I hope I’m not shy in giving credit where it’s due – and will always point you in the right direction, even if it mean (gasp) visiting another website. And here’s a case of me doing just that, even if it’s long overdue. AROnline is a huge and sprawling website that celebrates British cars – and driving here – but it has been known to paint in broad brushstrokes. Consider it a UK car encyclopaedia, and you’re not far off the mark. One that’s growing, of course.
But I do like the more specialist single-subject websites. The real labour of love efforts. And one of those is www.austinmemories.com – a site, as you can guess, completely dedicated to not only to Austin, but also The Austin. Or Longbridge as anyone who comes from outside of Birmingham likes to call it. It’s been put together over the past five years by John Baker, and is packed full of page after wonderful page of facts and figures, and little-known stuff that us car enthusiasts love to take in.
I have spent plenty of time on this site, and particularly enjoyed the section listing all the factory gates (I used to arrive at P Gate after parking my Peugeot 406 company car over the road – no foreign cars on site you see – when I worked there in 1999), as well as the sheer wealth of pictures of buildings and locations now long since gone. There are some fascinating inside stories, such as the development of Moulton’s Minky, as well as the Nissan-Austin collaboration.
Anyway, do take a long look, and enjoy yourself there. It’s well worth the effort.
Then come back. Please!
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.