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Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Anyone who knows Keith Adams might be a little surprised at this choice of Unsung Hero, especially considering the chequered history he has with A-Series Maestros. However, despite the dramas, there’s no doubting that Spen King’s post-Allegro Volkswagen Golf remix was far more worthy than the sum of its parts. The unfulfilled symphony If we […]

Unsung Heroes : Citroën BX

Unsung Heroes : Citroën BX

Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of those bangers, which once littered the streets of the UK. This one was loved and admired as a repmobile for a while, then fell into the hands of minicabbers, and bangerdom surely followed. But we’ve always loved the Citroën BX – perhaps unhealthily so at AROnline […]

Unsung heroes : Volkswagen Phaeton

Unsung heroes : Volkswagen Phaeton

Mike Humble ponders the passing of a victim of its own pointlessness… After years of ruling the roost globally in so far as aspirational, mass-produced cars are concerned; the Germans are having a rough time of it. On one hand, we have ‘Emissiongate,’ where the quoted figures for exhaust outputs have seemingly lied like a cheap watch and, on the other, Volkswagen has finally admitted defeat and yanked the plug from the skirting board on one of the loveliest cars I’ve ever driven – and, dare I say it, the most spectacularly pointless – the Volkswagen Phaeton.

Unsung Heroes : Mark Taylor

Unsung Heroes : Mark Taylor

It’s not all about the cars on AROnline, you know. An awful lot goes on behind the scenes keeping our cacophony of clunkers shipshape for your reading delectation. Words and photography: Mike Humble Mark Taylor – without him running our project cars wouldn’t be quite so easy. It’s also a family affair with his two sons Alex and […]

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Unsung Heroes : Rover Streetwise

Unsung Heroes : Rover Streetwise

Craig Cheetham Much of the automotive press ridiculed it when it first came out, but history has shown us that the Rover Streetwise was a concept that was, in many ways, a long way ahead of its time… Until recently, I hadn’t really given the Rover Streetwise much thought. I remember it being launched back in […]

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Chevette

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Chevette

Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of the sheds that littered the highways and by-ways of the UK. Forgotten today, the Vauxhall Chevette was once the apple of England’s eye. However, back in the summer of 1987 – for better or worse – Keith Adams also succumbed to the Griffin’s charms. The General comes […]

Unsung Heroes : Nissan Bluebird

Unsung Heroes : Nissan Bluebird

We once again ponder while taking a sideways look at cars which once littered the streets of the UK. This one was solid, dependable, reliable and the favoured choice of many a cab driver – made in Blighty too! Ladies and gentlemen… Its the Nissan Bluebird. The not-so Trojan Horse If ever a poll was taken as […]

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Astra Mk1

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Astra Mk1

Keith Adams continues AROnline‘s series devoted to celebrating the great and the good that used to be familiar UK street furniture. Who remembers the Astra Mk1, a blisteringly capable, fun-to-drive small car that redefined Vauxhall’s standing in the small car field? We do, and we love ’em! A quantum leap The Astra was a landmark […]

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6LD

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6LD

Once again, Mike Humble takes a drive down the roads of yesterday and celebrate the cars that littered the highways and byways of Britain that now are virtually all gone in this popular series of classic clunkers. Going the distance… eventually You know, I’m sitting here right now thumbing through one of my many collected […]

Unsung Heroes : Honda TN/Acty Van

Unsung Heroes : Honda TN/Acty Van

Mike Humble The vehicle I have chosen for your delectation this time is for sure one of those ‘when did you last see one of those’ motors in every sense. Most of us I’m sure will give a little smile merely at the mention of the Honda Acty van and many of us may have […]

By 16 February 2013 67 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Bedford/AWD TK and TL Series

Unsung Heroes : Bedford/AWD TK and TL Series

Mike Humble When you think of British trucks, the same names automatically come to the forefront of your mind: ERF,  Foden, Leyland and Seddon Atkinson. All but one (Leyland) are long gone, either swallowed up by European corporates or they’ve simply faded away. UK truck manufacturing was once as sprawling and complex as our car […]

Unsung Heroes : ERF ‘EC’ Truck range

Unsung Heroes : ERF ‘EC’ Truck range

Mike Humble For almost a century, Sandbach (pron: sand batch) was home to two truck makers, bitter rivals for many years ERF and Foden were very much the backbone of the UK haulage industry. Rather more so than Leyland until the 1960s. A lesser-known fact is that back in time the two rivals were once […]

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Unsung Heroes : Škoda Rapid Coupe and Cabriolet

Unsung Heroes : Škoda Rapid Coupe and Cabriolet

Mike Humble Another look backwards through rose tinted driving glasses, this time we look at the Communist Porsche Carrera wannabe – The  Škoda Rapid Coupe. The rear engined Czech Mate We have all sorts of Skoda cars on sale: the Octavia, Superb, Yeti and others, all offering a genuine experience of quality motoring. Think of it […]

Unsung Heroes : Commer/Dodge Spacevan

Unsung Heroes : Commer/Dodge Spacevan

Mike Humble Once upon a time, life was so much simpler wasn’t it? You got your electric from the electric board, your gas from the gas board and yes… you guessed it, your water from the water board. Some of you may still remember a time when possessing a telephone was something of a luxury […]

By 18 September 2012 69 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Mercedes-Benz A-Class W168

Unsung Heroes : Mercedes-Benz A-Class W168

Richard Kilpatrick on the innovative small car since the 1959 Mini. Sadly, Germany’s reinvention didn’t go on to inspire as many copies as Issigonis’ baby. A car with a reputation defined by notoriety and bad publicity at launch, Mercedes-Benz’s most blatant display of innovation undoubtedly shook the venerable firm’s confidence. Even as BMW generates a […]

Unsung Heroes : Leyland-DAF/LDV 400 – vantastic success!

Unsung Heroes : Leyland-DAF/LDV 400 – vantastic success!

A variation on a theme of our popular Unsung Heroes section. This time we pay respect to what was once ‘The biggest selling and biggest sized van in the UK’. Words: Mike Humble It’s Britain’s biggest van! Funny as it seems, but to feature a commercial vehicle in the ‘Unsung Heroes’ section actually makes perfect […]

Unsung Heroes : BMC 1100/1300…

Unsung Heroes : BMC 1100/1300…

…or ADO16 to the aficionados For those, like me, who absolutely adore the BMC 1100/1300, it’s actually quite tough reconciling the fact that next month will mark the 50th birthday of this fabulous little car. Not because it doesn’t deserve a big party, and lots of emotional tributes – after all, the 1100/1300 is as […]

Unsung Heroes : Citroën C6

Unsung Heroes : Citroën C6

Keith Adams You’ll have to forgive me for this indulgence, especially as it’s concerning a – gasp – rival car built overseas, but in the case of the C6, I’m hoping you’ll understand and bear with me. During my last visit to France, news filtered through that Citroën is ceasing production of its C6, and […]

Unsung Heroes : Opel Manta GT/E

Unsung Heroes : Opel Manta GT/E

Once again we fondly pay homage to the one time past masters of motoring in this popular section. This one offered a more restrained image over its arch rival Ford Capri but also went on to make a huge impact in motor sport. Words: Mike Humble Photography: Keith Adams More Old Boy… Less Del Boy […]

Unsung Heroes : Triumph Acclaim

Unsung Heroes : Triumph Acclaim

Billed as the car that was totally equipped to Triumph, the Acclaim was really the marque’s last chance saloon. And in the end, the Acclaim failed to bolster Triumph enough after its launch in 1981 to save it from oblivion. And as Keith Adams explains, it was through no fault of its own. The end […]

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Senator B (1987-1993)

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Senator B (1987-1993)

Mike Humble ponders once again over another car which once seemed commonplace but now languishes in penny numbers. This time we applaud the executive saloon which defied the ‘class without kudos’ tag… The Vauxhall Senator B. Chip-cutter magic Being a true petrolhead, you get to understand that cars are not all simply thrash, power on understeer […]

Unsung Heroes : MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Unsung Heroes : MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Another view through rose tinted spectacles at some once common automotive sights here in the UK. This time, our very own Austin Rover features here with their own slant on the ‘Hot Hatch’  The MG Maestro EFi, but the car hardly made a flying start as Mike Humble explains. Gone but not forgotten Whatever people say […]

Unsung Heroes : Datsun 120Y (Sunny B210)

Unsung Heroes : Datsun 120Y (Sunny B210)

Mark Mastrototaro casts a fond eye over one of the UK’s favourite imports during the 1970s, the Datsun 120Y. Why was it so popular? Striking British factories, waiting lists for Morrises, and an increasing disillusionment with home-made products meant the Sunny’s success in the UK was something of a home goal for the Brits. But […]

By 22 February 2012 87 Comments Read More →