Okay… So, by the very nature of this site, we spend a lot of time looking into the past. And so we should, because among the many great things about the AROnline community is a kinship among us all for the love of British cars, old, new or somewhere in between. But let’s momentarily take a brief glimpse into the future…
We love our cars, and that’s great. Our research also shows us that you love Our Cars, as we update the highs, lows, trials, tribulations and celebrations of owning some of the best (and, moreover, some of the less good) British models in a way that celebrates the wonderfully irrational way in which we like to run them, be it as a cherished classic or a workaday hack.
On that note, I’m not even halfway through introducing my own fleet. The drip feed is primarily so my wife doesn’t find out how many are in my lock-up at any given time, not that she dedicates a huge amount of her time to reading AROnline – and that’s despite me putting her into an MGF, a Freelander and a Discovery 2 over the past decade. Hell, I even let her drive my 800 Vitesse the other week, lucky lady. But I digress…
Over recent weeks we’ve seen big spikes in traffic. The Jaguar XE reveal was popular, as were David Morgan’s fascinating retrospectives on the Land Rover Discovery and MG Maestro. I’m also delighted to report that the return of Not Their Finest Hour and Mike Humble’s irreverent but educated insights into the failings of the Rover 820 and Montego 1.6 created lots of interest, and some lively debate among AROnline readers. Look out for a new feature, Devil’s Advocate, which will debut next week, looking at the often overlooked weaknesses of some of BL-ARG’s more celebrated offerings. Great stuff, as we’re all entitled to an opinion.
And that’s the very ethos of this short update (indeed, apologies that the site has been a little quiet over the past week, but I’m about to undergo some minor surgery and have been back-to-the-wall with my day job to catch-up in advance. On the basis that adding content to AROnline is more fun than watching Trisha, it’s fair to say there’ll be a lot more coming up).
We’ve already made the decision, via the AROnline Facebook Group, to bring back Car of the Month, starting in October, so please send any contributions, with a couple of pictures and a few paragraphs as to why your car should be that month’s winner, to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, I’d love to know if there are any other historic features you’d like to see return.
Or what about event coverage? More, or less. News? Classic, modern or both? Should we include more road tests? New cars, road tests of classics? And as for the ever popular Our Cars, if you’ve a classic British car and you like to mess about with it, then let us know – we’re all part of the same community, so contributions to Our Cars aren’t exclusively the domain of those who administer the site.
Should we look to arrange more AROnline meets? Should we focus more on specific models? Our site stats show that cars from the Seventies to the mid-Nineties are currently the peak in popularity as far as interaction is concerned, and that it’s the more ordinary cars that generate the most interest – after all, if you own an MGB, a Land Rover Defender or a Mini, there are whole online communities out there that support your model, whereas if you have an Allegro, Princess, Maxi, Metro, Maestro, Montego, 200-800 inclusive or even a 75, there aren’t quite so many options.
All suggestions of ideas, no matter how ‘out there’ they may be, are welcome. The only proviso is that, unlike many consumer websites, we run without an editorial budget – so there’s no scope to involve professional photographers, hire venues or spend money on crazy stunts. What we do have, though, is a mutual love of cars and a want to celebrate their existence, and in my mind that counts for a lot…
And finally, if we got some AROnline car stickers made up, who’d want one, and would you display it in your rear window? At present, I’d need 17, so I’m already in a position to negotiate a discount…
Please feel free to comment below, good or bad (we’re all grown ups, after all), or if you’d rather send me an email directly to email@example.com
And finally, thanks. All of the site admins and contributors work hard, often while juggling full-time jobs, families and vehicles in various states of decrepitude to keep AROnline running, but it’s you, the readers and members of this community, that really make it what it is.
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