Happy New Year! Whether you love partying until the early hours and revelling in the sentimentality of the occasion, or, like me, prefer to stick the kids in bed and curl up on the sofa with a beer and a good book, the festivities are pretty much over, and for many of us it’ll be back to reality with a bang over the coming few days.
In terms of New Year’s resolutions, I’ve made a few. The vast majority won’t interest you – although among them are a commitment to buy a Rover 75 or MG ZT before the year is out (as cheaply as possible, for I always do) and to finally get my two latest projects up and running so I can write about them in ‘Our Cars’, especially as I’ve owned one of them for five months now…
There’s plenty to come from AROnline in 2015, too. In terms of new cars, there’s the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and MG’s new SUV to look forward to, and no doubt many others besides.
And there are also a number of significant anniversaries – not least the fact that 10 years will have passed since MG Rover fell off its perch – we covered the story in great detail on this site at the time, and will be going back over some of the coverage during the Spring.
In addition, we also hope to bring you a couple of interviews with people who were there at the time – no guarantees, but we’re working on it.
One thing we’ll definitely do, though, is mark some of the more significant birthdays among ‘our’ cars. I’ve no doubt missed a few, as this list was compiled under the influence of eggnog, so please leave a comment if there’s one we’ve missed and need to cover…
For starters, though, 2015 marks:
60 years of the MGA
Albeit extremely hard to believe, given the fact it still looks so lithe and aerodynamic.
50 years of the Mini Marcos
An often forgotten, but ultimately pretty cool half kit car Mini derivative.
40 years of the BL Princess, Jaguar XJ-S, Rolls-Royce Camargue, Reliant Kitten and AMC Pacer
Clearly, 1975 was a vintage year for the car industry. Although there’s nothing British about the Pacer, we’ve included it in this list as it’s often referred to as ‘America’s Allegro’, and we’ll be profiling its rise and, er, fall later in the year…
Happy Birthday, too, to Coventry’s infamous flying buttresses and arguably Mann’s greatest creation, the Princess ‘Wedge’.
30 years of the MG Montego Turbo and MG Metro 6R4
One, an iconic and highly successful performance car well worthy of the MG moniker, the other a souped-up Metro (you can tell he’s been drinking, can’t you?)
25 years of the Rover 400, Rover Metro Mk 2 and Mini Cooper RSP
The car that put Mini back on the map, the car that put the boot into the excellent R8 and the upmarket-feeling supermini that won What Car’s Car of the Year award as Rover rode the crest of a wave – how times, sadly, changed…
20 years of the MGF
Unbelievable as it seems, Gerry McGovern’s mid-engined two-seater is two decades old this year…
Wishing you all a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year – and please keep supporting and following AROnline…