Putting aside the natural disaster that was MG Rover’s fall into administration, and the farce that is Nanjing’s ownership of what’s left, 2005 was actually a pretty good year. The website continued to grow, despite predictions made by colleagues and friends who said that it would fizzle out now MG Rover’s pushing up the daisies, and I’m writing full-time. But here we are – and austin-rover.co.uk is still with us.
At the start of 2005, I made a few New Year’s resolutions, most of which I managed to stick to. One was to take an MG ZT V8 to a race track, and although a Run What Ya Brung at Santa Pod isn’t quite a full track day, it was a hell of a lot of fun. Another was to take something ‘interesting’ to Naples… Well, Alexander, Declan and I did that alright.
I think for 2006, one resolution worth making is getting myself a Rover 75 V8 or MG ZT 260… It’s possibly going to be quite tough, given the pay in motoring journalism, but it’s something to aim for.
Another is to make some inroads in my plan to expand the scope of the website. MINI, Land Rover and Jaguar are all ripe for plucking right now, and although Jaguar is going through a bit of a crisis right now, there’s the impressive new XK to look at, and beyond that, the new S-type, which is almost exclusively British engineered.
This time last year, I made all manner of predictions (well, hopes really) for MG Rover’s future, and largely, they didn’t come true, thanks to the Chinese deal falling through at the last minute. I won’t be making any predictions this time around, because – well, there isn’t a lot to predict. If anything is going to happen at Longbridge (or indeed China), 2007 will be the year it happens. So, 2006, will be all about looking back, and filling in all those gaps in the site’s coverage…
So, to all our readers, Happy New Year, and let’s hope 2006 is happier than 2005…
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.
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