Events : AROnline celebrates 10 years online

Keith Adams 

Join AROnline's 10th birthday party in July
Join AROnline's 10th Birthday Party in July

AROnline is 10 years old in 2011! That’s something to celebrate so we’re holding a birthday party and you’re all invited. We’re getting together on Saturday 16 July and, because the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon is the spiritual home of the website, where much of its early research was undertaken, it’s only right to have our birthday party there… 

The plan is to meet at Gaydon for 10am, have a tour of the cars on display, where Keith Adams will be on hand to hopefully answer all the toughest questions about Austin Rover’s past (without getting too depressed). The Heritage Motor Centre’s cars tend to be rotated, so we can’t guarantee what will be on display in advance, but we’ll try and liaise with the management to ensure the more interesting prototypes with the most interesting stories will be there to talk about. Entry to the museum will be at a specially reduced rate for people attending our birthday party. 

We’re hoping to have a few special guests on the day – one of whom will, hopefully, cut the cake – and will let you know who they are nearer the time. 

More information will be added to this page once it’s clear what numbers we’re dealing with and what dates look best. For now, please register your interest below and we’ll get things underway. 

See you on 16 July! 

Join AROnline's 10th birthday party in July
Join AROnline's 10th birthday party in July

Heritage Motor Centre website

Keith Adams


  1. I’m up for that (commitments of my job and its unsociable hours notwithstanding). Will definitely do my best to be there.

  2. Sounds good to me. I will bring my historic 2004 Fiesta, unless I can half-inch something more appropriate from any willing acquaintances.

  3. I’ll be there – I need to buy Clive a pint for the hard work he has correcting my grammar. Better bring plenty of money then!

  4. I will definitely be coming to Gaydon. Do I bring my MG ZT or my Jaguar XJ6? Sounds like a day to remember and a chance to meet up with Keith again.

  5. Well, I’m up for AROnline’s 10th Birthday Party too. I’m hoping, though, that Keith can avoid a date clash with Wimbledon Finals Weekend on the 2nd/3rd July, 2011 – my other half would definitely have something to say about that!

    Hopefully, some more past and present members of the Editorial Team and other AROnline Contributors will be there on the day as well…

  6. I don’t have a ‘British’ car of interest but have always followed AROnline.

    However, if I could be there for the start and see you all off, that would be great.


    (Harnessed to a Company Car)

  7. I shall put myself in as a provisional for now, vehicle dependant. I’m sure turning up in a Ford would be frowned upon!

  8. I’m in that picture with my coupe!

    I’d love to me able to make the meet in July, just depends on dates!

  9. Yep – up for that – especially after visiting Gaydon for the first time last week. Now, do I bring the Rover or the Triumph?

  10. Great stuff. Will bring the family to help indoctrinate them into the way of AROnline – especially since those kids are the reason I had to sell my TR7 (pictured at the top of the page)!

  11. I’ll be there, sounds like a fun day out.

    Crikey ten years already!! So much has happened in that time… Who would have thought back then that MGR would be no more and that what’s left – Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI and MG – would, whilst fragmented and under foreign ownership, be doing better than ever imaginable?

    Oh, and as for Keith – older and wiser perhaps. 🙂

  12. I will be there with Dad if his hip replacement doesn’t clash! Oh, and if it doesn’t clash with Sonisphere or the Silverstone Classic.

  13. I’ve recently fulfilled an ambition by buying a Series 1 (1977) 3500 SD1 in Yellow… Would be great to come along – I will keep my eyes peeled for the date! Cheers.

  14. I’m there – if I can get away from work. How much fun does this sound like? Loads.

    Richard Truett

  15. We’re in — tentatively.

    Someone from the U.S. needs to show up in person and thank Keith for creating and nurturing the best site of its type this galaxy has ever seen.

    So, if me and Christie come all the way from soggy, sad old Detroit, there’d be no excuse for anyone else not to show up.


  16. Keith Adams :
    It’s the people who are important, not the cars…

    That’s good, ’cause I don’t have a C6 for you to play with anymore and, if I make it to July without setting fire to this MGF, I’ll be impressed…

    (!@&*(££*ing emissions-mandated nonsense Lambda probes)

  17. @Nathan Williams
    I’d echo Clive’s comment – I think you will find this site’s creator to be a “car” enthusiast, rather than a “BL or death nutter” so the more variety the better. After all, we all secretly like the opposition. I hope so anyway!

  18. Andrew Elphick :
    @Nathan Williams

    I’d echo Clive’s comment – I think you will find this site’s creator to be a “car” enthusiast, rather than a “BL or death nutter” so the more variety the better. After all, we all secretly like the opposition. I hope so anyway!

    That’s good because my two working modern classics are a bit Germanic!

  19. I will be there in my 75 if the date suits – that basically means if it’s one of the alternate weekends I DON’T have my daughter. I’m afraid that, at the age of 11, her appreciation of all things AROnline isn’t quite as great as mine – yet!!

  20. Count me in! I’m planning a July trip to the UK anyway so I may be able to attend too.

  21. I’m still a maybe at the moment. However, after the great time I had with the MG6s last week, it would be nice to get a catch up with what’s happening at Gaydon.

  22. Well, subject to anything unforeseen, the wife and I are okay for the date in July and are looking forward to attending the party.

  23. This sounds like a brilliant idea from my favourite website, visiting my favourite museum in the UK. Despite a long drive, I will be there!

  24. It’s going to be an interesting day!

    What time do you call ‘breakfast’? Oh, and is there an itinerary yet?

  25. I will definitely be there as the Heritage Motor Centre is my favourite museum and it should be a great day. However, I will be arriving in an Italian car, though. Will I be barred??

  26. Great to know that AROnline’s Birthday Party is, coincidently, on the same day as my birthday. However, flying in from Asia would only be possible if the person who signs my paycheque was considerate enough to spare me the leave and throw in an airline ticket. Unfortunately, that happens only… never. Happy Birthday! Cheers!

  27. Is AROnline’s 10th Birthday gathering still on? There’s no mention of it on the Heritage Motor Centre’s website under Events…

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