Like a movie monster that refuses to die, the longest year in history – 2020 – staggers towards its horrendous conclusion. I’m sure many of you have had your year turned on its head either by the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus, or the economic fallout that’s causing havoc in its wake. I’ve had a rotter of a year, but thank my lucky stars that I remain in gainful employment, and I still have my family, significant other and health – for those who don’t, my utmost sympathies are with you.
I’m assuming that you’re going to have a quiet Christmas, as I am, but it’s worth saying, now that 2020 will be over soon, the vaccinations are rolling out slowly – and, hopefully, the current situation that sees our border with France closed, will be sorted out quickly. Yes, a virus doesn’t follow our schedule, and the situation isn’t going to go away just because a zero clicks over to a one on a calendar, but the weather will get better in the spring and the virus must surely recede once the country gets put into a further lockdown.
With that in mind, I do hope I can spend some time adding more nostalgia stories to AROnline to keep you amused and inspired in 2021. The Memories series was a big success and really caught your imagination. There will be more industry stories, interviews and personal accounts of car ownership. I really hope to re-instate the Car of The Month feature again – and we have a cracker lined up for January.
Despite the catastrophe that was 2020, AROnline‘s gone from strength to strength, breaking our traffic records time after time. That’s all down to you – and to each and every one of you, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Of course, it’s also down to the high-quality Contributors on the writing team – not least Mike Humble, Ian Nicholls, Chris Cowin, Martyn Kelham and Bill McWilliam among others – as well as Alexander Boucke and Clive Goldthorp, who helped with things behind the scenes. There’s more to come in 2021 – and, even more excitingly, it’s the 20th anniversary of the website, so I really hope to be able to get a small event together to celebrate. Fingers crossed on that one…
Me? I’ll no doubt continue buying cars and saving them. There have been a few this year after a slow start, and I’m sure my Compulsive Heap Purchasing Disorder (CHPD) will go from strength to strength. There’s no point even trying to kid myself that It’ll not cost me dear… it has my entire adult life. First thing’s first – I need to get a moody five-cylinder Audi running properly.
There’s not much else to say really, other than please do have a happy, peaceful and enjoyable few days off (if you get them)… you’ve no doubt earned it!