FOR most of us, the work starts tomorrow – back to the office, factory, or on the road… and a return to normality. The fact that we the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the space of a week usually means that most of us pretty much get a week off (or slowed-down), and are nicely recharged in time for the start of January.
However, the past couple of weeks have been pretty busy for my AR cohorts and me – not really working, you understand, but simply rebranding this website, and making it more useful for you… The new logo, the name, the front page, and the sheer amount of new content that we’ve slung up in the past couple of weeks hopefully stand testament to the fact that the commitment to build on this site’s success remains as strong as ever.
However, we can’t do it without you – contributions are what’s needed to keep things ticking over. The original objective of this place was to publish the facts about a story that was too-often mis-represented in the press… and I think we’ve succeeded in achieving that aim. I’m also proud of the fact that an increasing number of mainstream car enthusiasts are coming here to pick up the facts as they stand – preaching to the converted is one thing, but getting everyone else to see things our way is something else entirely.
So, if you want to contribute to the AROnline story and help build up a story that will probably never be completed, then drop us a line and share your thoughts.
I’m also keen to discover and showcase new writing talent… so if you fancy yourself as a bit of a motoring scribe, and like the idea of getting your work out there, drop me a line and send in your submissions. The best ones will find their way onto this site. Given that – as far as I know – nearly all of the Motoring Editors in the UK (and a fair few overseas, too) dip into AR on a fairly regular basis, so it could be a nice spring board for you.
We might be expanding our brief, but not at the expense of the core material that’s the raison d’etre of AR. So, more development stories will be added, as will brochures, adverts – as well as anything else that adds to the BMC>MG story. So, stay tuned… and keep enjoying AROnline.
Oh, and Happy New Year!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.