The more things change, the more they stay the same – and so it is with AROnline.
One of the great things about this site is the sheer number of diehard enthusiasts there are that follow it – and, perhaps the biggest diehard of the lot is the site’s founder, Mr. Keith Adams.
As far as BL-ARG sympathisers go, I’ve always been up there with the best of them. The sheer number of Austin-Rover keyrings dangling in my understairs cupboard is all the proof you need.
However, Keith has always been something of a figurehead, so it’s with open arms that I, along with many of the site’s regular readers, will welcome Keith back into the fold, as he’s set to resume the editorship of AROnline from 1 August 2015.
On a personal level, I’m thrilled about this. Keeping AROnline alive with new content is demanding, not least when you’ve got a full-time start-up business, a large family, two mortgages, a rugby team captaincy and multiple old Rovers vying for your attentions.
It’s also an honour and a privilege, and one which I’ve been delighted to carry on for the past year-and-a-bit following Keith’s departure last summer. I’ve been educated, met some fantastic people, and revived my passion for some of the BL-ARG cars I’d almost forgotten over the years. Hell, it even made me buy a Rover Metro…
In true Oscar acceptance speech pattern, then, I’d like to thank the huge army of AROnline followers who’ve shown me loyal support over the past 12 months, along with AROnline stalwart, Mike Humble, for holding my hand (and various parts of my broken Maestro) on many an occasion.
And, not least, Keith himself, for helping me deal with some of the site’s more lively moments in the past few months.
I’ll also continue to contribute to the site on many an occasion – I still haven’t introduced all of my cars yet, and I’ve been sitting on a feature on the Wilmot Breeden universal door handle for weeks, trying to get it finished between jobs.
It’s been fantastic but, as I said to Keith the other day, I’ve also felt like a kid playing with someone else’s favourite Dinky Toy while I’ve held the keys to the site’s back end. I knew he’d want it back one day and, while I enjoyed playing with it, it always felt like I had to keep it in as good condition as possible for when Keith wanted it returning to his toy box.
Without Keith’s passion, AROnline would never have existed. And while I share his passion for the cars (indeed, we’ve even shared the odd V5C over the years), AROnline is as much a part of Keith as it is a part of the BMC/BL/Austin-Rover/Rover/MGR scene.
So, please let me be the first in saying welcome back old chum. We’ve missed you.
And from my perspective, thank you to those who’ve really got behind my efforts to keep AROnline strong – according to the stats, it’s as robust and lively as ever, and that’s critically important for its long-term future.
Thank you guys. You know who you are.