on sale this September with prices expected to start at […]

Blog : Lights! Cameras! AROnline!

Blog : Lights! Cameras! AROnline!

Mike Humble As you know, here at AROnline we are not adverse to scooping the odd story here and there. Readers will be aware that I am currently mid way through researching and writing a book about Leyland Trucks. The truck maker’s last roll of the dice, if you like, was the T45 range of commercials that […]

News : British-built Transit dominates reliability survey

News : British-built Transit dominates reliability survey

Dan Powell The British-built Ford Transit is the UK’s most reliable van, according to a survey of the 50 largest contract hire and leasing companies. The FN50 reliability survey, by trade magazine Fleet News, analysed the UK’s largest hire and lease organisations. The survey is based on downtime caused by warranty claims, recalls and breakdowns. […]

By 15 November 2013 25 Comments Read More →
Blog : Meet the Essex Boy who’s a Leyland Man

Blog : Meet the Essex Boy who’s a Leyland Man

Mike Humble A good mate and contact from a Thameside based DAF dealer who is up to speed with my book project called me out of the blue recently. Bradley is also very kindly contributing, thanks to a extensive find of old Leyland T45 manuals and literature. During a stores clear out, he tells me, […]

By 17 September 2013 19 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Leyland Roadtrain Interstate

Unsung Heroes : Leyland Roadtrain Interstate

Mike Humble Leyland trucks had seen some revolutionary changes in the ’80s with the initial T45 Roadtrain launched in 1980. By 1986 the whole range comprised of the Roadrunner Freighter, Cruiser and Constructor models, all of which were selling reasonably well in the face of stiff opposition. The recession of 1981 did a great deal […]

Blog : T45 Publication – progress update

Blog : T45 Publication – progress update

Mike Humble In my last update, I mentioned how my T45 book was now confirmed and in the pipeline – things have certainly moved on considerably since then. After putting one or two cries for help and input out into the ether, some key names have come forward and offered a colossal amount of facts, […]

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

Mike Humble While ploughing through my extensive archive of all things bus and coach just now, I was staggered to notice that, 20 years ago this month, in July 1993 – and, after much diversification, rationalising and inevitable streamlining under the ownership of Volvo, the lights were finally switched out, the doors were locked and the gates were closed on arguably […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Mike Humble They say that jealousy is never the best policy for politics, a point proven when a well known former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer was quoted as saying ‘we will tax the rich until the pips squeak‘. The internal politics within British Leyland have always been well documented. The Longbridge management loathed their opposite numbers at Cowley and the Triumph staff […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Mike Humble From personal experience, there is no customer more difficult to trade with or educate for that matter than a Bus or Coach operator. Your average road haulier for example will look for overall cost and network support before driver acceptance and a typical average car buyer tends to look for reliability and a […]

Commercial Vehicles : Your help needed

Commercial Vehicles : Your help needed

Mike Humble They say that time flies, and how true is that sentiment? This month marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of Europe’s largest truck builder – Leyland DAF. Way back in 1987, the two brands of DAF and Leyland were merged into one following the Conservative Government’s decision to start privatising the State owned-Rover […]

By 23 February 2013 17 Comments Read More →