Here we are, then – another year on, perhaps a little wiser and, possibly, a little poorer, but I hope happier and a little more educated than this time last year. Stumbling into 2011, we’re still awaiting a new MG from Longbridge, Jaguar and Land Rover are going from strength to strength and the MINI brand looks set to expand just a little more…
Given we’re a long way from being out of the woods in terms of UK economic performance, these are encouraging signs – although we’re all desperate for MG to get a wriggle-on. Let’s hope that the modest renaissance of the UK motor industry, albeit financed overseas, continues and gains momentum.
AROnline’s had a pretty good year, too. The level of reader interaction is better than ever and, as the forum traffic seems to be slowly winding down and remains a nice source of information, the feedback areas have never been busier. The level of debate and quality of interaction are top notch, proving that our readership is the best out there – enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
2010 has been a funny old year for me – I’ve been all over the world, driven the best cars and had some amazing adventures but I’m still as keen and revved-up as ever to maintain AROnline’s position as one of the best car websites in cyberspace. 2011 will be our tenth year in operation – who would have thought that the rubbish little HTML site I hammered together to fact-check a little 250,000 word book that I was hoping to get published (and never did) would grow into the monster it’s become.
Next year, I hope to finish the site redesign and move it into the realms of CMS which will, I think, future-proof the contents for years to come. It’s no small job, given that there are thousands of pages (yes, really), but we’ll get there in the end.
Yes, as that 1980s copywriter said, ‘now we’re motoring’.
See you in 2011…
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.