THE MORE OBSERVANT regular readers will have noticed that there’s a ‘Donate’ button in the menu pane on the front page of the AROnline website. For the past ten years we’ve been growing this site, making it bigger and more invaluable, turning out what I hope is the definitive online resource for future generations curious about the death of the indigenous British motor industry.
It’s taken masses of time, but I’m determined to carry it on, adding content from Ford and Vauxhall, as well as from the specialist manufacturers, such as Jensen, Marcos and TVR. It all takes time and effort and, with my work on Octane continuing to preoccupy me, finding time to concentrate on AROnline is becoming increasingly difficult.
We’ve had lots of help along the way and the site wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as it is without the help of volunteers such as Declan Berridge, Alexander Boucke, Brian Gunn, Ian Nicholls, Clive Goldthorp, Andrew Elphick and Mike Humble et al.
It’s always been free – and I believe that the Internet should remain free at all points of contact – and there are no joining fees for the forum or premium content. What you see is what you get. You have your say, if you find errors and omissions, you’ve always been happy to email and let me know how to put it right. That, after all, is how the Internet works…
Hopefully you’ve had years of enjoyment, too.
That brings me back to that button on the left. I’ve added a ‘Donate’ option to AROnline as a way for you to show your appreciation for all the work we’ve put in over the years. The pennies that we gather can be ploughed back into the site and help give us resources to develop the community aspect of AROnline that I have criminally overlooked over the past few years.
You don’t have to, of course, and I won’t think the worse of you for ignoring this one. Times are hard and money is tight. However, if you come away from reading this thinking that you would like to help, please do email me and we’ll find other ways you can contribute. We’ll always want to see your cars, hear your recollections and appreciate your experiences…