I never really believed I’d be writing this – but here we go! AROnline is 20 years old in 2021, and boy have things changed since I set up the site in 2001 before making it look like a proper website the following year. Although the world – and internet – has changed beyond all recognition since those halcyon days when we started, and had a lovely active community, the site is still plodding on…
How to celebrate? Back in 2011 for the 10th anniversary many of us trekked over to the British Motor Museum (Heritage Motor Centre) to celebrate. It was a nice day with a guided tour of the museum (below), a quiz in the museum’s cinema (bottom of page), a gathering of the site’s regular readers and their cars outside, followed by a more informal meeting at a nearby pub to catch-up with old friends.
This year, I’m thinking along the same lines – a nice gathering of the site’s Contributors and fans, alongside (hopefully) one or two special guests who played a significant part in Rover’s history along the years. It’s early days, and I’ve not even considered a date yet, as it’s still not clear what state the country’s going to be in regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but I do want to celebrate the landmark of the site, as well as look forward to what the future holds for our industry.
Mike Humble and I have so far discussed this, and we’d really like to make it happen. If you’re interested in joining in the celebration, please post your comments below including some suggested dates. More information will be added to this page once it’s clear what numbers we’re dealing with and what dates look best.
Photography: Andy McGeechan
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