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Not Their Finest Hour

Essay : Not their finest hour – the Rover 25 Art Car (Updated – apparently, it lives!)

Essay : Not their finest hour – the Rover 25 Art Car (Updated – apparently, it lives!)

Update 16/3/2015: This came in from AROnline reader Julian Ridge – apparently the Art Car is alive and, er, well. Can anyone shed any light? Hi Craig, I enjoyed your feature about the Rover 25 Art Car in December.  In fact I think I saw it today, registered BP51 UBP (I think), crossing Lendal Bridge […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Austin Montego 1.6 (to ’89)

Essay : Not their finest hour – Austin Montego 1.6 (to ’89)

Once again we drive down Shattered Dreams Parkway, and this time Mike Humble wonders for a while about the car that was earmarked to be the all conquering saloon of its time that promised the earth and delivered hell. Mike Humble If a car could ever be as far from the name in terms of […]

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Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Mike Humble BASE!  How low could they go? It may have a cult following today but it’s fair to say that the Rover 800 never really got off to the best of starts back in 1986. Despite it having clean cut lines and a silhouette like no other large Rover before it, early models lacked […]

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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 […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Ward Bros & ACE Ltd

Essay : Not their finest hour – Ward Bros & ACE Ltd

Mike Humble Ward Brothers of Lepton near Huddersfield at one point ran a medium sized coach business operating a mixed range of services including Continental holidays. To say their choice of prime mover was different would be an understatement, but the coach chassis of choice for Ward was the lesser known Seddon Pennine VII. Seddon […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Ford Sierra 2.0 (i4 engine)

Essay : Not their finest hour – Ford Sierra 2.0 (i4 engine)

Mike Humble To quote David Grohl of Foo Fighters fame (the nice man of rock), I have a confession to make: I like the Ford Sierra. It took 14 years after its launch for me to really appreciate it, though. Being the age that I am, I grew up loving and worshipping cars that were […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Daimler Roadliner, the Lyons-made blunder bus

Essay : Not their finest hour – Daimler Roadliner, the Lyons-made blunder bus

Daimler tries things new: The Daimler motor company had a rich and respected past of which many people, including bus operators, had an enviable loyalty. William Lyons was almost held in regard as being another Donald Stokes, that was until Leyland Motors with Stokes at the helm bought into Jaguar Daimler in the early 1960`s. […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Renault 21

Essay : Not their finest hour – Renault 21

Once again, we pour hot oil and scorn over some of the motoring misery of days gone by. This time, it’s the French and the Renault 21. Mike Humble gets the pain and misery out of his system once and for all with his personal hatred for Renault’s answer to the Cavalier, Montego and Sierra… […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – FSO/Polski-Fiat 125P

Essay : Not their finest hour – FSO/Polski-Fiat 125P

Once upon a time, there was a car for every pocket and Eastern Bloc cars reigned supreme right through the 1970s  and ’80s. Skoda and Lada at one point held an impressive share of the market, but some Iron Curtain cars seemed to have no redeeming features what so ever… rather like this one! Words: […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Morris Marina and Ital

Essay : Not their finest hour – Morris Marina and Ital

We take another lighthearted look at some of the cars which will be forever remembered for all the wrong reasons. Mike Humble takes another journey back in time and recalls the car which should have put him off BL related products for life, but instead, got him hooked…. The Morris Marina and Ital. Practical classic, […]

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Essay : Not their finest hour – Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen

Essay : Not their finest hour – Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen

AROnline takes a look at some of the automotive blunders from both our own and rival makes. Your Driver: Mike Humble This one really deserved to win, even after 30 years, the Doyen looks amazing and fresh, but sadly a lack of experience, company ownership and changes in the sector trashed any chance of success. […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Austin Maestro 1.3HLE

Essay : Not their finest hour – Austin Maestro 1.3HLE

AROnline takes a look back at some of the memorable automotive blunders in more recent times from both our own, and rival makes. This time Mike Humble offers you a treat from our very own Austin Rover. Pray silence please for the Maestro HLE… The miracle Maestro? Now don’t get me wrong, but the Maestro is by no […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Vauxhall Sintra

Essay : Not their finest hour – Vauxhall Sintra

AROnline takes a look back at some of the memorable automotive blunders in more recent times from both our own, and rival makes. Mike Humble feels the pain of the people carrier driver and recalls Vauxhall’s answer to to the large MPV… The Vauxhall Sintra Gone, and probably best forgotten The Vauxhall Sintra: not a bad looking MPV […]

Essay : Not Their Finest Hour – Leyland Titan B15

Essay : Not Their Finest Hour – Leyland Titan B15

Mike Humble: AROnline hops on a bus that was destined for Shattered Dreams Parkway, only to find it was actually quite good yet was a victim of it’s own technology, it’s forward modern thinking, oh.. and an unhealthy dose of classic British Leyland union militancy!   Strange when you look back in time isn’t it? […]

Essay : Not Their Finest Hour – Lada Samara

Essay : Not Their Finest Hour – Lada Samara

Another jovial look at some automotive blunders, which for whatever reason, were rubbish.We take a peek behind the Iron Curtain to see what awful cars they could produce when they put their minds to it. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury… The Lada Samara. Just because a car is dreadful, it doesn’t have to mean […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 825 (KV6)

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 825 (KV6)

AROnline takes a look back at some of the memorable automotive blunders in more recent times, both our own and from rival makes.  Mike Humble Sometimes, an automotive manufacturer drops a proverbial clanger by introducing a model in haste or born of misguided advice. Ever since its formation in 1968, British Leyland never failed to be […]