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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. 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 of his political opponent Margaret Thatcher marked […]

People : Harris Mann

People : Harris Mann

Former Classic Car Weekly Features Editor, and Allegro and Princess owner, Richard Gunn talks to Harris Mann about his life and career. Interestingly, Mann 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 me, and […]

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 […]

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 →